Sustainable Architecture In The Middle East – Interview with Karim Elgendy

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We speak to Karim Elgendy, founder of the Middle East sustainability initiative ‘Carboun’ about what motivates his work and why green ratings for buildings aren’t a silver bullet Last month, Carboun an advocacy initiative promoting sustainability in the Middle East celebrated its second anniversary. Headed by Karim Elgendy they have certainly come a long way in very […]

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Yemeni Communities Working Together To Save Water

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Yemen may be water poor but the country has a rich heritage of managing scare water resources effectively through community co-operation The arid and water scarce environment of Yemen makes life very difficult for the average Yemeni. Malnutrition and poverty are real problems which are only exacerbated by a widespread addiction to the narcotic, qat, […]

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Wintertime Droughts Increase Due To Climate Change

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According to recent research, an increase in wintertime droughts in the Mediterranean is partly down to human-caused climate change Over the last 20 years, 10 of the driest winters have taken place in the Mediterranean region that stretches from Gibraltar to the Middle East. As the region accumulates most of its precipitation during the wintertime, […]

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Can Nuclear Power Ever Be Justified For Environmental Reasons?

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Jordan looks into the advantages of nuclear and we debunk the ‘green’ arguments for going nuclear Whilst Turkey reassesses its own nuclear plans following a devastating earthquake, Jordan is still exploring the pros and cons of going radioactive. A recent meeting held in Amman brought together various NGOs, experts and academics for the 4th International […]

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Full Frontal Exposure: World Reacts to Naked Israelis (photos)

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“Let the world see the openness of Israel,” wrote one participant. Fortunately, mostly positive press dominates the Naked Sea photoshoot, which took place on private property along the shores of the salty lake. Prior to the Spencer Tunick photo shoot at the Dead Sea this Saturday, international coverage of the famed artists latest installation was […]

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How Saudi Arabia Plans To Win The Food War

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Saudi spends billions to win the food war. Without its oil wealth, Saudi Arabia’s 27 million inhabitants would eventually starve. At a recent social event, the country’s Minister of Agriculture Fahd Balghunaim warned that the ratio of food and water in the kingdom is perilously out of balance. But oil wealth currently ensures that its own […]

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Egypt & Bahrain Pin Hopes On Joint Desalination Projects

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Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources sees desalination as a solution to future water shortages. Egypt and Bahrain are looking at a cooperation agreement that will enable both countries to develop water desalination projects between the two countries, Egypt’s water resources and irrigation ministry confirmed to Bikya Masr on Tuesday. “We believe that the future water […]

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Reflecting on Israel's Water Usage and Reviewing Water Saving Tips Before International Water Day

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Karen provides some water-saving tips in praise of International Water Day, Monday. [image via: RonAlmog] This coming Monday, March 22nd will be International Water Day, a time (almost like New Years) for countries to reflect upon their last year of water usage and make resolutions for the year to come.  This is especially important in […]

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Arad Group and Leviathan Energy Find Leaks and Generate Power from Water Pipes

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The WATEC conference is now on in Tel Aviv. Let’s look at some new technologies attempting to collect energy with every flush, and to detect leaky pipes with drone planes. (Above: Gadi Hareli from Leviathan- Reuters) Imagine being able to detect leaks and water pipes and create hydro-electric power at the same time. Two Israeli […]

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2009 World Water Week Honors Young Turkish and Israeli Innovators

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World Water Week, an annual meeting in Stockholm about the world’s most urgent water-related issues, took place this year between August 16-22.  Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brought together water experts, practitioners, decision makers, and global leaders in order to come up with solutions to international water crises. It also recognized […]

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Going On A Water Cequesta

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It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it: cleaning up wastewater from industrial and agricultural operations, that is. A young Israeli company Cequesta is now open for business and has taken on the task of making America’s and the world’s waterways and businesses a whole lot cleaner. From cheese factories (yes even organic […]

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