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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Iran’s Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio

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Iran’s Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio

In one “regram,” American actor Leonardo DiCaprio has brought a flood of attention to Iran’s drying Lake Urmia. Lake Urmia (sometimes spelled Orumyeh or Urmieh) has been an issue for Iranian environmentalists and water engineers for years. The lake was once the largest salt water lake in the Middle East. Poor water management, reckless […]

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UAE mulls ‘man-made mountain’ in bid to improve rainfall

May 1, 2016 8:11 pm0 comments
UAE mulls ‘man-made mountain’ in bid to improve rainfall

The UAE is currently in the first stage of a man-made mountain development project as the country mulls different approaches to maximizing rainfall. Experts from the US-based University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are in the “detailed modeling study” phase, NCAR […]

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Egypt looks to avert water crisis driven by demand, waste

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Egypt looks to avert water crisis driven by demand, waste

“For a thousand years,” Abdullah Sheikh’s family has been working the land the same way — flooding fields in Egypt’s Nile Delta and planting seeds by hand. But now a small, relatively cheap plow has changed all that, allowing him to nearly double the yields of his two acres of […]

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9 Green Initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa

April 24, 2016 5:52 pm0 comments
9 Green Initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa

From big corporations to governments to emerging startups, the region is slowly but surely moving into the “go green” trend with several initiatives taking the world by storm. In honor of this day, here are 9 green initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa that are doing all it takes […]

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When it comes to water cooperation, where is the Middle East?

March 28, 2016 11:34 am0 comments
When it comes to water cooperation,  where is the Middle East?

United Nations-sponsored World Water Day was celebrated this week in a series of events around the world ranging from races to speeches to demonstrations of how individuals could conserve consumption of this most-critical of natural resources. To mark the occasion, two experts in international water policy have co-authored an Op-Ed […]

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Sky-high garden project for Dubai Canal area

February 22, 2016 3:49 pm0 comments
Sky-high garden project for Dubai Canal area

  A rooftop garden is one of the main features of Aykon City, a proposed six tower project set to be located at Dubai Canal. The development by Damac consists of residences, services apartments, hotel residences and office towers – and each of the six buildings will feature car lifts to […]

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Dubai designer uses nano-tech to turn a traditional black abaya green!

February 9, 2016 2:09 pm0 comments
Dubai designer uses nano-tech to turn a traditional black abaya green!

A Dubai-based abaya fashion designer has come up with a way to take the traditional black cloak into the future by integrating nanotechnology into its sleeves, giving the garment the capability to charge a smartphone or tablet. Manaal Al Hammadi showcased her solar-powered abaya at the last month’s World Energy Summit 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Al Hammadi, who designs modern abaya with contemporary detailing, integrated solar cells into its generous folds. She experimented with organic photovoltaic (OPV) units,  made of flexible and lightweight thin film (pictured below) that…

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KarmSolar is first Egyptian company to sell solar power off-grid

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KarmSolar is first Egyptian company to sell solar power off-grid

In a region where the renewable energy market is still small, despite a natural and seemingly perpetual gas shortage, one startup is making big strides. KarmSolar is an Egyptian company dedicated to bolstering solar energy use. It is now the first company in Egypt with official permission to sell solar power off-grid. The Egyptian Electricity Regulatory Agency granted the license in December 2015. After receiving the nod of approval, KarmSolar finalized a 1-megawatt solar energy installation at a dairy farm in Egypt’s west. The company was founded in 2011. Just two years later, it created…

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3 Arab Architects Worthy to be called Sustainable builders

January 18, 2016 4:29 pm0 comments
3 Arab Architects Worthy to be called Sustainable builders

Green is sort of a buzzword nowadays. People will say they are going green, but are they as good as their word? Usually not. In the world of Middle Eastern architecture and engineering, rest assured that there are several who are fighting for green choices. Clients often see lots of […]

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