Ehden, Lebanon’s northern paradise

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| Green Adventure Touring | Why go to Lebanon? Or Lebanon’s seven millenia of history. Ehden, Lebanon’s northern paradise is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. All Eco-adventure Ehden Lebanon Middle East Tours Ehden Adventures Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve Michael Straus ReutersLet me count the ways. Start with the spirit and optimism of the Lebanese, despite a recent history that’s horrible beyond imagining.

Beirut, Lebanon: eating organic & slow

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Caroline Chaptini sets Guinness World Record in Lebanon with caps

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After several months of daily solo work, environmental activist Caroline Chaptini, a Lebanese national set another Guinness World Records title, having put together the largest bottle cap mosaic in a public park in the town of Miziara in north Lebanon. Calling her followers to spare all bottle caps three months ago, Chaptini started to receive thousands of these from inside and outside Lebanon turning the initiative to a regional environmental cause. Act Design Arab art Lebanon

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Lebanon to Restore Forests

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Lebanon celebrated its Arbor Day on December 7. Recent years have seen growing grassroots and government efforts to preserve Lebanon’s famed cedar forests , but there has been scant attention paid to rare juniper trees. “It is scattered in Mount Lebanon and on the foothills of the eastern and western mountains of Lebanon.” Read more about trees in Lebanon: The Lebanese Cedar Survival Passes Tipping Point?

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’s “Wasted” Opportunity in Landfill Management

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Rola suggests ways for energy intensive Lebanon to help ease its waste and energy problems. Business & Politics Beirut Energy landfill Lebanon oilGarbage dumps roll into the sea?

Stray Dogs Shot Dead in Lebanon

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The animals rights organisation ‘Animals Lebanon’ has called on the government to deal with stray dogs in a more humane manner. However, the way in which stray dogs are dealt with in Lebanon is truly shocking. Lebanon Does Not Need Any More Killing”. “We

Lebanon Joins CITES: Can we Stop Killing Everything Now?

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Only 177 countries behind the times, Lebanon has finally joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), The Daily Star reports. One of the last Middle Eastern countries to get on board, Lebanon has not done well to protect the 100 or so species in the country that are supposed to be covered under CITES. Lebanon will be an official signatory to the convention on 26 May, 2013.

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. Since the nation’s largest landfill closed in July, Lebanon has been drowning in its own garbage. Lebanon has been without a president for 15 months. Want a peek into a dystopian future ?

Lebanon’s Sidon garbage mountain to become city park

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Taking a cue from its neighbor city Tel Aviv Lebanon’s regional “landmark”, Sidon’s notorious garbage mountain, will now become a city park. Projects like this one will eventually make the entire region a much better place to live in, and help preserve the environment in Lebanon for future generations. More on garbage dumps: Garbage Strucks Dump Straight into the Sea in Lebanon as Hezbollah Takes Hold.

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. Doumet Kamel, head of Lebanon’s World Environment Party, told the Lebanon Star that: “This is an environmental disaster. More articles on Lebanon and region air and surface pollution issues: Tire Fire in Kuwait Seen From Space.

Europeans try to save storks, then this happens over Lebanon (warning graphic images)

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There is no fighting chance for migratory birds when they fly over Lebanon: Hunting laws may be in place in the Middle East, but who’s enforcing them? From storks and pelicans to hoopoes to eagles to migratory songbirds… see the images of the bloodbath in Lebanon during this year’s hunting season. If you think migratory birds are in trouble as they pass over just Lebanon, think again. Images collected by Stop Hunting Crimes in Lebanon.

Lebanon’s Toxic Sea-side Sidon Dump Gets Eco Makeover

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Not that long ago, the city of Sidon (or Saida) in Lebanon moved its trash to the local Sidon dump , where the toxic landfill and trash site washed into the sea every winter. The Sidon clean up is overseen by the United Nations Development Program, the Sidon Municipality and the Environment Ministry Lebanon. Sidon is the third largest city in Lebanon. We can do it, Lebanon!” More on garbage and pollution: Pollution Costs Lebanon $500 Million a Year.

