Synergies between Women and Environment

Women and the environment are closely interlinked, throughout history, different nations glorified women as powerful symbols of nature, and nature has always been given the female characteristics: care, reproduction and life-giving. However, women’s involvement in the preservation of the environment has seldom been recognized and documented in world history. One of the most significant phenomena in […]

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

World Health Day is a global initiative celebrated every year on 7 April to mark the anniversary of establishing World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The World Health Day is celebrated each year since 1950 to draw worldwide attention to the importance on global health. Each year a subject is taken to raise awareness on […]

Disaster Cleanup Process is a Major Strategic Operation

The frequency of occurrence of natural disasters and man-made states of devastation are increasing exponentially.  The actual natural disaster is a major challenge for all those in the immediate vicinity, but likewise, the cleanup operations are also strategic nightmares that need to be acted upon in a timely manner so as to minimize further hazards […]

Introduction to Hydroponic Farming

Hydroponic farming is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. The hydroponic gardener regulates the composition of nutrients in the liquid solution used to water the plants. He also regulates the frequency of supplying the nutrients to the plants. Simply, the hydroponic gardener controls the growing environment of the plants. The […]

Simple Changes To Make Your Home Green

No matter what you may think or what others may tell you, there are so many eco-friendly changes that can be made in every single home in the world when the goal is to go green. The only problem is the lack of knowledge or interest when looking at the homeowner. According to Excel Builders, […]

Evolution of International Environmental Law

Protection of environment has become a major part of international law. International environmental law is developed between sovereign states to develop standards at the international level and provide obligation for state including their behaviour in international environmental matters.  International law is created by collective actions of nearly 200 countries around the word, which is not […]

Five Fantastically Green Cities

There are a number of criteria that are used to judge how green a city is. Whether it’s by energy consumption and emissions, transportation methods and green spaces or planning and sustainable buildings, it is difficult to balance the population’s current needs with those required for future generations. Making real inroads into achieving this balance […]

Role of Waste-to-Energy in SWM

According to recent estimates, the rapid increase in population coupled with changing lifestyle and consumption patterns is expected to result in an exponential increase in global waste generation of up to 18 billion tonnes by year 2020. Ironically, most of the wastes are disposed of in open fields, along highways or burnt wantonly. Waste generation […]

Ecotourism: Outlook for Jordan

Ecotourism in Jordan is witnessing a multi-dimensional evolution from pure economic opportunities to a wider industry that embraces environmental and community-based development as core elements. Responding to the local, regional and international traveler’s preference, ecotourism provides a perfect platform for responsible sustainable businesses to utilize green investment and community empowerment in creating niche services and […]

Negative Effects of Industrialization

When exploration of crude oil, coal mining occurs and burning of fossil fuels there is an increase in atmospheric carbon which is higher than natural sedimentation of Carbon as observed in industrialized nations.  In the last two and a half centuries, the concentration of Co2 in the atmosphere has increased by one third. Ecosystems which were a […]

Sustainable Utilization of Biomass

Bioenergy systems offer significant possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions due to their immense potential to replace fossil fuels in energy production. Biomass reduces emissions and enhances carbon sequestration since short-rotation crops or forests established on abandoned agricultural land accumulate carbon in the soil. Bioenergy usually provides an irreversible mitigation effect by reducing carbon dioxide […]

Why Small Communities Struggle with Conventional Water Treatment

Smaller communities generally have a tougher time growing and modernizing. The community infrastructure does not benefit from the same economies of scale as they do in larger metropolitan areas. However, this does not mean there are no solutions to infrastructure challenges, especially for water treatment. Often times we believe it to be a funding issue, […]

A Room By Room Guide To Having An Eco-Friendly Home

We all need to do our bit to protect the environment, and by visiting our website, you will pick up a lot of ideas on how you can go green. This includes going eco-friendly at home. From practical everyday habits to home renovations, you can save money while saving the world. In this room-by-room guide, […]

