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[.....]
Are you a green entrepreneur? Need to grow a business model that creates environmental and social value? Want to launch your new green service or product but don’t know where to begin? A new entrepreneurship program is seeking participants from Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan for their November training event. It’s free – but you need[.....]
Much of the Levant is under siege from a large dust storm right now covering Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel with parts of Cyprus and Turkey also affected. Meteorologists pin the poor weather on a low-pressure system that’s blanketing the region, and sands blown in from the east. The storm has prompted public health warnings,[.....]
When you talk with Sue Raftery you might think she’s on fire. Funny, because she’s leading a company that grows food on water –– using hydroponics, or water grown plants and vegetables to supplant and correct the damaging, conventional agriculture practices dominating our food chain today. How’s she doing it? The answer is AGROWN. Through AGROWN,[.....]
Last March, Amazon’s futuristic delivery plan seemed ready to fly when the US awarded a patent to its drone technology. Now an industrial design student has conceived a new fleet of robotic drones that stay firmly planted on the ground. Kobi Shikar’s “transwheel” proves that unmanned delivery drones don’t all need to fly.
Someone’s been thinking. About a big problem affecting a lot of us. That turns out to have a brilliantly simple solution. Meet the woman who came up with clothing that can’t be worn wrong. It’s universal design for fashion, and it makes you wonder why it hasn’t been done before. Lauren Thierry is truly a mother-of-invention.[.....]
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[.....]
Colorado-raised eco-activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a powerful voice in the youth-led climate movement. He’s got a 2014 Ted Talk under his belt, and he received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama. He performs at international music festivals, organizes demonstrations, and has spoken at over 100 rallies and conferences around the world.[.....]
Parents are happy to be sending their kids back to school soon. But Green Prophets everywhere know it’s open season to keep learning no matter your age. Urban farming is all the rage. Forget about buying at the Farmer’s Market. What about starting a hydroponics hobby garden or business in your backyard? Consider that NASA engineers[.....]
There are green things growing in a New Jersey public school, a small shift from the traditional farming that gives the “Garden State” its nickname. A newly installed lab within the school greenhouse will help teach a new crop of children to grow food without soil. Hydroponics brings far bigger benefits than keeping small hands[.....]
Students at Slovenia’s second largest university adapted a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to act as a 3D printer, substituting the usual printing materials (such as plastics, nylon, epoxy resins, and wax) with “green” ink made of soil, water and grass seed. Their project, named Print Green, produces 3D printed models with the ability to grow.
Want a peek into a dystopian future? This is an update on the garbage crisis in Lebanon, which is largely attributed to a corrupted political system, but it’s also a cautionary tale about uncontrolled consumerism and environmental arrogance that could happen in nearly every free market zip code.
In the middle of Harlem on a derelict plot of land where old men used to play cards, with no kids allowed, is growing one of the most exciting social projects I’ve seen this year. Harlem kids that were eating Twix bars for lunch are now eating fresh greens –– food that they and their mothers are[.....]
We know at Green Prophet that environmental sustainability and stewardship is a top issue in our world. With an ever increasing demand for solutions comes a huge number of job opportunities. Choosing to work in environmental science not only opens potential candidates to a secure career with longevity and much potential for progression; it gives the[.....]
An Israeli fashion designer has created a new line of women’s clothing without a bolt of cloth. This summer, Danit Peleg released the world’s first 3D-printed couture using only a plastic thread-like material called Filaflex and Witbox printers. (Coco Chanel must be spinning in her pearls!)
Urban farming is in the air and California is setting an example by creating the first American housing project of its kind with an urban farm built intentionally in the center of the community. The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming. Some 547 new homes have been[.....]
Now that I am developing flux, a space-age gadget for making hydroponics simple and efficient I can’t help but promote hydroponics everywhere — even and especially hydroponics from space! This week NASA scientists harvested their first space-grown food, grown on water with nutrients using hydroponics. This site is becoming a bit of an address for hydroponics, and we’re[.....]
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[.....]
The pressure for environmentally friendly energy solutions on the globe is now more than ever. With an increased demand for energy supply comes an equally high demand for sustainability and environmental responsibility. In 2013 the Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report that said global energy use will grow by 56% between 2010[.....]
Collaboration between business, law and design students from one of the world’s top universities is producing tiny houses that could revolutionize how we approach holidays, and green up tourism too. This summer, the Millennial Housing Lab launched Getaway, a rental concept for micro-homes for the millennial marketplace. Harvard Business School student Jon Staff has racked[.....]
