Freewheeling With Wild Jordan

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Guests descend like locusts since I moved to Jordan. Wild Jordan tops the list of travel alternatives. Wild Jordan (WJ) is the business arm of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), tasked with developing socioeconomic programs in Jordan’s varied nature reserves. A few of the late arrivals turn out to be Wild Jordan staff; a high energy young woman is our guide. If you’re headed this way, do check out Wild Jordan.

Jordan Gets REEL About Renewables

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Jordan’s nuclear industry is wildly volatile, especially when you consider it doesn’t actually exist. Arwa reported on last week’s parliamentary vote to shelve Jordan’s first nuclear reactor. The time is now for Jordan’s renewable proponents to demonstrate the viability of alternative energy. Last April, Jordan’s Parliament adopted the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Law (REEL). REEL brings Jordan up to speed on a number of energy fronts.

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Understanding Jordan’s Nuclear Ambitions

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My interest in Jordan’s nuclear ambitions began at work –– researching if green energy is commercially available in Jordan. Jordan has no gas or oil reserves, and virtually no water. I learned that 80 percent of its electricity is generated from imported Egyptian gas, routed along pipelines serving both Jordan and Israel: “We depend 96% on importing our energy from outside of Jordan. Jordan + renewables = zip.

Jordan’s eco park helps the country go green!

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It might not have the archaeological marvels of Petra or the adventure of Wadi Rum, but a two-hour drive from Amman’s dusty streets, you’ll find something special that you won’t find elsewhere in Jordan. Nestled in the hills and landscape of north-western Jordan, lies a green oasis with an eco-minded philosophy: Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark (SHE.). With its growing popularity (it’s even hosting the annual Jordan Valley Triathlon and Duathlon next month!)

Yoga in Jordan’s Spectacular Outdoors

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Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature didn’t name its eco-tourism division Wild Jordan for no reason; there is plenty of adventure to be had in the country’s great outdoors. But now yoga has merged onto the scene, offering a softer and more meditative alternative to the action-packed fun. The Yoga in Jordan project was started in 2010 by a Russian exchange student and a Japanese physiotherapist soon after they met one another in Jordan.

Jordan bans plastic bags, joining Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE

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The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced plans to ban the use of plastic bags starting next year. The well-being of consumers is all that we care about,” JFDA Director General Hayel Obeidat told The Jordan Times. Bakeries and produce stands must switch to paper or reusable fabric bags; restaurants that dish out plastic plates will be required to use greener alternatives; and roadside coffee shops must stick to paper cups.

Jordan Pushes On With Its Nuclear Plans

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Jordan is now months away from announcing the company they have selected to construct the country’s first nuclear reactor. According to the local press, the government is expected to announce the name of the winning bid in November as the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission is currently assessing offers from three shortlisted companies. The nuclear plant will be located at Majdal, near Mafraq, which is some 40 kilometres northeast of Amman which is the capital of Jordan.

Jordan Finally Phases out Ozone-depleting Chemicals

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has wrapped up a national phase-out of all central cooling systems using chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), reports the Jordan Times : ”Jordan’s program for phasing out the use of CFCs, aimed at disposing 1500 tons of the harmful substance, was achieved one year ahead of schedule”, said Ghazi Odat, Director of the Ministry of Environment’s ozone project. Jordan is a signatory to the Montreal Protocol.

Jordan Announces Oil Shale Plans Without Opposition

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While Israeli activists fight oil shale exploration, Jordan announces plans to explore oil shale next door. . While activists continue to fight against oil shale testing in Israel because of its potentially harmful environmental and social impacts, on the other side of the Dead Sea, Jordan has just announced its intention to explore oil-shale without any opposition from within its borders. Jordan’s second biggest power plant relies on controversial oil shale.

Basel Burgan: A Force Behind Jordan’s Anti-Nuke Movement

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Our interview with activist Basel Burgan, a leading figure against nuclear proliferation for energy, in Jordan. . The Jordan Times reports that energy officials have expanded their search for a nuclear reactor site in Mafraq despite growing resistance from city residents and anti-nuclear supporters throughout the Kingdom. Burgan’s also the general manager and owner of Burgan Drugstores, and is committed proponent for a nuclear-free Jordan.

Israel’s Bird King Yossi Leshem: Jordan’s Tafila Wind Farm is a “Real Problem”

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Jordan is pushing ahead with the largest commercial scale wind farm in the Middle East region , the Tafila Wind Farm , seemingly without care for the massive bird migration population that passes through Jordan twice a year. ” No one from the Jordan wind turbine consortia has consulted him, he says. No one from Jordan contacted him about any possible adverse effects the farm will have on the birds. “The thing is that we are always for alternative energy.

