Saudi Arabia building world’s largest green hydrogen plant at Neom

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A rendering of Neom, an intentional futuristic city breaking ground on the Red Sea of Saudi Arabia. The American gas giant Air Products & Chemicals announced this week that it will build the world’s largest green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s water depends on Japan desalination tech

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Toray Industries of Japan tells Green prophet that its new technology called ROMEMBRA – a reverse osmosis (RO) tech will be working for Saudi Arabia to create even more desalinated water. Saudi Arabia is looking for desalination technology to help provide drinking water for its growing population. Remember we wrote about this plan to update Saudi Arabia’s water supply back in 2010. Technology desalination Japan oil Saudi Arabia Shoaiba

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Saudi Arabia Hit Peak Oil?

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If you hadn’t already heard, the Wikileak du jour is that the US believes that Saudi Arabia has hit peak oil, or in other words, the maximum rate of oil extraction has been reached. This is due to the claim that Saudi Arabia has less oil beneath its sands than it has been making out. Government / Industry electric cars peak oil saudi arabia Tesla Motors

Bizarre phenomenon about women mapped in Saudi Arabia

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We’ve laughed and we’ve cried over stories in Saudi Arabia and women drivers. Let’s face it: what’s happening in Saudi Arabia is not about driving it’s about women’s rights. We’ve reported on Saudi Arabia holding the record for greatest number of deaths by driving. Transportation Crash Saudi Arabia

Sculpture Celebrating Saudi Arabia Goes Up (and Down) on Manhattan’s Ground Zero

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Artwork celebrating Saudi Arabia was installed on the site of New York’s World Trade Center last week, near the 9/11 memorial to the 2,763 victims of the attack on the towers. Recall that 15 of the 19 hijackers who carried out those terror attacks were Saudi citizens. Immediate outcry from survivors and victims’ family members prompted removal of the offending Saudi statue from the site of the 2001 mass murder.

Car drifter king goes to prison in Saudi Arabia

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This is more likely the reason why women in Saudi Arabia don’t drive. But in all seriousness, offenders caught drifting in Saudi Arabia were rarely punished until now. Settign an example, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has now clamped down by arresting the drifting legend who calls himself King Al Nadheem (his video is above), according to recent news reports. Transportation drifting Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Nanomaterials Inspired by the Lotus

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Like the ancient blue pigment found in ancient Egypt , old spiritual materials like the lotus flower inspire new environmental science: As assistant professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Dr. Peng Wang seems to embody this Saudi Arabian university’s motto, “Through Inspiration, Discovery.” Lotus flowers were once considered sacred in Egypt and parts of Asia.

Saudi Arabia’s Climate U-Turn?

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Once the region’s climate skeptic, Saudi Arabia is slowly shifting towards a more progressive stance ahead of the climate summit in Qatar. In Saudi Arabia , the notoriously climate skeptic Mohammed Al-Sabban has been replaced by the well-respected Khalid Abuleif as the leading voice at the climate negotiations for the country. At Durban, Saudi was equally dubious about the talks and feared being singled out as an environmental culprit.

Las Vegas Going Green in a Quest to Become Saudi Arabia of Solar Power

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The post Las Vegas Going Green in a Quest to Become Saudi Arabia of Solar Power appeared first on Green Prophet. A green oasis in the desert? Las Vegas is shedding its old image and preparing for a future without fossil fuels. Las Vegas is a town built around big ambitions, its founders turning an arid wilderness into the premier entertainment paradise in the world.

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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans For 100% Switch To Renewables

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A bright and renewable future for Saudi Arabia? Following plans to transform Mecca into a solar city, an influential member of the Saudi Royal family has announced even more ambitious renewable energy plans for the country. The plans come hot on the heels of a damning Citigroup report which found that Saudi Arabia could be an importer of oil by 2030 due to the high levels of domestic consumption. Saudis are consuming a quarter of the 11.1m

Why Finnish Tap Water Is Shipped to Saudi Arabia

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In addition to the UAE, Lebanon (31 gallons per resident) and Saudi Arabia (28 gallons per resident) are in the top 20 in per capita bottled water consumption. million bottles of Finnish tap water 4,300 kilometers from its bottling plant in Helsinki to Saudi Arabia.

