Middle East


17 Jan 2012

The United Nations has taken a new initiative to promote renewable energy, considering its potential to alleviate poverty across the world, according to a top UN official. The UN declared 2012 the ‘International Year of Sustainable Energy for All' and Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general, has also taken an initiative in the same direction, said Sha Zukang, under-secretary general of the UN. Read more http://gulfnews.com"

29 Nov 2011

With the beginning of winter, residents of villages and towns in northern Bekaa, many of whom are unable to afford fuel, are turning to wood from the area’s forests. While burning firewood is the only option for many to stay warm, the practice is driving deforestation and striking a blow to local conservation efforts. Read more http://www.dailystar.com.lb"

22 Nov 2011

For decades, oil was the engine of development in the Arab world. But the oil era is drawing to a close and Arab societies are poorly prepared for this change, according to the Arab Forum for Environment and Development. Read more http://www.dw-world.de"


16 May 2011

For 5,000 years the Marsh Arabs lived in the mythical Garden of Eden in the marshes of southern Iraq. Saddam decimated the marshes in the early 90s.