The Accelerating Decline of World Oceans: Why It Matters for the Middle East

War and conflict overshadows the environment in the Middle East, and oceans overlooked, now on brink of catastrophe. At a time when Arab media attention was focused on extended wars, failed states, and austerity measures, a recent report on the world’s oceans failed to gain considerable attention in the region. The news that the marine […]

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

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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 […]

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RECIPE: Lebanese Okra in Olive Oil

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Call it Bamyeh in Arabic or Bamiah in Hebrew, but okra is relished all over the Middle East. Okra is a vegetable with an inferiority complex. Its delicious flavor hides under a certain goopiness, or mucilage released in cooking, and some people don’t like it. On the other hand, you may want the beneficial mucilage. […]

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A Greener Space Planned Between Abu Dhabi and Dubai

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A 1770 hectare site between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is set to get a green makeover. After long consultations between residents, prominent community members, and the Abu Dhabi municipality, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has unveiled the Shahama and Bahia Revitilization Master Plan. A 1770 hectare site between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which […]

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How Climate Change Threatens Alexandria, Casablanca, and Tunis

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In the coming decades, natural disasters could costs Alexandria, Casablanca, and Tunis $1 billion each. The Middle East/North Africa region is the second most vulnerable to climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC). Especially vulnerable are some of North Africa’s most famous cities, including Alexandria, Casablanca, and Tunis. A new World […]

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“We Are Not A PR Stunt” – Marine Protection Organisation On Corporate Sponsorship

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We speak to the Emirates Diving Association about why they accepted funding from the gas-guzzling car manufacturer Ford Motors The Emirates Diving Association (EDA) based in Dubai has been working hard over the last couple of years to protect the marine environment, collect data to track changes in coral reefs in the United Arab Emirates […]

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Abu Dhabi Beach Gains Blue Flag Award

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Abu Dhabi’s Corniche has become the Arabian Gulf’s first Blue Flag beach The city of Abu Dhabi has become the first Arabian Gulf location to gain a Blue Flag environmental award for one of its beaches. The certification has been awarded to the famous Abu Dhabi Corniche, a four mile stretch of coastline which is […]

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Better Place Inaugurates First Battery Swap in Denmark

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Denmark is the newest country to get Israeli innovator Shai Agassi’s battery-switching stations. The first of 20 long-planned Better Place battery swap stations slated for installation over the next twelve months was inaugurated today, CNet is reporting. The EV battery switching station was installed in Gladsaxe, a town just outside of Copenhagen. The first battery […]

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Dubai Ends Cheap Local Gas

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The Dubai government’s Emirates National Oil Co (ENOC) has stopped supplying subsidized gasoline to gas stations in neighboring sheikdoms in the United Arab Emirates. Hit hard by the property crash, the once high-flying Dubai government is now penny pinching. Even at the risk of destabilizing the region – in the same way that rising food […]

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How Do You Stop Greenwashing in the Middle East? Wael Hmaidan Says Train Better Activists,

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We speak to the Lebanese eco-campaigner Wael Hmaidan about corporate funding of green organisations in the Middle East and finding solutions In a previous post, I posed some questions about green groups in the Middle East receiving funding from not-so-green corporations. Is it a good thing if they are working together to protect nature? Or […]

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Can World’s Oceans Become Extinct?

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  Explosive phytoplankton “bloom” in Pacific Ocean, caused by too much CO2 infusion. Photo credit: NASA We have written time and time again in Green Prophet about environmental dangers to the world’s seas and oceans. These dangers include pollution by plastic material, chemicals and other debris;  from over-fishing;  and from global warming.  Global warming is […]

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Make Compost In Your Living Room

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Nourish your garden or potted plants with compost made in your home. Praxxus55712. The nick of a mysterious Minnesota gardener. We’re given only his first name, Ray. He uploads excellent videos for home gardeners to YouTube, freely sharing his gardening expertise with a gentle, humorous touch. Although I’m all in favor of composting and would […]

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HooHa Cyclists’ House Geared Towards Housing Visiting Cyclists in Northern Israel

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HooHa Cyclists’ House in northern Israel gives traveling cyclists a bike-oriented place to stay. Eco tourism has been spreading all over the Middle East, with more and more professionals in the hospitality industry becoming aware of the demand for more sustainable travel.  Generally eco touristic options involve sustainable facilities, seeing wildlife, or staying at accommodations […]

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The Explosive Truth About Veggie Burgers

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There are several compelling reasons to re-think veggie burgers and other non organic soy-based products. If there is anything to be learned from America’s industrial food machine (in case you missed Food Inc. and other seminal critiques), it is this: nothing can be trusted. Until recently, many vegetarians have been all too happy to jump […]

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GE Sets Green Tech Shop in Israel

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GE looks to create wind, solar and smart grid technologies with Israeli engineers. Already in a number of clean technology partnership projects, including solar energy and desalination, America’s giant electrical products company, General Electric – GE –  is setting up a “multidisciplinary” research and development center in Haifa Israel Globes reports. The center, the cost […]

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Israeli Government Officials Prepare to Paint the Knesset Green

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Five governmental committees and eight scheduled discussions plan on painting the Israeli Knesset green tomorrow during “Environment Day”. Every one gets his or her day in court, and hopefully every important issue gets its appropriate representation in governmental legislation.  Tomorrow is the environment’s day, as the Israeli Knesset will be observing it’s own “Environment Day”, […]

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