Quick! What’s the best wedding you ever attended? Youtube archives threaten to break the internet with flash mob proposals, bridal party dance antics, and epic fail toasts. Meet a young Turkish couple that refreshingly flipped their big day on its head, making a naturally narcissistic milestone into something all about others. They invited 4,000 Syrian refugees[.....]
Back in high school we bought a few acres of rainforest in Brazil – to save it. To stop illegal logging. To preserve biodiversity. Instead of buying just an acre or two or a few hundred, a researcher from Israel has a plan to save the world’s biodiversity – by buying 1.4% of the planet[.....]
A massive sandstorm swooped down on Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan today – a small part of an extreme weather pattern descending on the region. Strong winds sent desert sand airborne, darkening skies across the kingdom and causing near blackout conditions in Jordan’s capital city.
Amateur drone pilot Jesse Peters flew an aerial quadcopter over Israel’s Apollonia National Park to capture a bird’s-eye perspective of its historical ruins and rugged limestone cliffs. His apparatus caught more than the park’s natural beauty; it also filmed an unusual cliffside dwelling crafted by an artistic Jewish hermit.
Apparently in the ant world it’s a few brains and a lot of braun, according to new research that can teach us about the power of crowdsourcing talent to get a job done. Anyone who has ever watched a group of ants scurrying to carry a large crumb back to their nest has probably wondered[.....]
A crew of eco-minded entrepreneurs plan to mash-up modern vertical farming with decades-old hippie culture by fitting out an Airstream trailer with a mobile farm. Their plan is to bring hyper-efficient food production up close and personal to what they predict to be a receptive audience. “Isabel”, the souped up camper, will debut at Burning[.....]
Science is a great thing, I think we can all agree on that. Science makes our every day lives easier in ways we might not even recognize – by keeping our food fresh, our water clean, our air at a temperature we can bear. It allows us to keep in touch with our loved ones[.....]
The press has been flooded with a sensational prediction about a mini ice age coming our way in a few years. Sounds funny since we are also in the middle of global warming, right? A team of researchers at the Northumbria University in the UK, led by Professor Valentina Zharkova, have predicted a 60% fall[.....]
Until now, researchers believed farming was “invented” some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization — Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran — an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. A new discovery by an international collaboration of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Harvard University, Bar-Ilan[.....]
Israeli rabbi and kabbalah teacher Ilan Ashkenazi can intellectually explain the workings of faith and religious practice, but it is in his role as artist and sculptor that he unravels spiritual mysteries through physical form. He emigrated to America in 2005 to focus solely on his sculpture, large pieces where shapes embody symbolism and spirituality.
Due to political unrest, Cairo’s subway had been closed for two years. Now it will be closed for an indefinite amount of time. Tahrir Square’s Sadat metro station was closed this month after Egypt’s prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat was assassinated. This is another clear example of how conflict and violence seriously impedes any environmental progress in[.....]
Researchers from Oregon State University’s (OSU) Hatfield Marine Science Center have created a new strain of seaweed with potential to grab the title for World’s Top Superfood. The newly patented strain of the red-leafed algae dulse, a lettuce-like plant that grows in the wild along Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. It’s packed with protein and minerals., but the[.....]
Photographer Nathan Miller shows another side of Arab/Jew relations in “Somewhere in Jaffa”, a striking book of black and white images taken in this ancient Mediterranean city. His portraits of everyday living illustrate that for the different ethnicities that claim Jaffa as home – despite headlines and heated rhetoric – life goes on.
Solar Impulse 2, the aircraft attempting to circumnavigate the world fueled only by sun power, will be grounded in Hawaii until next April for battery repairs. On July 3, the plane completed the longest leg of its global flight – a record-breaking (non-stop, solo piloted) five-day, five-night journey from Nagoya, Japan, to Hawaii – during[.....]
Two 2,000-year-old sling stones were mysteriously dropped in the courtyard of the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures (MINEC) in Be’er Sheva last week. Also called “sling bullets”, this ancient ammunition dates back to Neotlithic times, famously used by David in his romp against Goliath. The bag packed with these particular stones included an anonymous note that read, “They[.....]
Before you decide to spend hundreds of dollars on skin care products and cosmetics, or even get off your couch and walk to the nearest pharmacy, there is a better way to save money with a natural product called Neem. Like black cumin which we love to talk about, Neem is another plant that is considered magical[.....]
