Environment features

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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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....
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Final Issue: For a new generation of physicists, change was unwelcome

25 Apr 2013
This piece was written for Egypt Independent’s final weekly print edition, which was banned from going to press. We offer you our 50th and final edition here. The events depicted in this article are inspired by various real...
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Final Issue: In Egypt, environmental journalists are endangered species

25 Apr 2013
This piece was written for Egypt Independent's final weekly print edition, which was banned from going to press. We offer you our 50th and final edition here. Two months before word about Egypt Independent’s potential closure...
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Meet Egypt’s 14 year old genius and computer programmer Mahmoud Wael

24 Apr 2013
He was sponsored by Microsoft to complete a series of certificates in computer programming. He is one of the youngest people on the planet qualified to instruct university graduates in the programming language C++. And he is only 14. But...
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Long-term global cooling ended in 19th century: study

23 Apr 2013
  A global long-term cooling trend ended late in the 19th century and was followed decades later by the warmest temperatures in nearly 1,400 years, a sweeping study of temperature change showed. The study, by a consortium of 78...
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