What Happens When Hyenas Pee On Bedouins

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Because of an enduring myth, Bedouins in Jordan kill hyenas; the Badia Center for Ecological Education is trying to educate locals and relieve pressure on wildlife. The desert area north of Amman, Jordan (the site of the King Hussein Park) which engulfs roughly 75% of the entire country, is under strain. In addition to being […]

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Israel Shares Strategies For Taking Back The Desert Oasis November 8-11, 2010

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Over 500 people from 50 countries will join the Third Annual International Conference on “Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: The Route to Restoration,” on November 8-11, 2010. Although their own water problems are far from over, Israel has mastered techniques that are crucial to desert survival. In addition to developing among the most advanced irrigation procedures, […]

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Ecowash Washes Car In A Water-Parched Desert

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It is no longer necessary to waste gallons of water when washing your car. A new biodegradable product will keep it clean, and protect it from the harsh sun. With virtually no freshwater resources, Dubai relies extensively on energy-intensive and environmentally-destructive desalination facilities to provide water. But the emirate also lies amidst a hot desert […]

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Australian Eucalyptus Trees Keep Israel’s Honey Buzzing Year-Round

With nectar now readily available year-round, Israeli bees are increasing their honey production. Israel may be a desert, going six months of the year without rain, but local bee populations are thriving and honey production rising thanks to a new flowering tree brought over from Australia. It’s not a good time for honeybee populations worldwide. […]

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Jordan Combines Conservation and Tourism To Combat Environmental Woes

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In a historic measure that demonstrates Jordan’s new environmental commitment, the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature has agreed to establish nine more protected areas With the help of certain enlightened individuals, such as the activists who pranced through Amman wearing lettuce to encourage vegetarianism, and Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), who […]

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Gone Seabass Fishing…In Egypt’s Desert

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Digging for freshwater, Wadi Holdings found salt water instead; two years later, and  their Seabass farm in the desert is roaring Anyone with an untrained eye entering a desert environment would see a vast expanse of virtual nothingness: only the occasional sandstorm or a stray herd of camels sauntering by might break the blank horizon, […]

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Kamil Crater Discovered in Egypt

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One of the most pristine crater sites in the world, Kamil teaches us to respect nature’s superiority over our lives. With its wealth of whale fossils trapped within what was once the Tethys sea, and the River Nile, now subdued but previously an angry god that rose and fell at will, affecting millions of people, […]

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More Whale Fossils in The Egyptian Desert

Wait, what?  Whales in the desert? Fossils of earliest suborder of now extinct whale sheds new light on evolution. Even though human population expansion and over-exploitation of natural resources has accelerated the rate at which climatic change wreaks havoc, nature has always been in flux. Few things drive this concept home more concretely than a […]

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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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Meet DESERTEC’s Oliver Steinmetz: Opportunities for Middle East Countries

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Farming the sun from hot climates to Europe? This is the plan of DESERTEC. Today we speak with Oliver Steinmetz. Oliver’s a co-founder and volunteer board member for the DESERTEC Foundation, a small NGO founded in 2008 to promote the DESERTEC concept of supplying clean energy from desert regions to regions with less sun, like […]

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Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar Design is Unveiled at NYC's Museum of Modern Art

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“The New York Times reports the unveiling of the French architect’s latest Middle Eastern project To some, the desert comprises an intimidating plain of dirty barren nothingness; to others, like Lucy, a source of happiness and inspiration.  And to others still, like Ilana Meallem, it is a way of life. Ilana graduated from the Arava […]

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Aora Powers Up "LEGO-like" Units For Solar Energy Production in the Arava Desert

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Aora Solar Energy Company, formerly known as EDIG Solar, is ready to begin producing clean tech energy at their power station located at Kibbutz Samar in the Arava Valley. The station, which uses a combination of solar generated electricity thermal power and alternative fuels such as bio-diesel, bio-gas, and natural gas, is expected to produce […]

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