Green Lebanon braces for summer drought = short showers

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Lebanon is bracing for severe summer drought. Lebanon has the highest proportion of arable land to residents in the Arab world, but just 12 percent of the land is cultivated, and agriculture contributes only 11.7 “The water demand for Lebanon is projected at about 1.8 ” Lebanon’s parliamentary committee for public works and energy called in April for the creation of a crisis group to deal with the expected summer shortages.

Hashish Field Wars Between Soldiers and Lebanon’s Locals

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Why grow apples in Lebanon when hashish and cannabis is hundreds of times more lucrative? An overview of Lebanon’s unsustainable drug business in the Bekaa Valley. . Escalating clashes between armed tribesmen trying to protect their cannabis fields and the Lebanese armed forces are pushing Lebanon to readdress the long-standing issue of cannabis cultivation in the Bekaa valley. At its peak in 1988, Lebanon’s narcotic market was making an estimated $1.5

Beirut Terraces Make Sustainable Vertical Villages for Lebanon City

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Address: Plot 1801 and Plot 1802, Block 18, Beirut Central District, Lebanon The project is on schedule for completion this summer. Architecture & Urban Beirut Beirut Terraces Lebanon As part of a larger master plan to rejuvenate the downtown Beirut area , Swiss Architects Herzog & De Meuron have designed “The Terraces,” a green waterfront apartment tower in Beirut lush with vegetation and hanging gardens. .

Making a little Disco Soup for brunch with leftover food in Lebanon!

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While it’s not the first Disco Soup to hit the Middle East (Tel Aviv had its version Disco Shuk last April where droves came out for free food), this event in Lebanon only goes to show how funk-a-licious Beirutis are when it comes to food and this important eco event. Now it’s Lebanon’s turn to join the movement. Follow Disco Soup Lebanon’s people over on Foodblessed. Cities Disco Soup Foodblessed Lebanon Slow Food Slow Food Beirut

Can Lebanon Reach 12% Renewable Energy By 2020 ?

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In 2009, Lebanon pledged to produce 12% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020- is this target optimistic today? But Lebanon is looking to aim high. Pierre el Khoury, director of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, believes Lebanon is well on its way to reaching relatively substantial goals. A wind atlas of Lebanon. Cleantech, Science & Technology Energy Lebanon renewable energy Solar Energy wind energy

Toast Chateau Ksara’s Traditional Wine Making in Lebanon

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Jesuit brothers at the Ksara wine press in 1910: Lebanon’s oldest wine growing domain. Sixty years later the French civil and military administration that governed Lebanon between the wars created unprecedented demand for wine until 1975. This golden age for wine making in Lebanon subsequently declined when the country descended into a 15-year civil war, however it managed to pick up momentum afterwards. Food & Health Beqaa Valley Christianity Lebanon wine

Lebanon Challenges Israel’s Natural Gas Borders at Sea

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These energy explorations in the eastern Mediterranean have resulted in disputes with neighboring Lebanon over natural gas fields being developed there. These border disputes appear to be coming to a head after Lebanon submitted maps to the UN in an effort to substantiate its claim to some of the gas fields that Israel is now developing. It is incorrect that the Americans sided with Lebanon in this dispute.

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. General Electric (GE) just announced sale of its Jenbacher J312 engine to a landfill gas-to-energy project operated by Averda International in Naameh, Lebanon, near Beirut. Energy biofuel biogas biomass General Electric Lebanon Methane Pakistan waste to energy

Legislation Banning Public Smoking Lingers On In Lebanon

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Meanwhile, anyone who has visited Lebanon in the last decade is a witness that smoking has become a widely accepted social norm. of children in Lebanon are exposed to smoke at home whereas 74.9% For more resources, see the Stop Public Smoking in Lebanon Facebook page.

Greenpeace Lebanon Rocks the Boat With Undercover Water Expose

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Want to see the garbage flowing from Lebanon’s waterways? Greenpeace Lebanon goes undercover to reveal shocking videos of 14 polluters (see them below). Greenpeace Lebanon continues to demonstrate the power of the “Net Generation” in raising awareness and introducing change to the environmental destruction of the country through a new social media campaign focusing on Lebanon’s fragile coastal waters.

