Widespread Drought: The Middle East in 2008

The following words come to mind as I think of the Middle East – oil, Iraq, war, Palestine, Israel, and desert. Many of the words on my list are mere impressions of media-induced messages, but one word on my list is somewhat realistic – desert. The Middle East is an arid region known the world-over […]

Egypt Plans for Expansive Agriculture in the Sahara Desert

This recent article from Reuters Canada details Egypt’s continued interest in expanding agriculture further into the Sahara Desert. Will Rasmussen, author of the article, calls it “greening of the sand.” There are many economic and societal reasons that Egypt is moving forward with widespread conversion of the desert ecosystem called “desert reclamation.” With only five […]