Estidama Is the Arab World’s Sustainability Rating System

April 10, 2013 3:24 pm0 comments
Estidama Is the Arab World’s Sustainability Rating System

These films shown below show the basics of the Estidama Pearl rating system unique to the Abu Dhabi region.We’ve collected a number of films from around the net on Estidama, a LEED-like sustainability rating for communities, villas and apartments in the United Arab Emirates. A system that makes sense for the challenges of the desert climate, and Muslim communities. Environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects are woven into the rating systems to include homes, mosques, schools to meet the…

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Egypt’s Green-Roofed Bio Boat Entirely Wind and Solar Powered

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Egypt’s Green-Roofed Bio Boat Entirely Wind and Solar Powered

Among nature’s most devoted heroes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) has released renders of a new bio boat that will be used to educate children about the Red Sea’s numerous (albeit largely threatened) bio marvels. Funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service, which has created all kinds of low impact natural wonderlands in parks across the United States, the boat is slated for completion by summer this year. “The objective of our Bio Boat program is to introduce different aspects of environmental …

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First Green Medical Center Opens

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First Green Medical Center Opens

Sustainable medical centre will improve patient outcome

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Burning Trash to Power 200 Island Homes in the Gulf

April 4, 2013 6:27 pm0 comments
Burning Trash to Power 200 Island Homes in the Gulf

A small island off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates has announced plans to use the heat from burning trash to generate electricity for roughly 200 homes. Currently, Delma Island transports its household waste to the mainland, where it is dumped in already overburdened landfills. The process called “waste to energy,” is employed in progressive countries throughout the globe – most notably in Copenhagen, arguably Denmark’s greenest city. This new initiative will not only free up landfill space, …

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Solar Waterpods Could Help Sahara Nomads Purify Salty Water

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Solar Waterpods Could Help Sahara Nomads Purify Salty Water

A former sailor, Alain Thibault knows what it means to pine after fresh water, so he designed a portable desalination device that uses the sun’s power to make fresh drinking water. What’s more, he and the rest of his team have introduced the technology to Sahara nomads, who frequently struggle to find water that isn’t inundated with salt. Called the Waterpod, the wooden box was recently demonstrated to a captive audience at the Nomadic Festival in …

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Meet Qatar’s First Raw and Vegan Food Company

April 2, 2013 5:55 pm0 comments
Meet Qatar’s First Raw and Vegan Food Company

Qatar has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. About 40% of its citizens are obese, and experts predict that number could rise to more than 70% by 2015.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some local entrepreneurs are launching startups with the aim of making the country’s population more health conscious.Raw ME, a raw and vegan food company, is one such new venture. Founded by Qatari-American Layla Al-Dorani, 28, the company sells unpasteurized, cold-pressed juices, and special detox packages and monthly juice kits that customers can order to …

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Internationally Funded $1 Billion Solar Plant Planned for Upper Egypt

March 29, 2013 3:30 pm0 comments
Internationally Funded $1 Billion Solar Plant Planned for Upper Egypt

Upper Egypt, which actually lies in the southern half of the country below the Nile Delta, is preparing to build a $1 billion solar power plant with help from a suite of international donors. A particularly poor region of the large North African country that currently experiences intermittent electricity generation but plenty of solar irradiation, the area comprising historic Luxor and Aswan is well-suited to exploit energy from the sun. Construction on the 140 MW plant is expected to break ground some time…

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Lebanese “Green Loan” Funded Solar Irrigation System Breaks Ground

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Lebanese “Green Loan” Funded Solar Irrigation System Breaks Ground

When Fadi Jamaleddine decided to install a solar array on his farm in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, he wasn’t thinking of the environment or global warming, he told The Daily Star. He was simply tired of spending $50,000 a year on electricity for what is a hobby organic farm for the corporate lawyer. And while he could afford the upfront $76,000 to pay for an off-grid solar-powered irrigation system, he took out a green loan just to demonstrate to others that …

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Yours and Mine Eco-Fashion Arrives in Amman

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Yours and Mine Eco-Fashion Arrives in Amman

A new Amman clothing retailer is hitting all the green lights on the fashion runway: Yours & Mine makes sustainability chic, selling locally sourced, recycled garments in a virtual store.  I’ve been stylin’ used clothes for decades: it’s old hat  in New York City to personalize your wardrobe with key finds from an Army & Navy store, charity thrift shop or “antique” clothing emporium.  But that tolerance for recycled fashion doesn’t transport all over the world. I’d spent …

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UAE urges Cooperation for Global Water Security

March 21, 2013 4:22 pm0 comments
UAE urges Cooperation for Global Water Security

Appeal comes in backdrop of UN call for tackling issue at all levels

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