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“Dam” Victory for Turkey’s Environmentalists!

This beautiful valley might have been flooded by another Turkish dam Turkey’s ongoing water resources and energy problems have already resulted in the damming of a number of rivers in that country to create reservoirs for both water storage and creation of hydro electricity.  A planned government project to construct a dam across the Macahel […]

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Dubai Goes Car-Free for a Day!

Around 2,500 took part in the car-free day – aiming to encourage the use of public transport Empty car parks and full Metros and buses is not a sight you’re likely to see very often in the Dubai but for one day it became reality. On Wednesday, around 2,500 employees decided to leave their cars […]

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Stay at Villa Tehilah, Galilee Country Inn in Israel

My favorite place to stay in Israel is Villa Tehilah, Rosh Pina in the Galilee region of Israel. A beautifully restored, 120-year old property originally belonging to the Rothschild family, it has a magical atmosphere of private beauty and peace. I’ve been there with family, with friends, and alone. Others here on Green Prophet have […]

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Hawksbill Turtles Travel 20km Per Day

Iranian Hawksbill turtles are the most adventurous international travelers. See where other turtles like to roam. Like people, Hawksbill turtles aren’t all domestic homebodies. Some – like me – prefer a more nomadic lifestyle. At least, this is what researchers have discovered Hawksbill turtles in the Persian Gulf. In recent years, the Hawksbill’s population has […]

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Abu Dhabi To Plant Sewage-Fed Forest By End Of 2011

Abu Dhabi leads the Gulf Region in environmental innovation. This time, a desert forest irrigated with treated wastewater. Last year we were somewhat alarmed that the UAE had ambitions to plant one million trees. Even though the carbon sponging benefits are potentially enormous, the water required to keep said trees alive might have overwhelmed the […]

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The Grass Is Greener In The UAE

How green is your fodder? Turns out, in the UAE, not so green. A new program aims to change that. In order to combat the dual challenge of desertification and regional water shortages, the United Arab Emirates are experimenting with myriad innovations. The latest encourages local farmers to switch to a different variety of fodder. […]

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Morocco, Egypt Eye Eco-tourism Markets

Can countries with unrest commit to eco-tourism aspirations? With countries across the Middle East – North Africa (MENA) region facing often fatal unrest like the food riots in Tunisia, it seems rather frivolous to be thinking about the travel industry. But with tourism a major earner for many Middle East & North African countries, the […]

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Gone Fishing, But Not In The Sea Of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is known for its tempestuous storms and thriving fishing industry. But life there is changing with less rain and almost no fish left. The lowest in the world and Israel’s only freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee is fed by the Jordan River and supplies much of the region’s water. Famously […]

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Nubians Near Gharb Soheil Fight For Their Rights

Despite their protests, Nubians near Aswan fear that development projects will eventually dispossess them of their land. Long before the recent string of North African riots – in Tunisia and most recently Egypt – the Nubian community south of Aswan on the River Nile have resisted projects they say threaten a way of life depicted […]

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Interview: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking With Karl Ammann

Karl Ammann (center) explains why wildlife trade in the Middle East goes unregulated. In 2007, Karl Ammann appeared on Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment List, and for good reason. Since discovering 2,004 smoked primates and 1,000 fresh carcasses on board  Zaire river boats in1988, he has devoted his life to exposing both the bushmeat […]

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Jordan Reconsiders Deforestation Plans

The campaign to stop the destruction of 2,200 trees in Jordan’s Ajloun forest gathers pace as the government states it now will assess the environmental impact of the proposed development project In response to the demands of the ‘Halt Ajloun Deforestation’ campaign, the Jordanian government announced it will now carry out an assessment of the […]

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14 Sick Lions Killed In Iranian Zoo

Once the “King of the Jungle,” lion populations have plummeted by 90% in the last decade. After contracting a curable illness, fourteen lions at the Tehran zoo were killed. The Jam-e Jam daily reported that the lions had contracted glanders, a sometimes rapidly fatal disease caused by the bacteria Burkholderia mallei, which is common among […]

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Going Against The Grain of Desertification In Iran

Iran is home to two of the world’s largest deserts. But the country needs better planning to block these deserts from growing. Desertification threatens biodiversity and reduces productivity capacity of land. Most of the land of Iran is located in arid and semi-arid climates and most of Iranians live in the most livable places outside […]

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Israel Arbor Day Concentrates More on Green Development Projects

Is Hiriya Israel’s national eco-symbol? It looks more that way Although the just completed Tu Bishvat celebration in Israel included many tree planting ceremonies, especially on the site of recent disastrous Carmel Forest wildfires, Israel’s annual Arbor Day for 2011 had more emphasis on “greening” former landfills, such as the Hiriya garbage mountain, east of  […]

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Turkish Monk Seal Pups Rescued From High Seas

These two babies Monk Seals were rescued after 48 hours of floating on a stormy Mediterranean Sea Development is rampant all along the Mediterranean, whether in Egypt, Israel, or Lebanon, where scuba divers find no life. But building projects in Turkey put additional stress on Mediterranean Monk Seals (Monachus monachus) already listed by the International […]

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Governor Bans Recreational Fishing In Southern Sinai

Violators of the new recreational fishing ban in Southern Sinai will be tracked and prosecuted. At the end of last year, a spate of shark attacks left three tourists injured and one elderly woman dead.  What caused the sharks to act so contrary to their nature is still under investigation, though the situation appears to […]

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Top 3 Middle Eastern Eco-Cities to Visit in 2011

Planning out your vacations for the new year ahead? Beirut, Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi make the cut. A few months ago, world-renowned travel guide company Lonely Planet made a list of its top 10 cities for 2011.  Tel Aviv made the prized 3rd place spot (after New York and Tangier, but before Valencia, Delhi, […]

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“Progress” Ploughs Through UAE Petroglyphs

Archaeologists in Fujairah at working against the clock to save the UAE’s precious rock art. Without an historical record, our future would seem shallow. A future sans identity. A future that lacks the benefit of hindsight to inform important decisions. Because ancient relics – fossils, petroglyphs, and architecture – shed light on our origin, they […]