Environment news

Executive regulations of coal usage presents to Cabinet

Labourers pile up coal at a coal field on the outskirts of Hyderabad, southern India, on September 5, 2012 (AFP/File, Noah Seelam)
25 Mar 2015
Egypt’s Ministry of Justice and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs have finished revising the executive regulations for the industrial use of coal as an energy source, the minister of environment Khaled Fahmy said on ...

World Bank chief: Tackling disasters vital to end poverty

14 Mar 2015
In the past 30 years, the world has lost more than 2.5 million people and almost US$4 trillion because of natural disasters, the president of the World Bank said on Friday as governments prepare to adopt a new global plan to reduce...

More eco-friendly economy saves Egypt 30% in power consumption

© AFP/File / by Wissam Keyrouz | Falling oil prices hinder global efforts to develop renewable energy sources, experts warned on January 17 at a conference in Abu Dhabi
08 Mar 2015
Enhancing energy efficiency could save Egypt 30 percent (33 billion KW) of electricity consumption, according to a United Nations Environment Programme study.   Egypt has already installed 225 MW of wind energy capacity with the...

UNEP: Egyptian coastal cities could be at risk to flooding

05 Mar 2015
Egyptian coastal cities could face a risk of flooding if sea levels rise faster than the global average, reaching 80cm above current levels by 2100 along the Indian and Atlantic Ocean coastlines.   According to a report by United...

Oil price slump puts at risk clean energy push: experts

© AFP/File / by Wissam Keyrouz | Falling oil prices hinder global efforts to develop renewable energy sources, experts warned on January 17 at a conference in Abu Dhabi
17 Jan 2015
Falling oil prices could have a negative impact on global efforts to develop renewable energy sources, experts warned Saturday at a conference in Abu Dhabi. Oil prices have fallen by almost 60 percent since June, crashing on worries over...

NASA says 2014 was hottest year on record

© NASA | Graphic showing 2014 global temperatures
16 Jan 2015
Last year was Earth’s warmest on record, separate analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released on Friday showed. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years on record have now occurred since...

Environment Minister: Announcement of coal use requirements postponed to February

 AFP/File | This photo taken on January 16, 2012 shows steam rising from cooling towers of the coal-fired power plant of Scholven in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany
14 Jan 2015
Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy said the announcement of the coal use requirements that was scheduled for January has been postponed to February to incorporate power plants, cement factories and other industries.   The minister...

Penalties for Nile River violations to mount to 1 year in jail, fines

06 Jan 2015
Penalties for violations against the Nile River will be intensified to reach one year in jail and fining, the government has said, pointing to an unprecedented surge in legal violations at the river over the past few years.   Minister...

Climate change: In 2015, the long march to Paris

30 Dec 2014
Agreements on climate change -- to paraphrase what the 19th-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck said about law-making -- are like sausages. It's best not to know how they are made. On December 11 2015, 195 states are scheduled...

Red Sea governor suspends company for disturbing dolphins

23 Dec 2014
The Governor of the Red Sea Major General Ahmed Abdallah has taken legal action against the owner of a company for disturbing and chasing dolphins in the Red Sea area.    The activity of the company, which organizes cruises and...