October 26, 2021

British study finds fifth of plant species at risk of extinction


A fifth of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned on Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom. The survey by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21% of species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants. The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to be the biggest extinction threat, representing 31%t of the total risk to plants. Logging and the gathering of plants followed…

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LG Electronics pledge to preserve national tree


LG Electronics has committed to preserve the Ghaf, the national tree of the UAE. As part of their ongoing global initiative to promote a sustainable way of living, the company made the announcement on June 5 as part of World Environment Day. Identified by the United Nations’ as a day of encouragement for worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment, World Environment Day has seen LG employees across the world participating in various volunteer activities for several years. As part of LG Electronics ongoing global initiative towards promoting a sustainable way of living, the company engaged in the tree planting project…

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Contract to build ‘green’ school in The Sustainable City awarded


UAE based Diamond Developers has granted a key contract to Danish architect and design practice Cebra for designing a hi-tech school inside ‘The Sustainable City’, its first residential community in Dubai. The project aims to rethink teaching and learning environments in a sustainable way. The school offers a modern alternative to the often very dense and air conditioned school buildings that one often experiences in hot climates, said the top architect. The school has been designed to have students pass directly from their classrooms out into open learning landscapes with greenery, wind towers and shaded outdoor spaces, ensuring a pleasant climate…

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Organic garden launched at Waldorf Astoria Dubai


Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah has launched an organic garden, which recently completed its first successful soil cycle. The garden is home to a wide variety of fresh vegetables and herbs. Executive chef Jens Muenchenbach, who is championing the initiative, said: “In an effort to educate team members about sustainable food practice and better serve our guests at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, we hope to incorporate organic ingredients at our on property Vietnamese restaurant, Lao, and convert it into a completely sustainable dining experience. The garden’s vegetables along with herbs like parsley, coriander, young spinach, spring onions, cherry tomatoes…

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Project launched by Ministry to tackle growing mesquite problems


The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has launched a special project in Muscat to tackle the growing menace of the mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), a thorny weed that proliferates at a quick rate and affects the groundwater table, soil fertility and indigenous tree species. Eng Saud Ali Issa al Farsi, head of soil research department and director of the Integrated Management Project on Mesquite at MoAF said: “This weed has emerged as a problem for the entire country. It has spread everywhere and we are finding it difficult to completely get rid of it within a short time. It is…

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Muscat Municipality Replacing Seasonals with Perennials


Muscat Municipality is replacing seasonal plants with perennial ones as part of its sustainable landscaping and beautification drive. Mubarak Mohammed al Shukaili, deputy director of nursery in the municipality’s Department of Landscaping and Gardening said: “We are looking at plant varieties that will help in sustainable landscaping. These will require less manpower, less maintenance and less expenditure. We are replacing seasonal grass, plants and flowers with those that can survive for years. Perennial plants can survive the hot weather of Oman as they do not require a lot of water and will also bear flowers from time to time. So,…

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Dubai Bio Dome Due to Open Next Month

bio dome

A company in Dubai will be building a tropical rainforest in the heart of the city. Titled The Green Planet, the Dubai Bio Dome is scheduled to open for visitors by the end of July, and will be located in the City Walk retail area in Jumeirah. The dome will recreate the environment of a tropical rainforest, and will be its own completely enclosed ecosystem. Meraas, the company behind the project, has said that it will recreate the ‘enchanting world’ of a tropical rainforest. The Dubai Bio Dome will be rich in biodiversity, being home to more than 3,000 plants…

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Plants that can survive a UAE Summer


Summer in the UAE can be a difficult time for plants. Here we take a look at the hardiest plants that can survive a UAE summer. Succulent plants, also known as succulents or fat plants, are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants store water in their leaves, stems, and also in roots. Many succulents come from the dry areas of the tropics and subtropics, such as steppes, semi desert, and desert. High temperatures and low rain fall force plants to collect and store water to survive long dry periods sound perfect for Dubai. For gardens and…

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Flowpoint Paves the Way in Tallinn Old Town

Flowpoint Viru Street

Instarmac’s Estonian partner, Roadservice, have secured an 8,000m² paving restoration project of the beautiful Viru Street in Tallinn Old Town. Viru Street is known for its beautiful entrance gates. These iconic gates were built in the 14th century as part of the town’s defence system, with the number of gates increasing to 8 by the 16th century. Over the years, the entrance to Old Town widened and as a consequence many of the gates have since been demolished. However the corner gates are still standing and have become symbolic of Tallinn Old Town. The restoration of this fairytale street required…

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Sustainable architecture conference in Cairo

A sustainable architecture conference with speakers from around the world is taking place at Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel in Cairo on Sunday 13 March. Design, Build, Breathe aims to showcase the latest eco solutions and create a dialogue between government officials, architects, real estate developers, technology providers and academics in this field. The conference is the first annual integrated conference of its kind and will include interactive talks, panel discussions and workshops exploring all that is possible in the world of sustainable innovation highlighting green building, urban planning, and energy efficiency.   Workshops: Workshop 1: Waste management – Research Institute…

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