Israel Floods Replenish the Med and Dead Sea

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Israel, like other rich countries in the Middle East, has had to rely a lot on desalination plants to supply much of its drinking water. Desalination now supplies Mideast countries like Saudi Arabia, which is said to have the world’s largest desalination plant. The country receives almost all its fresh water supplies from this energy-intensive process. […]

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Qatar’s Sahara Forest Project Grows Its First Cucumbers from Saltwater

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The Gulf region is showing exactly why they are quickly becoming the top destination for renewable and clean technology in the world. A recent pilot project in Qatar aimed at growing cucumbers using seawater and solar power is just one of the more unique endeavors, and hopefully won’t have any Islamic leaders crying foul. According to […]

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juwi Wind and Solar Plant in Egypt is Remote-Controlled from Germany

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German project developer juwi has installed their first combined wind and solar plant in Egypt to be used for desalinating and pumping irrigation water for farms and it is monitored and controlled remotely from Germany. Located halfway between the bustling cities of Cairo and Alexandria in Wadi El-Natrun, the new plant is comprised of four 12 […]

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IBM’s Water-Cooled Solar Energy Microchips Also Desalinate H20

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IBM has unveiled a water-cooled microchip that produces solar energy at greater efficiencies than most cells and the waste water can be used to power desalination facilities. Wait, what? Let’s un-strip this sentence. A water-cooled microchip? IBM invented water-embedded microprocessors quite some time ago and have successfully put them to work in their Zurich-based SuperMUC […]

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Green Miner Pulls Minerals from Desalination’s Seawater Brine

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This new approach uses bacteria to mine sulphur and magnesium from desalination’s polluting brine.  Desalination’s no golden ticket to creating water for the Middle East but it’s an approach that more and more countries are turning to as a last resort.  Desalination is energy intensive, and what to do with the toxic waste byproducts? Biomineralogist […]

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Eliodomestico is a Solar-Powered Desalination Device for the 99%

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What’s hotter than Italian-designer Gabriel Diamanti talking about a solar-powered desalination device for the 99%? Not much, except for the Eliodomestico that he built during his graduate studies at the Milan Polytechnic in 2005. Following extensive travel to parts of the world that can no longer take fresh water supplies for granted, like Saudi Arabia, […]

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Solar Powered Desert Oasis Uses Desalination to Fight World Hunger

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Growing the most crop per drop of water is an Israeli specialty. With little rain and a hot desert sun as unforgiving as the Sahara, Israel’s high-tech researchers and farmers have combined their expertise to grow a cornucopia of salt-tolerant crops in dry desert conditions. People from hungry countries far and wide come to learn […]

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Gazans Pay One-third of Income for Clean Water

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Gaza’s population is increasing, and the water supply is not keeping pace according to Oxfam, the British human rights organization. In a new report, the group asserts that Gazans are spending as much as one-third of their household income on drinking water, and are facing growing health risks. “The infrastructure has been deteriorating rapidly because […]

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Aqaba’s Got Norwegian Wood — Isn’t it Good?

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Greenhouses will sprout in Aqaba’s desert under a pilot called The Sahara Forest Project – led by Norway.  The ambitious Sahara Forest Project (SFP) aims to revegetate areas of desert and create green jobs through production of high-value crops and biomass. And, in the process, generate clean energy and fresh water. Farming the Jordan’s deserts as it’s […]

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Middle East Water Woes Beg for Environmental Sewage Solutions

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The environment is politics and in the Middle East this is ever so stark, ravaged by internal socio-religio-political conflicts and international wars. Wars internally and externally are based on oppression, division, exclusion, land theft, and expropriation of the Middle East’s oil reserves. The Middle East is the globe’s oil capital. Those who want to own it […]

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What Modern Society Can Learn From a 2,800 Year Old Earthen Water Well

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Leading researchers from around the world gathered in Istanbul, Turkey last week to marvel at the sustainability of ancient water conservation methods. Even though World Water Day is behind us, many researchers are looking to our forebears for inspiration to deal with ever present challenges. At the third Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies in […]

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UN Sponsors Global Wet T-Shirt Contest!

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It’s World Water Day today, relevant and necessary for the Middle East.  Well, not quite, but I got your attention. Raise an icy glass filled with clean water: it’s World Water Day. In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly declared each March 22 to be World Day for Water, raising awareness of water issues at local and […]

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Thirsty Gulf Country Quits Exports of Precious Groundwater

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Abu Dhabi will no longer be sharing their precious groundwater. Dubai’s water scarce neighbor Abu Dhabi recently announced that it has banned all groundwater exports, Gulf News reports. Established yesterday at a Ministerial Service Council meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ban will keep […]

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New Cooling Lagoons Could Save the Gulf’s Marine Enviornment

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Crystal Lagoons has developed an alternative cooling and energy harvesting system for power plants that doesn’t require the use of seawater. Gulf countries that lack freshwater resources rely deeply on seawater desalination to meet their daily needs and cool down thermal generation plants. According to Gulf News, the United Arab Emirates alone uses four trillion litres […]

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FoEME Calms Water War Rhetoric Between Palestine and Israel

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News that the French Parliament accused Israel of using water “apartheid” unleashed a fury of water war rhetoric that Friends of the Earth Middle East’s Director Gidon Bromberg is trying to calm. Yesterday the Israeli paper Haaretz reported that the French Parliament accused Israel of using water as “a weapon serving the new apartheid.” Socialist […]

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Gaza’s New €10 Million Desalination Plant Will Fend Off Chronic Water Shortages

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The EU plans to help fend off a growing water shortage in Gaza with a 10 million euro desalination plant. The European Union has pledged to build a €10 million desalination plant that will service Khan Yunis and Rafah in Gaza. This is a “medium-term” project designed to alleviate what is Gaza’s evolving water shortages. […]

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