Lebanon Running Out of Fish

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(Lebanese fishermen in southern Tyre clean their catch. Photo from AFP.) Southern Lebanese fishermen say their catch has slumped from 88 pounds a day in the 60s and 70s to a measly three or four-pound daily take because of aggressive dynamite fishing, overfishing and pollution. According to a report published by AFP, the Lebanese marine […]

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Burj Dubai and the Tower of Babel

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Few building projects have received as much attention and fanfare as Dubai’s Burj Dubai 800 + meter skyscraper, that including its top tower will be the tallest building in the world. A few weeks ago, I posted an article about the Burj tower, which when completed will contain residential and business properties selling at $3,500 […]

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Dubai's Artificial World Islands Are Killing Corals and Pushing Nature Out of the Sea

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Dubai’s mega developmental projects, including several artificial islands complexes, are beginning to cause a number of environmental concerns. The artificial islands, which when completed will contain large numbers of residential and commercial properties (including vacation resorts) are already having their effect on marine life in the Persian Gulf. One particular project, The World, encompasses three […]

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Masdar City In Abu Dhabi Could Be Practical Community Innovation, Or Expensive Showcase

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Masdar City, a unique and innovative commercial and residential project underway in Abu Dhabi, is being promoted as the first carbon free community in the world. Begun in 2006, and conceived by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, the entire project will eventually house some 50,000 people and 1.500 businesses supplying environmentally friendly products, the […]

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Burj Tower In Dubai A Steep Investment During Tough Economic And Environmental Times

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It seems that the Emirate state of Dubai is continuing to construct projects that are not only grand but totally unique as well (see its wind-powered skyscraper here). Not only do they have world’s first indoor snow ski slope, the world’s most modern and advanced airport, and most luxurious hotel The Dubai Atlantis (with “Bridge” […]

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Is "Skyscraper Farming" the Future of Farming in the Middle East?

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Imagine being able to place an entire farm, complete with crops and livestock, in the same space as is required for one of today’s modern urban skyscrapers.  A Columbia University professor, Dickson Despommier, has been involved in such a project that could turn a 30 story glass faced building into a vertical agricultural enterprise capable […]

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Arizona State University Links Israel, Palestine, and Gulf Nations On Sustainable Issues

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Academics from Arizona State University are hard at work promoting sustainability and regional cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a politically stable and very prosperous Gulf country. A delegation from Arizona traveled to the United Arab Emirates this past January for a series of meetings to follow-up on last summer’s visit to their university […]

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Gulf Nations Look to Tesla’s Electric Roadster to Speed Around Middle East

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California-based electric car company Tesla Motors is reportedly (according to the National) in talks which could lead to their vehicles being sold in the United Arab Emirates. Ventures in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar are looking at everything from bringing the vehicles in as rental cars to starting championship electric car racing. News of the […]

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Dubai First Gulf State to Allow Fully Electric Reva Cars on the Road

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India’s REVA cars (which Green Prophet previously reported may soon be available for sale in Israel) are the first all-electric cars on the Persian Gulf. United Arab Emirate’s ruler Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s dream to turn Dubai into an environmentally friendly city is taking shape not only through participation in Earth Hour and the […]

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Air Pollution from Transportation Costing Arab Countries $5 Billion

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Air pollution from transportation is costing Arab countries $5 billion in damages, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Environment and Water recently announced. The cost is calculated based on the number of deaths, medical care for health problems and chronic diseases that are attributed to air pollution. The minister, Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, […]

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