You may have been directed here for information about the floods in Jeddah of 2011. I have stopped actively researching how to help the flood victims, but you can find all the information I did find here.

May 8, 2011

Eco-Micropost: May 2011

Who needs more updates of the already written? I present you with a collection of what's happening in the region environmentally speaking.

5th Nay. - Mecca's Zamzam water found to be contaminated with arsenic

3rd Yay! - Gulf Interconnection Electrical Grid

Gulf Interconnection Electrical Grid Could Save Billions in Energy-Hungry Gulf

by Susan Kraemer - 3rd May 2011 via Green Prophet
A few years late, phase two of the long-planned GCC Grid was inaugurated this week. When all four sections are complete it will unite the six Gulf nations on one unified electric grid, making it much easier to build and share power from renewable energy sources, and realize the gains in energy efficiency that come from sharing a wider grid. The cost savings could amount to Dh$18.4b – in US dollars, about $5 billion.

An analysis by Richard Tabor at Charles River Associates found a compelling economic case for the huge interconnected grid...

Read on at Green Prophet →

Contaminated Zam Zam holy water from Mecca sold in UK

By Guy Lynn - 5th May 2011 via BBC News
[...] A BBC investigation discovered Zam Zam water was being sold by Muslim bookshops in Wandsworth, south-west London, and Upton Park, east London, as well as in Luton, Bedfordshire.
"The water is poisonous, particularly because of the high levels of arsenic, which is a carcinogen," said Dr Duncan Campbell, president of the Association of Public Analysts.

[...] The BBC asked a pilgrim to take samples from taps which were linked to the Zam Zam well and to buy bottles on sale in Mecca, to compare the water on sale illegally with the genuine source.
These showed high levels of nitrate and potentially harmful bacteria, and traces of arsenic at three times the permitted maximum level, just like the illegal water which was purchased in the UK.

Read on at BBC News →

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