Environment features

Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

Dredgers working in the new Suez Canal
04 Mar 2015
Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to revive both the country...

Is climate change fuelling war?

11 Feb 2015
For years, scientists and security analysts have warned that global warming looms as a potential source of war and unrest. Storms, droughts, floods, and spells of extreme heat or exceptional cold: all can destroy wealth, ravage harvests,...

Floods return wildlife to areas of Eastern Desert

22 Jan 2015
Floods are usually known for their destructive forces in urban communities.  However, floods in the Eastern Desert has recently filled valleys with water, painting desert mountains green and prompting the return of wildlife that had...

Killing of rare leopard shows 5 differences between Saudi Arabia, Egypt

21 Dec 2014
The killing of a rare Arabian leopard in the deserts of Egypt and Saudi Arabia demonstrates five differences between the two countries' governments in dealing with the incident. A number of Wadi Shalal City in Halayib southern the Red...

Paris climate summit faces tougher job after modest Lima deal

© AFP / by Mariette Le Roux, Richard Ingham | Members of representative commissions of the countries participating in the climate change conferences attend the seventh plenary meeting of the COP20 on December 13, 2014 in Lima
15 Dec 2014
A Paris summit in 2015 will face a tougher task to agree a U.N. deal to slow climate change after the hopes of many that cooperation between Washington and Beijing would be a magic key to end global gridlock dissolved in chaotic...

Central America's new coffee buzz: renewable energy

© AFP/File / by Katell Abiven | A man collects coffee beans at El Puma farm, some 30km from Jinotega, Nicaragua, on November 20, 2014
05 Dec 2014
That morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural wastewater into biogas. An often-overlooked byproduct of the world's...

World Bank: Global warming could undermine poverty fight

AFP/File / by Jeremy Tordjman | Bangladeshi fishermen, who are likely to be affected by climate change, pull a fishing boat from sea in Teknaf on June 16, 2012
24 Nov 2014
Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned Sunday. In a new report on the impact of global warming, the bank said sharp temperature rises would cut deeply into crop yields and...

Green Pan, taking recycling efforts to the next level in Egypt

02 Nov 2014
Unfortunately, recycling in Egypt is not meeting its potential. This could be attributed to the fact that recycling culture is not deeply entrenched in our society, causing many Egyptians to forgo its environmental and economic benefits....

Solar station to light 400 houses in New Valley

31 Oct 2014
Minister of Local Development Adel Labib on Friday decided to operate a solar power plant to produce enough light for 400 houses in New Valley.  He said the plant was built there seven years ago but not operated.    Labib...

RecycloBekia, giving new life to unwanted electronics in Egypt

Photo credit: Recyclopedia own design
03 Nov 2013
A new cultural, entrepeneurial company is looking to spread its way across Egypt with a single idea: thinking before putting your computers, cell phones, or televisions - no longer of any value - into storage or onto the rubbish tip....