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Libya faces many environmental concerns related to its energy industry and vulnerabilities due to its dry climate. Libyaâ's gas and oil industries have been sources of pollution and contamination within the country. Recently, Libya has begun to adopt efforts to promote sustainability largely due to the fact that many foreign companies now mandate some degree of environmental protection.1 Libyaâ's lack of freshwater sources is a source of concern for the environment. Libyaâ's water scarcity causes near perpetual water shortages. In an effort to combat further desertification, Libya has undertaken reforestation efforts in Western Libya.2

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1http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wikileaks-files/libya-wikileaks/8294826/OIL-AND-GAS-RELATED-POLLUTION-IN-LIBYA.html
2http://www.countriesquest.com/africa/libya/land_and_resources/environmental_issues.htm
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Libya News

The Philadelphia Tribune 
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders pledged to boost their support for conflict-ravaged Libya as the number of people fleeing Africa on crowded, unsafe boats for better lives in Europe continues to rise. European Council President Donald Tusk said the ... See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
Half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy over the past four years, mainly sub-Saharan Africans who pay smugglers to shepherd them across the desert to Libya, and onward to Europe in unseaworthy dinghies. An estimated ... See more..
Belfast Newsletter 
A bill aimed trying to get compensation for victims of Libyan-backed IRA terror had its first reading in the House of Lords on Monday – the first step on its way to potentially becoming law. The proposer of the bill – UUP peer Reg Empey – said the DUP ... See more..
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Aljazeera.com 
East Libyan forces say they have gained control over one of two key remaining districts in Benghazi where they had faced armed resistance. The advance in the central Souq al-Hout neighbourhood on Saturday was the latest step in the slow progress of the ... See more..
euronews 
More than 30 migrant boats left Libya for Europe on Sunday (June 25), “probably because of the end of Ramadan,” according to the Migrant Offshore Aid Station ... See more..
France Diplomatie (press release) 
We will lend him our full support in his efforts to promote dialogue between Libyan parties and to strengthen the political process conducted under UN auspices, as well as to ensure that diplomatic initiatives are consistent. We would also like to take ... See more..
The Libya Observer 
One person was killed and five others wounded in tribal clashes that broke out in the southern Libyan city of Sabha in the first day of Eid Al-Fitr. Local sources said gunmen from Tabu tribe exchanged fire with Gadadfa tribesmen in the City Center ... See more..
Geopoliticalmonitor.com 
While Syria is the disaster of a generation, Libya isn't far behind. Currently, Libya is upending global oil markets through increased oil production for export. This latest occurrence is overturning the OPEC production limit deal that exempts Libya ... See more..
AMN Al-Masdar News (registration) 
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Protesters in Bani Walid rallied on Saturday night calling for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, to lead the country. “We call on the son of Libya Mujahid Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to lead ... See more..
Deutsche Welle 
Considered one of the most interesting female artists in the Middle East and northern Africa, Takwa Barnosa often overlays topical news photos - such as refugees drowning as they flee Libya - with commentary in calligraphy that invites the viewer to ... See more..
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Geography

Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria
Area

Total 1,759,540 sq km
Land 1,759,540 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

Mediterranean along coast; dry, extreme desert interior
Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, gypsum ;
Natural Hazards

hot, dry, dust-laden ghibli is a southern wind lasting one to four days in spring and fall; dust storms, sandstorms
Current Environmental Issues

desertification; limited natural freshwater resources; the Great Manmade River Project, the largest water development scheme in the world, brings water from large aquifers under the Sahara to coastal cities

Demographics

Nationality
Libyan
Population
6,002,347 (July 2013 est.)
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Libya's economy is structured primarily around the nation's energy sector, which generates about 95% of export earnings, 80% of GDP, and 99% of government income. Substantial revenue from the energy sector coupled with a small population give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa, but Tripoli largely has not used its significant financial resources to develop national infrastructure or the economy, leaving many citizens poor. In the final five years of QADHAFI''s rule, Libya made some progress on economic reform as part of a broader campaign to reintegrate the country into the international fold. This effort picked ...See More up steam after UN sanctions were lifted in September 2003 and after Libya announced in December 2003 that it would abandon programs to build weapons of mass destruction. The process of lifting US unilateral sanctions began in the spring of 2004; all sanctions were removed by June 2006, helping Libya attract greater foreign direct investment, especially in the energy and banking sectors. Libyan oil and gas licensing rounds drew high international interest, but new rounds are unlikely to be successful until Libya establishes a more permanent government and is able to offer more attractive financial terms on contracts and increase security. Libya faces a long road ahead in liberalizing its primarily socialist economy, but the revolution has unleashed previously restrained entrepreneurial activity and increased the potential for the evolution of a more market-based economy. The service and construction sectors, which account for roughly 60% of GDP, expanded over the past five years and could become a larger share of GDP if Tripoli prioritizes capital spending on development projects once political and security uncertainty subside. Climatic conditions and poor soils severely limit agricultural output, and Libya imports about 80% of its food. Libya''s primary agricultural water source is the Great Manmade River Project. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$78.63 billion (2012 est.); $38.45 billion (2011 est.); $101.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

40.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 33.9% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, barley, olives, dates, citrus, vegetables, peanuts, soybeans; cattle
Industries

petroleum, petrochemicals, aluminum, iron and steel, food processing, textiles, handicrafts, cement