The Middle East now produces as much greenhouse gas as the European Union, which contributes to global warming

Climate change conference for Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean policymakers This week will focus on the need for renewable energy sources as the region as a whole produces greenhouse gases.

The focus of this year’s International Conference is to urgently move the region from fossil fuels to renewable resources, despite its dependence on fossil fuels.

In an interview ahead of this week’s conference at the Cyprus Institute’s Center for Climate and Climate Research, George Zitis said the switch could not be made overnight.

“We must completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, we will be negative,” Zitis said.

The conference is organized by the government of Cyprus and brings together leading scientists and policymakers from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Greece to present the results of a two-year study by 220 experts. Region. It focuses on the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, together as a global “climate hot spot.”

Zeitgeist believes that governments need to change over the next two decades to avoid “irreversible consequences” such as desertification.

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The Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean Policymakers’ Conference This week will focus on the need for renewable energy as the region emits greenhouse gases as a whole. Above, on July 5, 2020, a submarine sank in the waters of Limasol, a coastal city of Cyprus.
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Former French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, EU Environment Commissioner Virginia Synaviusus, Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal, United Nations Sustainable Development Network President Jeffrey Sachs and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasius will address the conference.

According to Zitis, regional governments need to pay attention to speeding up renovations because accelerating heat waves, coupled with reduced rainfall, could indicate prolonged heat waves that would increase energy costs for greenhouse gas plants and electric-powered air conditioning units.

Natural gas is a pure fossil fuel that can be used as a transitional energy source for the region until renewable sources such as solar and wind come online, Zitis said.

The tropics also mean low humidity in the soil – a key ingredient to keep air cool once moisture evaporates. Urban development in the Middle East and East Mediterranean also means the loss of arable land that can retain such moisture. According to Zitis, the average temperature in urban areas is two to four degrees Fahrenheit[4 to 4 ° C].

Scientists also need to make sure that new homes, buildings, and motors are as energy efficient as possible.

Experts need to develop strategies on how to adapt to climate change in order to cope with this high cost. Scientists are warning more and more refugees from rising up in the Middle East as water levels continue to rise and temperatures rise, Zitis said.

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