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Climate Bailout Guidelines for Saudi Aviation Industry
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Climate Bailout Guidelines for Saudi Aviation Industry

Saudi Arabian Airlines and the aviation sector has been hard hit by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The aviation sector makes a major contribution to the Kingdom’s economy as it generates $36.5 billion gross value and supports 594,000 jobs. The airlines own and operate jet aircrafts that offer scheduled passenger and cargo transportation services. The suspension...

More Needs to be Done to Protect the Kingdom’s Biodiverse Regions in Saudi Arabia
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More Needs to be Done to Protect the Kingdom’s Biodiverse Regions in Saudi Arabia

When one thinks of Saudi Arabia, it might not seem like the type of country that is famous for its forests, but it does contain 2.7 million hectares of woodlands, particularly in its remote high-altitude areas. Under the Convention on Biological Diversity, Saudi Arabia has maintained 15 protected areas for biodiversity, covering almost 4% of...

Recommendations for Improving the Climate Aspects of Saudi Coronavirus Economic Recovery Policies and Programs
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Recommendations for Improving the Climate Aspects of Saudi Coronavirus Economic Recovery Policies and Programs

The Saudi Arabia government announced on March 20th a $32 billion economic stimulus package to help the economy badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic crisis and low oil prices. Most of the stimulus funds will bail out conventional energy systems and assist large businesses ($18.7 billion) as well as small and medium-sized businesses ($13.3 billion)...

The Saudi Arabian Energy Sector Remains Tied to Fossil Fuel
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The Saudi Arabian Energy Sector Remains Tied to Fossil Fuel

Saudi Arabia’s current energy production is close to 26.3 GW, 40% of which comes from oil, 52% from natural gas, and 8% powered from the byproduct of steam from desalination plants. Energy from renewable and nuclear sources currently sits at virtually 0% of energy production, although there are signs that this is changing. In 2016,...

Saudi Arabia Joins with Others to Block Progress at COP 25
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Saudi Arabia Joins with Others to Block Progress at COP 25

The UN Climate Change Conference, COP 25, took place this last December 2019 in Madrid, Spain. As part of the Paris Climate Agreement, Saudi Arabia was present and an active participant in discussions that were aimed at negotiating ambitious plans to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. Yet again, as in previous conferences, Saudi...

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