For Egypt’s entrepreneurs, Going Green Makes Business Sense

June 24, 2016 2:10 pm0 comments
For Egypt’s entrepreneurs, Going Green Makes Business Sense

As young people across the Middle East grapple with a lack of employment, a growing number of Egyptian entrepreneurs are learning that eco-friendly businesses can solve environmental problems and boost their bottom line. The region’s burst of innovation is driven partly by greater access to technology and a youthful population, […]

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This company turns recycled plastic bags into designer furniture with a traditional Egyptian weaving process

June 10, 2016 4:23 pm1 comment
This company turns recycled plastic bags into designer furniture with a traditional Egyptian weaving process

Cairo’s Reform Studio is turning trash into treasure with its Plastex material, which is woven from plastic bags using Egyptian handlooms. Plastic shopping bags, as useful as they are for the 12 minutes when they’re in use, are a curse on our planet. While it can be simple enough to […]

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Why the Middle East Is Betting on a Solar Future

May 21, 2016 2:53 pm0 comments
Why the Middle East Is Betting on a Solar Future

Just how cheap has solar energy gotten? To give you an indication, Middle Eastern countries from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates are betting on solar to power their future, now the oil that has fueled their electricity plants for the past century. The decision to invest in solar […]

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Qatar running out of fresh water for drinking and farming

May 14, 2016 8:17 pm0 comments
Qatar running out of fresh water for drinking and farming

Farmers in Qatar continue to overexploit the desert state’s aquifers, increasing the risk that the country’s groundwater will become unfit for crops or human consumption, a new government report has warned. Qatar’s growing agricultural sector remains heavily dependent on groundwater and drew some 230 million cubic meters – enough to […]

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One small step for Amman: could a viral video shake up Jordan’s stifled capital?

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One small step for Amman: could a viral video shake up Jordan’s stifled capital?

Architect Hanna Salameh is blunt about how his city is different from many others. “We have no concept of sidewalks,” he says. “We really see them as something you cross over to get to your car. I think that’s why so many people throw trash on the sidewalks – we […]

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Parts of the Middle East Could be Uninhabitable by 2050

May 8, 2016 5:37 pm0 comments
Parts of the Middle East Could be Uninhabitable by 2050

March 2016 marked the11th record-hot month in a row, and 2016 is widely considered on track to be the hottest year of the modern era. The Middle East and North Africa are getting warmer along with the rest of the world. But in an area that’s already home to some of the planet’s […]

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