1. The American University in Cairo for the sixth year has been named among the most environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges 2022 Edition.           420 colleges were carefully chosen for the guide based on an analysis of their institutional commitment to both the environment and sustainability. In addition, AUC is the only university in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region. AUC achieved progress this year in the Princeton Review's green rating from 94 out of 99 in the prior submission to 98 out of 99 in 2021.
  2. AUC Students Win Second Place Globally In Shell's Imagine the Future Competition, representing Egypt.                                     Imagine the Future is a global competition that aims to encourage students to think creatively to develop scenarios to meet both the current and future challenges to provide efficient and environmentally-friendly energy in Egyptian cities by 2050. A team composed of five AUC students named AUC-07 won first place in Shell Egypt's Imagine the Future Competition in early August and competed against 60 other teams, which are around 800 students. The team includes mechanical engineering majors Mohamed Alabiad and Hisham Zidan, construction engineering major Habiba Abdelwahed, architectural engineering major Lara Shaheen and computer engineering major Ali Ghazal. Later in the global phase, AUC-07 earned second place while representing Egypt. 
Around 8.7 million species of animals and plants have been discovered worldwide. While all of these species are important to the balance of ecosystems, the most influential animals include tigers, rhinos, whales, and marine turtles. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the survival of these species supports the survival of other species or offers the opportunity to protect whole landscapes or marine areas. Climate change causes global warming, which leads to warmer oceans, rising sea levels, and droughts, all of which alter animals' hibernation, migration, and breeding time. For example, the rising sea levels lead to marine turtles losing their nesting beaches, especially around the Caribbean. Another famous example is the melting of sea ice which has declined by 30% since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Not only does this reduce the amount of sunlight reflected into the atmosphere, but it has impacted the polar bears, seals, and walruses significantly since it has damaged their habitat. In addition, the rising temperatures may lead invasive species such as the mountain pine beetle and insects to infest our areas of living, according to the National Wildlife federation. These disruptions are reducing the population of animals; some are even expected to become extinct very soon.

The effects of climate change, a man-made disaster, are felt worldwide by all species. To combat climate change, we must reduce our carbon footprint individually and encourage and pressure businesses to do the same by voting with our money.
The most notable event occurring this month in the world of sustainability is the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) occurring in Glasgow from the 31st of October until the 12th of November. The conference brings together global leaders and politicians to reflect on past actions and discuss the next steps and goals of combating climate change. Check out their website to find out more on the goals, updates, and decisions! 
Netflix Documentary: "Our Planet"
Our Planet is a documentary series narrated by David Attenborough to experience different regions of our planet's natural beauty. Most importantly it illustrates how climate change drastically impacts all living creatures. 

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