Category Archives: Conservation

Humanitarian Groups Help Afghans Affected by the Drought

Humanitarian Groups Help Afghans Affected by the Drought

The western region of Afghanistan is facing its worst drought in a decade, following several years of extremely low rain and snowfall. Some blame the lack of snow on the La Nina weather cycle in the Pacific Ocean, which resulted in rainfall totals that were 70 percent lower than usual. Wells have run dry, and… Continue Reading

Officials Look for Solutions to the Middle Eastern Water Shortage -What You Need to Know

Officials Look for Solutions to the Middle Eastern Water Shortage -What You Need to Know

Making fresh water from salt water, a process called desalination, has become vital in supplying water to the desert countries of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, which creates 20 percent of the desalinated water in the world, recently announced plans to construct nine more desalination plants on the coast of the Red Sea. According to… Continue Reading

Permaculture Projects Promote Sustainable Farming in the Middle East

Permaculture Projects Promote Sustainable Farming in the Middle East

Farming in the dry, arid Middle East is often a fight against nature. As populations have increased, resulting in more demand for food and higher water usage, innovative farmers and researchers are experimenting with alternative farming methods, including greenhouses and vertical farms. Permaculture, which is attracting interest across the Middle East, takes a similar tack.… Continue Reading

Renewable Energy Is Set to Overtake Fossil Fuels in the Middle East – What You Need to Know

Renewable Energy Is Set to Overtake Fossil Fuels in the Middle East – What You Need to Know

Long considered an epicenter of fossil fuel production, the Middle East is now leading the way in renewable energy initiatives. Whether it’s a college student club in Saudi Arabia focusing on sustainability or a petroleum company building a wind farm, representatives from sectors across the region are saying that the future is in renewable energy,… Continue Reading

Artificial Islands Allow Middle Eastern Countries to Expand

Artificial Islands Allow Middle Eastern Countries to Expand

Israel is running out of land for development, and Israeli officials are floating an idea for expansion that other small countries have successfully employed: building artificial islands. One of Israel’s biggest needs is a new airport, as the Middle Eastern country currently has only one major international airport, Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. The facility… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Vertical Farms

This Is What You Need to Know about Vertical Farms

Greenhouses have long been used to grow produce when the outside conditions aren’t conducive to farming. Middle Eastern countries face increasingly challenging conditions for agriculture, including productive land turning into desert, a lack of water, and harsh weather conditions. As a result, some entrepreneurs are trying an ambitious new type of greenhouse that could help… Continue Reading

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