Beirut architect designs bulletproof Kevlar keffiyeh

Beirut architect designs bulletproof Kevlar keffiyeh

People are often defensive when it comes to headscarves, which have strong links to specific religious and cultural beliefs. Now a Beirut-based architect has designed a headwrap that uses defense as the justification for wearing it: this updated version of the classic Arab keffiyeh (allegedly) deflects bullets! Functional fashion takes a remarkable turn in the hands of[.....]

Arab world’s “Banksy” murals 50 buildings in Egypt slum

Arab world’s “Banksy” murals 50 buildings in Egypt slum

Green Prophet loves eL Seed, the French-Tunisian artist is the Arab world’s Banksy. He specializes in what he calls ‘calligraffiti’, a brilliant mashup of spray paint techniques and traditional Arabic calligraphy on an outsize scale. eL Seed painted Tunisia’s tallest minaret and covered hoarding that wrapped Paris’s Pont des Arts “love lock” Bridge. He’s collaborated with Louis Vuitton on[.....]

Syrian refugees list their tent on Airbnb

Syrian refugees list their tent on Airbnb

Take empathy to a new level by living just like a displaced person. A group of Syrian refugees advertised their camp tent as a rentable destination on Airbnb, offering intrepid travelers “scorpions, dehydration and broken promises”. They describe the Ritsona, Greece refugee camp, about 80 kilometers north of Athens, as “the most unique neighborhood in[.....]

Iran’s devastated Lake Urmia wins recognition

Iran’s devastated Lake Urmia wins recognition

Like Israel and Jordan’s Dead Sea, Iran has it’s own inland salty lake called Lake Urmia. Climate change and dam construction has caused its demise to about 10% of its of former glory. Local protestors who have dared called on the government to fix it have been tied up, beaten and tortured. One trusted source I[.....]

Essex, Brexit, Art and Fear

Essex, Brexit, Art and Fear

I normally write about environmental science and technology but I can’t help but notice when governments and economies behave like damaged environmental systems or unstable high voltage oscillators. Global economies have taxed future generations via inflationary policies and amplified the gap between wealth and poverty. The hot smell of ozone should warn us that a[.....]

Chicago’s urban farming produces fresh veggies all year, 24/7

Chicago’s urban farming produces fresh veggies all year, 24/7

Hydroponics and new, high-tech urban agricultural techniques are now growing fresh food in the middle of Manhattan and other large metropolitan centers globally. People are catching onto the taste and business opportunities of urban agriculture: find it growing in Middle Eastern cities such as Cairo, Egypt too! Urban farming in midwestern American cities like Chicago has had its[.....]

Holy cow! Bovine burps blamed for climate change?

Holy cow! Bovine burps blamed for climate change?

It’s common knowledge that cows destined for the meat aisle are shot up with antibiotics and fed water and chow dosed with lower levels of the same, intended to promote growth and reduce disease. Turns out this does more damage than just create drug-resistant microbes. A recent study suggests they could also be boosting greenhouse gas[.....]

Huge Dust Plume Covers the Red Sea

Huge Dust Plume Covers the Red Sea

As if the Arabian Peninsula needs an import of desert dust from east Africa. Marvel at the image captured by NASA‘s Aqua satellite of a huge plume of airborne dust covering the red sea. The image was captured at 2:05 pm local time on June 15, 2016. The plume appears to be traveling east-northeast out[.....]

Satellite Points finger to Persian Gulf for Emissions Under-Reporting

Satellite Points finger to Persian Gulf for Emissions Under-Reporting

You can run but you can’t hide. Canadian researchers have found a new, satellite-based technology that -accurately- detects polluters from outer space, and caught 39 large polluters red-handed for non-reporting of their emissions. Fourteen of those were located in the Persian Gulf, with total contribution to global sulphur dioxide emissions of staggering 6 to 12%.[.....]

Has Zika virus come to Israel?

Has Zika virus come to Israel?

The sheer horror of it was understandable when the first photos of deformed infants began appearing in local and international news reports. Perhaps not as deadly as Ebola, which was considered to be “out of control” in parts of West Africa in 2014, the Zika virus, said to be carried by a once common mosquito, Aedes aegypti (photo[.....]

Roses damask’d are dying in Syria

Roses damask’d are dying in Syria

Used for perfumes, rose water; and for flavoring sweets like Turkish Delight, Syria’s famed Damask Rose, once championed by romanticists like William Shakespeare, is experiencing hard times due to the ongoing war in its native land. Although also grown in Turkey, Iran and other countries, the 30-petaled Damask rose, which achieved its most fame in areas of Syria near[.....]

