dubai-tafline-laylin.jpg

An Ant In Dubai

A greenie examines her soul at the foot of hundreds of Dubai towers. Dubai is nothing at all like Las Vegas. Though both are unlikely cities in waterless environs and full of people eager to divest visitors of both their souls and their money, that is where their likeness ends. As a tour leader for […]

world-migratory-bird-day-nature-irq.jpg

Nature Iraq Promotes World Migratory Bird Day

Iraq is rife with environmental woes, as Arwa points out in her survey. And some of the most endangered animals are migratory birds: the Basra Reed Warbler (found in the southern Marshlands) and the Egyptian Vulture (found in the Kurdistan-Iraq Mountains) are especially at risk. To honor World Migratory Bird Day May 14-15 this year, […]

Sunrise-from-Mt.-Sinai-2006.jpg

Climbing God’s Mountain for EcoTourism in Egypt

Sunrise from summit of Mt. Sinai – some say “God’s Mountain”.  The peninsula offers more than just pristine beaches. Following Egypt’s recent revolution resulting in the Mubarek family being ousted from power,  the country’s lucrative tourism industry has been struggling to find ways to entice foreign tourists to return. One Egyptian Hisham Nessim, a businessman […]

Caspian-Horse.jpg

Persepolis Horse Remains Found Buried Alongside Humans

About 2/3 the size of most horses, the Caspian was used to draw ancient chariots into battle. Louise Firouz loved her Caspians, a small horse that was thought to have gone extinct 1,300 years ago. After marrying into an aristocratic family, the American Cornell graduate took up her love of horses anew by establishing a […]

jumeirah-beach-hotel-dubai-3.jpg

Hope Amidst Dubai’s Marine Destruction

Mostly concerned expatriates snag bean bags ahead of The End of the Line screening outside the Pavilion Dive Center in Dubai. A dead dugong was found floating in the Gulf waters near the artificial island development Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai on 2 May, 2011. Listed as vulnerable on the International Union of Conservation’s (IUCN) […]

Porcupine-1590223.jpg

Israel Animals Killed By Economic Development

Once common, animals and porcupines like this one are now becoming rare in Israel as development surges, and open spaces diminish. Israel’s birds and other wildlife are threatened with extinction due to over development of the country’s open spaces, according to an article in Haaretz. According to a new study on Israel’s nature situation, it […]

jordan-forest.jpg

Trees In Jordan’s Ajloun Forest Still At Risk

Despite a campaign by environmentalists to protect the Ajloun forest in Jordan, 300 trees will be uprooted to make way for a military academy Back in January 2011, Jordanian environmentalists launched a campaign to help protect Ajloun forest from a development project which would have seen 2,200 trees cut down across 45 dunums of land. […]

ACS-Abu-Dhabi.jpg

Live Blog: School Children Pledge To Save UAE Fish

Students and parents gather at the American Community School in Abu Dhabi to watch The End of the Line. Today we’re blogging live from the American Community School in Abu Dhabi, where students have watched an abbreviated version of a documentary called The End of the Line. Based on Charles Clover’s book of the same name, […]

anne-frank-tree.jpg

Anne Frank’s Tree Memorialized in Israel

This tree gave Anne Frank so much pleasure when she was in hiding. Just before it was about to die, seeds from the Anne Frank tree in Amsterdam were collected and germinated so that the tree that she loved so much could live on. In her diary, now a book, The Diary of Anne Frank, […]

dubai-skyline1.jpg

Green Prophet Wants to Meet All The UAE Eco-Peeps

Tafline finally gets to sink her teeth into the United Arab Emirates’ eco-scene, and wants to meet all the groovy green folks during her three week stay! Yours truly  is touring the United Arab Emirates’ green scene on Green Prophet’s behalf and wants to see you! After a very brief but incredibly well-serviced flight from […]

goes8.full_.green_.earth1.jpg

What Bolivia And The Bedouin Have In Common

When Indigenous people rule, nature has rights. Bolivia will soon pass a law called “The Law of Mother Earth.” Under this law, the government decrees that nature has eleven rights similar to those enjoyed by human beings. The Law of Mother Earth is fully supported by the President, Evo Morales, whose party enjoys a majority […]

