Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid dead at 65

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid dead at 65

Zaha Hadid, the first female architect (and first Muslim) to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize, died yesterday in a Miami hospital after suffering a heart attack while being treated for bronchitis. The Iraqi-born mathematician and architect whose designs were both celebrated and divisive, was 65 years old.

Saudi economy trashed by cheap oil

Saudi economy trashed by cheap oil

Despite the forecast of dire effects of global warming in the Middle East, oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia have continued to keep oil production at high levels. Located in one of hottest regions on earth, the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia has also expressed high interest in building nuclear power plants, despite being a country rich in solar energy potential.[.....]

London calling: Gulf elite caught in conspicuous consumption

London calling: Gulf elite caught in conspicuous consumption

Critically acclaimed Scottish photographer Dougie Wallace has stepped on some well-heeled toes with his latest documentary project where he turns his lens to the rising economic power of the “one per cent”.  His current exhibition, entitled Harrodsburg, captures the ultra-affluent visitors that inhabit – albeit only seasonally – the super-rich residential and retail district of[.....]

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[.....]

Street art mocks enviro-celebrities who eclipse their cause

Street art mocks enviro-celebrities who eclipse their cause

Posters mocking actor Ed Begley Jr. and radio-host Robert Kennedy Jr. were plastered all over Hermosa Beach, California and nearby neighborhoods ahead of the pair’s recent appearance at the simplistically titled, “Environmental Forum with Bobby Kennedy Jr. & Ed Begley Jr.” at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater.  Tuck this in the ballooning file labeled “When celebrities[.....]

Pakistan shoots down illegal Arab hunting

Pakistan shoots down illegal Arab hunting

  Last year, Green Prophet broadcast the alarming news of a Saudi prince who poached thousands of protected birds during a 21-day hunting safari in Pakistan. Nearly a year on, the Sindh High Court has revoked a federal notification that allowed issuance of permits to Arab dignitaries for hunting endangered species – (including the houbara bustard, pictured[.....]

Graphene nanotechnology makes desalination 100 times more efficient

Graphene nanotechnology makes desalination 100 times more efficient

Engineers at Lockheed-Martin recently developed and patented a molecular filtration membrane called Perforene which can desalinate seawater using only 1/100th the energy of the best existing desalination systems. Perforene is made from graphene, the exciting new nanomaterial which comes in the form of one-atom thick sheets of carbon atoms. Like an overzealous nanotechnology, graphene seems[.....]

فيروس الإيبولا ينتشر في أفريقيا و يهدد السعودية

فيروس الإيبولا ينتشر في أفريقيا و يهدد السعودية

يعد انتشار وباء الإيبولا في غرب أفريقيا الأسوأ من نوعه بحسب منظمة الصحة العالمية وذلك بعد حصده أكثر من ألف روح، و هنالك مخاوف من انتشاره من منشأه في الغرب الأفريقي إلى مناطق أخرى، بما فيها الشرق الأوسط ظهر هذا الفيروس بداية في ثلاث دول، و هي غينيا و ليبيريا و سييراليون، حيث حاولت المنظمات المعنية[.....]

سياحة الصحراء في السعودية: هل توأد في مهدها؟

سياحة الصحراء في السعودية: هل توأد في مهدها؟

أخبار طيبة لصحاري الشرق الأوسط: اعتبرت منظمة السياحية الدولية الكثبان الرملية كأحد أهم الوجهات السياحية الحالية و ذات الأثر البيئي المحدود. و للمملكة العربية السعودية تحديدا فالخيارات كثيرة، حيث أن الصحاري تغطي جل أراضي المملكة، و قد عزمت الهيئة العامة للسياحة و الآثار السعودية استثمار تلك الصحاري سياحيا عن طريق جذب هواة المغامرة و الطبيعة[.....]

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