Barriers to Solid Waste Recycling in Saudi Arabia

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Excellent at recycling oil, what are the barriers to Saudi Arabia in recycling other valuables? There are significant barriers that hinder the wide application of reverse logistics in some industries of Saudi Arabia. These drivers worked well in the oil industry of Saudi Arabia. Mohammed Alnuwairan is a joint Member of Doctoral Program, Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK; and a Faculty Member of King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia.

Can Israeli Oil Shale Outsize Saudi Arabia?

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But despite the drawbacks, there are now research teams working on ways to be able to extract oil from these large Israel oil shale reserves as reported recently on Canada’s Sun News Service, environmentalist Lawrence Solomon told Sun’s reporter that Israel’s oil shale reserves “may be as much or more than all of those in Saudi Arabia&#. Business & Politics Energy Israel oil Saudi ArabiaAn oil shale trial plant in Colorado.

The Top 7 Environmental Movers and Shakers of Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not particularly known for its commitment to conservation of environment. That said there are now obvious changes in the way companies in Saudi Arabia are viewing environmental challenges with more and more local companies putting conservation on their agenda. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Company (SEPCO). Saudi Environmental Society (SENS).

World’s First All-Women City Coming to Saudi Arabia

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The patriarchal kingdom of Saudi Arabia creates an all-female city where (the arguably better half) of humanity can work freely, within Islamic guidelines. Saudi Arabia has an increasingly educated female population, but its ultraconservative interpretation of Wahabi sharia law and rigid tribal customs forbid women from interacting with men. An utterly Saudi solution is underway. Only 15% of the Saudi workforce is female.

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Woes Solved by Red Sea Drilling?

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Gas is 15 cents a liter (60 cents a gallon) in Saudi Arabia: the government is fighting to keep both high standard of living and long-term energy security. Saudi Arabia has been aggressively looking for anything and everything that can provide energy. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also planning to add 41 GW of solar capacity to their grid over the next 20 years. Business & Politics Energy Energy security Gas greenhouse gas oil Red Sea Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to grow world’s largest crescent-shaped Garden of Eden

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Saudi Arabia is building the world’s largest botanical gardens on nearly 2.5 Lifestyle biodiversity Riyahd Saudi Arabia sustainable design million square meters of desert land near Riyadh. A stellar environmental initiative to educate the public on climate change, or a tourism-boosting novelty? However you dice it, it’s amazing. .

Desert tourism gets hot in Saudi Arabia!

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For Saudi Arabia, largely covered by desert, the possibilities soar. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) is looking to transform Saudi deserts into cash machines by attracting adventurous people with a love for exotic nature and extreme sport. Many Gulf countries have already implemented and succeeded in organizing family desert trips,” Ali Al-Eesa, a desert enthusiast, told the Saudi Gazette.

Saudi Arabia Dumps Oil in Time for US Election Season

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A fleet of oil tankers is heading from Saudi Arabia to the US in order to drive down “unjustified” oil prices of $127 per barrel. Saudi Arabia’s current capacity of 9.9 Saudi Petroleum minister Ali Naimi said production could go up another 25% to 12.5 Business & Politics Energy oil Saudi Arabia United States

Saudi Arabia’s Green Construction Potential: Insurance for a New Green Economy?

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Last week, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz announced a second package of economic initiatives for Saudi citizens, including $67 billion for the construction of 500,000 housing units. Architecture & Urban Estidama green building Saudi ArabiaEstidama is like LEED for the Middle East.

Deadly MERS virus spreading fast out of Saudi Arabia, raising panic before Hajj

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Deadly and debilitating viruses are no strangers to the Middle East; especially following the discovery of a SARS-like mystery virus in Saudi Arabia back in 2012. But Saudi doesn’t seem to be able to cope with the problem. The focus of the MERS virus , or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, has until now been centered in Saudi Arabia, where 261 confirmed cases of the virus have resulted in 81 deaths. Health MERS Saudi Arabia

Dangerous Drifting Driving Now a Sin in Saudi Arabia

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In other Gulf news, a young Saudi was sentenced to 150 lashes for “drifting” his car after police repeatedly caught him driving like a maniac. Drifting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is a misnomer. KSA drifting is an informal sport where drivers intentionally over-steer (read our previous story on drifting in Saudi Arabia ) losing traction and spinning out wildly across the road, often onto the pavement, frequently slamming into buildings and spectators.