Rima-Jabado-photos2.jpg

A Day In the Life of A Marine Scientist Rima Jabado

Green Prophet speaks to Rima Jabado, a marine scientist working in the UAE on marine conservation Following the tremendous response to our story on the UAE’s burgeoning fin shark trade (despite a ban on shark finning) we at Green Prophet have embarked on a ‘save the shark’ campaign. Over the last month, we have interviewed […]

Jordan Dana Biosphere Reserve Kicks Out Kerosene

Jordan takes another definitive step towards a renewable future with a little help from its Czech friends There will be no more stinky kerosene for the first solar-illuminated Bedouin tent in Jordan. Gas and kerosene lanterns have been replaced with a far more sustainable resource at the Rumana campsite in the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Donated […]

Arabian_Humpback_Whale_-_Amazing_findings_in_Oman_Sea1.jpg

New Arabian Humpback Whale Species Located in Oman

An Arabian humpback whale: newly discovered and already imperiled? The Arabian and Persian Gulf waters off countries like Abu Dhabi, Iran, and Oman are home to a number of different types of marine animals. These include dolphins, at least 600 dugongs, several species of sharks, and sea turtles living in and around the Bu Tinah […]

Abandoned-shelties-in-Japan1.jpg

Japanese Risk All to Save Nuclear Zone Strays

Abandoned dogs near Fukushima forced to roam in packs to find food Despite the sad tragedy of what are now being called the “Fukushima Dead Zone Pets” all is not completely lost for these poor animals: a number of concerned Japanese citizens are willing to risk radiation exposure to themselves in order to save and […]

Eco-parkjordan.jpg

New Eco-Park Opens In Jordan

After six years of hard work, Friends of the Earth Middle East have opened an eco-park in Jordan dedicated to preserving biodiversity Last week, the Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark in Jordan was opened after six years of planning which saw the development of several thousand dunams of land in the Jordan Valley.  As well as […]

sandstorm-iran.jpg

Blaming Iraq for Sandstorms that Cripple Iran

Sandstorms, like any kind of air pollution, know no borders. Last Wednesday a viscous sandstorm in Iran forced schools and government offices to close. The more extreme than usual storm grounded some flights, and sent a number of people to hospital as well. According to the AFP, the Iranian media is blaming countries west of […]

responsible-travel-group-in-Egypt.jpg

Middle East Destination Tops Ethical Tourism Sales

ResponsibleTravel.com customers on holiday in Egypt. Feluccas and Pharoahs, a popular trip. British ethical tourism pioneers ResponsibleTravel.com has celebrated its tenth birthday by announcing its biggest ten sellers over the last decade – and Middle Eastern destinations top the list. Responsible Travel offers hundreds of holidays across the world and its birthday announcement also included […]

esma-egypt-animals.jpg

Picket at the Egyptian Zoo For All Animal Rights

As Egyptian struggles for human rights, animal rights activists speak for those who can’t. Egyptian animal welfare societies and activists are calling for a protest this Saturday outside the Cairo Zoo in Giza. According to animal rights activists Egypt has become a hub for international illegal trade in wildlife. We’ve reported earlier about the horses […]

adullam-5.jpg

Canadians Fight Tar Sands, Israelis Fight Oil Shale

Rachel Jacobson shares the story behind protecting this beautiful view from “Big Oil.” Last year a small group of people accidentally discovered that Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI), backed by Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney and a powerful American oil conglomerate, intended to explore their land for oil shale – potentially a very destructive project. David de […]

Abandonded-Japanese-dog.jpg

Japan’s Nuclear “Dead Zone” Dogs and Cats

Abandoned Fukushima “dead zone” dog: its face says it all! The radiation, sadly, lingers in its fur. With escalating rates of radiation, and an upgrade to 7 in terms of severity, it’s not only humans who have suffered from Japan’s 9 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and radiation leakage in northeastern Japan. Thousands of dogs, cats, and […]