Game of Drones

The eight-month old battle between the Lebanese state and anti-corruption activists has taken many forms: from street protests and occupying government buildings–met with tear gas and water cannons– to music videos, egging official motorcades, even rolling out a medieval catapult to hurl trash bags at the …

Invisible garbage, visible activism

One wealthy mountain suburb seems to have developed a unique technology to fight Lebanon’s garbage crisis. Or is it your 3rd grade Halloween costume? Maybe they were waiting for a magician. Indeed, in other areas, once-festering roadside piles have magically disappeared overnight: Meanwhile some municipalities …

How to start recycling in Lebanon

  As the video above states, a new initiative is finally allowing everyone to recycle in Lebanon. Beginning tomorrow,  you can sort all plastics and metals in blue bags and put all paper and perishables in black bags. Trucks will start picking up the blue …

Save your bottles, support Lebanon’s glass industry

A lot of bottles will be piling up on the streets tonight. Soon they will be in landfills or riverbeds, adding to the mountains of garbage that are destroying our environment.  But what if the bottles (71 million per year) went to the right place? …

What fire? Local news didn’t see it.

(*Update below) As I type this, an Armageddon-shaped black cloud of smoke hangs over Beirut, caused by a massive blaze that has been raging unabated for over an hour now. The source is unknown but pictures have been all over Twitter and Facebook. This one …

How (not) to report pollution in Lebanon

For much of this afternoon, a luxury residential apartment building was transformed into a pollution spewing factory fit for a Charles Dickens novel. It created a cloud of chemical burning smoke for over two hours that drifted through an otherwise picturesque verdant valley in the …