Kuwait Prepares for the End of Oil

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While the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been outspoken about their shift to renewable energy to shore up for when oil supplies start to wane, Kuwait has largely remained in the shadows. Kuwait has the best solar irradiation along the Arabian Peninsula, which means they are well poised to bring solar energy on board. In January, the Kuwait Institute for Science Research (KISR) published its first renewable energy plan for 2030, according to CSP Today.

Time to AWAKEN spirits and social change in Kuwait

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The small but mighty country of Kuwait wants to wake and shake you up. Join a a new community building festival this November that will bring people together from different backgrounds to think creatively about social issues in Kuwait.

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Enlightened Kuwait boycots IRENA energy event over Israel

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In another “interesting’ move for the planet, Kuwait decided to boycott an international energy event in Abu Dhabi because Israelis would be there. According to reports online , Kuwait officials decided to boycott the annual gathering of IRENA (Green Prophet is there!) But Kuwait took it upon itself to boycott Israel, a country which hands down has done more remarkable things for the clean tech world than all the other Middle East countries combined.

Kuwait Towering Trash Problem

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For such a tiny nation, Kuwait produces some of the world’s highest per capita amounts of trash. In Kuwait, citizens are particularly familiar with trash as they generate among the highest per capita amounts of waste in the world. Kuwait has 18 landfills; 14 are now closed and four of which are still in operation. The total land area of Kuwait is around 17,820 sq. Tire Fire In Kuwait Seen From Space .

Powerful Middle Eastern Graphics from Kuwait’s Mohammad Sharif

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Fashion & Design Arabic calligraphy art GCC art scene graphic art Kuwait Mohammad Sharif political art Saudi Arabia Kuwaiti graphic designer Mohammad Sharaf serves up powerful pictures based on current events, salted with modern Middle Eastern humor and instantly provocative.

Kuwait fish market serves “extinct” shark

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Many discoveries relevant to conservation of threatened species are emerging from commercial fish markets in Yemen , Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. During a 2008 Shark Conservation Society research expedition, Moore spotted among the many species of whaler shark in a Kuwait fish market one that looked similar, but different, to other species.

Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE among world’s top 10 wasters

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Cities Bahrain ecological footprint global warming Kuwait pollution Qatar recycling United Arab Emirates Bahrain, in the Middle East is one of the most wasteful nations on earth, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2014 Living Planet Report ( download the PDF here ), published recently. Bahrain as the ninth worst offender in terms of the environmental impact it has on the planet, per head of population.

It All Grows In Kuwait – One Bloggers Green Fingered Journey

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Alzainah Albabtain, a 22 year old student, is growing her own food in the scorching heat of Kuwait and wants others to give it go too. A green fingered student from Kuwait is taking the blogosphere by storm with her ‘It All Grows’ blog.

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

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Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE ban plastics too. Kuwait aims to be a zero-plastic nation by the year 2020, developing new types of bags for bakery products, groceries, plastic dry cleaning bags and plastic sheeting used in construction and agriculture. The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced plans to ban the use of plastic bags starting next year.

Kuwait’s Environment REUSE 5.0 Exposition Calls for Applications

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For the fifth year Kuwait’s eco en.v an exposition that will take place at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) in February 2012. As Kuwait’s premier exposition for eco-friendly thought , REUSE serves as a vehicle for dialogue among the private, public and civil sectors. REUSE Community showcase of the best student work around Kuwait made entirely from scrap/recycled materials. Method To Seal Spill in Kuwait Could Work for Gulf Oil Spill.

Nader Khalili Earth Architecture Arrives in Kuwait

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Now Hooman Fazly and Robert Gordon from Cal-Earth will be conducting an afternoon lecture tomorrow at the Khaldiya Campus of Kuwait University, where they will team up with Principal Architect Waleed Shalaan to teach students about the eco-dome. .

Post-Oil Stagnation in Kuwait at the Venice Biennale

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Kuwait is making its debut at the 13th Venice Biennale this year, and they’re doing so with some serious style. Kethra means abundance or surplus – something that Kuwait and other oil-rich Gulf nations understand well. The speakers that dangle from wooden rafters issue a series of radial sounds in sequences, each of which represents some aspect of Kuwait’s urban life -namely domestic, public, periphery, void, worship, government, Diwaniya and parliament.

World’s 13th Tallest Building Towers Over Kuwait City

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The Al Hamra Firdous Tower in Kuwait City is the world’s 13th largest. Kuwait is now competing with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to build the biggest, baddest skyscrapers. Only one other building in Kuwait has found a spot among the world’s 100 tallest buildings: at 300 meters tall, the Arraya Tower garnered 56th place. More on Giant Buildings in the Middle East: New Green Roofed School in Kuwait Will Promote Agricultural Learning.

West Elm’s Living Green Wall is a First in Kuwait

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It is almost certain that a new green wall installed in Kuwait is the emirate’s very first. GSky Plant Systems produces three different kinds of green wall systems, including the Versa Wall installed in Kuwait. And the plants won’t drink up a lot of water, which comes in short supply in Kuwait. We’re hoping this one in Kuwait will catalyze a new trend. :: PRWeb.

