Help From Above As Saudi Environment Satellite-Monitored

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e-GEO satellite monitoring of Dubai’s Palm Island. Can technology protect the endangered Persian Gulf? Saudi Arabia’s fragile desert and coastal environments will now get “help from above,” thanks to an initiative by a group of Saudi Arabian and European partners (GAF AG and e-GEOS) who have completed a project to implement and provide satellite-based environmental information […]

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Coastal Erosion Threatens Evolutionary Hotspots In Gulf Region

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Projects like Dubai’s “The World” will cause untold damage of shoreline erosion and habitat loss. So do modern ports, threatening endangered species. But there are solutions, says US expert. Coastal waters are evolutionary hotspots, says Jerry Berne, a shoreline expert from the NGO Sustainable Shorelines in the US. Based in Charlotte, NC, USA, Berne is […]

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New Geo-Archaeological Study Reveals 2,500 Years of Mediterranean Sea Level Fluctuations

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The Templar palace ruins in Akko (Acre), one of the sites where a geo-archaeological study was carried out. New research finds that short-term rising and falling of sea levels may not say much about global warming patterns. Rising sea level, one of many climate change-related phenomena expected to occur in the coming years, is a […]

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Israeli NGO Tevel B'Tzedek Helps Rectify Environmental Damage in Nepal

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Tevel b’Tzedek, an Israeli-based non-governmental organization, defines itself as being “dedicated to creating a new generation of Israeli and international Jews engaged in social and environmental justice by offering them a direct experience of the developing world through study and service internships.” One of their most recent service internships, in the Dunwa Rai fishermen’s community […]

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Lebanon's Going Ahead With $8 Billion Cedar Islands Project, Despite Dubai Debt

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We reported earlier in the year that a Beirut-based property developer has designs to build a Dubai “World”-like set of islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon. Modelled after Dubai’s The World and Palm Islands, developers in Lebanon report that its $8 billion development project will not sink. This is all despite […]

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Corals Feeding On Jellyfish: A Strategy To Deal With Climate Change?

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Corals caught munching on jellyfish. Are they adapting to climate change? It would seem that jellyfish, often referred simply to as “jellies” wouldn’t have any problem floating around near patches of coral – unless that coral just happens to be a predatory species known as mushroom coral, or fingia scruposa in Latin. This unusual phenomenon […]

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"The World" Is In Trouble As Dubai Seeks Debt Hold on Mega-Islands Construction Project

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Dubai’s been building without limits and now seeks debt hold on “The World” artificial islands project. When the idea was conceived, money seemed limitless, their goals too: Real Estate developers Nakheel of the artificial island “World” project in Dubai now say they will ask creditors to accept a moratorium on debt worth billions of dollars, […]

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EcoOcean Opening a New Marine Research and Education Center This Week

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EcoOcean is an Israeli non-profit organization that has been working since 2002 towards maintaining a healthy marine environment in the eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea.  The organization’s team of Israeli scientists does this by conducting research and running ecological education programs. (You can read here about its director’s Andreas’ swim with the whales). Education […]

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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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Forget Submarines, Send In The Robotic Octopus Instead

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Explore where no man has gone before, with tentacles? Now building the world’s first robotic octopus, and the world’s first soft-bodied robot, Israeli “octopus” scientists have joined a seven group international team to help marine scientists explore nooks and crannies on the ocean floor, like an octopus would. Instead of dropping down clunky metallic submarines […]

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A Dubai Disneyland Coming To Lebanon? Plans Call For Artificial "Cedar Island" Mega Development Deal

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(Illustration of Cedar Island, a new artificial island project proposed for off the coast of Lebanon). Environmentalists in Beirut’s American University are calling it a disaster:  A Lebanese company is looking to build mega artificial islands like Palm Island in Dubai, but in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon. They are calling it […]

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Lebanon Pours the Country's Sewage to the Sea Costing Millions and Harming the Environment

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If those of us living in Israel think we have a problem with pollution and beach closures in the Mediterranean Sea, we should take a look on what’s happening north in Lebanon. A recent article in Beirut’s English language newspaper, the Lebanese Star, noted that pollution caused by both the public and private sectors is […]

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