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Eco-Map To Combat Chemical Pollution in Jordan

A database of all the chemical industries in Jordan and their risk to the environment has been mapped Following recent revelations that chemicals dumped in landfills maybe disintegrating into toxic cocktails, it’s great to hear that Jordan has finalized an eco-map which will monitor industrial pollution in the country. Funded by USAID, the project has […]

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Has Ford´s Ambassador – The Green Sheikh – Been Cloned?

Ford has appointed The Green Sheikh (right) as the Ambassador to their generous environmental grants program. Already a columnist for Green Prophet and a roaming environmentalist whose Ramadan post sent bright green ripples throughout the Muslim world, the Sheikh from Ajman known for his eco-sensitivities has taken on yet another major role. And no, he hasn´t […]

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GlassPoint Solar Wins Huge Middle East Oil Field Contract

Last November, Rod MacGregor, the CEO of innovative GlassPoint Solar approached oil drillers in the Middle East to offer Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) using solar, and returned with no orders. This week, he is announcing the fruit of the mission. His first MENA contract will be with Oman’s 60% government-owned partnership with the Shell Group, Petroleum […]

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Israeli Court Bans Use of West Bank Sewage Plant

The Israeli High Court recently ordered an Israeli sewage treatment plant built illegally in the West Bank to stop its work. So should Israel be thinking of building solar fields there? A couple of days ago, the Israeli High Court of Justice banned the operation of a sewage treatment plant built illegally on Palestinian land […]

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Apply Now for Ford & UNESCO’s $100,000 Enviro-Grants

Ford offers up another $100,000 to get green initiatives in the Gulf and Levant rolling. Applications are due 10 September, 2011. After writing a visceral post about environmental organizations that accept money from large corporations, in protest of greenwashing, Arwa interviewed the Emirates Diving Association, who explained their decision to accept $10,000 from Ford. One […]

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Big Business Sponsors Recycling Vending Machines in Lebanon

Lebanon could get a lot cleaner thanks to a brilliant plan devised jointly by Nestle Pure, Spinneys, and Servicorp. That’s right. Nestle Pure, Spinneys, and Servicorp are planning to save Lebanon from the plastic waste that kills tens of thousands of Mediterranean creatures each year by introducing reverse vending machines to certain Spinneys locations throughout […]

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A Side Of Sewage With Dinner In Morocco

Right in the middle of a crowded tourist destination, a sewage drain overflowed and no one rushed to the scene to clean it up! Last night, hundreds of tourists that descended upon the popular La place Jemâa el Fna in Marrakech were greeted with a stinking treat. Right next to the open air restaurant that […]

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Turkey Further Commits to Biodegradable Plastic Products With New Agreement

Turkey is ahead of most European countries in its commitment to biodegradable plastics, says the CEO of Cereplast, an international biobased and compostable plastic manufacturer. With over one thousand kilometers of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey sees plenty of evidence of the environmental harm wreaked by plastic bags. The amount of plastic discarded into […]

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Lebanon Challenges Israel’s Natural Gas Borders at Sea

Israel’s newly declared northern maritime boundary: note the slanted line that skirts the northern edge of the northernmost gas fields As a result of a series of  Egyptian natural gas pipeline sabotages by terrorists in the Sinai, the third blast occurring just a few days ago, Israel is putting more efforts into developing the undersea […]

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Bethlehem’s Mayor Without Water For 34 Days

A mental health hospital in Bethlehem is completely without water, and the mayor has been buying his own. Can Israel, Jordan and the PA make hydro peace? A Palestinian water and environmental engineer from Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME),  Nader al-Khateeb recently discovered that the mayor is among many in Bethlehem who have […]

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Can Israeli Oil Shale Outsize Saudi Arabia?

An oil shale trial plant in Colorado. Does Israel want its Negev and Galilee regions torn up for “black gold”? Until recently, Israel has been an energy poor country, with nearly all its energy needs having to be supplied by importing both petroleum – bought mainly on the international Spot Market – and coal. Previous […]

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Cyprus Fears Environmental Impact of Undersea Gas Drilling

Natural gas drilling near Cyprus could affect lucrative tourism industry says its commerce minister. Drilling for natural gas by Israel in the eastern Mediterranean has already resulted in undersea territorial disputes between Israel and Lebanon, resulting in the United Nations deciding to mediate the dispute between the two countries. Besides the environmental concerns of this […]

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GP Exclusive Interview: Turkey Beginning to Lay Infrastructure for Hydrogen Economy

Hydrogen-fueled vehicles and power systems could be feasible in Turkey by 2020, says Mustafa Hatipoğlu, managing director of the UN’s International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies in Istanbul. Since it was established  in Istanbul eight years ago, the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), a project of the United Nations International Development Organization, has been […]