King Abdullah: Israel is Disrupting Jordan’s Nuclear Plans

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Does placing Israel in the same camp as the anti-nuclear movement in Jordan have negative implications for the success and popularity of the campaign? King Abdullah has accused Israel of disrupting Jordan’s nuclear programme. ” This statement is in my view hugely damaging to Jordan’s anti-nuclear movement. For more Jordan’s Nuclear Plans see: Understanding Jordan’s Nuclear Ambitions. Jordan Suspends Its Nuclear Plans Amid Controversy.

Jordan Women’s Guild in Safi has Sustainable Art in the Bag

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Back in 1991, a young artist found herself working as an archeological illustrator on a dig near Lot’s Cave in an area known as Ghour al Safi, in southern Jordan. Alternatively, contact Green Prophet and we can put you in touch with the Safi women. Fashion & Design Lifestyle & Culture Dead Sea Jordan natural dying sustainable design women''s groups

Jordan gets its first craft brewery, causing ire among Muslim clerics

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Yazan Karadesh, a local Arab Christian from Amman, for instance has started brewing Jordan’s first craft brewery, hoping to compete in the $22 billion US craft beer market. But Jordan’s Yazan Karadesh wants his own in Amman: “Alcohol might be taboo but you can find alcohol and buy alcohol easily in the market,” he says. Craft beer is a good alternative to cracking the monopoly that beer makers such as Carlsberg and Heineken own in the Middle East region.

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Renewable Energy Vital For Jordan & Lebanon’s Future

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The European Commission has earmarked €71 million to support renewable energy projects in Jordan whilst a report highlights the importance of solar power for Lebanon’s future. Jordan, which ironically made headlines for its peaceful nuclear plans , was recently granted € 71 million from the European Commission to assist the development of renewable energy, education and knowledge-sharing programmes. Jordan’s Potential First Oil Field For The People.

Augmented Reality Projected on Mosque, Fireworks Alternative

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This still happens in Gaza and Jordan for instance, although authorities in Jordan are trying to fight the practice. Is augmented reality projections the new fireworks of the Middle East? We hope so. To celebrate a wedding, it is common for Middle East men to shoot guns into the air , with stray bullets eventually falling to the sky, killing wildlife and sometimes people.

Environmentalists: “Explore Alternatives to Red-Dead Canal Project”

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Following the Israeli Minister’s green light for the Red-Dead Canal project, Friends of the Earth Middle East are calling for alternatives to the project to be fully explored. Now that the Israeli minister Silvan Shalom has given the project the go-ahead, environmentalists such as the Friends of the Earth Middle East say that alternatives to the project need to be fully explored. Before we put the cart before the horse, we must see and heavily weigh the alternatives”.

Solutions To Jordan’s Energy Crisis Must Be Sustainable

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Jordan may be dealing with an energy crisis exacerbated by attacks on the Sinai Peninsula gas pipeline – but now is not the time for rash decisions. Over the last of couple of months, voices highlighting the threat of an energy crisis in Jordan are getting louder. Following the huge disruptions and attacks on pipelines carrying gas from Egypt to Jordan, there have been growing concerns about Jordan’s energy situation.

Jordan, the PA and Israel trade water from the Red and Sea of Galilee

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Some good news out of the Middle East region for a change: It was announced at the Israel Business Forum that Israel has signed an historic water-sharing agreement with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. The new project will include a new desalination plant in Aqaba, Jordan, at the northern tip of the Red Sea in order to provide Jordan and Israel with a new source of drinking water.

China’s Trina Solar Wants to Spend $200 Million in Jordan

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The disruption to Jordan’s natural gas supply from Egypt has finally awoken a sleeping giant: renewable energy. Nonetheless, the announcement that Jordan’s Ministry of Environment has entered negotiations with a variety of clean energy suppliers demonstrates that the Kingdom is finally taking alternative energy seriously.

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Jordan Quietly Opens First Combined Gas and Oil Shale Power Plant

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While Israeli activists fight oil shale exploration, Jordan quietly opens a combined gas and oil shale power plant next door. . While activists continue to fight against oil shale testing in Israel because of its potentially harmful environmental and social impacts, on the other side of the Dead Sea, Jordan has just opened its first combined gas and oil-shale power plant. Perhaps spurred on by chronic energy shortages, Jordan has gone where no one else has been.

Jordanians Step Up Nuclear Protests

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Anti-nuclear campaigners in Jordan have staged another protest against the nation’s plans to build a nuclear reactor. Now, they have stepped up their protests with support from Greenpeace Jordan which is urging the country to reconsider renewable energy resources as an alternative to nuclear power. The nuclear plans are part of Jordan’s effort to become more self-sufficient at providing its own energy. Jordan Signs up for Epic ‘Sahara Forest Project’.

