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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...

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...

Govt mulls custom cuts on imported renewable energy appliances

Electricity cuts
18 Dec 2014
The Finance Ministry is considering slashing duties from the current 20 percent tax to as low as 2 percent on imported renewable energy appliances as specialists in the industry have complained that government quotations for energy...

Egypt's Suez Cement to convert two factories to run on coal

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16 Dec 2014
Suez Cement, Egypt's largest listed cement maker by market value, said on Tuesday it planned to spend 600 million Egyptian pounds ($84 million) in 2015 on equipping two factories to run on coal due to the country's energy crunch....

JODHR warns against significant increase of crayfish in Nile

14 Dec 2014
Justice Organization for Development and Human Rights (JODHR) has warned against crayfish invasion to governorates of Upper Egypt, Delta, Fayyoum, Beni Suef, Aswan and Qena.   In a recent research, the organization said that crayfish...