If I had a head’s up that the world was ending, I’d pack up a decent book and head to Jordan’s Wadi Rum where ancient granite and sandstone rocks – set in a giant’s sandbox – warp all sense of time. It looks as it looked a century back when British officer T.E. Lawrence camped[.....]
The design team of Henkin Irit and Shavit Zohar have converted a centuries-old building in Safed into a thoroughly modern home, strategically introducing new glass windows and doors to the old stone structure, flooding the interior with sunshine that paints the rooms with a changing wash of light and shadows. Construction of the 175 m2 “Reflection House” finished this year. Situated 2,953 feet above sea level, Safed[.....]
Environmentally friendly hotels not only save money for the owner, but also resources for the world, while at the same time letting their guests continue doing good things for the environment. For some people, like us, this is super important. In the lodging and hotel industry, green is the new black. In hotel business, initiatives[.....]
Following an international trend pressuring large food chains to think local and source local food, Autogrill, the multinational company known for its motorway and airport restaurants in 30 countries, is partnering with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (or the FAO) to do just that. The chain of restaurants will cut down food waste[.....]
We’ve laughed and we’ve cried over stories in Saudi Arabia and women drivers. Let’s face it: what’s happening in Saudi Arabia is not about driving it’s about women’s rights. There is the No Woman No Drive video from a few years back. We’ve reported on Saudi Arabia holding the record for greatest number of deaths[.....]
There are loads of ways to unload your junk. You can haul it away to the landfill, leave it at the end of your driveway or lawn for others to pick up – or have a garage sale. When you go online you can go to Freecycle to give it away for free or navigate[.....]
You have all surely heard of Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator of space travel and the electric vehicles industry. He was the man who made the electric car cool with the launch of the Tesla Roadster (named after Nicolai Tesla), an electric vehicle capable of outperforming many sports cars and have zero emissions at the[.....]
As an intern at Masdar Institute, I’ve witnessed firsthand how real and possible a drastically improved world is. Masdar serves as a real-life experiment of how our sustainable future might look like. Solar energy generated by a 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant as well as panels mounted on the institute’s buildings provide nearly all of the[.....]
Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, but nonetheless, prices will likely remain at levels above those in the early-2000s, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook report produced by the OECD and the United Nation’s Food[.....]
As spring turns into summer, the Khalifa fund’s investment in Abu Dhabi hydroponic agriculture is beginning to pay off. The Khalifa fund for enterprise development was Launched in 2007 to help local enterprise in Abu Dhabi. At the beginning of 2015, Ahmad Kalfan Al Romaithi revealed that Dh 130 million (approximately 35 million US dollars)[.....]
While its green status is questionable, the stunning Atlantis, The Palm Hotel and Resort located in Dubai is one of the UAE’s most popular attractions and one of the most alluring travel destinations in the world. The vast venue stretches out over 110 acres and this unique 5-star resort plays host to a number of special[.....]
A celestial tryst between the CEO of Roman gods and the Roman goddess of love and beauty? This seems hardly a match made in heaven. You might even say this relationship is star-crossed. But watch the western sky just after sunset on Tuesday, June 30th and you’ll see a rare conjunction between a beautiful bright[.....]
Is humanity as a species threatened with extinction? Is global warming resulting in irreversible climate patterns that are destroying animal and plant species at rapid rates, especially in the Middle East? These questions are causing great concern to scientists now studying the rapid extinction of many species of animals on earth during the past 100 years. A[.....]
Hey, it says ‘no man’, not ‘no alligator’ says this crocodilian creature caught on film by security at an Iranian gas production facility this month. It climbed onto a gas rig in Southern Iran, in search of food, say local personnel. It was led back to the swamp. Unlike in Canada, where police went crazy over[.....]
Bust all stereotypes you might have of Iranians: A retired teacher in Kohgiluyeh and the Boyer Ahmad Province has planted over 10,000 oak tree saplings over a two-decade period. Mohammad Hossein Aria has devoted several years of his life to the protection and revival of forests, and believes that there is no room for famine or[.....]
Two cellphones. Three numbers. Thirty to forty phone calls a day. A road trip-based work life, which, for seven years, has been separated from luxuries like regular hours, weekends and sleep. Needless to say, Dr. Abderrahim Ouarghidi, 40, is a busy man. Officially the High Atlas Foundation’s director of programs in Marrakech, Ouarghidi, who focused[.....]