Category Archives: Conservation

Middle East Searches for Innovative Solutions to Water Shortage

Middle East Searches for Innovative Solutions to Water Shortage

While the Middle East is rich in oil, the region is increasingly struggling with the lack of a more important natural resource: water. Changing climates, population growth, and desertification—the process by which fertile land becomes desert—have made water scarce. Experts acknowledge that there is no one solution and that multiple ideas and approaches will be… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Pakistan’s Water Shortage

What You Need to Know about Pakistan’s Water Shortage

Pakistan’s farming sector is in the midst of a severe water shortage that could devastate the country’s summer crops and impact the winter growing season. Government officials hope that projects such as a large dam and a new national water policy will help end the crisis that could affect Pakistan for many years to come… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Why Agriculture Experts Are Pushing for More Pistachio Orchards

This Is What You Need to Know about Why Agriculture Experts Are Pushing for More Pistachio Orchards

The soil and climate of Afghanistan are especially well-suited for pistachio trees, which grow wild in the region. However, many pistachio trees have died due to neglect, war, and drought, while many others have been cut down for firewood. Deforestation is another issue. However, experts hope that more pistachio trees can be planted across the… Continue Reading

Middle East Nations Turn To Renewable Energy to Meet Growing Demand

Middle East Nations Turn To Renewable Energy to Meet Growing Demand

While the Middle East has long been known as a major exporter of fossil fuels thanks to rich oil reserves, the region is also embracing renewable energy to provide cheaper, more efficient power to its people. As the population—and energy consumption—grows in the Middle East, innovative companies are challenging nations’ reliance on oil with large-scale… Continue Reading

Arab Nations Consider Regional Power Grid: What You Need to Know

Arab Nations Consider Regional Power Grid: What You Need to Know

Unreliable electricity was once a long-standing problem in the Middle East, particularly in the 1990s when random power outages were frequent, and customers never knew if or when they would have electricity. The GCC Interconnection Authority, which was established by six Middle Eastern countries in 2001, has led to significant changes in the way that… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Rebuilding Efforts in Iraq

This Is What You Need to Know about Rebuilding Efforts in Iraq

While war has subsided in northern Iraq, officials say a new battle is beginning: that to rebuild the country. At a recent three-day donor conference in Kuwait, leaders met to discuss aid for Iraq, which officials believe needs about $88 billion to reconstruct schools, infrastructure, and other losses after years of conflict. While donors had… Continue Reading

EU-Afghanistan Partnership Commits to Improving Governance, Economy, Quality of Life

EU-Afghanistan Partnership Commits to Improving Governance, Economy, Quality of Life

In February 2017, European Union and Afghan officials signed the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD), another step in solidifying a partnership to improve Afghanistan’s infrastructure, economy, and quality of life. This agreement comes as Afghanistan’s leaders work toward the goals of weaning the country off foreign aid and developing a strong system of… Continue Reading

These Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Grow Crops in the Desert

These Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Grow Crops in the Desert

Supplying food to desert regions where populations are increasing and water is scarce has become a significant challenge. Desert conditions, which can be extremely hot, windy, and bug-ridden, make growing most plants impossible. Greenhouses have long been a solution for growing produce in difficult climates, but they most often are used to keep plants warm… Continue Reading

Spotlight – Saudi Arabia to Develop Renewable Energy Projects

Spotlight – Saudi Arabia to Develop Renewable Energy Projects

Saudi Arabia has taken its first major step toward large-scale renewable energy with its announcement that the government is taking bids for the Sakaka utility-scale solar energy project. The project is part of the government’s proposal to generate more than 9.5 gigawatts of electricity a year from renewable sources. “The whole idea of this is… Continue Reading