Total and the potential growth of solar energy in the Middle East

March 14, 2013 7:25 pm0 comments
Total and the potential growth of solar energy in the Middle East

Video: The potential for the generation of solar energy in the Middle East is the reasoning behind Total’s acquisition of Sun Power, the largest solar energy company in the world. Jonathan Marsh, Head of Mergers, Acquisitions & Project Finance, Total talks to Phil Blizzard about their aims and the potential in the Middle East for solar energy.

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The Greenest Libraries Have No Walls

March 6, 2013 8:29 pm0 comments
The Greenest Libraries Have No Walls

Pity the paper book. Libraries everywhere are closing due to lack of funding and tepid public support, and e-readers are luring people away from bookstores. Big-box bookstores tried, but they couldn’t replicate town libraries: vital public spaces where inter-generational interaction can freely occur between all economic strata. There are occasional glimmers of change. Last October, in north London, an alliance of  retired booksellers, local bloggers and international anti-capitalist activists blocked attempts to close the Friern Barnet library.  The vibrant community library was to be closed, part of the global shrinking of local public services, but…

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Moroccan Students Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered Electric Vehicles

March 4, 2013 5:54 pm0 comments
Moroccan Students Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered Electric Vehicles

Sixty percent of Morocco’s fuel reserves consists of petroleum and 23 percent of the country’s energy is derived from coal, according to the DESERTEC Knowledge Platform. Yet Morocco has to import roughly 96 percent of its fossil fuel, which is both costly and politically destabilizing. So it comes as no surprise that learning institutions around the North African country are seeking solar solutions to something that has become as intrinsic to Moroccan society as camels and couscous: cars. Moroccan students unveiled plans to build a solar-powered electric vehicle, allAfrica reports. Students that belong to the Energy …

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Plantation Week launched in Abu Dhabi

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Plantation Week launched in Abu Dhabi

Campaign seeks public participation in efforts to preserve and widen green cover

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Reviving Egypt’s Handmade Paper Industry for a Sustainable Future

March 1, 2013 5:04 pm0 comments
Reviving Egypt’s Handmade Paper Industry for a Sustainable Future

Throughout his life, the artist and social activist Mohamed Abou El Naga worked in the handmade paper industry in Alexandria. In 2005, he decided to launch El Nafeza for Contemporary Art and Development in Cairo to revive the paper making industry based on the disposal of agricultural waste. El Nafeza (The Window) is a foundation based on a new recycling concept, completely different than most in Egypt. The foundation disposes of agricultural waste threatening the environment, such as rice straws and Nile…

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Dust and sandstorms a collective responsibility

February 26, 2013 8:55 pm0 comments
Dust and sandstorms a collective responsibility

Minister of Environment: Concerned parties should work together to address challenge

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RTA’s green initiatives help reduce Dubai’s carbon footprint

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RTA’s green initiatives help reduce Dubai’s carbon footprint

RTA’s online services help cut more than a million KG of CO2

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DESERTEC Power Launch in Saudi Arabia Ushers in Clean New Era

February 24, 2013 4:46 pm0 comments
DESERTEC Power Launch in Saudi Arabia Ushers in Clean New Era

When Spain ditched DESERTEC’s solar interests in Morocco, the blogosphere was quick to pronounce the initiative Dead Before Arrival. Underestimating the German foundation’s tenacity, critics could never have anticipated what happened next. Morocco found its own way to proceed with Ourzazate and Saudi came on board. DESERTEC Power, backed by the original DESERTEC Foundation, recently launched in Saudi Arabia with plans to work alongside scientists and researchers at the King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) to …

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Rooftop Farm in Egypt Finally Trumps Red Tape

February 20, 2013 6:44 pm0 comments
Rooftop Farm in Egypt Finally Trumps Red Tape

It has been two years since Mohamed Ashraf Abdel Samad founded Shagara – a non profit organization that aims to green Cairo with urban rooftop farms and other carbon-sapping trees and plants – and virtually every day since has been a struggle. After studying for some time in Norway, where his “semi hippie” friends introduced him to the many wonders of nature, Samad completed his MA in Belgium. He then returned to Cairo, where the overwhelming pollution caused all kinds of health problems. His doctor advised him to leave. Instead, …

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Research Project Aims to Explain Unique Resilience of Gulf Corals

February 18, 2013 2:35 pm0 comments
Research Project Aims to Explain Unique Resilience of Gulf Corals

The ability of coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf to survive in exceptionally high temperatures will provide important scientific insights for the future of coral reefs throughout the world, scientists from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and the University of Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), said. […]

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