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[.....]

Locusts Threaten to Overtake Egypt

Locusts Threaten to Overtake Egypt

Like in biblical times locust swarms threaten Egyptian crops.  Scattered pockets of locusts in southern Egypt and northern Sudan are a threat to agricultural land, warns the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Countries along the Red Sea should remain on “high alert and make every effort to find and treat all infestations”, it says.[.....]

Egypt’s First Female Dive Master Speaks Out

Egypt’s First Female Dive Master Speaks Out

Egypt has certified the country’s first female dive master – a devout Muslim who refers to herself as a feminist. With coveted dive spots scattered all along the Red Sea, the ecologically-threatened Sinai Peninsula attracts scores of Egyptian and foreign visitors every year. But until now, not one Arab or Egyptian woman has taken their[.....]

EcoReef Antlers For Coral Reef Restoration

EcoReef Antlers For Coral Reef Restoration

Installed already in Qatar, reef recovery time can be decreased from 50 to 100 years to 7 to 15 with these ceramic antler-like artificial reefs.  One of the great dilemmas for marine protected areas is ensuring marine ecosystems overcome issues related to “shifting baselines”: the extent to which marine areas have been driven from their[.....]

The Red Sea is Filled With Tiny Treasures – Saudi Researchers Intent on Discovery

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, has featured several times in Green Prophet for developing cleaner chemical derivatives, research on rising red sea surface water temperatures and  predicting flash floods , and for its Eco friendly architecture . But KAUSTs scientific research potentials are also partially leveraged due to its unique[.....]

Going Green at the Beach? Use Natural Sunblocks

Going Green at the Beach? Use Natural Sunblocks

Sun bathing in Sinai is like asking for trouble if not adequately screened from the sun’s UV rays. Beach season is now beginning in Middle East countries sharing beach fronts on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Along with problems like beach littering;  and increasing and even record high summer temperatures in the Middle East[.....]

Sinai’s Ecological Future Hangs in the Balance

Sinai’s Ecological Future Hangs in the Balance

As part of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, the Sinai Peninsula was restored to Egyptian control – an event that the country celebrated with some fanfare on April 25th, 2012. On that same day, the Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri witnessed two separate development plans that were signed between the Social Development Fund (SFD) and governors[.....]

Swiss Scientist Films 3-Legged Turtle in Egypt

Swiss Scientist Films 3-Legged Turtle in Egypt

While snorkeling in the Red Sea just before Valentine’s Day, a Swiss scientist came across a 3-legged turtle. Ivo Blöchliger was snorkeling in the increasingly vulnerable Red Sea just two days before Valentine’s Day when he came across a 3-legged turtle. The turtle was swimming in front of the Swisscare Reef in Nuweiba in South Sinai.[.....]

Underwater Art is Rejuvenating Coral Reefs

Underwater Art is Rejuvenating Coral Reefs

Jason deCaires Taylor uses eco art to conserve a fragile ecosystem See a starfish caress a schoolgirl’s cheek as she holds hands with the boy with the algae beard. Watch a baby shark swirl‘round that Beetle parked curbside to coral and lobsters. Underwater, everything’s magnified. Changing currents and depths cause kaleidoscopic effects. Dive in next[.....]

Popular Egyptian Dive Spot Sharm el-Sheikh to be “Green” by 2020

Popular Egyptian Dive Spot Sharm el-Sheikh to be “Green” by 2020

Biodiversity preservation, waste management, and securing water sources are just a few of the principles being applied to convert Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh diving destination into an “green city.” Egypt’s Ministers of Environment and Tourism signed a tripartite agreement with the South Sinai governor to convert the popular Egyptian diving town Sharm el-Sheikh into a bonafide[.....]

Shark Fin Soup Contributes to World Hunger

Shark Fin Soup Contributes to World Hunger

It’s not a stretch. Vanishing shark populations affect the food chain in a very concrete way. Karin’s post on shark meat’s high mercury levels made it clear: a bowl of shark fin soup is a  bowlful of poison. But a slower death awaits people who depend on healthy seas. That means all of us. Because [.....]

Is Troubled Egypt Ripe Enough For Eco-Tourism?

Is Troubled Egypt Ripe Enough For Eco-Tourism?

A new eco-village in Upper Egypt raises hopes that the country may move in a more sustainable tourism direction, which we would really love, but most indicators show that won’t happen any time soon. Hoda Baraka from Almasry Alyoum was one of the first journalists to point out how unregulated development is impacting on the timeless[.....]

Egypt’s Red Sea Sharks Face Extinction

Egypt’s Red Sea Sharks Face Extinction

The Arab Spring in Egypt has been a failure for sharks. Since last year’s political uprising, and consequent deterioration of law enforcement, poachers supplying restaurants with illicit shark fins have driven the Red Sea shark population down by as much as 80 percent, reports Egypt Independent. In 2006, laws prohibiting trading in sharks were passed,[.....]

Egypt Establishes Country’s First Dolphin Sanctuary

Egypt Establishes Country’s First Dolphin Sanctuary

Egypt’s first wildlife sanctuary in the Red Sea will ensure that Hurghada’s Indo-pacific dolphins can rest and socialize in peace! Egypt’s Red Sea Governor Mahmoud Assem has established a safe-zone designed to protect the vulnerable Indo-pacific dolphin (Tursiops aduncus). The move, which bans any kind of vessel from entering the Fanous Reef, has been lauded[.....]

Electrified Cages Revive Dead Coral Reefs

Electrified Cages Revive Dead Coral Reefs

An ingenious technology installed in 20 countries around the world has enormous potential not only to regenerate ailing coral reefs but improve their resilience as well! Coral reefs throughout the world are in dire straits, which bodes badly for the world’s marine ecosystems. But a proven technology that has been floating around for two decades[.....]

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