Environment and Climate

With the finality of the UAE's oil reserves increasingly evident, the Gulf state has begun the process of diversifying its energy sources [Getty Images]
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With the scarcity of the GCC's oil reserves increasingly evident, Gulf states have begun diversifying their energy sources. In a region where sunshine is abundant, solar and 'green hydrogen' energies have been identified as the way forward.
After the destruction of the Tabqa Dam during the Syrian Civil War, residents in Raqqa have turned to solar energy to subsist [Getty Images]
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After the destruction of the critical Tabqa Dam in the Civil War, residents of Raqqa have turned to the alternative of solar energy to power their city. In the face of adversity, Raqqa's ingenuity has guaranteed the return of some form of normalcy.
Sunset over the River Nile in Sudan's capital, Khartoum [Getty Images]
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With the 2019 Revolution bringing about systematic societal upheaval in Sudan, another encouraging by-product has been Sudan's newfound enthusiasm for environmental protection & conservation. We analyse their progress in enacting sustainable change.
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Eco-theology has the potential to reshape environmental protection in the Middle East.
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A Yemeni petroleum tanker has spent several years anchored in the Red Sea, but a buildup of gases could cause the ship to explode, sparking an ecological crisis.​
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Political violence has led to frequent blackouts, forcing the country's residents to innovate. To meet the ever-increasing demands of energy consumption, a growing number of Libyans have adopted solar power.
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İbrahim Özdemir, one of Turkey's most prominent environmentalists, believes that the growing number of Muslim environmentalists can find inspiration for their aggressive campaign against global warming from Islam itself.
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As Yemen's government, Saudi Arabia and the UAE compete with the Houthi rebels for influence over the Middle East's poorest country, environmental issues have become a secondary concern.
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From Abu Dhabi to Manama, engineers and scientists in the Gulf are pioneering energy development to prepare for a fast-approaching future without the petroleum industry, writes Austin Bodetti.
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If Afghans and their allies in the international community want to ready the country for a conflict-free future, they must take the natural environment into account, writes Austin Bodetti.