Environmental Impacts Of Globalization

Globalization was meant to change the world– and it did. The founding idea of globalization is that no country should be restricted to their own borders; that the world is part of a large community rather than restricted to small countries. Globalization aimed to take borders down, to unite everyone, to make us all citizens […]

Hazards of Farm Run-Offs

Living near a farm is a dream come true for many people. Few things are as charming as waking up in the morning to the peace, tranquility, and beauty that country living offers. But there is also a downside to living near a farm: pesticide-ridden rain run-off that can affect your drinking supply and your […]

Sustainable Coffee Growing: The How’s and Why’s

If you are like me and love coffee, you probably noticed many “sustainability” labels on different coffee products and wondered what it all means. First, let’s start off by explaining the concept of sustainability. The EPA describes sustainability as “Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly on our […]

4 Public Transport Changes Necessary For A Greener Future

If you want to save the world, then you should use public transport– or that’s the idea that’s promoted by governments the world over, anyway. We can all acknowledge that the fewer cars there are on the road, the better, but public transport still doesn’t feel like a viable alternative to your own motor. We […]

Talking Green: An Interview with Vandana Shiva

I met Vandana Shiva in the airport. When the automatic sliding doors at the arrivals gate revealed her luggage cart and her orange sari, I half expected a beam of light to illuminate her, such is the legend that surrounds her. Of course none did because Vandana Shiva is just a human being and not a saint. […]

9 Warning Signs Of A Termite Problem

Termites are among the most secretive and destructive insect types that infest homes in Australia and around the world. Primarily, they live, travel and eat through timber’s inner layer, and this makes them difficult to spot. They can also be found in door and window frames, and in foundations of your home. So how exactly […]

Farming Trends That Will Shake The Industry To Its Core

Farming is the world’s most ancient industry, founded some 10,000 years ago. Back then it was a rather simple affair and probably just supplemented food gathered from nature. Today, though, it is essential. Without it, virtually nobody would be able to eat and the world as we know it would come to a crashing end. […]

Barriers to Mass Applications of Mycorrhizal Fungi

Mycorrhizal fungi forms association with a lot of plant roots and studies have shown that they help plant nutrient and water uptake as well as help in increased pathogen and disease resistance. Mycorrhizal fungi (or MF) can be applied to plants where soil conditions are poor (ectomycorrhizal) or where there is a high risk of plant […]

Care About The Environment? 5 Things To Change About Your Home

Are you the kind of person who considers yourself to be a bit of an environmentalist? You may very well care about the environment, but if you’re not doing the following things, your home could be more damaging to the environment than it is helping. Start by doing the following 5 things and you will […]

Trends in Energy Management

Managing and reducing energy consumption not only saves money but also helps in mitigating climate change and enhancing corporate reputation. The primary objective of energy management is to achieve and maintain optimum energy procurement and utilization  throughout the organisation which may help in minimizing energy costs and mitigating environmental effects. Infact, energy management is widely acknowledged as the best solution […]

How Eco-Friendly Homes Save Energy

The green building trend has been gaining ground around the world. It can involve a wide variety of construction and operation attributes that make a building more environmentally friendly than other buildings in some way. These characteristics can include methods for conserving water, using sustainably sourced building materials and taking advantage of renewable energy. One […]

IoT Technology Making Inroads in Construction Industry

The term Internet of Things (IoT) means that any device with particular sensors and technology attached to them can communicate with a larger group of similar devices through an Internet connection. These sensors will play a vital part in the future of our society because individual devices will allow construction industry leaders to have sensors […]

Water Woes in MENA Countries

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the most water scarce region of the world. The region is home to 6.3 percent of world’s population but has access to measly 1.4 percent of the world’s renewable fresh water. The average water availability per person in other geographical regions is about 7,000 m3/year, whereas […]

