El Gouna: Egypt builds MENA’s first carbon-neutral city

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El Gouna , a resort city on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera, is set to become the first carbon-neutral city in that nation, in Africa, and likely the entire Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. Cities carbon neutral city diving Egypt El Gouna Sinai

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Loans for rooftop solar are heating up in Egypt

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Two Egyptian banks are moving into green lending with an initiative to finance rooftop solar power systems for residential consumers. National Bank of Egypt and Banque Misr are offering loans within specific areas of Cairo, with plans to expand into Egypt’s other governorates.

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Desperate for Energy, Egypt to Reward Hotels that Go Green

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The National Bank of Egypt has announced that it will give low interest loans to hotels throughout southern Sinai and Red Sea provinces that are commited to switching to renewable energy , according to local press.

The Grand Green Mufti of Egypt

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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. Sheikh Ali Gomaa’s Green Ideology.

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Cairo is growing green with living walls on the up!

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Egypt isn’t exactly renowned for its vast green spaces and pioneering environmental policies. But recently projects aiming to green the city have been sprouting up all over the urban metropolis. We’ve covered them before in Lebanon and Kuwait , and now it’s Egypt’s turn.

AIDS cured with Egypt’s magical “kebab” machine, army claims [video]

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Some 8 million people in Egypt are living with Hepatitis C. But the research was so strong that our medical consultants gave us the green light for the human trial. Health AIDS Egypt

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

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Exactly forty years ago, Hassan Fathy published his groundbreaking book on community-inspired mud architecture in Egypt. He wanted to preserve Egypt’s architectural heritage and save it from concrete.

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10 Green Prophets for 2012

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Despite civil unrest, dangerous regimes, and appalling environmental crimes and neglect, there are good green things afoot for the Middle East. billion years, so two women in Egypt have set up an eco-tourism venture that tunes into that infinite wisdom.

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What Camels and Scorpions Teach “Dayma” Tourists in Egypt

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A host of eco-tourism initiatives in Egypt are moving away from the packaged tour to nature-based experiences. billion years, so two women in Egypt have set up an eco-tourism venture that tunes into that infinite wisdom. New El Mandara Eco-Haven Pops up in Fayoum, Egypt.

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Climbing God’s Mountain for EcoTourism in Egypt

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

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Its not the first time that Green Prophet covers stories on how Egyptian scientists are applying science to public policy. Energy Food & Health biofuel Egypt fungiAhmed Abdel Azim and his team at Suez Canal University advance research in mycology (fungi).

Egypt’s Hottest Mountain Climber Goes Carbon-Neutral

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When Omar Samra isn’t running one of the few genuinely eco-friendly and socially responsible tourism outfits in Egypt called Wild Guanabana , he climbs mountains. Is Troubled Egypt Ripe Enough for Eco-Tourism? David de Rothschild Talks Adventure and Plastic With Green Prophet.

Egypt’s Natural Gas Push Does Little to Curtail Murderous Air Pollution

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Today, they are returning again to the streets as regulators are non-existent as Egypt moves forward in the post-revolution atmosphere, with politics trumping environmental concerns. Cars & Transportation air pollution Cairo Egypt natural gas

Stay The Extinction Of Egypt's Sacred Cats

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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.

Op Ed: Don’t Let Money Rob Egypt’s Green Building Success!

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When students from the American University of Cairo were accepted to compete in the 2012 Solar Decathlon design competition in Europe , they literally made history (we posted the details of their SLIDES project and how it can save Egypt from Climate Change earlier this year.).

Egypt: Conservationists Concerned About Impact of Large Solar Projects

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Conservationists in Egypt are worried about the environmental impact of large-scale solar projects in the desert. Speaking to Egypt Independent , Mindy Baha El Din ( a conservationist who we profiled here ) says that “There’s a misconception that the desert is a wasteland.

Egypt Environment Activists Fighting Back Over Sinai Red Sea Bridge

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About 20 dive sites will be lost, activists tell 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. A bridge over troubled waters still being planned for Saudi Arabia and Sinai.

Egypt May Survive Climate Change Thanks to AUC Students

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This beautiful solar-powered home could usher in Egypt’s period of healing, sustainably. Last year when I visited Egypt , it felt heavy. Summertime cooling loads exact a terrible toll on Egypt’s energy supply.

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KarmSolar Prize Could Avail Solar-Powered Water Pump to Rural Egypt

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Which is exactly what the firm hopes to do with their prize money: commercialize the pump as soon as possible in order to provide highly efficient off-grid irrigation to agricultural farms in rural Egypt. After decades of oppression, a nascent Egypt has woken up with surprising zeal.

Egypt’s Urban Agriculture Movement is Growing!

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There has been an important spotlight on agriculture not only in Egypt, which is suspected by the EU of causing the E. Sprouting green things in many urban places. More on Cairo, Egypt, and Agriculture: What Rooftop Gardening Could do for the Middle East.

