Jordan’s eco park helps the country go green!

Jordan’s eco park helps the country go green!

It might not have the archaeological marvels of Petra or the adventure of Wadi Rum, but a two-hour drive from Amman’s dusty streets, you’ll find something special that you won’t find elsewhere in Jordan. Nestled in the hills and landscape of north-western Jordan, lies a green oasis with an eco-minded philosophy: Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark (SHE.)[.....]

I’ve trained Muslim clergy on how to be green. This is what I’ve learned

I’ve trained Muslim clergy on how to be green. This is what I’ve learned

I had an opportunity to conduct a series of green workshops for Imams, or Muslim clergy throughout Jordan. The workshop was funded by Germany’s Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung based in Jordan. Here are my thoughts from the workshops which focused on sustainability and energy conservation issues. In many instances we blame the “other” for not understanding our discipline[.....]

Laundry soaps – is less more green? Jordanians Concentrate for the Environment

Laundry soaps – is less more green? Jordanians Concentrate for the Environment

Jordan is cleaning up its act, at least in terms of laundry detergent, with a project entitled Concentrate for the Environment.  The voluntary, industry-led initiative aims to reduce the negative environmental impact of powdered laundry soap. Seems the soap industry excels at greenwashing; this looks like corporate cost-shaving spun into environmental (fool’s) gold.

How Do You Know That Big Eid Is Coming?

How Do You Know That Big Eid Is Coming?

Eid Al Adha, also called Big Eid and the Feast of the Sacrifice, is an important Islamic holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his first-born son as an act of submission to God’s command. Everyone knows the story: God jumped in with a last-minute substitution and[.....]

To the Dead Sea from the Red Sea Looks To Be Dead

To the Dead Sea from the Red Sea Looks To Be Dead

Jordan’s Minister of Water and Irrigation and Agriculture, Hazim Al Naser, disclosed that the controversial Red-Dead Water Conveyor project may now be shelved in favor of a series of smaller schemes to provide the kingdom with drinking water. His statements mark the first time that a ranking official questioned the project’s viability. Al Naser spoke[.....]

Bernard Pras: Spot the Upcycled Objects in this Art

Bernard Pras: Spot the Upcycled Objects in this Art

Using only upcycled objects, French artist Bernard Pras reinterprets iconic images through the art of anamorphosis. Relying on old trash gathered near his installation sites, Bernard Pras from France assembles clothes and rags, wood, old record albums, dishes, broken toys (and anything else he can grab) to re-interpret pop-culture images. It’s far from ad hoc:[.....]

Lost In Translation Middle East Style

Lost In Translation Middle East Style

As America hunts for clues on the Boston Bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Laurie goes on with life and looks to the follies of communication in the Middle East.  Communication is key to everything. Every driver knows that intersections are risky, but the crossroad of language and culture is especially prone to accidents.  Need proof? I pick[.....]

Kids Forced Into Garbage Sorting in Jordan

Kids Forced Into Garbage Sorting in Jordan

Young Syrian refugees are being forced into sex and child labor in Jordan Abdul Rahman, an eight-year-old refugee from Syria, rummages through a trash container along the side road of north Amman’s bustling Sweileh neighborhood. His sparkling green eyes stare out from his dirty, emaciated face. His bony legs appear from under torn blue trousers.[.....]

Springtime in Paris Means Khamsin Sandstorms in Amman

Springtime in Paris Means Khamsin Sandstorms in Amman

Springtime in Jordan brings ferocious sandstorms and a nose-clogging meteorological phenom called “khamsin”. Grab your Michael Jackson face masks and the decongestant of your choice, close the windows tight and stockpile tissues.  The dry, dusty winds of khamsin are blowing across the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa and right into your sinus canals. That image[.....]

Anti-Tobacco Images Fail to Sway Jordanian Smokers

Anti-Tobacco Images Fail to Sway Jordanian Smokers

If new anti-smoking images slapped on Jordan’s smokes don’t help puffers kick the habit, maybe Jordan should look Down Under for greater motivation: Beginning this year, as part of Jordan’s obligations to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Ministry of Health asked cigarette companies to feature graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette[.....]

Tideline Project Illustrates Rising Sea Levels

Tideline Project Illustrates Rising Sea Levels

Jordan (where this Green Prophet lives) is not my Xanadu because it lacks an oceanic coastline: but, hey, if climate change keeps raising sea levels my dreams can (catastrophically) come true…Green Prophet’s brought you vivid images of NASA flood maps, and alarming predictions of Mediterranean basin flooding.  This winter’s extreme precipitation may have added precious water to regional stocks,[.....]

Portable LifeStraws Could Make Water Potable in Syria Refugee Camp

Portable LifeStraws Could Make Water Potable in Syria Refugee Camp

A small piece of plastic can save lives, preserve local eco-systems, and cut greenhouse gas emissions: finally, positive press for plastics. A Swiss-based company has developed portable water purifiers called LifeStraw that can be deployed at point-of-use to instantly convert water from hazardous to drinkable, without electricity and side-stepping the age-old practice of boiling. Nearly[.....]

Greenpeace Assesses Jordan’s Energy Future Without Nuclear Option

Greenpeace Assesses Jordan’s Energy Future Without Nuclear Option

Greenpeace Jordan recently launched its first report specific to the Arab World entitled Jordan’s Energy Future (pdf link) to a packed audience of environmentalists, activists and political stakeholders in Amman. The report demonstrates Jordan’s potential to achieve full energy independence through renewable sources whilst campaigning against kingdom ambitions to develop nuclear energy. “This report shows[.....]

Swine Flu Death Toll in Middle East Region

Swine Flu Death Toll in Middle East Region

Are you at risk? Get swine flu updates for the PA, Israel, Yemen, Iraq, Tunisia and Jordan. Health officials in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) are calling on residents to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus (“swine flu”) after 25 deaths in recent weeks.Over 700 infections of H1N1 have been reported in the West Bank[.....]

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