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Carbon Dioxide Damage in Lebanon and MENA Region

Carbon Dioxide Damage in Lebanon and MENA Region


Carbon emissions has always been a main driver behind the increased air pollution in different countries. These emissions are dangerous on the human wellbeing and on the nature\earth and specifically, the MENA Region Carbon Dioxide Damages have increased dramatically from 1970 till 2020.

Did You Know? A real Problem!

In the previous figure, Data and statistics proves the correctness of our statement as it is evident that there is a considerable increase in the carbon dioxide damages from 1.4% of GNI in 1970 to 3.5% in 2020 and this is a 500% increase, so, necessary precautionary measures like relying on eco-friendly power sources should be adopted by countries. # SDG # SDG7.

One might thing that this is expected because all industries are getting advanced, but wait second, let us look at Europe Carbon emissions compared to our region:

Europe is working to reduce its carbon emissions as we notice the downward trend (shy), and we can notice how the gap is getting wide throughout the years while comparing Europe carbon damage to MENA region carbon damage.

What About Lebanon and Neighbours?

We all know that we care more about the region we’re living in (Lebanon and its neighbours); so, let us zoom in to the middle east region only:

Unfortunately, looking at these two maps, we can see how the colours are getting more and more darker from 1970 to 2020 indicating that the carbon damage is increasing dramatically, and this is including Lebanon!

Potential solutions:

  1. Government should introduce alternative energy sources for electricity like solar panels and wind turbines for lower carbon emissions.
  2. Government Reduce number of flights and car travels by increasing the taxes. For example, countries should increase the tax on private flights and car drivers. Consequently, people would rely on public transportation!
Believe it or not

These two steps only are enough to reduce the carbon damage by more than 35%!

Want a real proof?
Following the solution details mentioned, United Kingdom was able to Decrease Carbon Damage by more than 37%, and the downward trend is extremely clear in this visualization:

What to do now?

Just imagine how big this problem is! This will ask for an action, and definitely the doable solution is already mentioned, and here is UK!


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