Managing Your Business With CRM

Customer relationship management (CRM) aims at managing a company’s interaction with potential buyers and customers. It may include the use of technology in organizing, automating and synchronizing marketing, sales, technical support and customer service. If you have customers and want to provide the best experience to every customer you are at the right place. CRM […]

Can Agriculture Be A Success Story For Singapore

Lately many people seem to be wondering if agricultural development could succeed in Singapore. Kenny Eng, the president of the Kranji Countryside Association, seems to think so suggesting that the farms in Singapore should be valued for more than the economic productive capabilities that they possess. They question is why agriculture couldn’t be a success? […]

EcoMENA Wins Top International Award for Environmental Awareness

EcoMENA, a Qatari non-profit environmental organization, has won the National Energy Globe Award 2017, one of the most prestigious environmental prizes worldwide. The award is in recognition of the environmental awareness and conservation efforts initiated by EcoMENA through an innovative community-based knowledge dissemination project focussed on the entire MENA region. The award is presented by […]

Key Topics Affecting The Future Of Sustainable Agriculture

If you were to look at the forecasts and predictions on paper, the fact we’re faced with a changing climate and over nine billion people to feed by 2050 could be seen as bleak. Uncertainty on how to continue our current and the rising competition for food are the two major obstacles that we need […]

Why 1.5 Degrees Matters

The world cannot achieve the sustainable development goals he pledged for in 2016 by going higher than 1.5°C.  Currently we are 1.1 degree C above pre-industrial state.  Many countries are facing the effects of the rise in global temperatures. Rising 1.5°C will have major adverse effects on least development countries (LDC), Africa, and Small Island […]

Going Green: How It Can Benefit Your Life

Despite warnings about global warming and the effect our actions have on the environment, many people still refuse to go green! Why? Perhaps it’s laziness. Why go through the hassle of recycling when you can throw everything into one garbage bag? Some people may refuse to accept scientific reports about climate change and pollution, or […]

Renewable Energy: Evolution and Outlook

Major debates and discussions surrounding climate change and green living has placed an unprecedented focus on renewable energy. The future growth in the renewable energy sector is slated to be significant as people make an effort to minimize their energy footprint on Earth. While the support and evolution of renewable energy technologies is growing rapidly […]

Water Security for Refugees

Since the outset of the Syrian civil war in 2011, refugee populations in the Middle East and North Africa have ballooned. Half of Syria has been uprooted. More than 5.2 million Syrians have fled their home. Escaping from war torn land, refugees seek shelter in neighbouring countries like  Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Camp shelters for […]

The Growing Global Water Footprint

The average American lifestyle requires about 2,000 gallons of water every day. Freshwater consumption has doubled since World War II and is expected to rise 25% by 2030. All of this water use takes a toll on the planet and can create water scarcity which effects up to 2.8 billion people around the world at least […]

On The Fast Track To Burnout

We all know energy consumption worsens global warming. The subject is in and out of the news on a regular basis. But, are we making a big enough issue of the problem? The fact that things aren’t improving would suggest not. The majority of us either ignore the warnings or feel as though we’re helpless […]

How Design is Making the World More Sustainable

It is fair to say a growing number of companies are becoming aware of the need to understand and implement sustainability. But once you get to that point, how do you implement it? How do you turn dreams into tangible, measurable reality? On my recent trip to New Zealand it became clear that finding ways […]

Rooftop Agriculture in Gaza

Gaza Strip is marked by highly limited area of land and rapid population growth. Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on earth, with 4,742 inhabitants per square kilometre. In 2005, the population of Gaza Strip was estimated to be 1.39 million which has risen to around 1.85 million by the end of 2015. […]

Making Sense of Sustainability

Sustainability is a buzzword that people associate to in many ways. For some it is a state of self-actualisation, a fashion statement for few, some do it for regulatory purposes; whereas very few understand that it is key to survival. The capitalist world has been running a race to doomsday, and the day is not […]

