31 Mar 2011
Al-Masry Al-Youm met with Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, as part of our Green Profile series, in which prominent figures discuss pressing environmental issues.
Al-Masry Al-Youm: How important is the environment within the Islamic...
30 Mar 2011
In light of the environmental and human tragedy unraveling in Japan, countries equipped with nuclear power are trembling. The idea of nuclear energy, traditionally presented as emission-free and environmentally-friendly overall, has become...
29 Mar 2011
Unfortunately, the environment has not been a priority for Egypt. Like in the case of many other developing countries, environmentally sound development is often depicted as being in tension with economic profit.
In the Arab World, a...
28 Mar 2011
Last Saturday saw the fifth anniversary of Earth Hour, a controversial event organized globally by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Despite being founded in the spirit of environmental awareness, the event has recently received much...
27 Mar 2011
Turning Herodotus’s epithet on its head, some have recently claimed that “the Nile is the gift of Egypt,” adducing historic rights to the Nile’s water. But what happens when the Nile’s water becomes an...
22 Mar 2011
Less than a century ago, it was common to see vultures flying over Cairo and nesting in some of the city’s buildings. Today, the vulture population in Egypt is drastically declining due to various threats.
Six species of vultures are...
21 Mar 2011
In 2009, Abu Dhabi was chosen to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). It is to be located in Masdar City, which aims to be the first city in the world to run entirely on solar and other types of...
20 Mar 2011
When first reading “Silent Spring,” I only realized later that it was one of the first and most important books to help open the door to the worldwide environmental movement. By Rachel Carson, it is a classic environmental...
15 Mar 2011
The ficus sycomorus, or sycamore fig, is an ancient tree that has been cultivated in Egypt since the third millennium BC.
This tree can grow to reach a height of 20-25 meters, a trunk girth of six meters, and possesses a dense crown of...
11 Mar 2011
During the 20th century, about 75 percent of all food crops slipped into extinction, which meant that all the unique attributes that these crops possessed--such as the capacity to withstand droughts, cold winters or pests--were...