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Greenhouse–Power Plant Hybrid Set To Make Jordan's Desert Bloom

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Science  14 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6014, pp. 136
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6014.136

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A novel combination of technologies that has the potential to turn large areas of desert green, producing commercial quantities of food and energy crops, fresh water, and electricity, looks set to have its first large-scale demonstration in Jordan. This week the governments of Jordan and Norway signed an agreement to work with the Sahara Forest Project, an environmental technology group based in Norway, to build a 20-hectare demonstration center near Aqaba on the Red Sea, which would begin operation in 2015.