EcoReef Antlers For Coral Reef Restoration

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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 […]

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Loch Ness, Whale Placenta? A Lava Lamp? Mysterious Deep Sea Creature from UK is Revealed

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It’s called Deepstaria Enigmatica, but what is it? A very cool video of a mysterious creature filmed during deep-sea drilling 5000 feet below sea level near the United Kingdom on April 25, has created much clamor amongst scientists. Theories about the species of this animal ranged from a jellyfish to an unknown marine version of the Loch […]

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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 […]

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How can the Arab World Benefit from Climate Change Negotiations in Qatar?

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The last international climate change negotiation (COP17) took place in Durban in 2011 and the outcomes were pretty disappointing given the urgency of the matter in hand. Unsatisfactory outcomes aside, climate change negotiations have been providing momentous opportunities for NGOs, individuals and the private sector to engage and exchange ideas on solutions to climate change mitigation. […]

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Syria’s Seeds Are Locked Away in Norway, But Are Seed Vaults Safe?

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault locked safe away in Norway has once again opened its steel doors welcoming 25,000 new seed samples including varieties of chickpeas, fava beans and other seeds from Syria. Around 110,000 Syrian duplicate seed samples out of 750,000 samples stored in Syria have been safely consigned, should the conflict in Syria […]

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Lebanon’s ‘Weak State’ Supports Construction Boom, Environmental Bust

An interesting report published at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East institute by Waltraud- Frommherz-Hassib called “No Plan?…. Money rules” (links to PDF) reveals alarming issues concerning the lack of regulation of construction practices in Lebanon that are undermining the quality of life its people and are steering the country towards an environmental and urban […]

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A Ruby Red Mystery Flows from Lebanon’s River

Recently the Beirut River in Lebanon, mysteriously turned ruby red spilling unknown substances into the Mediterranean Sea. The Environmental minister Nazem el-Khoury and his team of experts hastily launched an investigation involving scientists, police force and lawyers but  the source and cause of the redness still remains uncertain, some sources talk about dye being dumped by upstream […]

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Measure Your Blue, Green and Grey Water Footprints

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Country data reveals that Syria, Lebanon and Iraq are potentially the only virtual water exporting countries in the Middle East. Get in the know about blue, green and grey water footprints. Following the previous article on measuring your Ecological Footprint, here we will focus on the Water Footprint. Let’s start with understanding the Virtual Water […]

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Measure Your Ecological Footprint

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When looking for country-specific environmental indicators, it is often difficult to find a single indicator that  holistically summarizes the environmental situation in a tractable and visual manner. This is the first part of two articles (the second one on your water footprint is here). Two interactive environmental info graphics will be explored to help you better understand what is […]

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Seed Banks Contain Memory, But Not Enough Against GMOs in Lebanon

Lebanon goes green with seed bank, but can this memory keeper for nature fight GMOs? Lebanon harbors over 2600 plant species of which 119 are counted to be endemic. The unique climatic and landscape diversity in Lebanon has shaped 22 bio-climatic zones which fosters one of the most precious ecological services:  genetic diversity. Unfortunately, the […]

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