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buy canada goose jacket FARAYA, Lebanon (Reuters) Lebanon ski resorts have survived civil war but now face an insidious threat from climate change expected to cut snow cover by 40 percent by 2040.

canada goose deals Arab tourists ride skidoos at a ski resort in Faraya, Mount Lebanon, in Canada Goose Coats On Sale this February 2, 2010 file photo. Lebanon’s ski resorts have survived civil war but now face an insidious threat Canada Goose Parka from climate change expected to cut snow cover by 40 buy canada goose jacket cheap percent by 2040.

Christian Rizk, 47, manager of the Mzaar ski resort near Faraya, shies away from that idea, saying the season, which spanned barely half the once normal three months, might have been an aberration. But he says the resort is adapting anyway.

Canada Goose Jackets season was canadian goose jacket catastrophic, he told Reuters on a sunny late autumn morning near the barren slopes of Jebel Sannin, Lebanon second highest mountain at 2,695 metres. year we are installing new ski lifts higher up, above 2,000 metres.

That mirrors canada goose coats how animals and plants seek higher altitudes as their habitat warms up Lebanon expects maximum temperatures Canada Goose Online to rise 1 degree Celsius (34F) on the coast and 2C inland by 2040, according to government calculations.

canada goose store But some species, including Lebanon national symbol, the mighty cedar tree, are already straining at their upper Canada Goose Jackets limits. Cedars, Canada Goose online some up to 3,000 years old, form the highest tree line.

buy canada goose jacket cheap couldn give you a specific date when we might see the last cedar on our mountains, but eventually that canada goose black friday sale might happen, said Vahakn Kabakian, an Environment Ministry official preparing Lebanon next climate change report to the United Nations.

The ministry canada goose uk shop says Lebanon faces rising sea levels and can expect dwindling rainfall, hotter, drier summers and more extreme events such as floods. Tourism and agriculture are among the most vulnerable economic sectors.

SURVIVAL PROBLEM In many cases, Canada Goose Outlet climate change will exacerbate Lebanon water and energy crises, as well as air pollution and other environmental woes afflicting a country whose political troubles and dysfunctional administration often stymie action.

change should become the number one priority. It a canada goose coats on sale survival problem, Kabakian said. again we lack the funds to implement the steps we have to take for mitigation.

Despite its relatively high rainfall, Lebanon expects to slip into water deficit by 2015, regardless of climate change, thanks to urbanisation, population growth and mismanagement.

In uk canada goose outlet Beirut, summer demand for water already exceeds what the network supplies partly because around 40 percent is lost to leaks canada goose clearance so many people pump from wells. Over extraction from coastal aquifers has led to seawater intrusion and salinity.

Canada Goose Outlet Reduced snowfall will hurt groundwater recharge and rivers. Snow melting earlier in spring means cheap canada goose uk less water will be available in summer when farmers need it for irrigation.

canada goose coats More than 70 percent of Lebanon 4.3 million people live on the densely built up coastal strip, where Canada Goose sale no precautions exist to counter vulnerability to higher sea levels. Beaches, seaside nature reserves and coastal canada goose irrigated farms are also at risk.

Many Lebanese have noticed streams drying up, unusual heat waves and altered rain and snow patterns in recent decades, but scientists say they lack the cheap Canada Goose data to ascribe precise causes.

canada goose coats on sale are clear changes, said Muatasem El Fadel, professor of water resources at the American University of Beirut. could be readily attributed to climate change, but from a scientific perspective we tend to want more evidence.

canada goose Almost anything Lebanon did to tackle its dire environmental problems would also mitigate the potential impact of climate change, but so far there has been more canada goose clearance sale talk than action.

Canada Goose online And even the talk is mostly focused on energy.

canada goose clearance sale IMPLAUSIBLE TARGET In a country that has mostly ignored solar energy even though its power plants supply only two thirds of electricity demand, few would bet that an buy canada goose jacket official target for renewables to contribute 12 percent of national needs by 2020 will be met.

cheap Canada Goose Lebanon, despite its high per capita energy use, contributes relatively little to global greenhouse gas emissions and canada goose uk black friday is keen to attract funds from developed countries to finance measures to reduce its vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

In the meantime, the profit motive, oiled by tax breaks or new regulations, might inspire moves toward hybrid cars, cleaner fuels and greener technologies, says Karim Makdisi, a political studies professor at the American University of Beirut.

canada goose clearance transformation of the global economy towards this greener economy has a huge amount of business opportunities, which doesn go amiss in Lebanon, he argued.

Canada Goose sale Well connected businessmen cornering exclusive dealerships to import hybrid cars or cabinet ministers burnishing Lebanon green credentials by belatedly switching some power plants to gas rather than fuel oil may have some spin off benefits.

canadian goose jacket energy is not canada goose factory sale the only concern when it comes to climate change, Makdisi said. you canada goose uk outlet talking of a way of life, adapting to a new way of living which no longer consumes so much or is so inefficient in its consumption patterns.

In a canada goose store country where water is cheap and unmetered, concierges sluice pavements with it to keep the dust down. Housewives slosh it over balconies. Broken pipes gush for days in the streets.

is soon going to become a luxury, uk canada goose said Walid Kanaan, manager of the Intercontinental in the ski resort of Ouyoun al Siman, listing the hotel energy and water saving measures.

canada goose black friday sale whole idea is new because there has always been water here from the snow, but we are becoming more sensitive to it.

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