A holiday in Egypt

10,000 Birds

From my poolside viewpoint I can encompass four countries: Egypt where I am and, over the sea, Israel to the far left (there’s a birding mecca of Eilat), Jordan in the middle and finally the endless deserts of Saudi Arabia to the right. These events took place in September 2010, before the Arab Spring, so due to security reasons, someone might ask would I go to Egypt now? Trips Africa Egypt HoopoeEast Sinai – Bay of Aqaba, Taba Resort. Morning.

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Take A Seat Egypt

Wend Magazine

Take A Seat Egypt pedals across the North African Sarah Desert to bring the story of this most ancient civilization as it makes the transition to democracy through non-violent revolution. Heading out directly from Tahrir Square with the help of a few passionate riding companions Take A Seat Egypt illustrates the lives of those directly engaged in transforming their nation. ” Soon to be distributed in North America Take A Seat Egypt will likely make the U.S.

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Locusts Threaten to Overtake Egypt

Green Prophet

Scattered pockets of locusts in southern Egypt and northern Sudan are a threat to agricultural land, warns the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). During January, immature locusts known as “hoppers” formed bands and swarms along the coastal plains of the Red Sea, increasing locust numbers significantly in southeastern Egypt, northeastern Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia, FAO said in its January bulletin. Food & Health Egypt farming Red Sea

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Egypt’s environmental suicide by coal

Green Prophet

Egypt’s ongoing energy issues, compounded by its current political and economic problems, appear to be going from bad to worse. Egypt once held great promise as becoming a leader in solar energy production (see photo) in the in the Middle East and North Africa MENA region. Egypt’s energy supplies have also come partially from hydroelectric power generated from its Aswan Dam facility in southern Egypt. Energy coal Egypt environmental pollution

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Egypt’s Red Sea Sharks Face Extinction

Green Prophet

The current unrest in Egypt threatens the safety of humans …and of sharks. Since last year’s political uprising, and consequent deterioration of law enforcement, poachers lsupplying restaurants with illicit shark fins have driven the Red Sea shark population down by as much as 80%, reports Egypt Independent. If you’re planning to travel to Egypt these days, you’ll need to read our 5 tips for traveling safely in post-revolution Egypt. ).

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Egypt’s Inspiring Environmental Push

Green Prophet

As one activist told me earlier this month ahead of the event, the future of Egypt’s environmental movement will not be won, or gain strength, from demanding the government implement new policies that are unlikely to be followed; it must begin from the grassroots level where individuals take control of their own destiny and their surroundings. Architecture & Urban activism Cairo Egypt environmentalism pollution urban planning Waste ManagementSolar panels at the pyramids.

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Egypt to begin building nuclear reactor in 2020

Green Prophet

Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant will begin in the next two to two-and-a-half years. Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement in 2015 that allowed Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Dabaa along the northwestern coast of Egypt.

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Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms

Green Prophet

Egypt wants to talk to you about its electricity needs. Post-Revolution Egypt Restarts Planned Peak Load Swap With Saudis). Egyptian Energy Crisis Sends Protesters into the Streets ) If successful, Egypt will get 12% of its energy from wind power. Make wind power?

NASA catches Egypt’s black cloud rice fires on camera

Green Prophet

Every year there is a massive black-out in Egypt during the season when straw waste is burnt. Although countries like Egypt are trying to lessen air pollution by relying more on less polluting energy like natural gas, this has done little to curtail murderous air pollution problems in cities like Cairo. To add “fuel to the fire” Egypt is now experiencing its annual wave of “straw fires” in it’s northern Nile Delta region.

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Arab investors and land grabbers wanted by Egypt

Green Prophet

Egypt plans to lease 25,000 hectares of agricultural land to Arab investors. Egypt is hoping that sustainable farmers will apply. . Egypt’s agricultural land base measures around 8.4 Now Egypt is jumping aboard, according to Mada Masr news , leasing land in nearby Sudan. Egypt contributes just 3%. Business agriculture Egypt food security Agriculture minister Ayman Abu Hadid made the announcement in Tunis recently.

