Jordan bans plastic bags, joining Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
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. Cities plastic bag ban plastic pollution The Jordan Time
Jordan’s eco park helps the country go green!
FEBRUARY 15, 2015
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.
Caveman found living in Jordan mountains!
MARCH 13, 2015
For the past two decades a 70-year old man lived in a cave in northern Jordan, alone with no water or power or reliable access to food, exposed to the elements and wild animals. Amen FM is the radio station for PSD, the Jordan police.
Freewheeling With Wild Jordan
APRIL 21, 2012
Guests descend like locusts since I moved to Jordan. Wild Jordan tops the list of travel alternatives. 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.
Greenpeace Assesses Jordan’s Energy Future Without Nuclear Option
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
Greenpeace Jordan recently launched its first report specific to the Arab World entitled Jordan’s Energy Future (pdf link) to a packed audience of environmentalists, activists and political stakeholders in Amman. Image of anti-nuclear protestor via Greenpeace Jordan facebook page.
Jordan regal residence fully powered by sun!
DECEMBER 16, 2014
The most powerful family in Jordan is tapping into the most powerful energy source in the Universe to electrify their private residence. Prince Muhammad bin Talal, brother of Jordan’s King Hussein I, has installed what is the largest, self-use photovoltaic (PV) array in the Middle East.
‘Solar Mama’ – A Film About Jordan’s Solar Women
NOVEMBER 19, 2012
‘Rafea – Solar Mama’ marks a young mother’s battle to bring solar power to her village in the deserts of Jordan. Now, an award-winning documentary has being made about an inspiring young woman from Jordan who travelled to India to learn to become a solar engineer.
Israel and Jordan Strike Brilliant Water Trade Deal
AUGUST 20, 2013
When the $10 billion Red-Dead Canal plan got the axe earlier in August, we discussed plan B for restoring some sense of water security to northern Jordan: a smaller desalination plant in Wadi Araba to trade water with Israel and Palestine. Jordan Times has the rest of the details.
Renewable Energy Vital For Jordan & Lebanon’s Future
AUGUST 20, 2011
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. For more on energy issues in Jordan and Lebanon see: Jordan Pushes On With Its Nuclear Plans.
Jordan’s Queen Rania Featured at World Future Energy Summit
JANUARY 14, 2013
We hope to meet Jordan’s beautiful Queen Rania; or at least catch a glimpse of her today as she pushes a sustainability message. . Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan has a history of environmental stewardship. Jordan imports about 97% of its energy.
Jordan architect wants to green up the capital’s biggest eyesore
MAY 13, 2016
For five years a set of unfinished twin towers have stood watch over Amman, Jordan, construction halted – allegedly crippled by lawsuits. The Jordan Gate project was riddled with problems. HS: I grew up in Jordan, and studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal.
Win a Climate Change Summer Camp in Jordan
JULY 28, 2012
A free, two week summer camp on climate change at the end of the summer, in Jordan. Here’s an open call for applicants to attend a free, 2-week boot camp for social and environmental activism in Amman, Jordan from September 30 through October 4.
Jordan Women’s Guild in Safi has Sustainable Art in the Bag
MAY 8, 2013
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. Fashion & Design Lifestyle & Culture Dead Sea Jordan natural dying sustainable design women''s groups
Syrian refugee children upcycle Jordan’s litter into kites
MAY 7, 2014
About a million of these refugees live in Jordan and as many as 200,000 have lived in the Zaatari refugee camp near Jordan’s Syrian border. So before our recent trip to Jordan, we asked Green Prophet’s Laurie Balbo about volunteer organizations there.
Protest Against Nuclear Power In Jordan
JUNE 3, 2011
Protesters in Jordan are campaigning against the country’s plans to build a nuclear reactor which they state carries more risks than positive impacts. As a water scare country , Jordan is also badly placed to provide the copious amounts of water that are needed to cool a nuclear reactor.
Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport Upcycled by Anees Maani, Artfully
NOVEMBER 23, 2013
” The thought stayed with him, and when he returned to Jordan he contacted AIG CEO Kjeld Binger with a unique proposition. He returned to Jordan to pursue sculpting seriously, and in 1996, started a two-year apprenticeship with Jordanian sculptor Nazih Owais.
Permaculture & Sustainability Project Takes Off In Jordan
JANUARY 17, 2012
A permaculture garden and a mud-brick house, the Dead Sea Harmony Centre in Jordan spreads the word on sustainability. Around three years ago, his passion to build a garden and host visitors staying in Jordan collided in new ways. For more on green developments in Jordan see: INTERVIEW: Nadia Lawton Talks About The Green-Silver Bullet Of Permaculture. Go Green With Jordan’s New Generation of Eco-Warriors. Jordan’s Plans For Railway On The Right Track.
Secret gardens planted by Syrian refugees in Jordan
OCTOBER 31, 2014
But the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, a place where Green Prophet’s Laurie Balbo is knitting together and flying hope , there are new sprigs of hope. One question though for Save the Children: there are winter rains to sustain the gardens in Jordan in the upcoming months.
Broken trees from epic storm sprout public art at Jordan University
FEBRUARY 8, 2014
The Assistant Dean and his colleagues at the University of Jordan transformed the detritus of a powerful winter storm into a remarkable display of public art. Design Amman Climate Change eco-art Jordan University of Jordan upcycling
Jordan gets its first craft brewery, causing ire among Muslim clerics
SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
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.
Amman Jordan tackles pollution in an upside-down way
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Through field visits made by GAM teams and also by the mayor, we found that many rooftops are messy,” Haddadin told The Jordan Times over the phone in June. Is there any practical reason these aren’t in play in Jordan?
