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Jordan To Host International Permaculture Conference

Green-fingered activists will be flocking to Jordan to attend the tenth International Permaculture Conference this September The bustling city of Amman and sweeping red sands of Wadi Rum in Jordan will be hosting the International Permaculture conference this month. The theme of the event is ‘Plan Jordan – Water’ which is rather apt considering that […]

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Saudi Options Narrow With Peak Water

Farms like these must be cut off from fossil water under the desert, now “as precious as gold” With just 4 inches of rain a year, Saudi Arabia is already one of the driest places on earth. But unlike neighboring Israel, conservation is not part of the culture. Saudi water use is profligate, almost twice […]

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Big Brother? Masdar Monitors Student Energy & Water Consumption

A one-year investigation by  researchers will hopefully reveal what incentives are most likely to encourage energy and water conservation among Masdar’s student body. There’s nothing sinister about it really. Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is aiming for carbon neutrality in an unforgivingly hot and dry environment teeming with young students. Naturally these twenty-somethings – among […]

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Nature Reserve In Jordan Is Growing Organic

Jordan is championing water-efficiency and chemical-free farming at the stunning Mujib nature reserve Following Qatar’s plans to build 1,400 organic farms, comes the announcement that a Jordanian nature reserve will be growing organic crops and medicinal herbs. The farm at the Mujib Biosphere Reserve is spread over 10 dunums and is designed to demonstrate the […]

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Water & The Middle East At A Glance (Infographic)

This infographic by Carboun tells you everything you ever wanted to know about water and the Middle East but couldn’t be bothered to read Building on the blossoming debate on water and its complexities and Carboun’s first infographic on the carbon emissions from the region, comes this second infographic which aims to decode the water […]

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Israel Commits Itself To More Desalination

Desalination is an expensive and energy-intensive way of removing salt from water to make it potable – Israel hopes it will provide 75% of its drinkable water by 2013 Despite several problems with the use of desalination (such as high costs and energy usage) and calls from experts to consider other options first, the Middle […]

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Bethlehem’s Mayor Without Water For 34 Days

A mental health hospital in Bethlehem is completely without water, and the mayor has been buying his own. Can Israel, Jordan and the PA make hydro peace? A Palestinian water and environmental engineer from Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME),  Nader al-Khateeb recently discovered that the mayor is among many in Bethlehem who have […]

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Israeli Government Officials Prepare to Paint the Knesset Green

Five governmental committees and eight scheduled discussions plan on painting the Israeli Knesset green tomorrow during “Environment Day”. Every one gets his or her day in court, and hopefully every important issue gets its appropriate representation in governmental legislation.  Tomorrow is the environment’s day, as the Israeli Knesset will be observing it’s own “Environment Day”, […]

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East Jerusalem Environmental Center To Green The Neighbourhood

From recycling to water conservation, the East Jerusalem Environment Center  is on a mission to improve the city and its neighbourhoods. Joining the ranks of  influential green organisations such as Bustan and the Arava Institute is the newly formed East Jerusalem Environmental Center. Setup in September 2009 to work with two schools to reduce their […]

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How Saudi Arabia Plans To Win The Food War

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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Visualizing Water Needs With Slick Sponge Art

This art installation by Matthew Laws & Hall Watts is an accurate portrayal of what our 2030 water consumption will look like. Few places are as water stressed as the Middle East. The Gulf countries have to live with the reality that their very existence depends on desalination, the Levant is scarcely better off, and […]

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Four Steps to a Greener Hajj (part 3)

Take up the green challenge when you go to Hajj by following these four simple steps In the third and final installement of our Green Hajj feature we suggest some practical action reduce the carbon footprint of the average pilgrim. Based on the experiences of past pilgrims to Mecca, we put forward four simple yet […]

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Leviathan and Solaris Synergy Imagine if the Water for the Shower Can Make the Energy Needed to Turn on the Light

Israel powers up a new round of EUREKA grants – two make electricity from municipal water supplies A €33 million fund to help fuel the development of 25 projects in renewable energy, biotechnology and clean-tech industrial manufacturing across Europe was announced by the EUREKA network at a meeting in Israel Sunday. Since Israel’s chairmanship that […]

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Jerusalem, 3/29: TED-Inspired Environmental Peacemaking

Speakers from Israel, Jordan, and Palestinian Territories will converge to make enviro-peace in this Ted-inspired event. The Guardian emphasizes the importance of cross-boundary cooperation in order to solve the pending water calamity that could grip the Middle East in a near-permanent state of discontent and suffering. No stranger to such challenges, Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians […]

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The Water Behind Middle Eastern Woes

How governments respond to water woes will determine the future stability of the Middle East. It’s impossible to point to any one issue and claim it as the final explanation for the protests unnerving leaders in the Middle East. Weeks ago one Tunisian man set himself on fire when he was told he couldn’t sell […]

Jordan Valley Eco-Centre Opens Community Guesthouse

Palestinian youth learn about water issues at Al-Auja Eco-Centre Green Prophet has featured news about the Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME) Eco-Centre at Al-Auja, a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley, on a number of occasions. Green Prophet writer Rachel Bergstein has reported on the challenges the inhabitants of Al-Auja face because the […]