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Egypt’s Next Huge Wind Farm

Green Prophet

As part of its target of going from its current 550MW of wind to a staggering 2,690MW by 2016 to reach 7,200MW by 2020, Egypt is putting bids out for yet more wind power. Related: Egypt Requests Bids to Get 2.7 The tender represents the second and third phases of the expansion of Egypt’s ambitious wind energy plans. Read more on renewable energy in Egypt: Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms. The World Bank Loans Egypt 1.2

Sun, sea and…solar power for Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh

Green Prophet

Egypt’s tourist hotspot of Sharm el-Sheikh has plenty of sun, sea and sand. Last week Egypt launched a new power plant generated by solar energy in Siwa in the west of the country. Egypt has been facing an energy crisis for years. Egypt has also signed an agreement with Russia that will assist in the building of a nuclear power plant. Cities Energy beach Egypt energy summit lighting resort sea sharm el-sheikh solar tourism

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Egypt To Build 1000 MW Wind Power Plant

Wind Power Ninja

Egypt plans to invite bids for the construction of a 1,000-megawatt wind energy plant in the Gulf of Suez at an international tender in September, according to Aktham Abou El- Ella, a spokesman for the Electricity Ministry of Egypt. Ninety percent of the land in Egypt is empty and is suitable for setting up wind turbines,” Abou El-Ella said. Government / Industry egypt wind power

Egypt Flushes Out Gaza Tunnel Diggers With Sewage!

Green Prophet

Besides the really terrible ew factor, the consequences for the environment are as equally yuck: the Egyptian army is looking to stall and stop Gazan smugglers from digging tunnels from the Gaza Strip to Egypt’s Sinai have found a new and dirty way to flush out smugglers: they are pouring raw sewage into the underground tunnels. Leaders in Gaza are trying to figure out how this tactic bodes for future relations with the Islamic leaders in Egypt.

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Climbing God’s Mountain for EcoTourism in Egypt

Green Prophet

Following Egypt’s recent revolution resulting in the Mubarek family being ousted from power , the country’s lucrative tourism industry has been struggling to find ways to entice foreign tourists to return. Read more on Egypt and the Sinai: Climbing God’s Mountain in Sinai.

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Egypt Stops Japan Imports Over Radiation Fears

Green Prophet

Now Egypt has declared that it will halt all import of goods from Japan to avoid any unwanted radioactivity. Youssef Mamdouh Chalaby is an official who oversees animal products imports in Egypt. Business & Politics Egypt Japan nuclear

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The Dam that May Damn Egypt’s Future

Green Prophet

In a strange and surprising twist, Egypt says it will consider participating with its neighbour Ethiopia in the construction of the Renaissance Dam , a project which it had staunchly opposed (and even suggested sabotaging). Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib said: “Egypt doesn’t mind joining the Ethiopian government in building the dam for the service and development of the Ethiopian people.

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Arab world’s “Banksy” murals 50 buildings in Egypt slum

Green Prophet

Cities egypt tourism graffiti public art recyclingGreen Prophet loves eL Seed, the French-Tunisian artist is the Arab world’s Banksy. He specializes in what he calls ‘calligraffiti’, a brilliant mashup of spray paint techniques and traditional Arabic calligraphy on an outsize scale. eL Seed painted Tunisia’s tallest minaret and covered hoarding that wrapped Paris’s Pont des Arts “love lock” Bridge.

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High-Level Renewable Energy Conference to Advance Low-Carbon Development in Egypt

Green Prophet

Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) together with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will co-organise the country’s first high-level renewable energy conference in the Egyptian capital, Cairo next week.

Fungi Could Clean Pollution, Give Fuel and Food: Egypt Research

Green Prophet

In the last couple of years mycology research in Egypt has been flourishing as new research studies and projects are beginning to look at ways in which fungi could help overcome many of the economic and social problems in the Middle East North Africa region. In 2010 Ahmed Abdel Azim, mycologist at Suez Canal University and founder of the Arab Society for Fungal Conservation, published the first fully documented checklist of 2281 species of fungi in Egypt.

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The Grand Green Mufti of Egypt

Green Prophet

Sheikh Ali Gomaa is the Grand Mufti of Egypt issuing environmental fatwas. Sheikh Ali Gomaa is the Grand Mufti of Egypt since September 2003 and one of the highest ranking and respected religious authorities throughout the Sunni world. He holds the second highest religious position in Egypt, after that of Sheikh al-Azhar. Putting theory into practice, Dar al-Iftaa will be the first establishment in Egypt to be declared carbon-free by the end of 2011.[14]

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Egypt Environment Activists Fighting Back Over Sinai Red Sea Bridge

Green Prophet

Praised by the government as a means of boosting trade, business and easing travel between the two countries, environmental activists are crying foul over where the bridge aims to be built: right on the Ras Mohamed National Park – one of Egypt’s natural wonders home to coral reefs, dive sites and endangered species. Business & Politics Travel & Nature Bridge Destruction Egypt Red Sea Saudi Arabia Sinai

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Egypt’s ghostly abandoned theater – litter writ large

Green Prophet

According to the photographer, the Frenchman’s flaw was in forgetting, “that this nice desert happens to be in Egypt. Design cradle-to-grave Egypt recycling Sinai On the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, tucked in the dusty foothills of an Egyptian mountain range, sit hundreds of seats in an abandoned outdoor movie theater. The arrangement is eerie, like a long-ago movie set awaiting Fellini to shout, “Azion!”

