Ending Gas Flaring and Powering a Sustainable Economy of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Payne Institute Fellow Peri-Khan Aqrawi-Whitcomb writes about how the UN Environment Programme has ranked Iraq (including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)), as the fifth most vulnerable country in the world to the effects of climate change, such as water scarcity, desertification and extreme weather variability such as droughts, flooding, and storms. Some regions of Iraq are even expected to become uninhabitable in the coming decades.  Years of conflict, war, poor governance, corruption and industrial pollution, have in addition led to the country’s massive environmental decline. November 24, 2021.