New Green Roofed School in Kuwait Will Promote Hands on Agricultural Learning

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Kuwait used to have a strong agricultural movement, which this new school will hopefully help to revive. When we think of Kuwait, not only do we have a hard time getting past the young hunter who killed a wolf and then posed for a series of family shots, but we also envision an unforgivable industrial landscape pocked with oil drilling platforms and desalination plants. While not entirely inaccurate, present day Kuwait belies a fertile past.

Lily Pad Roof to Shade and Power Kuwait’s Sabah Al-Ahmad City Culture Center

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Kuwait is planning to build a city in the desert for 2,500 residents, and the Sabah Al-Ahmad Culture Center will be its nucleus. Convincing Kuwait to go solar. Given Kuwait’s potent irradiation, BDP. At last, even the wealthy nations are beginning to acknowledge the inevitability of a post-carbon era. :: Architecture of Kuwait. More Architecture From Kuwait: Nader Khalili Earth Architecture Arrives in Kuwait.

Foster + Partners Seek LEED Gold for Kuwait’s New Solar-Powered Airport

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When complete, Kuwait’s massive solar-powered airport will be the world’s first LEED Gold passenger terminal. Now the company has unveiled plans for their latest project: a massive solar-powered international airport for Kuwait. As plans unfold for the Kuwait International Airport, Foster + Partners is striving for LEED Gold certification – a voluntary American building standard that encourages the most sustainable building practices.

Death Valley peaks hot – the highest since ’31 at 130F

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Tunisia and Kuwait are in the top 3 hot spots. A few years ago it reached 54C (or 129.2F) in Mitribah, Kuwait, on 21 July, 2016. Cities Climate Change desert Kuwait TunisiaDeath Valley, USA. It’s looking pretty hot out there. Think we know what’s in store for us?

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Middle East: green hotels spiking upward

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Mövenpick is rapidly achieving Green Globe certification for all its Middle Eastern hotels—most recently, Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait achieved 82 percent of Green Globe’s sustainability indicators in its inaugural year. Dead Sea Dubai Hotels Jordan Jordan Valley Kuwait Middle East News Ras Al Khaimah United Arab Emirates Green Globe| Green Travel News |.

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Kuwaiti’s drive social change with new fund. N-mu?

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Now Kuwait is following suit: the “n-mu” program endows participants with the skills and resources necessary to create real social change. In order to participate, one must: Live in Kuwait. s twitter page is of GreenBagQ8, an “n-mu initiative” advocating for reusable shopping bags , which is slated to be featured in a documentary that will be broadcast by Kuwait’s Al-Arabi TV.

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Kuwaiti Gaydar Test to Ban Gays Entry to Arab Countries?

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There are no clear scientific guidelines on how Kuwait, the country to come up with the idea, will in fact use and meter out the test proposed for a number of interested countries. But the intended test is for entry to Kuwait or any of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC). The GCC includes of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Cities eco-travel Kuwait Morocco Saudi Arabia travelling Yemen

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Amazing “Atlas” tracks Arab world habitat destruction over time [video]

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The greening of the desert shown in Al Ain (UAE) and the Kuwait-Iraq Separation Border displaying Kuwait’s conservation and resource protection are testament to efforts in the region to improve environmental conditions and conserve water resources. Wafra Farms in Kuwait has expanded their food production to include aquaculture of Nile tilapia in order to supplement the fish industry, and has established greenhouses to improve crop production.

Four of the World’s Ten Fattest Nations Are Gulf Countries

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Kuwait , Qatar , the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are among the world’s top ten overweight nations , a new report by BMC Public Health has found. What is surprising is that it is closely followed by Kuwait. The average person in Kuwait weighs 77.5 Kuwait is followed by Qatar, with the UAE in fifth place. Lifestyle & Culture Bahrain Kuwait Qatar Ramadan United Arab Emirates United StatesRamadan period expected to add to weighty population.

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Travellers want trains – but what is the Middle East doing about it?

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MENA Is Changing Drastically & NASA Has The Pictures To Prove It

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Was the Arab Spring Good for Renewable Energy?

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On the other hand, big oil-exporting countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates Kuwait that have avoided the worst uprisings, and some of which have only have had minor protests, have seen great increases in revenue since the Arab Spring started. Business & Politics Desertec Egypt Kuwait Libya Morocco Saudi Arabia solar power TunisiaSome notable new investments made in the MENA region include a new solar thermal power plant in Saudi Arabia.

Export Oil, Import Water = Risky Economics for Middle East

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The MENA region is most at risk, with the most water-stressed countries being Bahrain (1), Qatar (2), Kuwait (3), Libya (4) Djibouti (5), UAE (6), Yemen (7), Saudi Arabia (8), Oman (9) and Egypt (10), according to the Maplecroft Water Stress Index 2012. The definition of Middle East used in the OECD/World Bank figures is Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE, Yemen, but not Israel or OPT.