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Egypt’s Pyramid Builders Succumbed to Climate Change

Green Prophet

For generations she had always appeared as a sign that the Nile would soon flood, bringing water, fertile sediment and life to the people of Egypt. Egypt’s pyramid-building Old Kingdom met its demise. The drought 4200 years ago corresponds with the end of the Old Kingdom, the pyramid builders of Egypt. Climate Lifestyle & Culture Climate Change Drought Egypt environmental history Israel water

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Internationally Funded $1 Billion Solar Plant Planned for Upper Egypt

Green Prophet

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. Yesterday officials met with the public in the Kom Ombo region of Aswan to discuss the region’s first solar energy generation plant, Daily News Egypt reports – itself a triumphant development for a country that rarely observes proper due process.

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Lion Cub Shot Dead In Egypt

Green Prophet

A lion cub belonging to a suspected criminal was shot dead during a police raid in Egypt. Whilst this story is certainly bizarre, it does illustrate the scale of the illegal trade in wildlife in Egypt as well as animals rights abuses. Horses: The Silent Victims of Egypt’s Revolution.

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Egypt Losing its Mighty Nile Drop by Drop

Green Prophet

What does this mean for Egypt? Leaking water pipes, evaporation and a rapidly growing population may be significant concerns for those trying to manage and plan water supplies in Egypt, but compounding such problems – and forcing Egyptians to rethink how they use water – is the threat posed by downstream countries which also want to take more water from the Nile, say observers. Egypt has a population of about 85 million, and receives an annual Nile water share of 55.5

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Environmentalists Mourn the Passing of Egypt’s Patriarch of Environment

Green Prophet

Mohamed Kassas was a leading pioneer of Egypt’s environmental movement and a beloved mentor. . Dr. Mohamed Kassas was active until the end, says Mindy Baha El Din, Manager of Nature Conservation Egypt. Egypt’s Role Model. He is considered a pioneer of Egypt’s environmental movement and his loss will be felt far and wide. It has been a sad week for Egypt, and indeed, a sad week for us all.

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Egypt Now Contracting a Whopping 1,000 MW Wind Farm!

Green Prophet

Egypt is now close to awarding a contract to build a 1,000 megawatt wind farm, to be up and running in 2016, that it first announced last year. Egypt has some of the best wind power potential in the world, and its government is beginning to tap into this source of free fuel in earnest, since passing its plan to get 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, in order to stave off climate change. Related: Egypt Requests Bids to Get 2.7 Related: World Bank Grants Egypt 1.2

New Oil Slick in Egypt Threatens Red Sea Coral Reef

Green Prophet

This coral reef in Egypt is threatened by a new oil slick, according to local reports. Travel & Nature coral reef Egypt Marine Reserve oil slick oil spill Ras Mohammad National Park Red Sea SinaiEcologists have discovered a new 300 meter oil slick in the Red Sea just outside of El-Tor, according to WReporter.

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“Spy” Stork Arrested Then Released and Eaten in Egypt

Green Prophet

A White Stork was arrested in Egypt recently after a fisherman in Qena captured it – believing it to be a spy – and marched it down to local police. Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) helped to negotiate the White Stork’s release by assuring Egyptian authorities that the suspicious device on the bird’s back belonged to a French research team that was tracking its migratory patterns. Travel nature conservation egypt (NCE) wildlife conservation wildlife tracking

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Egypt: 5 great green to do’s

Green Traveler Guides

Millions of tourists flock to Egypt every year to experience the many ancient and natural wonders that the country has toward offer; but without a responsible attitude toward tourism, the influx of visitors may have a lasting damaging impact on the natural environment. Egypt: 5 great green to do’s is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Artistry Egypt Trains Women to Rise Above Post Revolution Madness

Green Prophet

Artistry Egypt, which is run by the development NGO Ganat El-Kholod, trains unskilled women to learn how to make eco-friendly artisanal textile crafts. A groundbreaking initiative that recognizes the role that cottage industries play to keep the poorer sectors of Egyptian society afloat during the post-revolution chaos, Artistry Egypt was a semi finalist at the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Business Plan Competition.

