• 2017 Earth Overshoot Day is today

    By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.     Earth Overshoot Day (EOD), previously known as […]


    Updated: 02 August, 2017

  • A LAKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UAE DESERT

      In the UAE, one of the driest countries on the planet, CNN’s Leone Lakhani stumbles upon a rare lake which recently sprouted up in the middle of the desert. Experts say it formed as a side-effect of increased desalination usage in the Gulf, a process which provides a heavy flow of water at a […]


    Updated: 18 March, 2013

  • The Baatara Gorge and the Cave of the Three Bridges

    The Baatara Waterfall is something more than a little unusual.  If waterfalls can be said to have a trick up their sleeve then this one has one of the best! The Baatara is a waterfall located in the Tannourine, Lebanon. The waterfall drops 255 metres (837 ft) into the Baatara Pothole, an enormous cave of […]


    Updated: 04 June, 2012

  • Reflections of an Amateur Naturalist

    Dubai Natural History Group Chairman Gary Feulner received the Sheikh Mubarak Award for 2007 at Inter-Emirates Weekend (Feb 29 – Mar 1), in recognition of his extensive record of original natural history research and publication. Gary’s remarks on that occasion are re-printed here, at the suggestion of several members who were in attendance. “Thank you […]


    Updated: 11 May, 2012

  • Mujib to be declared as biosphere reserve by UNESCO

    class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-10931″ title=”Spread over a 212-square-kilometre area, the Mujib Nature Reserve is home to seasonal and permanent rivers that flow through several valleys, enabling the arid area to support diverse ecosystems (Photo courtesy of RSCN)” src=”http://www.goumbook.com/wp- content/uploads/2011/06/Mujib-Reserve-300×194.jpg” alt=”” width=”400″ height=”258″ /> The Mujib Nature Reserve is expected to be declared a biosphere reserveat the […]


    Updated: 19 June, 2011