UN warns of hazardous waste threat after Beirut blast

The U.N. Development Program warns the explosion at the Port of Beirut has unleashed tons of hazardous waste that pose enormous threats to health and the environment if not disposed of properly.

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First COVID case linked to community spread rattles Gaza

Gaza authorities announced last week the first COVID-19 case in the Palestinian enclave that was spread through the community, raising fears that a larger outbreak might occur.


In wake of explosion, Beirut finds water, goods in short supply

Thousands of people in Beirut face intense water, sanitation, and food shortages as Covid-19 cases spike in the days since a massive explosion demolished the port in Lebanon's capital.


Beirut blast: Frantic search for survivors of deadly explosion

More than 100 people are missing after a massive explosion devastated the port area of Beirut.

Scorching temperatures bake Middle East amid Eid al-Adha celebrations

Record high temperatures were recorded in Baghdad and Damascus, and experts warned of the effects of prolonged heat waves as the planet warms.

Yemen: Decaying oil tanker in Red Sea threatens disaster

The UN Security Council is to meet to discuss the threats posed by a rusting oil tanker off Yemen's Red Sea coast. The FSO Safer is loaded with more than a million barrels of crude oil and experts have warned of an environmental catastrophe if the vessel breaks apart.


Blood is life — The amazing dragon's blood tree

New research proposes classifying the threatened Middle Eastern tree as an “umbrella species” because of its oversized ecological role.

The UAE is investing $100 million in indoor farming

With little water, scorching temperatures, and not much arable land, the UAE currently imports 80% of its food. Can it go local?

Egypt's booming population officially hits 100 million

Egypt's fast-growing population hit 100 million Tuesday, the official statistics agency announced, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited resources.


For thousands of years, Egypt controlled the Nile. A new dam threatens that

Ethiopia is staking its hopes on its $4.5 billion hydroelectric dam. Egypt fears it will cut into its water supplies. President Trump is mediating.

Entrepreneurs are teaming with UAE to reduce food insecurity

From vertical farms to fish caves, new technologies aim to boost food production and vanquish hunger.


Global Hunger Index says progress isn't happening fast enough

A new report finds that the fight to end global hunger is being put at risk by the changing climate’s effect on agriculture.
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