Egypt: Learning and earning in Cairo’s Garbage City

14,000 tons. That is the official estimate amount of daily waste produced in the mega-city of Cairo. But the city authorities cannot cope with the amount thus creating a serious waste management problem. Consequently, Cairo relies heavily on informal waste collectors although they are not contracted by official authorities. There are six Zabaleen communities located…

2010: A tough year for the environment

As 2010 comes to an end, Al-Masry Al-Youm takes a look at the main environmental news–both local and international–for this year. Climate Change: The year kicked off with turbulence for the climate change agenda. Firstly, the fiasco of the Copenhagen summit, held in December 2009, left many around the world wondering if there was room…

The power of One

Hoda Baraka¬†explores the power of the individual in the bid to address the problems plaguing the environment. We hear all the time about how environmental catastrophes, such as global warming, are lurking and are set to overshadow our future aspirations for a sustainable and more stable world. In some ways there seems to be a…