Lebanon’s Capital Suffers Nine Hour Extreme Power Cuts

Green Prophet

This is Lebanon’s reality right now , and it offers a cautionary tale. Like Israel, Morocco and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Middle East, Lebanon doesn’t generate enough energy to supply its own country’s demand. Imagine for a second that Washington D.C.,

LEGO Mania Spreads to Lebanon’s Crumbling Capital

Green Prophet

Tasso told Lebanon’s Daily Star that they have had some interesting responses to their project. We are in the midst of a global obsession with LEGO building blocks.

Lebanon’s drowning in its own waste!

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This is an update on the garbage crisis in Lebanon, which is largely attributed to a corrupted political system, but it’s also a cautionary tale about uncontrolled consumerism and environmental arrogance that could happen in nearly every free market zip code.

Byblos, Lebanon is best Arabian city to visit this year

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I remember that when I visited Byblos, in the Jbeil district of Lebanon, in the summer of 2011, I felt like a true beholder of history. Byblos was named the 2016 Arab Tourism Capital by the Arab Council of Tourism. What will the Arab Tourism Capital of 2017 be?

Lebanon’s Bees are Freezing

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Huge bee die offs do not bode well for agriculture in Lebanon. A staggering proportion of bees in an important agricultural hub have frozen to death in Lebanon. As pollinators, bees are essential to the agricultural industry, which accounts for approximately 7% of Lebanon’s GDP and employs up to 15% of the country’s population. Climate agriculture bees colony collapse disorder extreme weather farming honey Lebanon winter

Lebanon Carpet Fire Causing More Atmospheric Pollution

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Black plumes go airborne from burning Byblos Carpet Factory fire in Lebanon. Lebanon has had more than its share of various air and surface pollution issues in recent years. More articles on Lebanon and region air and surface pollution issues: Tire Fire in Kuwait Seen From Space.

Tapping Middle East Biogas Potential in Lebanon and Pakistan

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Lebanon and Pakistan have each announced new biogas projects, tapping into a sustainable energy source that, unlike other renewable energy streams, solves two municipal problems – energy creation and waste processing.

Lebanon’s ‘Weak State’ Supports Construction Boom, Environmental Bust

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… Money rules” (links to PDF) reveals alarming issues concerning the lack of regulation of construction practices in Lebanon that are undermining the quality of life its people and are steering the country towards an environmental and urban disaster.

Tourists Not Terrorists: The Middle East Can Capitalize on World Eco-Travel Trends

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The region is also not lacking in strong affinity to tourism, particularly in places like Lebanon and Jordan. Read more on eco tourism in Middle East : Eco tourism in the Middle East: Lebanon.

Saddle Up and Head to Lebanon’s El Rancho for a Swashbuckling Easter

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A Lebanese man takes on a bucking bull at Lebanon’s very own dude ranch… do you think he made 8 seconds? Tipis in Lebanon! In Lebanon! According to Lebanon Hotels , the owners “want to make you grow, in heart, mind, and spirit.”

This Year's US/Israel Venture Summit: Where Capital Lifts.

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Among the VCs confirmed to speak are WAVE Equity Partners, Canaan partners, Comcast Interactive Capital, and Millennium Technology Ventures.

The 81-year-old woman inspiring a nation to recycle

Green (Living) Review

An 81-year-old who set up an all-woman rubbish collection team in her village in Lebanon now has a stream of visitors asking how she did it. Lebanon recycling waste collection waste management

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Beirut’s Giant Tire Fire Intentionally Set?

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Landfills and garbage dumps in Lebanon have had their share of environmental issues. Lebanon’s GreenPeace organization investigated the fire, which occurred at the Bourj Hammoud-Karantina dump. Lebanon’s Wasted Opportunity in Landfill Management.

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Taksim Redux? Lebanese Protest Over Loss of Beirut’s Ancient Jesuit Garden Park

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Spin the globe, but this time stop at Beirut in Lebanon. Last weekend, hundreds of neighbors and activists demonstrated against a planned parking garage in the Lebanese capital. The tiny park was created by Jesuits who came to Lebanon in the 1600s to open schools.

