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Dubai Gets Its First “Green” Gas Station

Enoc collects fuel vapors and incorporates other green elements into Dubai residential filling station. Last September, Dubai ran short on gas, while other Gulf countries re-evaluated their long term energy plan as a result of looming peak oil. Now The National reports that Dubai has installed a “green” petrol station that not only captures and […]

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One Vulture’s Tagged Migration or Zionist Plot?

A vulture fitted with Tel Aviv University tags was “arrested” in Saudi Arabia. The charge? Espionage. Fitting migratory birds with tags and GPS transmitters allows ornithologists and other researchers to track their migration. Important questions are answered: where do the birds fly?  Where do they rest? How far do they travel. Dubai researchers recently tagged […]

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Egypt To Grow A New Generation Of Wheat, But Where?

Egypt is planning ahead for climate change with a new generation of wheat. This declaration raises some questions about its intent for Sudan. Following the drought in Russia, Egypt’s resultant shortage of wheat, and high summer temperatures throughout the Middle East, the Egyptian Agriculture Ministry is taking steps to avert another potential wheat shortfall. Faced […]

8 Exquisite & Endangered Animals of the Middle East

From snow leopards to the Pakistani sand cat: The vast deserts, rough mountains and scarce waterways of the Middle East are home to many unique animals. Enjoy these 8 unique exquisite Middle Eastern mammals, birds and reptiles threatened with extinction because of hunting, loss of habitat, lack of prey, or poisoning. Share them with your […]

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The UAE Gets Its First Carbon Neutral Bus. Maybe?

A UAE facilities management company and a Swiss non-profit have teamed up to create the UAE’s first carbon-neutral bus. Just this week we learned that Gulf countries are considering ending oil subsidies and that an Eco-Playbus is tooting around Bethlehem, showing some signs that the Middle East is moving towards a more sustainable future. That […]

Weather Damage Raises Food Prices in Israel

Harsh winter storms have damaged crops in Israel to the tune of $5.5 million, according to Meir Ifrah, CEO of the Vegetable Growers Association. The recent drought had already damaged local produce. See our post on Israel’s shriveled vegetables here. Prices are close to double what they were last year at this time. Growing your […]

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Start Looking For Eco-Gifts On Dubai’s Goumbook

These are the savvy ladies behind Dubai-based Goumbook, an online directory of all-things eco. This morning I was doing my usual rounds on the internet, read a few inspirational poems, caught up on the day’s big news: wikileaks, Cancun, and Goumbook – apparently the first online directory of all things eco in the Middle East. […]

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500,000 Syrians Flee Drought-Stricken Zone

Corruption, poor management, and climate change have driven away nearly half a million Eastern Syrians and impoverished thousands more. Nearly half a million people have abandoned an area in Eastern Syria near the Euphrates River that has shriveled under a five year drought. Fierce temperatures and dwindling rainfall, as well as corruption and mismanagement of […]

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Iranian President Wants Girls to Marry at 16

The complicated nature of population growth and movement in the Middle East is highlighted by this note from the photographer’s site: “Shahryar is one of Afghanian children who was born in Iran…Iranian government said all of afghaninan must leave Iran as soon as possible.” Concerned environmentalists in the Middle East may find another worry to […]

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Interpol Gets Tough On “Green Crimes”

No more Mr. Nice Guy! Interpol intends to step up regulation of illegal wildlife trade and other environmental crimes. What eventually became The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) began with fits and starts in the early 20th century. Then the Nazis and disturbing fellows like Reinhard Heydrick, Chief Executor of the “Final Solution to the […]