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Cintec Restores Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid with Water-Filled Bags

Green Prophet

A hero of history, the project also offers a reminder of Egypt’s extraordinary past and some small hope for a better future. :: WAN. Design ancient egypt Cintec egyptology Pyramid Djoser Pyramid Restoration Project Step Pyramid Egyptian Pharaohs from the 3rd dynasty were thought to be semi-divine and their majesty considered worth preserving well into the after life – hence the elaborate pyramids constructed in their honor.

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Egypt’s Power Cuts for Blackouts Into Green Business

Green Prophet

Meet Egypt’s new Solar Energy Association hoping to turn a country’s power crisis into eco-innovation. While it only lasted around 15 minutes, it was one of thousands of power cuts this past summer in Egypt as overuse left many without power for large portions of the day. Amr Farouk , a renewable energy expert and one of the founders of Egypt’s Solar Energy Association, believes the country should look to harnessing the sun to overcome power shortages.

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Remembering Hassan Fathy – Egypt’s Green Architect Of the People

Green Prophet

Exactly forty years ago, Hassan Fathy published his groundbreaking book on community-inspired mud architecture in Egypt. In 1972 he published ‘To Build With The People’, a book on this experience as well as his commitment to work with the poorest people in Egypt to secure their right to decent housing. He wanted to preserve Egypt’s architectural heritage and save it from concrete.

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Loans for rooftop solar are heating up in Egypt

Green Prophet

National Bank of Egypt and Banque Misr are offering loans within specific areas of Cairo, with plans to expand into Egypt’s other governorates. The program emerged in part due to an EBA study assessing the feasibility of rooftop solar energy generation in Egypt. With an incessantly sunny climate and some of the world’s highest insolation levels, Egypt is a solar-power-generating Nirvana. Egypt aspires to obtain 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020.

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Egypt Resists Monsanto’s Genetically-Modified Maize

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Citing risks to biodiversity and super-bugs that require even more pesticide to control, some governments are resisting GM crops – including Egypt. Monsanto in Egypt. Writing for Egypt Independent , Louise Sarant reported that in 2008, Egypt first agreed to import, grow and sell Monsanto’s genetically-modified crops. We hope that Egypt will soon follow suit. :: Egypt Independent.

Mummy limbs smugglers hide “loot” in speakers, foiled in Egypt

Green Prophet

Egypt alone has lost what it estimates to be $3 billion worth of illegal artifacts since the revolution time in 2011. What would Tutankhamun say? Remember when mummies starting floating up in sewage ? This story is even better. Security officials at the Cairo International Airport foiled a plot to smuggle ancient mummified limbs out of the country in a couple of loudspeakers. On a plane to Belgium, the X-ray technicians noticed something fishy and looked deep inside the speakers.

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Egypt Launches Anti-Bird Flu Campaign

Green Prophet

H5N1 has infected 159 and killed 55 people in Egypt since 2006. A nationwide campaign to stop the spread of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt is to be launched by the government in a few weeks, say officials, but details are still sketchy. H5N1 has infected 159 and killed 55 people in Egypt since 2006. Food & Health Travel & Nature bird flu Egypt

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Stay The Extinction Of Egypt's Sacred Cats

Green Prophet

Of the ten wild cat species present in Africa, six once roamed Egypt. Almasry Alyoum reports that The Jungle/Swamp Cat, the Wild Cat, Sand Cat, Caracal, Cheetah and Leopard at one time existed in Egypt.

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The Arab Spring Was Hibernating in Egypt’s Green Party

Green Prophet

Egypt’s green environmental party was founded 25 years ago for green and social change – long before the Arab Spring. That’s why we met with the new president of the oldest Green party in the region, Mr. Hisham Zayed from Egypt. In 1986 the German greens warned us that Laban Nido, Egypt’s national baby-milk brand, contained fall-out of the Chernobyl disaster. You know they say this is the new fashion in Egypt, to say Allah, Islam and Allah.

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Post Mubarak Egypt Struggles to Supply Wheat to Hungry Country

Green Prophet

Taking irrigated water from the Nile, the Toshka pumping station in upper Egypt was supposed to help combat encroaching desert. Political tension in Egypt in the aftermath of the revolution which began nearly two years ago, has hit tourism, led to high food prices, and caused an economic slowdown which is raising food security concerns. In 2012, Egypt was the world’s largest wheat importer ( read this story on how wheat connects the planet ), shipping in 11.5

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