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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[.....]

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[.....]

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[.....]

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[.....]

Heavily polluted Israeli stream cuts beach in half

Heavily polluted Israeli stream cuts beach in half

The world’s increasingly polluted seas and oceans, as well as rising sea levels, are now becoming a sad reality as Mankind’s contribution is becoming increasingly evident. Whether this causes massive fish die-offs, or other ecological catastrophes like toxic coast pollution, more and more of the world’s environmental problems are being linked to human caused abuse of natural resources. Israel’s long[.....]

Google gets hot for Wilbur Scoville!

Google gets hot for Wilbur Scoville!

Google did a doodle marking the 151st birthday of the pharmacist who helped us navigate the chili peppers, the tiny veggie with the power to drop diners to their knees. Wilbur Scoville was the first person to measure the heat of peppers. His heat scale is still in use today, scoring the piquancy of peppers. (What[.....]

Soup for Syria: feed your belly and your soul

Soup for Syria: feed your belly and your soul

Soup for Syria is a beautiful new cookbook of delicious and easy-to-make recipes guaranteed to fill your belly and feed your mind with heightened humanitarian awareness. But at its heart it is a cookbook, a perfect primer for any cook seeking healthy and flavorful food made with no-fuss ingredients (mostly vegetarian) found in supermarkets everywhere.

Paris climate talks extended another day

Paris climate talks extended another day

Global climate talks expected to close today in Paris have extended into Saturday, according French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.  Appearing last night on French BFMTV he said that he would present a new compromise text for a deal to combat global warming on Saturday morning.  The extra day of negotiations aims to reach accord between the[.....]

Israeli lab aims to hatch chicken from stem cells!

Israeli lab aims to hatch chicken from stem cells!

Israeli non-profit Modern Agriculture Foundation (MAF) is developing lab-grown chicken meat that doesn’t require the rearing and slaughtering of birds.  Since 2014, they’ve been researching mass production of cultured chicken meat from a single bird cell.  If they succeed, we could soon be asking, Which came first, the chicken…or the chicken? Chicken is the world’s second favorite meat[.....]

Verizon selects 12 Internet of Things startups that may change your world

Verizon selects 12 Internet of Things startups that may change your world

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is America’s #1 mobile provider and the company just announced finalists for their international Powerful Answers Award which will grant $1 million, $500,000 and $250,000 to the top 3 winning companies in the category Internet of Things (IoT). To break things up Verizon has created 3 categories: the two other categories in[.....]

Flying Spark food-tech asks, “Do you want flies with that?”

Flying Spark food-tech asks, “Do you want flies with that?”

A start-up business focused on finding new ways of using insect protein in food products is a finalist in this year’s MassChallenge, the Boston-based start-up competition and world’s largest accelerator program. Get over your squeamishness, because bug-based foods will soon infest our markets. The “elevator pitch” for Israel-based The Flying Spark states their intent to manufacture[.....]

Costa Rican tourists thwart sea turtle nesting, a surreal mirroring of the crisis in the Med

Costa Rican tourists thwart sea turtle nesting, a surreal mirroring of the crisis in the Med

This story is not about the Middle East, although the images are a surreal reminder of what is happening on our Mediterranean shores – albeit with a different species. A world apart, both events are variations on an alarming theme that undermines our effectiveness in protecting this planet. Humans are losing connection with the natural[.....]

Hydroponics in the house in Qatar!

Hydroponics in the house in Qatar!

Qatar – the tiny desert nation known for sinking millions into futuristic follies like artificial clouds and underwater TV studios – has come down to earth with a plan to grow up to 70 percent of its own vegetables by 2023. Currently under 16 percent of their veggies are locally grown. “Cutting edge technology” will[.....]

NASA lettuce grown in space heading to Dubai salad bars?

NASA lettuce grown in space heading to Dubai salad bars?

Ever have a salad that was out of this world? Astronauts aboard International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 44 have. They just dined on the only lettuce ever cultivated without an atmosphere. The produce grew inside “Veggie”, a tiny greenhouse about the size of a computer monitor.  Specifically designed for microgravity environments, the technology can potentially benefit food production[.....]

Model Mediterranean Diet vs. modernity – which will win?

Model Mediterranean Diet vs. modernity – which will win?

The region known for one of the healthiest diets on earth is moving away from ancient habits proven ideal for human health and sustainable food systems. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) explored the effects of globalization and lifestyle[.....]

Raw energy balls with date and coconut

Raw energy balls with date and coconut

They’re healthy. They’re sweet. They’re pretty. They’re dense and filling, so one bite will satisfy you but never make you feel guilty about eating it. And you shouldn’t hold back from making them, either, since they’re done in a matter of minutes. Alright, enough with the fanfare (cause I’m their #1 fan): what are they?[.....]

Hookah steam stones loaded with carcinogens

Hookah steam stones loaded with carcinogens

Hookah, shisha, or smoking the nargila is a staple of any Middle Eastern experience. But more and more research suggests that this form of smoking is more damaging than regular cigarette smoking. Send this one to all your pipe smoking friends. Hookah pipes don’t use filters so you are potentially inhaling a lot more particulate[.....]

Best avocado and grapefruit salad makes the perfect match

Best avocado and grapefruit salad makes the perfect match

You might have been introduced to the seemingly odd combination of watermelon and feta cheese through my Green Prophet recipe article here. Now, there’s a new food pairing in town: avocado and grapefruit as a salad. The bright citrus of the grapefruit perfectly complements the warm creaminess of the avocado. This colorful salad works well with seafood, and[.....]

Is Egypt in denial about Nile phosphate pollution?

Is Egypt in denial about Nile phosphate pollution?

A barge carrying 500 tons of phosphate capsized in Upper Egypt last week after a run-in with a bridge foundation.  According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, the ship flipped after colliding with the Dandara Bridge in Qena, about 40 miles north of Luxor, dumping 1 million pounds of phosphate into the Nile River. Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation (MOI) Hossam Moghazi[.....]

Indoor air pollution and the ugly corners it lurks

Indoor air pollution and the ugly corners it lurks

Earlier this month mothers everywhere reeled over hearing about the baby who died from his neighbor’s unlaw pesticide use. While it’s an extreme example, it’s very worth remembering that just because you are inside does not make you free from air pollution caused by cars, industry, and by pest control. On a darker level, indoor air[.....]

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