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Turns Out There Are Green Spaces in Beirut After All

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Beirut Green Project has spent several years trying to draw attention to the appalling absence of green space in Lebanon’s capital. Cities Beirut Green Guide Beirut Green Project Lebanon green spaces Monkey 8 Design urban parks in Beirut

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Greenstone Revolutionizes Lebanese Building Industry One Green-Roof Villa at a Time

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This villa is part of a growing movement in Lebanon that is revolutionizing the green building industry. This can be disheartening and defeating, but Greenstone has the capital to aim high. More on Green Building in Lebanon: Beirut is Getting its First Green Roof Tower.

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Recycling Yourself When Green Projects Go Bust

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Oriented to capitalize on sun exposure, with purposeful shading, its terraces offered fantastic views overlooking Aqaba and Eilat across the Red Sea. Lebanon was my base, but I worked as a tour guide to Sri Lanka and Morocco and to everywhere in between.

Reconstructing Beirut by Demolishing its Identity

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The result is that Lebanon is becoming a haphazard dumping site for cement buildings with little regard of the preceding cultural, historic and environmental resources. Architecture & Urban Beirut construction industry Lebanon sustainable city

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Mimes Point the Way for Safer Driving

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A new App in Lebanon helps you report dangerous drivers. Venezuela’s capital Caracas has employed 120 mimes charged with giving bad drivers the silent treatment in an effort to combat traffic woes. Green Prophet’s own Green Sheikh posing with a mime.

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Conjugal Sex Rooms, Unplanned Pregancies, and STDs in Syrian Refugee Camps

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UNFPA has not yet been able to conduct a survey to establish the scale of the problem, but at least in the capital Damascus, a growing number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been detected in routine visits to clinics, Baker said. “We

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Will Building Catastophes Make Smarter Occupants?

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This question takes on new urgency in the Middle East: Last July, firefighters battled a blaze that erupted in Manama, Bahrain’s capital city, destroying hundreds of shops in the popular Isla Town Market.

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Escape Beirut’s Smog: Go Whitewater Rafting

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Nobody offers up adrenalin and nature bliss quite like Adventures in Lebanon. Anybody but the super unfit should feel comfortable joining Adventures in Lebanon, whose tour leaders will brief rafters about appropriate postures and techniques to be used during an exhilarating 2.5

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Is Bicycle Sharing Coming to Beirut?

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Lebanon needs to reduce its dependence on the private car.” Read more about alternative forms of transportation in Beirut:: Darreja Campaign Encourages Sustainable Transportation in Lebanon. BeBeirut Offers Eco-Friendly Tours in Lebanon’s Capital.

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Snow shocks Cairo for first time in 100 years

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The snow did cause some problems in Egypt’s capital, as it hampered public transport services and caused many stores to close. A severe Middle East winter snowstorm has blanketed Cairo, Egypt in white for the first time in over 100 years.

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Beirut art project pushes for preservation of public space

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Beirut art collective Dictaphone Group is combining activism with show-biz in a fight to preserve Lebanon’s public spaces. Tension is never far below the surface of the capital’s staunchly secular social scene.

Cairo is growing green with living walls on the up!

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Its capital is the biggest city in the Middle East and it’s also one of the most densely populated in the world. We’ve covered them before in Lebanon and Kuwait , and now it’s Egypt’s turn. Egypt isn’t exactly renowned for its vast green spaces and pioneering environmental policies.

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Ski the Middle East with a natural born skier

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Or sliding down slopes in Lebanon? . Historically, however, ski resorts in countries like Iran, Mzaar Kfardebian in the mountains of Lebanon ; and numerous sites in Turkey and Iran are great locations for skiing.

13 Arab Nations Get Energy Future Mapped in Helpful New Report

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The report developed by the center maps out the renewable energy future of its 13 member countries and states, including the nations of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine (not yet a nation), Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.

