Egypt to shine with a new $3.5 BIL solar plant!

Egypt to shine with a new $3.5 BIL solar plant!

A global consortium of engineering and renewables industry giants kicked off a project to build a suite of solar power generating plants in Egypt to produce 2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity and valued at USD $3.5 billion. Terra Solar announced their plan on Friday, adding that they will also build a 200 MW PV module and inverter manufacturing[.....]

Climate change has its soundtrack! Concrete organ makes music from rising seas

Climate change has its soundtrack! Concrete organ makes music from rising seas

Croatian architect Nicola Bašić added a sensual dimension to a waterfront promenade in Zadar, Croatia by using wave energy to create sound. His concrete “sea organ” harnesses kinetic energy from the Adriatic sea to create random – but soothing – harmonized notes. It’s a bit of a riff off Nero fiddling while Rome burns; as the “music” increases[.....]

Students make AMENDS for a better Middle East

Students make AMENDS for a better Middle East

The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at California’s Stanford University (AMENDS) is a student-led initiative that enables young change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and United States to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and, through Ted-style talks, broadcast their experiences and learn from each other. This is a story about a platform for[.....]

Pakistan shoots down illegal Arab hunting

Pakistan shoots down illegal Arab hunting

  Last year, Green Prophet broadcast the alarming news of a Saudi prince who poached thousands of protected birds during a 21-day hunting safari in Pakistan. Nearly a year on, the Sindh High Court has revoked a federal notification that allowed issuance of permits to Arab dignitaries for hunting endangered species – (including the houbara bustard, pictured[.....]

Bahrain’s Temporary Market 338 Beats Out Glitzy Shopping Malls

Bahrain’s Temporary Market 338 Beats Out Glitzy Shopping Malls

Despite the many stereotypes about residents of Gulf countries, many people prefer creative, sustainable boutiques to shopping in big glitzy malls, though their options are typically fairly limited. Which might explain why Bahrain’s Market 338 has become such a popular destination. Inaugurated by Al Riwaq Art Space, the temporary souq in Manama’s Adliya district started with[.....]

Eco-Art Gift Ideas for Sandy Claus

Eco-Art Gift Ideas for Sandy Claus

Whether your sandy reminiscences are wet or dry, two artists have devised ways to make your memories tangible. My brain inextricably links sand to sea thanks to 25 summers spent on a New Jersey barrier island. Middle East experiences have me now connecting the grainy stuff to locations and memories largely devoid of water, such[.....]

The Arab Youth Climate Movement Is Born

The Arab Youth Climate Movement Is Born

Established in the lead up to the COP18 Doha negotiations, the Arab Youth Climate Movement brings together over 20 campaigners from 15 Middle East/North Africa countries As the saying goes, there is power in numbers. So it’s great to see environmental organisations across MENA come together to “create a more sustainable, prosperous, meaningful, just, and[.....]

Google Street View Goes Under Sea

Google Street View Goes Under Sea

If you can’t afford your own private submarine, or are afraid of diving, there’s always Google:  Google has already taken their street view maps to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and many other places in many lands. Now they are venturing out into that other seventy percent of the earth, the sea.

Will Building Catastophes Make Smarter Occupants?

Will Building Catastophes Make Smarter Occupants?

Laurie escaped from the Trade Towers 11 years ago and as a building expert looks critically at standards in the Middle East.  Building codes ensure that a  properly constructed building will safely stand up to predictable wear and tear. Codes specify fire-resistant performance for materials and prescribe safe exiting requirements for occupants. But what guides[.....]

Bahrain’s Artifical Reef a Success After 16 Weeks

Bahrain’s Artifical Reef a Success After 16 Weeks

Only eight percent of our oceans are “shallow seas” (shallower than 100 feet), but these wildly diverse ecosystems harbor most of the world’s marine life.  Egypt, Israel, and Jordan (all connected to the Red Sea) and the Gulf states stand to lose enormous tourism revenue if their natural reefs continue to be destroyed by coastal development. Last[.....]

What Can Islam Do For The Environment?

What Can Islam Do For The Environment?

What can Islam do for the environment? That’s a question I have been asking myself for some years now and, in all honestly, I am nowhere near answering it fully. I have definitely enjoyed looking into the green ethics of Islam in a bid to help Muslims worldwide take up the environmentally-friendly path, but I[.....]

Bahrain Balances Traditional and Modern Medicine

Bahrain Balances Traditional and Modern Medicine

Bahrain’s health authority has established four directives to regulate the sale and prescription of traditional, alternative medicines. This step was taken in response to concern about the credibility of some businesses. Now the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) will establish guidelines for the sale, use, and advertising of alternative medicines, including services and practices such as[.....]

The Gulf Co-op Council is a European Union Arab-style

The Gulf Co-op Council is a European Union Arab-style

Green Prophet’s reports on happenings in the Gulf region have increasingly been using the acronym GCC, which stands for Gulf Cooperation Council.  Perhaps a bit of an explanation is in order. GCC is a political and economic alliance between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Saudi Arabia (KSA). It was formed in 1981 following[.....]

Sudanese Invents Artificial Pancreas to Eradicate Arab World Diabetes

Sudanese Invents Artificial Pancreas to Eradicate Arab World Diabetes

Sudan’s Mohammad Baloola says his invention can eradicate an emerging Gulf disease: diabetes. As a biomedical engineering student at Ajman University of Science and Technology, Mohammad Baloola found homegrown inspiration for his final year project.  Four members of his family are diabetic, a collective muse for his ingenious artificial pancreas. The pancreas is the body’s sole[.....]

Play God With NASA’s Flood Maps

Play God With NASA’s Flood Maps

What the Middle East will look like with a 9 meter raise. Play God with the online map to see what we’ll lose.  When you click around NASA’s online flood maps you can instantly view impacts on the world’s coastal communities. A single meter increase soaks Alexandria and Basra, and rattles the nerves of eastern Saudi[.....]

Saudi Arabia’s Fast Food Boom is Finger Lickin’ Awful

Saudi Arabia’s Fast Food Boom is Finger Lickin’ Awful

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) fast food market is expected to reach $4.5 billion in gross sales by 2015, driven by growing demand from its young, western-influenced population, higher disposable incomes, and new financing arrangements, according to a report by Euromonitor, a leading analyst of global markets.Western coffee chains are less about catching a[.....]

America No ‘A-Team’ For Jordan’s Green Future

America No ‘A-Team’ For Jordan’s Green Future

America joins Jordan in a celebration of green, but Laura’s not sold on the deal.  The USA and Jordan recently entered into environmental partnership, cosigning a plan to promote four distinct Jordanian initiatives: ecosystem conservation; increased education; improved private sector performance; and stronger environmental law. This agreement wrapped up a one-day forum on Environmental Technical Cooperation involving[.....]

The True Grit Behind Hot Building Schemes

The True Grit Behind Hot Building Schemes

Outside temperatures often reach into the mid-fifties (celsius!) during Middle East summers. Construction workers feel the heat. Behind every glamorous building in Dubai are hundreds of mostly South Asian workers. Yesterday, during a ten kilometer city hike from the Burj Khalifa to Bur Dubai, the quality of life for nearly half of the Emirate’s population[.....]

Tourists Not Terrorists: The Middle East Can Capitalize on World Eco-Travel Trends

The three winners from the Middle East/MENA region are Tunisia, Bahrain and Qatar in new survey on tourism trends. The recently released 2011 “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness”report by the World Economic Forum, in co-operation with Booz & Company, reveals some interesting dynamics in the global tourism industry, including a shift to the East, with Central and[.....]

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