Israel’s biggest green group plants a project in support of Syrian refugees

Israel’s biggest green group plants a project in support of Syrian refugees

Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael or in English, Jewish National Fund (KKL- JNF), is the Israel-based non-profit founded on principals of land reclamation and afforestation. This group has announced a new undertaking that will serve dual ambitions of stewardship over the environment, and its most vulnerable people. At a press event in Brussels recently, KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny[.....]

Gaza produce on the menu at swanky American event in Jerusalem

Gaza produce on the menu at swanky American event in Jerusalem

Gaza’s ever-increasing population growth, combined with severe fresh water shortages is resulting in constant challenges to provide enough food for the enclave’s 1.8 million inhabitants. Due to lack of available agricultural space, various methods used to produce food supplies have included planting roof top gardens of herbs and vegetables and small aquacultural projects to grow their own fish.[.....]

Dubai trash can catches nearly 40,000 speed racers!

Dubai trash can catches nearly 40,000 speed racers!

Dubai is synonymous with man-made folly. Their Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, stands over half a mile high. They have manufactured islands in the shape of palm trees and continents. You can play tennis atop a skyscraper or ski in a mall. Now they’ve extended their fantastical designs to everyday functionality, with new garbage[.....]

Fiery May heatwave is setting Israel ablaze

Fiery May heatwave is setting Israel ablaze

Israel is smoking hot when it comes to tech start-ups, fashion, and vegetarian cuisine, but yesterday it showed signs of getting too hot for its own good. Air temperatures topped 46 degrees Celsius (nearly 115 degrees Fahrenheit) in Eilat,  a record high for the Red Sea resort town according to the Israel Meteorological Service. The[.....]

Israeli tech start-ups are transforming our world!

Israeli tech start-ups are transforming our world!

Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) is hosting a yearlong exhibition on Israeli innovation that underscores the country’s reputation as the world’s “Start-up Nation”. Travelers through Israel’s main gateway are treated to an overview of 60 scientific and technological inventions and discoveries, several hailing from the labs of Ben Gurion University, with emphasis on Israel’s[.....]

Alberta Tar Sands wildfire and global warming

Alberta Tar Sands wildfire and global warming

Alberta Canada’s massive wildfire, which has now consumed an area larger than Hong Kong and threatens to reach the border with neighboring Saskatchewan, is another startling example that may be attributed to the ravages of global warming. While most of the Middle East does not have large tracts of forest land, areas where forests and grasslands are[.....]

UAE to build a man-made mountain to increase rainfall

UAE to build a man-made mountain to increase rainfall

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) upped the wackiness factor of its portfolio of national mega-projects, announcing plans to build an artificial alp so the country can control its weather. Scientists will investigate if a man-made mountain will increase precipitation in cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi in this nation where rain falls just five days[.....]

Climate exodus facing the Middle East

Climate exodus facing the Middle East

The conflict in Syria happening now was predicted six years ago by water and climate scientists. New research from Germany says climate refugees from the Middle East will be fleeing for cover in the near future. The number of climate refugees will likely increase dramatically in future. Researchers of The Cyprus Institute and the Max[.....]

Egypt to shine with a new $3.5 BIL solar plant!

Egypt to shine with a new $3.5 BIL solar plant!

A global consortium of engineering and renewables industry giants kicked off a project to build a suite of solar power generating plants in Egypt to produce 2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity and valued at USD $3.5 billion. Terra Solar announced their plan on Friday, adding that they will also build a 200 MW PV module and inverter manufacturing[.....]

Lions on the loose – the cost of humans on animal habitats

Lions on the loose – the cost of humans on animal habitats

Human-caused damage to the earth’s natural environment has resulted in a number of serious ecological problems, including global warming and rising sea levels.  Human encroachment on natural habitats have been a serious factor in world habitat destruction, especially in the Middle East. Africa’s natural habitats, particularly wildlife habitats, have been decimated in recent years by human encroachment,[.....]

World Bank pledges $16B to climate change projects

World Bank pledges $16B to climate change projects

The World Bank, the biggest provider of public finance to developing countries, has earmarked 28% of its 2016 budget for projects that  mitigate climate change, according to a statement released on Thursday. All of its future spending will take global warming into account, and all projects considered for WBG funding, including health and education, will now[.....]

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