I have some ideas for posts, but am caught up in other matters right now. Here is an account of Lebanon's water shortage
Rains were scarce last winter. While the annual average in recent
decades was above 800 mm, this year it was around 400 mm, making it one
of the worst rainfall seasons in the last sixty years...
As Nadim Farajalla, Research Director of IFI’s Climate Change and
Environment in the Arab World Programme, explains, the country’s
inability to store water efficiently, water pollution and its misuse
both in agriculture and for domestic purposes, have put great pressure
on the resource...
The drought is also exacerbating tensions between host communities and Syrian refugees.
The rural municipality of Barouk, for example, whose springs and river
supply water to big areas in Lebanon, today can count on only 30 percent
of the usual quantity of water available. However, consumption needs
have risen by around 25 percent as a result of the presence of 2,000
refugees and Barouk’s deputy mayor Dr. Marwan Mahmoud explains that this
has generated complaints against newcomers.
Labels: Environment, Lebanon