Jordan’s Green Fairytale- ‘Once Upon A Water’ Campaign
FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Launched by 7iberINC, Once Upon A Water aims to tell the story of Jordan’s vanishing water supply and how they can have a ‘happily ever after’ According to the WHO, Jordan has one of the lowest water resource availability per capita in the world.
Jordan Gets REEL About Renewables
JUNE 4, 2012
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.
Turning words into energy at ‘Powering the Middle East’ in Jordan
APRIL 18, 2014
This two day summit in Amman hosted by HRH Prince Assem Bin Nayef from Jordan will connect energy and water players in the private sector with government officials capable of turning words into real projects. Related: Jordan moves ahead on its first solar PV project worth 52 megawatts.
Jordan Finally Phases out Ozone-depleting Chemicals
MAY 8, 2012
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’s Grassroots Efforts to Manage Municipal Trash
JUNE 17, 2013
The city of Amman in Jordan where I live is experiencing a deteriorating level of municipal services, most notably in garbage collection and public space cleaning. Even Jordan’s natural jewels are tarnished. Featured image by Sabri Hakin; all others from Stop Dumping on Jordan.
The Real Jordan River Will Flow from the Sea of Galilee Once Again
MAY 18, 2013
The lower Jordan River, the baptismal river of Jesus, has been dead at its source for some time. Christian pilgrims to Israel may be thrilled to have a chance to bathe in the historic Jordan River , believed to be the original baptismal river of Jesus.
Jordan Mandates Domestic Solar Water Heating
OCTOBER 14, 2012
Jordan passes new building codes requiring solar water heaters on all new commercial and residential buildings. It’s about time: Regulations come into effect in April 2013 and make solar water heaters obligatory for every new residence (including apartments) sized 150 m2 or greater in Jordan where there is ample sun. To help households make the solar switch, the Ministry of Energy and the Jordan River Foundation have teamed up to provide $1.8
Jordan and Israel Find Risks in Dead Sea – Red Sea Canal
DECEMBER 19, 2011
This salt build up problem is linked to a Jordan Times article stating that the Dead Sea is losing water by the amount of 30 meters a year, with the fear that the lake will dry up entirely by the year 2050. Getting a whiff of Jordan River’s sewage.
Israel and Jordan sign deal to save the Dead Sea
FEBRUARY 28, 2015
Israel and Jordan have signed a historic deal to press ahead with a plan to save the Dead Sea. The agreement was signed In Jordan by the Israeli National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Minister Silvan Shalom and Jordan’s, Water and Irrigation Minister Hazim el-Naser.
EVENT: Chris Jordan, Journey to Midway Island
APRIL 9, 2013
Photo by Chris Jordan, used with permission. In the first event of Sightline’s 20th anniversary speaker series , Seattle photographer Chris Jordan will take audience members through a moving exploration of fabled Midway Island. Chris Jordan.
Jordan Valley Boasts the Lowest Museum on Earth
APRIL 17, 2013
After Israel, no nation has as many Biblical sites as Jordan. Jesus was baptized by John in Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, before the baptist lost his head in Machaerus. He gazed across the Jordan Valley to the Promised Land, then died at Mount Nebo.
Basel Burgan: A Force Behind Jordan’s Anti-Nuke Movement
MARCH 26, 2012
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.
Jordan’s Wadi Rum in Pictures, a Green Prophet Journey
MAY 24, 2013
Jordan’s magical red dessert is short on plastic bags, throwaway bottles, and paper litter. Lifestyle & Culture Bedouin eco touring Jordan tourism Middle East camping Wadi Rum Begs the question, does raw nature shame us into better environmental behavior?
Habitat For Humanity Restores Jordan’s Salt – PHOTOS
FEBRUARY 13, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Jordan (H4H) recently teamed up with Sahhyieh Jamia, a community association in Deir Alla (Salt province), and American Community School to help build homes in a village near Salt. People helping people. Is there a better way to burn a few calories?
Tafila Financing In As Middle East’s Biggest Wind Farm in Jordan Takes Shape
DECEMBER 1, 2013
With no appreciable amounts of oil or natural gas, Jordan, like Syria is a Middle East anomaly when it comes to its fossil fuel rich neighbours like Saudi Arabia and Israel. Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) will run the development of the wind farm.
Jordan Announces Oil Shale Plans Without Opposition
MARCH 5, 2012
While Israeli activists fight oil shale exploration, Jordan announces plans to explore oil shale next door. . Perhaps spurred on by chronic energy shortages, Jordan intends to go where no one else has been. Jordan’s second biggest power plant relies on controversial oil shale.
How Jean Bradbury Makes a Difference a World Away in Jordan
JUNE 12, 2013
I met up with her on her last trip to Jordan and here is my interview with her. My involvement is now supported through the generosity of Aramex Jordan who covers my airfare for twice yearly trips. I was delighted to be invited by Save the Children Jordan to set up art classes.
Jarir Maani’s Field Guide to Jordan is Essential Trekking Gear (Interview)
JUNE 21, 2013
The “Field Guide to Jordan” is a fantastically comprehensive book that uses beautiful photographs and concise descriptions to introduce locals and visitors to the kingdom’s natural wonders.
Jordan Green Building Council Announces Creative Design Contest
NOVEMBER 27, 2011
Join a design contest and network with Jordan’s LEED-minded professionals. As an American architect with a strong environmental bent, recently relocated from Dublin to Amman, it’s taking some time to find my professional sea-legs in Jordan.