Qatar Considering Using Desert Seawater Greenhouses

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Thanks to a local Qatari blog, Qatar Visitor, Green Prophet recently learned about potential desert seawater greenhouse construction in Qatar. What exactly is a desert seawater greenhouse, you might ask?  We had to look it up, too. According to the Seawater Greenhouse Company’s website: “Seawater Greenhouse is a unique concept which combines natural processes, simple […]

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Solar Technologies FZE Plans To Build Middle East’s Largest Solar Panel Plant in Dubai

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Israel touts some of the world’s best solar technology advances (see our extensive solar energy company guide here), but its Middle East neighbor Dubai, says it is planning to set up the region’s largest solar energy manufacturing plant. They are expected to start producing by the last quarter in 2010, and will manufacture photovoltaic panels […]

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Abu Dhabi Media Company to Create Environmental Films with National Geographic

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You probably wouldn’t have oil-rich emirate, Abu Dhabi, pegged for environmental awareness.  The United Arab Emirates are notorious for their abundance of fossil fuels and thus, sadly, do their fair share to contribute to carbon dioxide emissions. This week, though, the state-owned Abu Dhabi Media Company announced that it would collaborate with National Geographic on […]

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Lebanon Celebrates Three Years of an Organic Farming Project

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Last Friday, World Vision and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated the achievements of a three year project that has helped hundreds of Lebanese farmers grow organic agriculture in Lebanon.  The project – called the Sustainable Agri-Business Initiative for Lebanon Project – directly helped 800 farmers and over 4500 people in total. […]

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Bustan Qaraaqa: Permaculture and Empowerment For Palestinians in the West Bank

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Although Palestinian environmental activism is clearly on the rise, Palestinians still face a myriad of environmental and social challenges.  These issues often have both ecological and political aspects; the current water shortage, for instance, is influenced both by global climate change and Israel’s policies in the West Bank. This past year, a team of four […]

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"Project Interchange" Invites Europe’s Green Makers, Movers and Shakers To Go On “Tour” in Israel

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From September 20-27, a delegation of European environmental journalists, policy makers (ie World Bank and EU parliament), energy and climate change specialists, and activism leaders are coming to the Middle East to explore Israel’s environmental issues, policies, and clean technology. The whirlwind tour will take these leaders to Hiria (Tel Aviv’s rehabilitating garbage dump); they […]

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"Sustainability Brothers" a Model for Collaboration of Different Environmental Activists

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There are many types of environmental activists.  Not only are there those concerned with one type of environmental issue rather than another (such as being more of an advocate for organic farming than for alternative energy), but there are those involved to a higher degree than others. No matter their differences, however, the big picture […]

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Eyal Hadas from Cukierman & Co. Investment House Talks Green Investment Shop

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Today Green Prophet speaks with Eyal Hadas, managing director and head of renewable energy at Cukierman & Co. Investment House Ltd. (CIH) in Tel Aviv. We met Eyal at a renewable energy conference at Tel Aviv University several months ago (when Al Gore was in town), and were impressed by his experience in the international […]

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Selling a Vision of Hope To Advance Clean Technology and Peace in the Middle East

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Today’s guest post is by Nissim Dahan, who is working to sell his “Vision of Hope.” Dagan envisions a network of individuals and organizations to help create economic prosperity in the Middle East. Through funding and implementing new environmental solutions, like clean technologies, Dahan believes the world can fight extremism. He uses the analogy of the […]

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Jordanian Ministry of the Environment Launches Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008

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In a press conference held last week the Jordanian Minister of Environment, His Excellency Khaled Irani, announced the launch of a Jordanian initiative called “Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008” to be held at the Ministry’s premises this coming October. When explaining the reasons for initiating the regional conference, Irani said: Our region’s energy, water, […]

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Green Prophet in Focus: Michael Green

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This week, our Green Prophet in Focus series gets up close and personal with resident Prophet Michael Green. Once a music journalist (he stands true to vinyl) and environmental activist in Bristol, UK, Michael has since brought his green wisdom to Israel. In addition to his position here as Prophet-in-residence, Michael is a journalist for […]

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Environmental Conference for Imams Challenges Israeli Muslims to Go Green

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(Image credit marantzer)  Last Thursday fifty Muslim clerics gathered in Umm el-Fahm for a conference to raise awareness regarding environmental issues among imams.  The first of its kind, the conference was an important stepping stone in improving the quality of the environment in Israeli-Arab towns. Organized partially by the director of Environmental Quality Unit Northern […]

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Will Climate Change Reduce Or Increase Middle East Rainfall?

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Well, that depends on how you look at it… Scientists are predicting that climate change will cause upheavals in the patterns of rainfall, drought, floods, and desertification.  The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that temperatures in the Middle East have increased between 2-3 degrees Celsius in the last century, […]

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