Time For A Cycling Revolution and “Critical Mass” In Cairo

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Before the 25th of January no more than 150 cyclists could pedal together without attracting police authorities’ attention. In Cairo, Inji El Abd from Cycling for Change, talks about a revolution for bikes. Che Guevara had his motorcycle and they had their bicycles: Revolutionaries on wheels went from all corners of Cairo to Tahrir Square to demand […]

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Egyptian Strikes Clear The Air – Temporarily

One unexpected consequence of the riots is cleaner air, because fewer factories are running. Amid the turmoil and disappointment of Egyptian President Mubarak’s refusal to leave Egypt despite ongoing and increasingly desperate protests, an unexpected consequence has emerged. Infamous for its stultifying smog, Cairo is packed with factories and cars that create an unhealthy breathing […]

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How Do You Solve Traffic Congestion in Cairo? With Helicopters Taxis, Apparently

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Desperation and an entrenched car-culture is pushing Cairenes towards outlandish solutions to their hellish traffic congestion In the bursting-at-the-seams megacity of Cairo, it seems that there is no escaping the traffic. Roads grind to standstill for hours most days and the traffic jams are only getting worse as the Egyptian population simultaneously heads to Cairo […]

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Cairo’s Climate Art of Epic Proportions

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Egyptians joined the 350 campaign to create art and demand bold climate action In the Egyptian desert landscape of Wadi Natrun, 200 students and activists worked in the blistering heat to send a message to world leaders heading to Cancan for the latest climate conference. Placing large black strips on the ground and using florescent […]

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Egyptian Bike Rack Design Competition Part of 350.org’s Global Climate Change Work Party

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The (designing) pen is mightier than the sword – protest climate change by thinking of cool bike rack designs. To protest the rise of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, global organization 350.0rg organizes a climate solution day each year. These protests, demonstrations, and pro-active events take place all over the world, including the Middle […]

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American University Cairo's Sustainable Campus Committee Address Waste Concerns

Education puts Cairo one step towards getting rid of its nemesis: solid waste. Within a 3 minute walk down Cairo’s streets, an environmentalist is bound to have an apoplectic fit:  litter lies everywhere.  Tiny trash bins – rare jewels – overflow with containers and water (read more about Cairo’s tap water) bottles that will live […]

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Egypt's Bahariya Oasis Trampled By Tourism

Some locals fear that too much environmental regulation will imperil crucial source of income [image via neiljs] Prior to the installation of an asphalt highway connecting the once peaceful region of Bahariya to Cairo, the oasis was mostly hidden from the greater world. Then archaeologists re-discovered the Valley of the Golden Mummies and tourism in […]

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Kids in Cairo Survive on Crusts and Crumbs

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It’s hard to think green, when you’re thinking about your next dinner. A UN story documents the lack of protein in Egyptian children, and that a whopping 16% of all kids living there are malnourished. For seven-year-old Ahmed Yasser, it is normal to have just a crust of bread to munch on throughout the afternoon […]

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Egypt Government to Invest in Wind, From $110 Billion Renewable Energy Budget

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It can get windy over there in Egypt. Now, Egypt plans on making renewable energy 20% of its national energy goals. The Egyptian government has announced plans to generate 1,000 megawatts of wind power this year. Speaking at the energy forum for the Middle East and North Africa 2010, Egypt’s Electricity Minister Hassan Younis said […]

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