UK hiking holiday specialist heads for Lebanon

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Eco-tourism holidays in Lebanon offer picturesque fishing villages and ancient remains. British walking holidays specialist Ramblers Worldwide has added Lebanon to its list of destinations, according to a recent announcement. Of the Ramblers’ new planned holidays, Maniscalco says that “Lebanon is a new destination for us and offers a perfect mix of nature and history with some very good walking in outstanding scenery.

Lebanon’s largest landfill gets blocked by protestors

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Lebanon has had its share of pollution and garbage issues laundered out on Green Prophet. More about Trash and Garbage Issues in Lebanon and other Middle East locations: Lebanon’s Toxic Sea-side Sidon Dump Gets Eco Makeover. Garbage Trucks Dump Straight Into the Sea in Lebanon. Cities garbage landfills Lebanon Sidon

Sign to Save Lebanon’s Turtles! Ancient Naqura Coast on Mediterranean Sea At Risk

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Campaigners in Lebanon are asking for support to protect an ancient Phoenician coastline which is under threat due to a port project. In an online petition they are calling on the government to declare the coastal area in south of Lebanon that stretches from the Naqura Cliffs to the Tyre Reserve a nationally protected area. For more on environmental issues in Lebanon see: . Lebanon Joins CITES: Can We Stop Killing Everything Now?

Lebanon: Greenpeace Investigation Reveals Toxic Coast Pollution

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Ranking a lowly 114 in the Global Health Index , Lebanon was under no illusion that its waters were the cleanest or most biodiverse. However, a recent report by Greenpeace Lebanon has revealed some rather shocking finds about the toxic nature of the country’s coast. From November 2011 to February 2012, the Greenpeace Lebanon team collected a total of 30 samples from various locations along the Lebanese coast. Photo via Greenpeace Lebanon/facebook.

Share Beirut is TED-style Creativity Conference for Lebanon

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Lebanese illustartor Maya Zankoul “draws” against issues that range from pollution, electricity cuts, real estate pricing, to politics in Lebanon. Lifestyle & Culture Beirut green education Lebanon social entrepreneur TEDShe will be one of the guest speakers at SHARE Beirut. In October there will be a free three day conference in Beirut which will look at “digital” rights in the MENA and promote creativity.

Poor Environmental Oversight Leads To Lebanon’s Mediterranean Kerosene Leak

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This image is of a former oil spill in Lebanon. This week’s kerosene spill off Lebanon’s eastern Mediterranean (already an apocalypse zone in places) was caused when a pipeline transfering kerosene to oil and gas companies leaked.

Beirut bank gets Lebanon’s largest rooftop garden by GreenStudios

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Pamela Haydamous from GreenStudios, which is founded in Beirut and California, and who is a co-founder of Dispatch Beirut , an urban Lego movement we covered, is working on patents in the US and Lebanon for her her unique rooftop gardens, appropriate for Middle East climates. Lebanon is often portrayed or thought of as a grey Middle East country, with occasional sectarian violence. From San Francisco, to Amsterdam to Tel Aviv to Cairo, and now Beirut.

Be On Lookout for “Fake” Zaatar in Lebanon

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However, industry sources in Lebanon have recently revealed that bakeries have started to use unfit ingredients in zaatar, to decrease its production costs. Kazem Ibrahim, the head of the Association of Bakeries in Lebanon, admitted the likelihood of some bakeries’ use of “fake zaatar.”. In Lebanon, especially, it ranks among the top first meals of the day. Food & Health bakeries Food contamination Lebanon pita zaatar

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. In 2008 the number of construction permits (an indicator of future housing supply) in Lebanon rose by an impressive 79 percent compared to 4.1% According to Waltraud- Frommherz-Hassib , a third of Lebanon’s land is not registered.

Lebanon’s Capital Suffers Nine Hour Extreme Power Cuts

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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. Business & Politics Energy Beirut extreme power cuts in Lebanon power cuts Imagine for a second that Washington D.C., London, Brussels or Denmark ran out of power for up to nine hours every single day for the last week or so.

