Swarms!!! Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco on High Alert for Desert Locusts

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The UN organization is alerting North Africa’s Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco to prepare for the likely arrival of Desert Locust swarms from the Sahel in West Africa in the coming weeks. Prevailing winds and historical precedents make it likely the swarms, once formed, will fly to Algeria, Libya, southern Morocco and northwestern Mauritania,” said Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer.

Great Green Wall of Trees for Africa

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Sustainable homes from invasive plants

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Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Mauritania have all struggled to contain typha, which creates all kinds of problems. And so a project in Senegal and Mauritania has taken a different approach – what could it be used for instead? By Jeremy Williams.

Largest African Photovoltaic Solar Plant Online Courtesy of Masdar

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Situated even deeper in the desert than Morocco and prone to locust swarms , Mauritania’s topography consists of the “ mostly barren, flat plains of the Sahara ” – as the CIA puts it. million, 15MW photovoltaic plant accounts for 10 percent of Mauritania’s existing energy capacity and has the potential to offset 21,225 tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide every year.

A Clarion Call for Sahel Drought Victims

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World-renowned Sengalese musician Baaba Maal visits drought victims in Mauritania. Some families have almost nothing to eat, and I worry about how they will feed themselves until the next harvest,” said Sengalese musician Babaa Maal during a February visit to Mauritania. We cannot watch and do nothing while our brothers and sisters in Mauritania are victims of such a crisis. 700,000 Mauritania residents alone are uncertain where they will receive their next meal.

Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

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To the west, hydro-meteorological stations in Mauritania registered large seasonal rainfall deficits by mid-August and remote-sensing analysis for grassland conditions in parts of the country indicated the lowest level of biomass production in the last 20 years. Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains.

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Masdar Launches the Seychelles’ First Renewable Energy Plant

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Earlier this year the team delivered Africa’s largest photovoltaic plant in Mauritania. The Middle East’s leading clean energy developer, Masdar has launched the very first renewable energy plant to be built in The Seychelles – the 6MW Port Victoria Wind Farm. Financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the 6MW Victoria Wind Farm will generate eight percent of the energy on Mahé Island, where 90 percent of the population lives.

London Array: Masdar Celebrates World’s Largest Wind Farm Inauguration

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This is consistent with the firm’s mission to spread renewable energy to all reaches of the globe – including the Seychelles and Mauritania, where Africa’s largest solar PV plant was recently inaugurated. The London Array is Masdar’s largest renewable energy project to date, but the government-supported research and development group have no intention of stopping there.

World’s First ‘Tablet Cafe’ Circumvents Chronic Power Cuts

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Bordered by Mauritania and Mali in West Africa, Senegal battles with frequent power outages and sluggish internet connections that cut into any cyber cafe’s bottom line, but tablets circumvent both problems. The world’s first tablet cafe has opened in Dakar and already Google’s latest experiment is turning out to be a major game changer.

Plastic Bag Bans around the World


Mauritania (2013). Since the late 1970s, plastic bags have. become a staple and an iconic image of shopping. They are such common place that people expect them to be readily available and think little of throwing them away or even discarding them on the ground. The reality is that over the past 40 years plastic bag usage has skyrocketed and has caused drastic problems for natural ecosystems. Plastic bags are often eaten by animals, causing them to choke and die.

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GE Opens Ecomagination Clean Tech Hub in Masdar City

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Having firmly established itself abroad with groundbreaking renewable energy projects in London , Mauritania, the Seychelles and elsewhere, Masdar has a big year ahead back at home. There’s something so satisfying about watching the seed of an idea turn into something real – like GE’s Ecomagination Center unveiled at Masdar City outside of Abu Dhabi today.

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Top wildlife destinations in North Africa

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Banc d’Arguin National Park, Mauritania. At the base of Toubkal. We visited this kasbah before our hike.

Ancient Egyptian spider art celebrating the god of weaving?

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Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco on High Alert for Desert Locusts. Egypt can offer more to desert tourists than camels : In the ancient land of the Pharaohs, desert-dwelling invertebrates have often been part of Egyptian folklore, including scarab or dung beetles which are known to navigate by the stars. Now spiders join the story.

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How Palestine’s UNESCO Membership Could Affect Middle East Heritage Sites

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Ouadane , Chinguetti , Tichitt ,and Oualata , Mauritania. Nouadhibou and Azefal , Mauritania. Akko in Israel is just one important World Heritage Site in the Middle East region that could suffer from the United States’ decision to withhold funding to UNESCO following the admittance of Palestine as a member state.

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SIWA Oasis Near Libya to Get Solar from the Gulf

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Masdar, for example, has built small solar and wind energy plants not only in the Middle East, but also in the Seychelles, Mauritania, and elsewhere. For outsiders, SIWA oasis in Egypt is a wonderful place to visit precisely because “civilization” has been so slow to arrive there. But for locals, the gift of a new 20MW solar energy plant will be received like a mountain of gold.

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10 Reasons Why Should We Ban Plastic Bags


Other country that has decided to enforce the country-wide plastic bag ban after suffering of negative consequences was Mauritania. Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry. our purchased goods when we go shopping. They are a part of our modern lives, and we don’t tend to think much about them. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world [1].

Masdar Aims to Detect Red Algae Before Coral and Desalination Damage

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They’ve helped Mauritania, the Seychelles and may head into Egypt (if the country ever stabilizes), and have plans to extend their reach even further, but in the meantime, all kinds of very important research is taking place back home.

