In recent weeks, two seemingly contradictory studies were presented to the public concerning the state of Lebanon’s beaches: One, by LARI, warning that the country had “passed the threshold of pollution and that no sea is pollution free,” and the other, by CNRS, casting doubt on the results of the former.
It only took a few minutes for my “it’s good to be back” bubble to burst, 20 minutes into the taxi drive back home to be exact. It was around 12:30 am. We had just returned from Abu Dhabi where the Lifehaus team was among many other sustainability-driven projects exhibiting
Let’s forgo the formalities and the lengthy intros; Lebanon is on the edge of a massive ecological catastrophe, yet we remain silent – in a state of perpetual somnambulism. Perhaps we are fatigued, scared, or maybe just too damn lazy. But to keep ignoring the myriad environmental problems affecting our
The livelihood of 550 families is under threat. This, according to LBCI who interviewed local fishermen who trawl the waters surrounding the Beirut suburb of Bourj Hammoud for their daily catch. The reason? The haphazard dumping of waste into sea. The presence of both a historic dump site, known locally
According to recently released independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880. This makes 2016 not only the most hated year to have passed, but also the third year in a row to
The threat of bird-strikes in and around Beirut airport is not recent; it’s an issue that’s been raised time and time again by the media, environmentalists, and concerned citizens since a landfill was built next to Beirut International Airport –the country’s only port of aerial entry for passengers- as one
We’ve all seen the Black Friday advertisements calling on us to buy and consume at cheaper rates. Given our country’s minimum wage and struggling economy, the slash in prices can come as a welcome surprise to any individual or family unit as yesterday’s traffic and rush to the stores confirmed.
For 86-year-old Adib Nouwar, Lebanon’s garbage crisis is a matter of life and death; any irritation induced by the slightest of elements –even the smell of fried food and dust—can be enough to trigger a respiratory fit as his lungs struggle from years of pollution and stress. Under the weight
Over the weekend social media was set ablaze after the photos of a dead dolphin, which was discovered on Tabarja beach, north of Beirut, were published on APAF, a local animal rescue group’s Facebook page. Animals Pride and Freedom (APAF) said the marine mammal was found killed overnight Saturday in
According to the latest study released by the Lebanese Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and published by As-Safir Lebanese daily, these are the beaches that swimmers should avoid due to the alarming rate of pollution found. The study, which covers the past two years up until May, 2016, provides a