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The Road from Glasgow to Sharm El-Sheikh: Combating Climate Change

On Saturday, January 8, the 4th edition of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh started. This six-day event has the mission to bring together youth from around the world and the decision-makers and different influential officials. The forum is a chance for you to engage with top policy-makers in the region and network with promising youth in the region and the world determined to create change in the world we live in today.

We at Hawa Dawa are proud that our CEO and co-founder, Karim Tarraf, has been invited to join „The Road from “Glasgow” to “Sharm El-Sheikh”: Combating Climate Change Panel Discussion“. Read more

German Government’s coalition agreement 2021-2025: What can be the impact on environment and climate?

„Wir wollen die Potentiale der Digitalisierung für mehr Nachhaltigkeit nutzen“ – so beginnt der Abschnitt zu „Nachhaltigkeit in der Digitalisierung“ im Koalitionsvertrag von der SPD, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen und FDP. Die 17 Globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele der Vereinten Nationen (SGD) sollen Richtschnur der Regierungspolitik sein und Klimaschutz soll zu einer Querschnittaufgabe werden. Read more

Background to Climate and Climate Change

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“Climate change is the greatest threat of the future. Every state must cooperate in combating the causes and mitigating the consequences.” (Klaus Töpfer)

The word climate comes from Greek and essentially means “inclination” or “curvature”. It does not mean the inclination of the Earth’s axis but the curvature and coherence of the Earth itself. The totality of weathers events is called climate. Weather is local, and climate is global. The larger and more complex a system, the slower it changes, and climate is arbitrarily complex. Read more

The long overdue paradigm shift towards a healthy, carbon neutral economy starts with cleaning our air

Air quality management – a fascinating lineage

I grew up in Cairo. A city that shows all the typical traits of an emerging economy when it comes to air quality and health. I grew up in a household of doctors, who spent their lifetime researching the delicate relationship between the air we breathe and our health. Here is a paper co-written by my dad for The Lancet Journal on the “Effect of nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide on airway response of mild asthmatic patients to allergen inhalation” written back in 1998. So imagine you grow up seeing and hearing about the “Black Cloud” of Cairo and the rise of patient visits in my parents’ clinic around the dinner table. Or discussions on best treatment options for patients during the long drives towards the Egyptian Red Sea coast with its windy fresh air. Thus, I always understood the topic of air pollution within a context – the context of bad health indicators, exacerbated symptoms, increased healthcare expenditures and overall reduced life quality. Read more