Jordan Hopes For The Gulf And Levant’s First “Mixed” UNESCO Heritage Site

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As both a cultural and natural marvel, if Wadi Rum’s candidacy as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is approved, sustainability will be easier to achieve. Concerned organizations have taken huge leaps towards preserving Jordan’s culture and wild heritage. The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature have set aside an additional nine protected areas in […]

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Morocco To Stave Off Desertification With New Environmental Charter

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The first Arab country to create one, Morocco’s new charter provides a blueprint for environmental protection and sustainable energy production. In a first for the Arab world, the Moroccan government announced a National Charter for Environment and Sustainable Development, becoming the first African country to launch any such ambitions. It is part of the country’s […]

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Kibbutznik Sues Israel’s Health Ministry For Right To Open Public Ecological Pool

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Alice Miller claims that by denying the right to open a public ecological pool, Israel’s Health Ministry is also preventing a way of life. In Israel, where language and tradition are deeply rooted to nature, the shift away from the materialistic status quo is spreading. Several kibbutzim around the country are demonstrating that with a […]

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Bridging Syria’s Bio-Tech Gap

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Syria’s building its environmental research infrastructure one Masters at a time In addition to de-congesting its markets, albeit at the expense of certain locals, and improving local and foreign knowledge about Syria’s extraordinary biodiversity, the country appears to be taking important steps to educating their public about environmental issues. Often the unsung heroes spend their […]

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Worldwide Seed And Gene Banks Are “Libraries Of Life”

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As populations surge and climate change destroys existing crops, seed and gene banks prepare us for potential food-shortage emergencies. As we learned when fires raging through Russia destroyed wheat crops, countries all along the food chain, including Egypt, feel the pinch, though climate change is not all that puts at risk Israel’s tomato, cucumber, and […]

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Israel’s New “Green” Synagogue to Raise Environmental Awareness

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Rabbi Ian Pear believes that public institutions should take the lead in generating environmental awareness. The relationship between ecology and worldwide religions has taken center stage recently. Islamic leaders are speaking out and two traveling Americans found all manner of environmentally aware Muslims in their country. Also, if it ever lifts off, the famous “Ground […]

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Traffic Accident Fatalities in Iran: the Statistics and Causes

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Iran’s high fatality rate is usually attributed to cultural attitudes towards road rules, and poor safety facilities. Driving cars can be a hazardous affair. Traffic congestion can make the mildest person tear out their hair, or at least abandon them altogether for public transportation. And in cities where public transportation is sketchy, some people may […]

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Art and Spirituality: The Antidote to Bigger, Better, More

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Gentle artists and prophets inspired by nature offer a cure against environmental destruction This post takes its inspiration from two different stories. One by Mike Shanahan, an environmental journalist whose work we admire, and another published in Al MasryAlyoum. The first proposes that incorporating religious principles into our daily lives will heal our relationship with […]

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Intel Israel Is LEED’s Golden Child

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Think of Israel and high tech, and the first word that pops into most minds is…Intel. Since setting up shop in the country in 1974, Intel Israel has been responsible for developing the Pentium and Centrino chips which power most PCs around the world. But in the future, if you put together Intel and Israel, […]

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Yortanlı Dam To Flood Turkey’s Ancient City Alliaoni

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Environmentalists are losing the battle to protect Alliaoni from drowning beneath the Yortanlı Dam’s floodwaters Despite certain fits and starts between secular and conservative residents, Turkey is moving and shaking, establishing itself as a firm democracy. Nor is the country short on natural and historical bounty. Recently, we described how Turkey is helping Syria revive […]

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Public Transportation Takes Flight In Dubai

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Will more people in Dubai catch on to merits of metro-riding, ditch the car, and reduce their carbon footprint? We’ve already established that the Emiratis are not the most enthusiastic walkers; this can be attributed to the region’s crippling heat, as well as a simple cultural phenomenon. This has led to one of the world’s […]

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Masdar CEO Admits An End To Oil

Masdar’s CEO acknowledges oil and gas are finite, yet the energy provider continues to exploit UAE’s natural resources to fund renewable projects with the same quest for fame and fortune that kept us glued to oil [image via GDS Digital] Given its celebrity status and our skepticism of its real sustainibility, we at Green Prophet […]

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