Refugee Remedies Aid Climate Change Victims in New York

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Here in Jordan, I’d been looking for ways to get involved with Syrian refugee camps : so it was surreal to see news footage of a product I’d identified for refugee aid put into action in New York City. Energy alternative energy clean cookstoves emrgency aid Hurricane Sandy Jordan New York renewable energy SyriaHurricane Sandy bulldozed my home coastline with a ferocity rarely seen outside the big screen.

Mysterious Sinkholes Threaten to Sink the Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea ( which is technically a lake fed by the Jordan River ) spans more than 60 miles. Its shorelines include Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel. In the past half century, the populations of Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories have ballooned from 5 million to over 20 million. And doing nothing is the worst alternative of all. Jordan is also investing heavily in regional tourism, and the Palestinians plan to develop resorts in their future state.

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“Irresponsible” World Bank Says Red-Dead Canal Feasible

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In short: The ‘Red Dead Canal’ project idea has wasted a decade for the Dead Sea, says the NGO which is based in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. The project study also established that the project suffers from a severe negative energy balance requiring up to two new power stations to be built in Jordan, to both pump marine water towards the Dead Sea, and the desalinated water over a 1000 meters up to Jordan’s capital Amman.

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10 Green Prophets for 2012

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Last year we recognized his colleague Munqeth from Jordan , but the big credit goes to this Israeli man for founding, directing and running the world’s most peace-oriented green roots organization, Friends of the Earth Middle East. Connecting people through shared water resources, the group which works between offices in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan is number one in our books for green diplomacy. The year in retrospect has been a positive one.

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How To Hitch Hike from Europe to the Middle East

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Luckily there’s an alternative, that is overland travel. Crossing Israel or catching a boat to Jordan will get you there in less than ten days. All the time I saved by speeding through Syria, I had to spend in Jordan, as Cairo wasn’t expecting me in a week or two. Especially when you have plenty of time on your hands, hitch-hiking gets amusing, and hitch-hiking is nowhere as easy as in Jordan, while the chances for women to be bugged are lower than in Egypt and Turkey too.

Underwater Art is Rejuvenating Coral Reefs

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Egypt, Israel, and Jordan stand to lose enormous tourism revenue if Red Sea coral reefs continue to be destroyed by coastal development. Artificial reefs can turn the tide by providing alternative habitat for threatened species. An inspired attempt to use art and watersports and alternative holiday-making to amp up our environmental intelligence. :: Underwater Sculpture. Jason deCaires Taylor uses eco art to conserve a fragile ecosystem.

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Recycling Yourself When Green Projects Go Bust

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Looking for day trips to explore modern Middle East architecture, I stumbled across Jordan’s The Aqaba House (TAH). A decent alternative to Aqaba’s swanky resorts, I was ready to pack my toothbrush. Meet Theo van de Laar, Middle East tour guide and the guy behind the Aqaba House: Green Prophet: Holland to Jordan, didn’t you like tulips? At one point I was hired to guide academic tours to Jordan. After Aqaba, I returned to guiding tours throughout Jordan.

3 Arab architects worthy to be called sustainable builders

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Named Architect of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards in 2013, Mr. Hajizadeh proved his merit even further when he laid down plans for Jordan Tower. As Principal Architect of Hajizadeh & Associates , he places much emphasis on sustainability, and the goal for Jordan Tower was to create the tallest green spot in Tehran – a city lacking in green spaces. Wild Jordan is nestled in the hills of Jabal Amman. Photo of Jordan Tower from aasarchitecture.com.

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Largest Geothermal System in the Middle East is Complete

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Completed in August, 2012, the new and deeply clean energy system at the American University of Madaba (AUM) in Jordan has a total cooling load of 1680 kW and a heating load of 1350 kW, which is enough energy to power both the College of Science and the College of Business. Following AUM’s success, Al Sabawi says his company has received a lot of inquiries from within Jordan.

Who’s Got the Wind Power in the Middle East?

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Leading that charge is Egypt and Morocco , who have continued to push forward on alternative energy despite facing political turmoil in their respective countries. The Red Sea has the ability to be transformed by Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia and over the past two years, this is finally becoming reality. billion in the next three years aimed at establishing an alternative energy sector, of which a large portion will be in the wind turbine sector.

