Articles (Climate Change)

The Doomsday Vault
(Food and Agriculture)

In a place far, far away, where snow-covered ground is all one can see for miles and miles, in a climate that is one of the coldest on Earth, a vault has been built. Deep in the ground, its tunnels run until you reach a vault that houses one of humanity’s most precious treasures. It is not gold or diamonds that you will find carefully stored in this vault; instead, neatly nestled in individual envelopes, carefully labeled and marked, what this vault preserves are seeds. It is a place where all countries had a hand in filling it up, and where you may find countries that are now at conflict or are in discord have seeds stored there for safekeeping, peacefully next to each other.

Egyptian Food and Agriculture Statistics
(Food and Agriculture)

Since the Pharaonic era, Egypt is an agricultural nation. The Nile River and the fertile soils on its banks have allowed Egyptians to build a splendid civilization based on agriculture. Nowadays, agriculture is one of the main pillars of the Egyptian economy; in 2012, agriculture contributed with 13.4% of the national gross domestic production and employed 27.1% of the total Egyptian workforce.

(Food and Agriculture)

With the increasing evidence of human-initiated climate change, people throughout the world are coming together to try to reduce their carbon footprint. Groups are trying to move away from the dependence of fossil fuels and consumerist practices. There is a focus on producing and consuming locally, and living as sustainably as possible. Many initiatives are encouraged, such as reducing energy use, creating sustainable local businesses, localizing farming and creating environmentally minded communities known as “eco-villages”.

Meat of the Future
(Food and Agriculture)

In the future, meat will no longer come from animals, or at least that is what scientists are hoping for. Scientists have, in recent years, been working on growing meat in labs, this is produced through “tissue-engineering” technology. The reason researchers are working on developing this new scientific field is to try to provide cruelty-free meat, as well as combat the adverse environmental impact that cattle farming creates. The advantages of growing meat in labs, is that it will take up less space than cattle farming, freeing up fields to be used for farming or other projects.

Say Goodbye to the Edison Bulb
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

Thomas Edison changed the world by inventing the incandescent light bulb in 1879. Now, it is time to change the world again by another revolutionary invention. Although Edison’s light bulb invention was great then, in today’s energy efficient world it has become impractical. Ninety percent of the energy used by the Edison bulb is given off as heat

Save the Trees…Save the Planet
(Bare Necessities)

Trees do not just offer wonderful scenery, but they offer life also; when they breathe, we breathe.

Adapting to Extremes
(Bare Necessities)

Since the beginning of time, we humans have been vulnerable to our surroundings; thus have always sought out environments with certain qualities that our bodies can resist without being susceptible to any harmful consequences.

International Tiger Day: 29 July
(Environment and Us)

Tigers are among the most magnificent animals in the world. However, they are also vulnerable to extinction. A hundred years ago, there were 100,000 tigers in the wild; but today, there are as few as 3,200.

Arctic Methane Release
(Environment and Us)

Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas and an extremely potent greenhouse gas, far more powerful than carbon dioxide. Over 60% of the total of the methane emitted is from natural sources.

Ecosystems in Egypt: Challenges and Opportunities
(Environment and Us)

Egypt is a land of exquisite—but fragile—ecosystems, such as The Red Sea coral reef, the wetlands bordering the Nile freshwaters, the bitter lakes, and the coastal lagoons.

The Rainmakers
(Environment and Us)

Being as vast as it is, Earth has quite a diverse geography. Each part is endowed with certain attributes; some are mountainous, others are hilly, some are cold while others are hot; some are wet, others are dry.

World Oceans Day: 8 June
(Environment and Us)

The oceans, covering some 71% of the Earth’s surface, are the foundation of human life. They have always been a prime source of nourishment for the life it helped generate and served as well for trade and commerce.

Medical Wastes
(Human Health)

Waste generated by health care activities includes a broad range of materials; from used needles and syringes to soiled dressings, body parts, diagnostic samples, blood, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and radioactive materials.

An Inconvenient Truth
(Human Civilization)

An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 provocative documentary on global warming directed by Davis Guggenheim.

Zafarana Wind Farm: Egypt’s Largest Wind Power Plant

In early 1980s, the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy formulated its national strategy in the field of New and Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE) as an integral part of its global energy strategy. 

In Cairo: Solar Heaters and Biogas Units on Rooftops
(Technology and Us)

Some people talk about clean energy, waste reduction and the impeding energy crisis. Other people choose to take action.

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