Rooftop Gardens: Catalyst for Green Cities

  Rooftop gardens, also known as green roofs, are vegetative green layer grown on a rooftop of buildings providing greenery, useful products, shade, acoustic benefits as well as remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. On hot and humid summer days, the surface temperature of […]

Environmental Conservation in Islamic Teachings

Islam has a rich tradition of highlighting the importance of environmental conservation. According to basic Islamic teachings, the basic elements of nature – land, water, fire, forest, and light – belong to all living things, not just human beings. Islam integrates the concept of environmental conservation into the philosophy of life for every believer. By doing […]

Business, Customers and Going Green

In the contemporary business landscape, green businesses, also known as sustainable businesses, are defined as organizations with minimal negative impact on community, society, economy or environment. The most important initiative of green oriented businesses is to decrease or completely eliminate environmental harm caused by production and consumption of their products. Usually, green businesses have progressive […]

Introduction to Mediterranean Youth Climate Network (MYCN)

Mediterranean region is highly vulnerable region to climate change impacts. Its land is being transformed into a desert. Since we are all facing these challenges and threats, we decided on working to change climate change. We are working on raising awareness and causing behavioral changes. The Mediterranean Youth Climate Network, MYCN, was founded by seven […]

Significance of Solid Waste Management

Some countries have achieved considerable success in solid waste management. But the rest of the world is grappling to deal with its wastes. In these places, improper management of solid waste continues to impact public health of entire communities and cities; pollute local water, air and land resources; contribute to climate change and ocean plastic […]

Reverse Logistics and Waste Management

Reverse logistics is a process whereby companies can become more environmentally-efficient through recycling, reusing, and reducing the amount of materials used. A more holistic view of reverse logistics includes reduction of materials in the forward system in such a way that fewer materials flow back, reuse of materials is possible, and recycling is facilitated. A […]

Green Business and the Middle East

With growing awareness among consumers for eco-friendly products, it is becoming highly important for businesses in the Middle East to adopt and implement green strategies. It is not only the requirement of customers but also compliance to regulations and reduction in operating costs that drive the implementation of environment-friendly methods in business. Corporate social responsibility (or […]

What is Trigeneration

Trigeneration or CCHP (combined cooling, heat and power) refers to the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heating and cooling from the combustion of a biomass fuel or a solar heat collector. Conventional coal or nuclear-powered power stations convert only about 33% of their input heat to electricity. The remaining 67% emerges from the turbines as low-grade waste […]

Interfaith Dialogue at Cairo Climate Talks

“Pollution and global warming pose an even greater threat than war,” stated Egypt’s German Ambassador H.E. Julius Georg Luy, as he opened the 41st round of Cairo Climate Talks on June 27, 2016. “And,” he added, “the fight to preserve the environment could be the most positive way of bringing humanity together.” Expressing a heartfelt […]

COP21: A Message from Sudan

On Monday November 30th the COP21 commenced in Paris with a leaders’ event at Le Bourget. Each head of state carried out a speech, and statements were different in their contexts let alone the fact that some heads of state had the opportunity to speak and skipped their turn. It is maybe because they are […]

Why Ocean Acidification Matters

There is a forlorn hope that spraying 7 billion tonnes per year of fossil carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) from the combustion of coal, oil and gas into the atmosphere will have little impact on the chemical structure of the atmosphere and the oceans. Sadly, this is not the case. Since the industrial […]

Environmental Aspects of CSR

Environmental aspect of CSR is the duty to cover environmental consequences of a particular company’s operations, products and facilities. The major ingredients of environmental CSR are elimination of waste and emissions, maximizing energy efficiency and productivity and minimizing practices that may adversely affect utilization of natural resources by coming generations. Sustainability and carbon footprint occupies […]

Waging Eco-Jihad for a Sustainable Future

There is an inseparable relation between the environment and our soul. Islamic teachings offer a completely integrated view of the Universe where human souls and the environment are all part of one living, conscious whole. The Holy Quran exhorts us to live a balanced, moderate and sustainable life without causing any harm to the Earth. […]