Eco Education Caravan Touring Lebanon This Month

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An eco caravan is bringing green education directly to the people of Lebanon this month. A solar powered taxi is traveling the globe at the moment, and now an eco-education caravan has taken to the roads of Lebanon (which, unfortunately, have seen a 538% increase in car use over the past 24 years ). ” The caravan began in Beirut and will continue towards the towns and villages of Mount Lebanon. Darreja Campaign Encourages Sustainable Transportation in Lebanon.

Legalize pot, sez leader of Lebanon’s Druze

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Last May, Lebanese lawmaker Walid Jumblatt called for marijuana to be legalized in Lebanon. While he never touched the weed himself, he said, “I support growing cannabis for medical use and to improve the living conditions of farmers in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley,” according to the Daily Star. Lebanon outlaws pot possession, however, large amounts are grown within the country and recreational use, so long as it is discrete, is rarely an issue.

Brilliant Biomass Stoves And Sleek Solar Heaters At Project Lebanon 2011

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Project Lebanon has it all: minced biofuels, wind turbines, outdoor solar lights and more. All kinds of cool cleantech innovations geared specifically towards the Middle East and Egypt will be on display at Project Lebanon 2011. Who says the Middle East can’t be sustainable?

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6 Slow Food Revolutionaries in Lebanon

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Our friends from Green Traveler Guides sent over a fabulous overview of the top cafes, markets and restaurants leading Lebanon’s slow food revolution and we have rounded up six of them. Walid Ataya and Slow Food Lebanon. And every Tuesday morning, the founder of Slow Food Lebanon hosts Souk el Ared, a small 1%% certified organic farmers market, on the patio of his Nehme Yafet Street Bread Republic.

Lebanon’s Finally Looking at Racism and Human Rights Abuses in the Face

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Racism in Lebanon has rarely been an openly discussed theme in the media. Racial intolerance in Lebanon and the Middle East, is indeed a pervasive problem which especially affects migrant domestic workers and refugees. This is something that has been largely missing in Lebanon. Business & Politics Lifestyle & Culture human rights Lebanon migrant workersNow racism and migrant abuse are garnering visibility.

Lebanon’s Environment Minister Acknowledges Climate Change

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Lebanon’s carbon emissions are relatively small compared to other Middle Eastern nations such as Qatar or the United Arab Emirates , and pale in comparison to that of China and the United States, but its environmental record is far from pristine. Ahead of this year’s UN Convention of Climate Change in Qatar , COP 18, Nazem al-Khoury expressed concern about the impact that climate change is and will have on Lebanon.

Asbestos Exposure Raises Cancer Rates in Lebanon

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Asbestos, linked directly to cancer, is still present in many products used daily in Lebanon. In 1998, Lebanon submitted to popular pressure and banned asbestos imports. There are no protected waste dumps for asbestos products in Lebanon. For an analysis of Lebanon’s disastrous construction policies, see Linda’s post here.). Glimpses of Unpolluted Lebanon on Green Prophet: Lebanon’s World-Class Hiking Destination.

Blatt Chaya Revives Traditional Floor Tile Making in Lebanon

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After being handed over a case filled with 12 brass molds and stumbling upon a jumble of colored tile fragments and exposed patterns in his family’s wrecked cement tile factory, retiree Edgar Chaya was destined towards a new chapter in his life: reviving Blatt Chaya , his family’s disused artisanal cement tile production in Lebanon. Fashion & Design art Beirut home Lebanon sustainable city traditional craft

Lebanon’s Severe Pollution Contaminates Cheese and Meat – Watch What You Eat!

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Lebanon is suffering from a serious crisis of E. Following the national uproar in Lebanon when large amounts of rotten meat and dairy were found at some of Beirut’s top restaurants and supermarkets, researchers at the American University of Beirut (AUB) carried out a study on levels of bacterial contamination in Lebanon’s meat and dairy products. Food & Health disease Lebanon Litany River meat pollution water

Lebanon Tourism: Not this Year Say Gulf States

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Gulf states urge citizens not to visit Lebanon, cancelations abound. Despite appeals from Lebanese leaders, Gulf states are advising their citizens not to travel to Lebanon and those already there to leave, thus boding ill for this summer’s tourism industry. But current political turmoil and security developments in Lebanon have forced many Gulf Arabs to cancel their summer bookings or put them off until the situation in the country stabilizes.