November 23, 2010
November 22, 2010
November 20, 2010
The Annual Congress 2011 will open with a presentation from the main keynote speaker, Professor Farouk El Baz, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University in the USA, and Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University in Egypt. Professor El Baz will expound on the topic 'Essence of Management: Lessons from the Apollo Program', wherein he will focus primarily on good management practices that result in organisational excellence based on his experience as one of the scientists who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the moon.
November 11, 2010
November 4, 2010
Beirut- The Arab world is facing the prospect of severe water and food shortages as early as 2015, as the annual per capita share will be less than 500 cubic meters. This is below one-tenth of the world's average, currently estimated at over 6,000 cubic meters, according to a report released today by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) at the opening of its annual conference in Habtoor Grand Hotel, Beirut.
The report entitled Water: Sustainable Management of a Scarce Resource warned that without fundamental changes in policies and practices, the situation will get worse, with drastic social, political and economic ramifications. Water supply sources in the Arab world, two-thirds of which originate outside the region, are being stretched to their limits. Thirteen Arab countries are among the world's nineteen most water-scarce nations, and per capita water availability in eight countries is already below 200 cubic meters annually, less than half the amount designated as severe water scarcity. By 2015, the only countries in the region which will still pass the water scarcity test will be Iraq and Sudan. The Arab region is one of the driest in the world. More than 70% of the land is arid and rainfall is sparse and poorly distributed. Climate change will exacerbate the situation.
A special study Water From the Desert was presented by Dr. Farouk El-Baz begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing in Boston University. El-Baz noted that groundwater is one of the most precious resources in the Arab countries, and vast tracts in the region have not been explored for their groundwater potential. This includes the extensive, sand covered plains of the Great Sahara and the Empty Quarter.
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Dr Farouk El-Baz will be appearing on the Proof of Concept episode of the Starts of Science TV show, a panarab television innovation contest. The show is currently broadcasting on 15 different Arab TV channels and airs Monday through Saturday.
For Broadcast Guide & more info, please check out the show's website: http://www.starsofscience.com/sos/en/broadcast.asp
In case you missed the airing of any episode, you can visit www.starsofscience.com to see all Prime & Daily Summaries, Web Exclusives, Jury and Mentor biographies. You can also visit the Youtube page on www.youtube.com/starsofsciencetv where all jury reports will be uploaded.
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