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The most pressing environmental issues in Yemen are water scarcity, soil erosion, and desertification. Because of the country’s oil industry and lack of sewage treatment plants, water pollution is becoming a major issue.1 Agricultural clearing and overgrazing from livestock have decreased forestation which helps to curb soil erosion. Because of rising sea levels, wetlands and water sources are disappearing, and the unplanned expansion of urban areas is destroying fertile land and furthering desertification.2

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1 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Asia-and-Oceania/Yemen-ENVIRONMENT.html

2 http://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/ourwork/environmentandenergy/in_depth/
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Yemen News

Aljazeera.com 
The UN has urged all the combatants in Yemen to open the country's land, sea and air ports to civilian and commercial traffic as the spectre of starvation hangs over 25 million people. Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
The UN Security Council has been told that seven million people in Yemen are facing the threat of famine. The body's humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, says the crisis is entirely caused by the civil war. The United Nations is once again calling for ... See more..
New York Times 
The narrow strait that separates the Horn of Africa from the Arabian Peninsula is so treacherous it is called Bab el Mandeb — “gateway of grief.” It's earned its miserable name lately as African migrants try to pass through war-torn Yemen to flee dire ... See more..
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World Health Organization 
14 August 2017 | GENEVA - The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The overall caseload ... See more..
CBS News 
Number of suspected cholera cases has reached 500000, marking worst outbreak of disease in the world. See more..
Daily Mail 
Four-year-old Safaa al-Matari's mother Amal has told of her joy after she saw her daughter's killer Hussein al-Saket, 22, shot by machine gun in the Yemeni ... See more..
Washington Post 
UNITED NATIONS — Smugglers have thrown some 280 migrants into the sea off the coast of Yemen in the last two days, causing more than 50 to drown and leaving over 30 missing, the U.N. migration agency said Thursday. U.N. spokesman Stephane ... See more..
ABC News 
A Yemeni child, who is suspected of being infected with cholera, receives treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on Aug. 12, 2017. A cholera outbreak has ... See more..
Middle East Monitor 
A new set of leaked emails sent by the UAE ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, have revealed that the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen has targeted civilian sites, and that such attacks are damaging his country's image in America. In an ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
He accused the coalition of "strangling the Yemeni economy" and denying it "needed liquidity", the Associated Press news agency reported. The remark reflects a rift between the Aden-confined government of Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, a key ... See more..
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Geography

Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
Area

Total 527,968 sq km
Land 527,968 sq km
Water 0 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Perim, Socotra, the former Yemen Arab Republic (YAR or North Yemen), and the former People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY or South Yemen)
Climate

mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in east
Natural Resources

petroleum, fish, rock salt, marble; small deposits of coal, gold, lead, nickel, and copper; fertile soil in west ;
Natural Hazards

sandstorms and dust storms in summer

volcanism: limited volcanic activity; Jebel at Tair (Jabal al-Tair, Jebel Teir, Jabal al-Tayr, Jazirat at-Tair) (elev. 244 m), which forms an island in the Red Sea, erupted in 2007 after awakening from dormancy; other historically active volcanoes include Harra of Arhab, Harras of Dhamar, Harra es-Sawad, and Jebel Zubair, although many of these have not erupted in over a century limited volcanic activity; Jebel at Tair (Jabal al-Tair, Jebel Teir, Jabal al-Tayr, Jazirat at-Tair) (elev. 244 m), which forms an island in the Red Sea, erupted in 2007 after awakening from dormancy; other historically active volcanoes include Harra of Arhab, Harras of Dhamar, Harra es-Sawad, and Jebel Zubair, although many of these have not erupted in over a century
Current Environmental Issues

limited natural freshwater resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Demographics

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Yemeni
Population
25,408,288 (July 2013 est.)
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Yemen is a low income country that is highly dependent on declining oil resources for revenue. Petroleum accounts for roughly 25% of GDP and 70% of government revenue. Yemen has tried to counter the effects of its declining oil resources by diversifying its economy through an economic reform program initiated in 2006 that is designed to bolster non-oil sectors of the economy and foreign investment. In October 2009, Yemen exported its first liquefied natural gas as part of this diversification effort. In January 2010, the international community established the Friends of Yemen group that aims to support Yemen's efforts toward ...See More economic and political reform. In 2012, the Friends of Yemen pledged over $7 billion in assistance to Yemen. The Yemeni Government also endorsed a Mutual Accountability Framework to facilitate the efficient implementation of donor aid. The unrest that began in early 2011 caused GDP to plunge more than 15% in 2011, and about 2% in 2012. Availability of basic services, including electricity, water, and fuel, has improved since the transition, but progress toward achieving more sustainable economic stability has been slow and uneven. Yemen continues to face difficult long-term challenges, including declining water resources, high unemployment, and a high population growth rate. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$60.06 billion (2012 est.); $59.97 billion (2011 est.); $66.99 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

8.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 9.9% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grain, fruits, vegetables, pulses, qat, coffee, cotton; dairy products, livestock (sheep, goats, cattle, camels), poultry; fish
Industries

crude oil production and petroleum refining; small-scale production of cotton textiles and leather goods; food processing; handicrafts; small aluminum products factory; cement; commercial ship repair; natural gas production