Saudi Arabia Goes “Green” To Celebrate National Day

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Saudis raise flags and wear green to celebrate 81 years of their eco-kingdom. Almost a hundred years ago, somewhere between 1900-1930, the tribes and sheikhdoms of the Arabian Peninsula were consolidated into the modern-day Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And on the 23rd of September, Saudi Arabia takes this National Day as a great reason to decorate their streets in a renewable green. Could Saudi Arabia Become the Saudi Arabia of Solar?

Deep Sea Mining the Next Frontier for Sudan and Saudi Arabia?

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Sudan and Saudi Arabia are targeting to start deep-water mining of a Red Sea basin, rich in zinc, copper, silver and gold, by 2014. In 2010, Manafa International Trade Company of Saudi Arabia and its joint venture partner Diamond Fields International Ltd of Canada received a license from the joint Saudi–Sudanese Red Sea Commission to explore hydro-thermal basins , Atlantis II, some 2,000 meters below sea level in an area 115 kilometers (71 miles) west of Jeddah.

How Saudi Arabia Plans To Win The Food War

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Saudi spends billions to win the food war. Without its oil wealth, Saudi Arabia’s 27 million inhabitants would eventually starve. As long as it continues to earn money from oil exports, Saudi will not get left behind. Why Finnish Tap Water is Shipped To Saudi Arabia.

Biomax to Launch First-ever $40 Million Biofuel Plan in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia and Indian company will erect a biofuel plant based on used cooking oil. Biofuel is coming to Saudi Arabia. After much success in neighbor Egypt in low income areas, Saudi Arabia hopes that a new joint venture between Jeddah-based Middle East Environment Protection (MEEP) and the India-based Biomax Fuels will help spur the renewable energy source for the Gulf Kingdom. It could be a big year for the Saudis in the renewables sector.

SARS-like Disease Claims Another Life in Saudi Arabia

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A SARS-like respiratory illness has claimed the life of a second person from Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced. Saudi Arabia has stepped up surveillance of acute respiratory illnesses after a 49-year-old Qatari who had recently travelled to the kingdom, where another infected man had died, fell ill with the same disease.

$109 Billion Solar Plan to Power a Third of Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia has finally noticed it has twenty centuries of solar reserves and has made plans to tap them. Solar Reserve, which is constructing the largest 24 hour solar CSP project worldwide in Nevada has already been in talks with the Saudis. They really only – in the last couple of years – have started to really increase their solar activity” he said of Saudi solar ambitions. Saudis Could Export Solar for the Next Twenty Centuries.

Masdar Looks to Make Good on Solar Power in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is looking to continue to ensure their promises of bolstering the Gulf Kingdom’s alternative energy is maintained. This month, Masdar CEO Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber said publicly that his United Arab Emirates-based company is discussing potential investments in Saudi, and will likely be focusing on solar energy. “We will proactively seek true partnerships in Saudi Arabia,” he was quoted by Construction Week Online as saying.

SARS-like Mystery Virus Appears in Saudi Arabia, Alerting Haj Pilgrims

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There have been two recent cases of a mysterious SARS-like virus linked to Saudi Arabia. It killed one of its victims from Saudi Arabia. The new virus can cause rapid kidney failure and with the upcoming Muslim Hajj pilgrimage planned for next month in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning Saudi organizers to be vigilant. Food & Health Religion Haj Hajj Islam Mecca Medina Qatar SARS Saudi Arabia virus

Saudi Arabia Sinks $26 Billion in Green Buildings

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Saudi Arabian investment in 76 new environmentally savvy construction projects is estimated to exceed $26 billion, according to Faisal Al-Fadl, Secretary General of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGB Forum). Over half of those projects are based in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Al-Fadl claims that there are currently 1,350 “green” projects underway in the Middle East, with 5 percent of those located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

37 Lions and Tigers Confiscated in Saudi Arabia

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Officials have confiscated 37 lions and tigers in Saudi Arabia, according to Arab News. The move is likely to have resounding consequences not only in Saudi but throughout the Gulf region, where it is common to see men riding in cars with cheetahs and other wild animals, or walking them on a leash – violations that until now have eluded stiff penalties.