Egypt’s Inspiring Youth Launch New Environmental Coalition

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Egypt’s youth are an inspiring bunch. One environmentalist, who asked not to be named as he was not a spokesperson for the new coalition, told Green Prophet that “this is a way to bring people together in a way that does not antagonize or patronize Egyptians.

Polio in Syria, Israel and Egypt Puts Middle East on Edge

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Related: What You Should Know About Polio , posted two years ago in Green Prophet.). Health Egypt infectious diseases Israel Middle East polio public health Syria

Animal Welfare Disaster in Egypt Forces Australia to Suspend Live Exports

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Live animal exports to Egypt from Australia have been suspended after Animals Australia – a leading animal rights organization who has exposed cruelty in the controversial export trade – revealed new evidence of widespread animal cruelty in the North African country.

Egypt’s Power Cuts for Blackouts Into Green Business

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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.

Brazil’s Easy Taxi App Heads to Egypt and Morocco

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Speaking to Tech Crunch , Sacha Poignonnec, co-CEO of AIH said Easy Taxi will go to eight more countries by the end of 2013, including Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, South Africa, Algeria, Tunisia and Angola. Transportation Easy Taxi green transportation taxi apps traffic apps

Recycling Yourself When Green Projects Go Bust

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This ambitious little house was the first modern home fully based on green building principles specific to its Aqaba location. 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?

The Arab Spring Was Hibernating in Egypt’s Green Party

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Egypt’s green environmental party was founded 25 years ago for green and social change – long before the Arab Spring. The Green Party is working to show Egyptians and the Arab world the connection between their issues and the environment.

Egypt’s 1st Private Wind Farm To Power More Boring Brown Buildings

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Expect to see more of these as Suez Cement secures its long term viability in Egypt with private wind farm. Egypt is getting its first privately owned wind farm. The not so green news? Bring on private green investment. Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms.

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The Dam that May Damn Egypt’s Future

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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). Energy Egypt Ethiopia Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Sudan the Nile

Green Prophet Hasn’t Given up on Egypt

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Green Prophet is heading into Egypt and we want to hear about all your growing green projects. Despite the numerous challenges facing Egypt, ordinary citizens are making it easier to live a healthier life and to lighten their carbon footprint.

Going Off The Grid In Egypt with the Solar House

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Green Prophet attended the event this past fall, and next year it will be held in China and the AUC team, self-dubbed “Slide-S”, is the only African and Middle East group participating in the latter stages of the competition.

Is Troubled Egypt Ripe Enough For Eco-Tourism?

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A new eco-village in Upper Egypt raises hopes that the country may move in a more sustainable tourism direction, which we would really love, but most indicators show that won’t happen any time soon. A revival of the unknown Upper Egypt.

Biofuel from Plastic for this Young Egyptian Scientist from Alexandria

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Faiad and her mentors propose using this discovery to exploit Egypt’s high plastic consumption, which is estimated to amount to one million tons per year, and make money from recycled plastic! Out of the six projects in the environmental section of the contest, three came from Egypt.

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

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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. Related: Egypt Requests Bids to Get 2.7 Related: World Bank Grants Egypt 1.2 Egypt’s Next Huge Wind Farm.

Etsy “Local” Stores in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Dubai

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Local teams of Etsyians have emerged so far in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the UAE – and hopefully more groups will emerge in the future. Enchanting Egypt. Lifestyle & Culture buy local crafts Dubai Egypt Etsy green crafts Israel Jordan

King Tut’s Jewelry Reveals Ancient Comet Diamond Dust

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Green Tech and Gadgets Astronomy Egypt jewelry Pyramids Science and Technology King Tutankhamen’s tomb continues to give up its secrets. This time it reveals something about a past far more ancient than the life and death of this boy-king some 3300 years ago. .

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Markus Kayser’s 3D Solar Sinter Prints on Sand – Could Replace Concrete

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And here he talks with Green Prophet about his 3D printer that runs on sun and sand. Solar Sinter in the Saharan desert near Siwa, Egypt, Photo by Amos Field. Finding the right sand was not an issue as desert sand in Egypt and Morocco worked without previous tests.

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Post-Revolution Development in Egypt Destroys Popular Red Sea Dive Spot

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The revolution in Egypt has left a power vacuum that is allowing unchecked development to take over a once thriving, quiet dive spot. More on eco-tourism and sustainable development in Egypt: Morocco and Egypt Eye Eco-Tourism Markets.

Egypt: 5 great green to do’s

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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.

World’s Largest Artificial Lagoon Nears Completion in Egypt, Despite Chaos

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When we first learned about the 120,000 square meter artificial lagoon in Sharm el Sheikh designed to be the largest of its kind in the world, we wondered whether it would lift off or crumble in failure as so many of Egypt’s grand projects have done.