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Old 05-23-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Egypt must go green to save Red Sea
The Red Sea's ecosystem is under threat from pollution and Egyptians refusing to accept there is an environmental problem
Joseph Mayton
Thursday 14 October 2010 05.10 EDT

Egypt must go green to save Red Sea | Joseph Mayton | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
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Over and over I have heard stories from divers about the decaying state of the Red Sea's coral reefs. It is unfortunate, but true. No longer is the Red Sea a pristine location to witness the spectacle of marine life and coral reefs. One of the main causes is the constant pouring of waste from hotels along the coastal areas, but the tourism industry more generally has done further harm by pumping chemicals and other waste products into the sea. Resolving these problems is proving extremely difficult.

Not only are coral reefs under threat, but other marine life, too. Offshore oil rigs have been in the Red Sea waters for decades, but little has been done to ensure the equipment is up to date. These rigs stream a constant pool of oil into the sea. Ahmed el-Droubi of the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Agency (Hepca) told me earlier this year that much of the dolphin population has migrated further and further south as a result.

There are areas that are uninhabitable as a result of oil spillage, he said. Hepca has warned about the oil continually seeping into areas along the coast, including beaches, which have seen massive degradation in...
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Red Sea Coral Reefs
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Red Sea Coral Reefs: Types, Characteristics, Biodiversity
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Red Sea fringing reef platforms are over 5000 years old, and the entire coastal reef complex extends along some 2,000 km (1,240 miles) of shoreline.

Most such reefs grow directly from the shoreline. The dominant, most actively growing corals include most notably highly branched species of the genera Acropora and Porites.

Where fringing reef systems begin at some distance from shore they typically enclose a well developed protected lagoon, complete with the usual habitat-types of such zones (i.e., patch reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves). In some areas, small offshore islands ringed by fringing reefs are present.
a variety of unusual coral reef formations dot the surface of the Red Sea Unusual and varied coral reef formations are not uncommon in the Red Sea. Courtesy NASA

The Red Sea also contains numerous offshore reefs that defy classic reef type categorization.

Included in this catch-all category are...
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Tinkering With Nature: World’s Largest Lagoon Planned For The Red Sea
Posted on September 21, 2010
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Tinkering With Nature: World’s Largest Lagoon Planned For The Red Sea | Green Prophet
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Is this a mirage, or does Chilean Fernando Fischmann really intend to build the world’s largest artificial lagoon on the already ecologically-sensitive Red Sea?

In Egypt there will be more artificial fun for rich men and women while the poor can’t even trust that their tap water is safe, that their waste will be disposed of safely, or that they will be able to cook their dinner if the power cuts out. While everyone should be able to enjoy a nice dip in the sea, there is folly in tinkering with nature. Especially when we’re talking about the Red Sea, which has already suffered devastating losses to its coral reef as a result of development, tourism, oil spills, and other human activity...
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Economic Valuation of the Egyptian Red Sea Coral Reef
http://earthmind.net/marine/docs/egy...-valuation.pdf

Habitat complexity and coral reef fish diversity and abundance on Red Sea fringing reefs
http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps/41/m041p001.pdf
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OMG…. I just read some of those PDFs and I’m sitting here in shock.
Red Sea Sustainable Tourism Initiative

Implemented by:
Tourism Development
Authority (TDA).
Financed by:
United States Agency for
International Development
(USAID)


Protecting Nature Protects Our Future
Environmental Management Goal

To promote and protect a high quality tourism
product by:

Assuring the quality of regional natural
resources.

Promotion of Investment activities which
integrate protection of these resources..

Elimination of practices that degrade
environment
.”
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1.5 BILLION $$$ of our tax $$$ go to Egypt EVERY year and that’s what they do with our $$$>>>? I’m like blown away. That’s a flagrant abuse of our tax $$$ and like that other article said, “In Egypt there will be more artificial fun for rich men and women while the poor can’t even trust that their tap water is safe, that their waste will be disposed of safely, or that they will be able to cook their dinner if the power cuts out. While everyone should be able to enjoy a nice dip in the sea, there is folly in tinkering with nature. Especially when we’re talking about the Red Sea, which has already suffered devastating losses to its coral reef as a result of development, tourism, oil spills, and other human activity...” I dunno about anyone else but…. I think it’s high time we start cutting off any politician approving crap like that. What they’re shelling out our tax $$$ for in the name of “sustainability” isn’t sustainable.
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It went through already and they’re building another artificial lagoon>>>>? This is 2x in 1 night that I’m like totally disgusted. American tax $$$ were just used for “sustainable” tourism… er uh… artificial fun for the rich and….the poor of that country along with a good chunk of the Red Sea just paid the price for this fun park that needs artificial life support just like a lawn and to boot…. Egypt is 1 of the countries that’s receiving fresh water from OUR aquifers shipped over in those flexible barges they call spragg bags… fresh water from North American aquifers that AREN’T recharging. Have our politicians completely lost their minds allowing the use of our tax $$$ for “green” sustainable development projects like this?

Adding more…. I did more poking around online and check this out, http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/05/...tion-in-egypt/, “Claims about environmental friendliness stem from the company’s process of keeping the water “crystal clear.” This is achieved by sucking out sea water that is treated using a pulse and low energy filtration system to keep the stagnant water from growing turbid; these pools are said to use 100 times less chemicals than standard pools.

Regardless of these claims which smack of greenwashing, we have not become aware of any environmental impact assessments, which are very unlikely to have taken place given the country’s unstable political environment during the entire execution of the project (not to mention its very long history of ignoring environmental concerns in the presence of large wads of cash).

Frankly, such conspicuous excess in the face of so much poverty, suffering and other environmental, social and political challenges in Egypt is both irresponsible and insulting.” Chicago’s pulling off a similar stunt at the expense of the environment and humans… it’s called the Millennium Reserve, Urban biodiversity week, 7 cities celebrate..
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OMG…. it gets worse…. the UN’s World Bank was involved….again…. surprise surprise. Figures especially when there were large “wads” of cash out there for the taking…. Egypt got carbon credits so they could move onto new “green” money making projects with even more $$$ in the bank than they’ve already got from oil exports. And all this thanks to the trading of **poofs*** of air which the UN says elevates huddled masses out of poverty while protecting biodiversity and humanity from the ravages of global warming in THEIR war against climate change, Crystal Lagoons to present sustainable cooling technology at World Future Energy Summit | Crystal Lagoon | AMEinfo.com. Liars.... they’re all liars.
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There was no environmental gain - - none. The entire anthropogenic global warming hubbub is a complete and arrant fraud. Anyone perpetuating it - - perpetuates the fraud. Anyone advocating taxes or laws based upon it sanctions environmental destruction exactly like this - - founded on a fraud.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:26 AM   #10
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Just an update on Egypt’s lil’ sustainable development project that our tax $s helped fund that trashed the Red Sea all so multinationals could make a buck off of providing the rich with an artificial “fun park” at the expense of the environment and the locals…. they’re selling off beach-front condos for a Phase II, Harmony Lagoon – Beach front luxury | properties-egypt.info. Bet the poorest of the poor of that region can’t wait for all the housekeeping and pump maintenance and janitorial and dishwashing jobs they’ll get from Phase II and Phase III that’s around the corner.
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