MENA Mayors Put Heads Together to Build Stronger Cities

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Countries like Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait, and Djibouti will see their urban population doubling over the next 20 years. Architecture & Urban Beirut Egypt Iraq Kuwait world bank YemenMiddle East city heads want to make their cities more sustainable. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is 60 percent urbanized compared to the global average of 52 percent and is home to one of the world’s most rapidly expanding populations.

Aircraft Emissions: Um, Stewardess, Got An Aspirin?

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Cars & Transportation Climate Abu Dhabi aviation emissions greenhouse gas Jordan Kuwait Kyoto Persian Gulf United NationsAircraft behemoth Boeing estimates at least 90,000 commercial planes fly daily: a massive fuel burn that translates into elephantine emissions of toxic air. There is opportunity for change in the Middle East. If you are not already afraid of the giant plume of methane gas now emitting greenhouses gases into the atmosphere, there’s another worry: air emissions.

Rapid Gulf Growth Wrecking Ecological Havoc – Says Canada

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Kuwait Marine Life Degrading to Alarming Levels ) The $996 million fishing industry has great employment numbers. Climate Energy Bahrain Gulf region Iran Iraq Kuwait oil Oman pollution Qatar resource curse Saudi Arabia the United Arab EmiratesExtremely valuable oil and parched dry sand is proving to be a lethal combination for the Gulf region, according to a Canadian report out of the University of Toronto.

2010 might be the hottest year ever recorded in human history

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Meteorologist Jeff Masters also notes that new temperature records have been reached in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Pakistan and Myanmar. Global Warming 2010 Africa Arctic sea ice Asia Chad climate change climate science global temperature heatwave India Iraq James Hansen Kuwait La Nina Myanmar NASA Niger NSIDC Pakistan Saudi Arabia scienceClimate institutions and scientists are warning that 2010 might end up as one of the hottest years ever recorded in human history.

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How Much Garbage?

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Give a big thanks to Nicole for doing her part to keep a beach in Kuwait clean (and click through to be shocked by the accumulation of garbage – an unbelievable amount of trash for a pretty wealthy country). Asides

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Gulf gluttony and global hunger: How long can the party go on?

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Wheeler (pictured below while on research in Kuwait) was one of a dozen experts meeting Oct. Kuwait imports 98 percent of what it eats and drinks. Wheeler, whose presentation at GMU was titled “Food Security and Gluttony in a Water Scarce Region: Lessons in Sustainability from the Arabian Gulf,” showed her audience a photo of the glitzy new Dean & DeLuca gourmet food emporium in Kuwait City. Another image was of the new Cheesecake Factory outlet at a Kuwait City mall. “We’ve

Crazy Kuwaitis Use Shotguns to Kill 12 Flamingos

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We have seen some shocking images of animal abuse on Green Prophet, but this picture of 11 dead flamingos in Kuwait is definitely on our list of the most disturbing. These images come directly from the Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat (K’s PATH) , who rushed to the Abdaliya Nature Preserve to rescue 2 flamingos that had been left to die, and to document the senseless carnage poachers left behind.

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Kuwaiti Kills Wolf and Then Shows Off

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Some people make collages of family pictures, but a group of friends in Kuwait compiled these images after killing a wolf with a shotgun. A 2007 count of civilian firearms published by Cambridge University press reveals that the rate of private gun ownership in Kuwait amounts to 24.8 firearms per 100 people, and that there are approximately 630,000 civilian guns in the country.

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AGi Residential Wind Tower Wins Best Architecture Multiple Residence Award

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More Architecture in Kuwait: Nader Khalili Earth Architecture Arrives in Kuwait. New Green-Roofed School in Kuwait Will Promote Hands-On Agricultural Learning. Foster & Partners Seek LEED Gold for Solar-Powered Airport in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti-Spanish Architecture firm AGi scooped two coveted awards at the International Property Award held in Burj Al-Arab, Dubai.

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Watch 20 strangers kiss for the first time [video]

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Social issues like transgenderism in sports, gay rights in countries like Kuwait. This video gives you an amazing fly-on-the-wall experience when 20 people, complete strangers, kiss for the first time. Their reactions are priceless. Social issues and Middle East sensibilities are important when understanding the fragile ecosystems in the region.

Beirut’s Giant Tire Fire Intentionally Set?

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The Karantina tire burning incident follows closely on the heels of an even larger regional tire fire late April at a tire dump near Al Jahrah in Kuwait, and involved an estimated five million tires. This Kuwait tire burning incident was so large the NASA satellites could see the smoke rising from it from hundreds of miles up in space. Read more on Mid East regional dumps and land fill issues: Tire Fire in Kuwait Seen From Space.

Dubai exploded 400,000 fireworks in record-shattering NYE display [video]

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In an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest fireworks extravaganza previously held by Kuwait, the emirate exploded a whopping 400,000 fireworks in less than 10 minutes. ” Kuwait’s previous record was shattered by Dubai’s over-the-top performance, where nearly 100,000 fireworks were set off every minute. “[Kuwait''s] firework display stretched over 5 km (3.11