UN chief praises KSA’s investment in renewables

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that if we fail to change course by 2020, we will no longer be able to avoid uncontrolled climate change. (AFP)
Updated 12 September 2018
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UN chief praises KSA’s investment in renewables

  • We need to curb deadly greenhouse gas emissions, push climate action, and swiftly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuel

JEDDAH: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on other rich nations to follow the example of the Kingdom in investing in renewables, during a speech in which he warned of the dire consequences of failing to tackle climate change and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.
He said: “We need to curb deadly greenhouse gas emissions, push climate action, and swiftly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuel,” urging the world’s rich countries to diversify their economies. In a speech on climate change at the UN permanent headquarters in New York before the Global Climate Action Summit, to be held in San Francisco from Sept. 12 to 14, the secretary-general said that the world is facing a “direct existential threat.”
He warned that if we fail to change course by 2020, we will no longer be able to avoid uncontrolled climate change, and its accompanying dire consequences for people and natural systems.
A report published last Wednesday concluded that switching to renewable energy will not only save money but will also create new jobs, waste less water, boost food production and clean polluted air that kills people.


The ‘hanging villages’ atop Assiri mountains bare marks of early civilization

Updated 12 November 2018
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The ‘hanging villages’ atop Assiri mountains bare marks of early civilization

  • The region opens a new window for visitors seeking tourism in this area, given its attractive nature, between high mountain lands, covered in Juniper trees

JEDDAH: In the northern region of Assir, 180km away from its capital Abha, the dark mountains overlooking the Wadi Khat did not pose a challenge for ancient human civilization that had settled, during a period in time, on its highest tops.
These civilizations created villages on the top of mountains that were full of life.
The Saudi Press Agency, during a tour of the region, has reached these villages after it launched a trip from Abha toward the touristic coastal route linking the city and Taif, crossing to the destination via “Tela” between the highlands of Sarra and Tihama.
The region opens a new window for visitors seeking tourism in this area, given its attractive nature, between high mountain lands, covered in Juniper trees, steep slopes and various agricultural terraces.
Amid the crossing, foggy weather, and nearly touching the clouds atop these mountains, the distance shrinks between the turns and slopes, to reveal the corners of this historic location, creating a clear panoramic picture of the region’s landscapes.
The details also include the efforts of the Saudi leadership in constructing roads and tunnels, building bridges and paving roads to serve the residents of the area.
A group of residents joined SPA on its trip to the so-called “hanging villages”, riding a 4x4 vehicle to be able to truly appreciate the destination; a village called Al-Sumaid.
An old resident of the village said he is looking forward to road and pavement construction in the area, in order to reach the old village, as well as maintenance efforts from rain and torrential rains, in line with the Saudi leadership’s vision to develop tourism.
Resident Abdul Rahman Al-Sumadi also spoke to SPA about the ancient village, which includes many old houses, palaces and castles that standstill on top of the mountains. The buildings embrace many archaeological artifacts and rock inscriptions that confirm its ancient history.
The agricultural terraces surrounding the village were a source of living for inhabitants of the region at the time, as well as raising goats and cows.