Energy-generating roads to be built on four continents in 2017

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In 2014, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created a bike path studded with solar-powered LED lights that glows at night from green energy, generating in its first six months enough electricity to power a household for a year. Now manufacturers are tackling larger roads, building energy-producing highways that can generate solar energy and send it directly to existing […]

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Gift a stranger a coat, and change the world

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Many Green Prophet readers already turn to alternatives when gifting, choosing to give for a loved one to causes with resonant meaning, or buying items that have impact far beyond the artefact itself. This Hanukkah and Christmas, consider a practical present that ticks all eco-humanitarian boxes, especially as you give it away to a stranger.

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“Before the Flood” now streaming, and you thought Halloween was scary!

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Let’s get meta. A “force of nature” is defined as a natural phenomenon that is beyond human control. When three Academy Award®-winning celebrities come together on a film, their combined energies could colloquially be called “a force of nature”. Now imagine that their film is about…the forces of nature. This week an astonishing film premiered – […]

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Swimmers risk death to save the Dead Sea

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In two weeks, a team of international athletes will attempt a world first by swimming across the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth, at the planet’s lowest point. The sea, which is technically a lake, resonates with deep historical and spiritual significance that partners perfectly with environmental activism. This risky swim […]

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Refugee architecture earns an exhibit in a NYC museum

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New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is hosting an exhibition on refugee shelters to kickstart dialogue on the design challenges caused by humanitarian crises. Entitled “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter”, the show looks at emergency housing in contemporary crisis zones. It is the first time a major museum has explored the plight of the […]

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Sustainable casino gaming – a modern reality?

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Our focus on the news is all about responsibility and sustainability here at Green Prophet and we’re always interested to see something that bucks a trend in an established industry, demonstrating that real steps are being taken towards sustainability in an area that you may not expect. One such industry is casino gaming, spanning land […]

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The hijab takes on chess and gambling

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America’s chess champion will not agree to wear a hijab, the modest head covering endorsed by religious Muslims, in order to participate in the 2017 Championship being held in Iran next year. She has decided to boycott the dress code that she must cover her hair. Whether or not women can play chess at all […]

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Algae returns as fuel for our future

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Researchers at Tel Aviv University have revealed how microalgae produce hydrogen, a clean fuel of the future, and suggest a possible mechanism to jumpstart mass production of this environmentally-friendly energy source. Their results have been published in back-to-back studies in Plant Physiology and Biotechnology for Biofuels. The research was led by Dr. Iftach Yacoby, head […]

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The death of the modern car park

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We thought we’d never get to say it, but car parking may be becoming dead. It’s already happening in China. It’s become kind of a cliché that there’s never enough parking spaces no matter where you go. We’ve all got anecdotes about circling car parks three or four times looking for a space to back that […]

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Jordan gets its first craft brewery, causing ire among Muslim clerics

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If you’ve ever visited a Middle Eastern country, one noticeable difference to Europe is restriction on alcohol. Muslims are not allowed to drink according to scripture (read why Muslims don’t drink here) so depending on the ruling government, access to alcohol may be restricted to your local hotel or nearby speakeasies (big in Iran) or it […]

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Amman Design Week spotlights Jordanian creativity

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Three public spaces in downtown Amman have been temporarily re-purposed as platforms to promote contemporary design from Jordan and the wider region. This is Amman Design Week, a first-time consolidation of the kingdom’s artistic capabilities, established and emerging, and the excellent choreography of its exhibits rivals that in any world-class city. Supported by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al […]

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