Dangerous Drifting Driving Now a Sin in Saudi Arabia

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Most drivers drift in Jordan, where road markings are viewed as subtle invitations to stay in your lane. It makes Jordan’s lateral glide look like geriatric Fred Astaire. The classic combination of youthful rebellion and fast cars is an intoxicating alternative. Cars & Transportation corporal punishment Egypt Islam Jeddah Jordan reckless driving Saudi Arabia

Saudis Ban Tinted Windows and Public Transport for Women

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This has forced many teachers to resort to alternative means of transportation,” he told the Saudi Gazette. Lifestyle & Culture Religion buses Islam Jordan mass transit Saudi Arabia women's rightsAs if Saudis don’t have enough banned behaviors, the traffic department now prohibits tinted bus windows preventing fewer women from using public transport.

Experts at US-Arab Policy Conference debate Mideast’s future as global energy supplier

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Does the rapid expansion of new technologies like fracking threaten the future of eco-friendly energy alternatives such as wind and solar energy? The 1973 crisis also launched widespread efforts in the West to find and develop ‘non-OPEC’ oil, to increase energy efficiency, and to bring alternative sources of energy online. Yet in the long term, a far cheaper and safer alternative may be solar energy. How relevant will OPEC be 10 years from now?

Blücher’s Wallpaper Cleans Sick Buildings

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I emailed Blücher to see if the paper absorbs any of the 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke : if it did, I might ask to become their Jordan sales rep. For an alternative try Better Air that cleans with probiotics ). Architecture & Urban air pollution air-cleaning wallpaper architecture JordanThough wallpaper is not popular in the Middle East, this wallpaper can help repair sick building syndrome. I grew up in a duplex, my mom warned us that the walls have ears.

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Bahrain Balances Traditional and Modern Medicine

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Bahrain’s health authority has established four directives to regulate the sale and prescription of traditional, alternative medicines. Now the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) will establish guidelines for the sale, use, and advertising of alternative medicines, including services and practices such as ‘cupping,’ known as Hujama. The Middle East is home to diverse traditions of alternative medical practices. Read more about alternative medicine: .

Aircraft Emissions: Um, Stewardess, Got An Aspirin?

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Impressively, last year ICAO resolved to improve fuel efficiency 2% per year through 2050; agree a global framework for alternative fuels; propose a GHG emission standard for aircraft engines by 2013; and cap GHG emissions at 2020 levels. New terminals are online and expanding in Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.Kuwait and Jordan have major airport redevelopments underway, each targeting ambitious green building credentials.

Egloo heats your room for a dime a day!

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Local heating oil prices have dipped about 20% this past month due to the global drop in crude, but winter in northern Jordan is nippy. Cities alternative home heating candle heater thermal radiation An Italian design student dreamed up a gizmo that he claims can heat a room for 10 cents a day. I just paid $700 to half-fill an oil tank that, if I’m Scrooge-like with that “on” switch, will heat my 3-bedroom Amman flat for maybe 6 weeks.

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Camels for Milk and Look Who’s Buying

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Camel milk is a healthy alternative to cow milk; Camel milk is for good for diabetics. Food & Health camel milk diabetes Dubai healthy eating Jordan Middle East exports United Arab EmiratesDubai’s dream of exporting fresh camel milk to the rest of the world will soon become reality. Green Prophet’s been doing alot of yakking about camels lately. Prepare to hear a lot more as the camel products go commercially global.

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10 eco-funerals let your death be ever-green

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Today’s another official “city-shut-down” day for government offices and many businesses in snowy Amman, Jordan ; even the US embassy issued alerts to stay off the roads. Woven willow coffins are a popular green alternative, made from a highly renewable and carbon neutral crop that’s harvested annually with minimal machine and chemical processing. Lifestyle alternative burials cremated remains green funerals reef balls wool coffins woven wicker coffins

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All-Inclusive Bucket List Eco Holidays in the Middle East

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And here we’ll give you some ideas, based on a little alternative thinking. Travel & Nature Berber Dead Sea eco-travel Egypt Israel Jordan Morocco Nile RiverYou can visit travel websites for all-inclusive holidays where you can find week-long or two-week sun holidays in Sharm, Sinai; You can also find loads of ways to hang out in Agadir, Morocco at exclusive resorts; but not every all-inclusive option can give you the right eco spirit you are aiming for.

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Single White Light luminAID Seeks Middle East Partner

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Their light offers a safe, inexpensive and sustainable alternative to kerosene and oil lamps that’s ideally suited to the Syrian refugee camps swelling in north Jordan and eastern Turkey. Architecture & Urban Energy alternative energy green design humanitarian aid LED lighting luminAID renewable energy Solar Energy Syria TurkeyThree years of sustainable lighting for fifteen bucks? United Nations Relief Agency, you hearing this?

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