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Building Integrated Photovoltaics Slash Energy Costs in Abu Dhabi

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There’s Shams 1 outside of Abu Dhabi, the largest CSP plant in the world , Egypt’s hybrid CSP plant, Kuraymat , and most recently, Masdar inaugurated the largest PV plant in Africa , which is now generating a whopping 10 percent of Mauritania’s energy supply. Finally the Middle East is attuned to the numerous benefits of solar energy, and large scale Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants are popping up all over the region.

Activists at COP18 in Qatar: Islam and the Arab-world Not Eco Enough

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Activists from more than 15 Arab countries such as Qatar, Mauritania, Morocco, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Oman, Egypt and Bahrain will also call on their own leaders – during the first climate negotiations ever held in the Middle East -to submit concrete voluntary pledges for mitigation targets at COP18 in order to fulfill their own responsibilities in reducing Greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Arab Youth Climate Movement Is Born

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Youth activists from countries such Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates attended the event which helped train them in useful skills such as speaking to the media and organising actions and campaigns. Established in the lead up to the COP18 Doha negotiations, the Arab Youth Climate Movement brings together over 20 campaigners from 15 MENA countries. As the saying goes, there is power in numbers.

Message to Qatar From Arab Youth – ‘Take The Lead On Climate Change!’

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Activities and events were held in more than 13 Arab countries from Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain to Mauritania, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. The newly formed Arab Youth Climate Movement held a successful ‘Day Of Action’ which called on the Arab world to take the lead at the upcoming climate negotiations. On Saturday, members of the Arab Youth Climate Movement united in a day of action aimed at encouraging the Arab world to take the lead on climate action.

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Swarms! Plague of locusts could be breeding near you

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FAO has been monitoring the situation in northwest Africa where unusually heavy rains fell in late October over a widespread area of northern Mauritania, the adjacent areas of Western Sahara, southern Morocco and western Algeria and southwest Libya. Watch out world, and those in North Africa and Middle East areas: A swarm of locusts of Biblical proportions could be heading near you.

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How can the Arab World Benefit from Climate Change Negotiations in Qatar?

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However the risk is that Gulf state constituencies may drown out other frameworks and issues that are more relevant to a larger majority of non-oil rich countries from the MENA such as the alternative energy sector in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt , Tunisa, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Mauritania, Morocco and Israel. The last international climate change negotiation (COP17) took place in Durban in 2011 and the outcomes were pretty disappointing given the urgency of the matter in hand.

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When it comes to water cooperation, where is the Middle East?

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The Organization manages the water assets in Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea as a “regional common”, transcending national interests. United Nations-sponsored World Water Day was celebrated this week in a series of events around the world ranging from races to speeches to demonstrations of how individuals could conserve consumption of this most-critical of natural resources.

Abu Dhabi gives 6 rural communities $41m for off grid power

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Mauritania : a 15MW wind energy project will provide power to four coastal communities. IRENA announced the first six recipients of concessional loans for off grid renewable energy projects that are “ready for the shovel,” as Director General Adnan Z. Amin put it in a press conference yesterday. They will receive a combined $41 million from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). More about each project after the jump.

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Environmental Protests of the Middle East Show Eco Awareness in Arab World

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Mass environmental protest movements in the local and national level have been organized all over the region, from Morocco and Mauritania to Iran and from Turkey to Somalia. During the last six years, the words energy security , water security , and food security could be found a lot in the Arab media. Since most of the Arab media is controlled by the Arab regimes, the appearance of these items shows that the environmental awareness of the Arab regimes has been on the rise.

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What Israel, the UAE and Qatar have in common

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At the other end of the spectrum were Iraq (41.1); Yemen (43.9); Mauritania (49.0) WASHINGTON — Israel is the best-prepared country in the Middle East for climate change, followed closely by the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey, according to data released Nov. 5 by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

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A Dustier Planet, Your Dustier Lungs

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In Mauritania there were just two dust storms a year in the early 1960s, but there are about 80 a year today, according to Andrew Goudie, a professor of geography at Oxford University.[6][7]. Earth’s dust storms and sand storms are becoming more frequent. How does that affect your health? Here in the Middle East, powerful hot winds sometimes drop fine yellowish sand down from the sky, coating the skin and lips irritatingly and making it hard to see across the street.

Egypt’s Position For COP18 Explained

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Last weekend the Arab Youth Climate Coalition organised a day of climate action, with conferences and marches throughout the region, from Bahrain to Mauritania. The last global climate meetings weren’t considered very successful in finding an acceptable successor to the Kyoto-protocol, one with emission targets that would include all the countries and not only developed ones.

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Travelling Without Money to Istanbul’s Travel House

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Some participants also visited Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Yemen, Congo - Brazzaville, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, and other countries, spending up to 1.5 A place where you can stay for free in Istanbul, meet other travellers and exchange travel experiences? The Serbia Travel Club made their crazy idea reality, and Istanbul’s Travel House was open for everyone. I paid them an overnight visit in Istanbul and rediscovered how enriching travelling can be.

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China helped wind power climb to new record levels in 2011

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Ethiopia brought its first wind farm online in 2011, and both Nigeria and Mauritania are poised to do the same in early 2012. Wind energy developers installed a record 41,000 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity in 2011, bringing the world total to 238,000 megawatts. With more than 80 countries now harnessing the wind, there is enough installed wind power capacity worldwide to meet the residential electricity needs of 380 million people at the European level of consumption.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

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“Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

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At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

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Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

Urban Upgrading

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View the topics in the index below by clicking on the red button. View photographs of 'Success Stores' from projects around the world. What is a slum ? What is urban upgrading ? What is needed to make it work ? What is the demand for upgrading? What are the benefits of upgrading? Why have Government programs failed to reach the poor? What about the urban – rural linkages ? Will it cost a lot? Are the costs sustainable ? Why is community involvement important?

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