Zaha Hadid Wins Bid for Futuristic Metro Station in Saudi Arabia

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Public transportation is not wildly popular in Saudi Arabia since fuel is so cheap and many households have private drivers to escort them from place to place, but the government is trying to shift public perception of this mode of movement by developing a brand new metro system. Architecture & Urban architecture King Abdullah Metro Station Riyadh Saudi Arabia urban Zaha Hadid

Current Carbon Offset Model Won’t Work For Saudi Arabia, 3 Reasons Why

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Carbon offsetting is still a relatively unknown concept in Saudi Arabia but a few foreign carbon offset companies have stated to speed up their marketing efforts in the Kingdom. Many experts now believe that the offset model comes with its own set of challenges and it will be interesting to see how these manifest in the Saudi context. Consumers and companies in Saudi Arabia need to discover their environmental stance before they rethink it.

Saudi Arabia to become more insulated than ever!

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will soon require increased insulation in all new buildings across 24 major cities that, in total, account for 80 percent of the country’s population. Hossam Al Rashodi, CEO of Maskan Arabia Real Estate Development Company, told Maktoob News that the Saudi Building Code should also be amended to oblige developers to use energy efficient materials.

Land and Sea Bridge To Connect Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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Plans to build a Red Sea bridge connecting Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been revived but there are some serious environmental concerns. More than two decades after it was first planned, Egypt and Saudi Arabia may be about to start work on a land and sea bridge connecting the two countries. The proposed bridge would run 50 kilometres from the Tabuk region in Saudi, across the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba in Egypt.

Depressed and Malnourished Caged Bear in Saudi Arabia Needs Rescuing

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Imported into Saudi Arabia five years ago in contravention of CITES regulations, the bear’s owner never came to collect according to Fayfa’s management. In either event, the bear is indigenous to tropical climates in Southeast Asia and Northern India, rather than Saudi’s unforgiving desert, and its normal diet is said to consist of fruit and insects. A black bear in Jeddah has been trapped in a pet shop cage for the last five years.

Look Out Germany! Saudi Arabia to Overtake You as Solar World Leader

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Installation of a planned 20 GW of solar over the next 20 years will catapult Saudi Arabia to world leadership in solar. kWh per sq meter per day Saudi Arabian is much more suited to solar than Germany. Related stories: Has Saudi Arabia Seen The Renewable Energy Light?

What the Kony 2012 Video Can Teach Saudi Arabia’s Greens

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Looking at the video and following the ensuing responses, both good and bad, I believe that Saudi Arabia ‘s movement for environmental conservation and green living can take some rather valuable lessons from the epic success of the Kony Video. Environmental campaigns in Saudi Arabia are mostly events and initiatives devoid of any human emotions. We need such champions in Saudi Arabia too who use their power of persuasion as a driver for change.

Saudi Arabia & Iran Are Overexploiting Their Groundwater Supplies

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The areas that the research showed were under most stress include Saudi Arabia, Iran, northern India and parts of northern China. The study found that Saudi Arabia had substantially depleted its own aquifers (as has Iran), which is why the country is buying up land in Africa to help ensure food security. According to scientists from Canada and the Netherlands, the world is depleting underground water reserves faster than they can be replenished.

Saudi Arabia HungerStation: Fast-food Convenience or Obesity Enabler?

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HungerStation.com in Saudi Arabia is a new online platform where customers can order food from a lengthening list of restaurants for delivery right to their doorstep. Food is central to Saudi social life. The Saudi concept of majlis or diwanya doesn’t mesh with in-restaurant dining: most people prefer to bring takeaway food into their homes where they can casually convene with friends to play cards or watch television.

Ebola virus, out of control in Africa, may be in Saudi Arabia

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Pregnant mothers are giving birth at home at “the most vulnerable time in their lives” As to the danger of Ebola becoming established in the Middle East, it was reported by Saudi Arabian health authorities that a Saudi businessman returned from a business trip to West Africa with symptoms of the disease. Saudi health official Dr. Khalid al-Marghalani said that that the man arrived to Saudi Arabia from Sierra Leone last Sunday night.

New Petition Calls for End to Animal Cruelty in Saudi Arabia

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A new online petition has been created to curtail animal cruelty in Saudi Arabia. It calls for ending the use of violence against animals for human pleasure and currently needs around 1200 signatures in order for the petition and letter to be sent to the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture. Animal rights activists have been pushing for greater protection of animals in Saudi and across the Gulf region for some time.