Turning Arabian Desert Fog Into Energy and Water

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The UAE’s Masdar looks to create renewable energy from desert fog. The search for fresh water is on and United Arab Emirates-based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology believes that its new collaboration with the region’s National Research Foundation (NRF) will help detect fog and monitor the precipitation for the expansion of renewable fresh water […]

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New Environmental Strategy On The Table In Israeli Elections

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  On Thursday, Dec. 20, Tzipi Livni’s new party, The Movement, stated that environmental reforms will be key components of their platform in the January 2013 Israeli elections. They propose passing a Basic Law for environmental protection, and a long-term blueprint for the Israeli energy market. Livni presented The Movement’s environmental agenda together with Green […]

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Biomax to Launch First-ever $40 Million Biofuel Plan in Saudi Arabia

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Falafel anyone? Saudi Arabia and Indian company will erect a biofuel plant based on used cooking oil. Biofuel is coming to Saudi Arabia. After much success in neighbor Egypt in low income areas, Saudi Arabia hopes that a new joint venture between Jeddah-based Middle East Environment Protection (MEEP) and the India-based Biomax Fuels will help […]

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Coal-Fired Stoves Cause Hundreds of Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Turkey

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A family was found dead on Thursday in Istanbul, reports Turkish daily Today’s Zaman, after carbon monoxide fumes from their coal-fired heating stove leaked out and poisoned them. Since 2002, carbon monoxide poisoning has claimed approximately 350 lives in Turkey, according to Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin. In the southern province of Gaziantep alone, 2,771 residents […]

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Nobel Prize Plant Scientist Outspoken Against Biofuel Effiency

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Even a non-food plant substance like algae may not be that efficient for fuel says Nobel Laureate We like to report on about various ways to produce  biofuels from plant and other organic substances. These substances have ranged from using “turd timber” to produce  biofuel from human and animal excrement  to growing algae on large hydroponic  […]

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Interview with Masdar’s Director of Sustainability – Nawal Al-Hosany

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Nawal Al-Hosany, a leading figure in the environmental movement of the Middle East speaks to GreenProphet about renewables, Masdar, education and the absence of women in the climate change debate – both locally and globally In 2010, after eight days of hiking in freezing temperatures Nawal Al-Hosany reached the Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro Mountain. She […]

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Spain Ditches Morocco’s Desertec Solar Project Meeting

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Morocco’s ambitious Desertec solar energy project received a setback after Spain failed to show for the official signing of the agreement that aims to transform North Africa’s energy market. The first Desertec project between the EU and Morocco is now under threat as Spain had been an instrumental partner in the project. Officials from France, […]

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Mediterranean’s Worst Eco-Debtor Not in the Middle East (Yet)

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says that the Mediterranean’s biggest eco-debtor is Italy, meaning that nation uses more resources than it generates.  Does that mean Middle Eastern nations bordering the sea are environmentally savvy consumers? Mama Mia, no! The medium is the message, said Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan. And the message is skewed by the words. […]

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Siemens Exits Israel’s Solel Solar Initiative

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Even as some solar projects are just taking flight in Israel, underlining a new wave of optimism about the technology’s ability to succeed in the country, other solar giants are taking their leave of Israel. International energy and infrastructure giant, Siemens, announced last Monday that it was closing down its Siemens-Solel plant in Beit Shemesh, Israel. In […]

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Jordan Terminates Uranium Mining License with French Firm AREVA

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Following a dispute over the details of their joint contract, the Jordanian government has parted ways with the french company AREVA Back in 2010, the Jordanian government granted exclusive uranium extraction rights for nuclear energy to the French company AREVA. It has now been announced that the mining license has been cancelled following a dispute […]

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Single White Light luminAID Seeks Middle East Partner

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Three years of sustainable lighting for fifteen bucks? United Nations Relief Agency, you hearing this? The LuminAID inflatable solar light was created by a pair of architecture students focused on disaster-relief solutions to the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Their light offers a safe, inexpensive and sustainable alternative to kerosene and oil lamps that’s ideally suited to […]

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10 Ways Abu Dhabi Leads The Arab Gulf’s Green Revolution

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Abu Dhabi’s stellar efforts to raise green performance across industry sectors position that Gulf state as regional leader in both conceiving sustainable solutions, and more critically, setting them in action. There are some more famous projects like the multi-million dollar zero-energy city Masdar. But this is just the tip of the bucket. Read on for […]

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