How Palestine’s UNESCO Membership Could Affect Middle East Heritage Sites

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Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun. Beqaa Governorate , Lebanon. Beqaa Governorate , Lebanon. Mount Lebanon Governorate , Lebanon. North Lebanon Governorate , Lebanon. South Lebanon Governorate , Lebanon.

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Mayor Launches “Beirut is Amazing” City Greening Plan

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The mayor of Lebanon’s capital Beirut has launched “Beirut is Amazing,” an ambitious plan to finally green up the infamous concrete city. Despite critics, Mayor Hamad claims that he is committed to giving the Lebanese their capital back.

World’s First ‘Tablet Cafe’ Circumvents Chronic Power Cuts

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He had been running a cyber cafe in the country’s capital for several years, and struggled with power cuts and high electricity bills and was ready to try anything new to make his business more successful.

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Greek Cyprus Fearful Over Offshore Gas Well Drilling

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Map showing disputed Cyprus underwater gas fields, as well as those being contested by Israel and Lebanon. Lebanon Challenges Israel’s Natural Gas Borders at Sea.

Cypriot Law Threatens to Discourage Cycling

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” This would be a strange time to deter cycling, as a new municipal bicycle rental system launched in the capital city of Nicosia a few days ago. Read more about cycling all over the Middle East: Darreja Campaign Encourages Sustainable Transportation in Lebanon.

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Allowing Public Transportation on the Sabbath in Tel Aviv: Ecologically Smart or Defiling Religious Law?

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Public transportation shuts down completely on the Jewish Sabbath across Israel, but now Tel Aviv (Israel’s secular capital) wants to allow buses within the city on Saturdays.

Eco-Map To Combat Chemical Pollution in Jordan

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Most of the plants in the central region are located in the country’s capital city of Amman and produce chemicals products such as detergent and paint. A Case Of Whodunit Arises Over Toxic Waste In Lebanon.

Musical ambassadors for our planet

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An improbable trio of stellar musicians kicked off the celebration of May 9th’s Europe Day – part of the 2014 Amman Jazz Festival which took place in May across Jordan’s capital city. Is there anything that communicates more effectively than music ?

Severe Weather Causing Middle East Mayhem and Deaths

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Early this week, the Greater Amman Municipality announced a moderate state of emergency in the capital to deal with predicted severe weather conditions. In Lebanon, Beirut roads were flooded and schools closed nationwide for two days.

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Beirut-Based Bokja Design’s Migration Sofa Rocked Milan Design Week

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If we only listened to mainstream media, we would know Beirut as a city full of bullet holes, terrorists and Syrian refugees – all of which are unfortunate realities in the densely populated capital of Lebanon, which borders both Israel and Syria.

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Sunday Snippets: Green News From the Middle East

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Reports have emerged that the capital city is struggling with severe electricity cuts that mean on some days, residents are getting just one hour of electricity. Had a busy week? Well, why not stop and sample the delights of Sunday’s news nuggets.

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Using Human Joggers to Generate Energy

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BeBeirut Offers Eco-Friendly Tours in Lebanon’s Capital. Jogging is great exercise for you, and for the batteries that it can power.

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Dubai Dumps its Dumps

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Neighboring Sharjah already beat them to the punch, launching a similar project in February, and last year, Green Prophet told you how Abu Dhabi distributed solar-powered recycling bins throughout the capital.

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Rediscovering Cities Via the Oldest Form of Eco-Tourism: Walking

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Read more about walking in the Middle East:: BeBeirut Offers Eco-Friendly Tours in Lebanon’s Capital.

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She’s Making Graffiti at the Most Dangerous Place on Earth (PHOTOS)

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In Lebanon, they are making green graffiti for the city streets. Suliman’s artwork is drawing attention in the Afghan capital, and internationally. Malina Suliman’s Fighting the Taliban with Paint and Graffiti. Sometimes graffiti can be seen from space.

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