Crime doesn’t pay! Israeli antiquity thief agrees.

Crime doesn’t pay! Israeli antiquity thief agrees.

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[.....]

Restored Galilee home becomes sea of sunlight

Restored Galilee home becomes sea of sunlight

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[.....]

Dispatch from inside Masdar

Dispatch from inside Masdar

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[.....]

Two decades of his life to the Oaks

Two decades of his life to the Oaks

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[.....]

Meet the High Atlas botanical superhero

Meet the High Atlas botanical superhero

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[.....]

Going organic in the Land of Milk & Honey

Going organic in the Land of Milk & Honey

As I strolled through the aisles of a large supermarket chain recently, I was overwhelmed by the quantity of mass-produced, industrialized food products lining the shelves. Stacks and stacks of processed food items, replete with refined, nutrient-devoid, artificially preserved, chemically altered and/or genetically modified ingredients, as well as produce grown using environmentally and biologically hazardous[.....]

Save green money and time for your business

Save green money and time for your business

If you own your own business, you already know. And if you’re looking to open your own business, you need to know: it isn’t easy and it isn’t cheap and you probably don’t have endless resources for making mistakes. The most successful businesses didn’t start out with billion dollar budgets. No, many of the wealthiest[.....]

Over-Stressed Arabian Aquifer – Beyond Repair?

Over-Stressed Arabian Aquifer – Beyond Repair?

More terrible news from/for the Arabian Peninsula: The Arabian Aquifer System is the most over-stressed groundwater system in the world. Using data gathered by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites, two new studies by the University of California, Irvine, came to conclude that 21 of the largest 37 aquifers on earth studied have exceeded their sustainability[.....]

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?[.....]

Mystery energies of solar power solved!

Mystery energies of solar power solved!

Researchers at the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute worked alongside colleagues at Trinity College Dublin to solve solar energy mysteries related to the physical properties of photovoltaic perovskite materials. Their discovery may lead to more efficient solar energy harvesting.

“The Largest Cleanup In History” – will Boylan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Array scour plastic from the seas?

“The Largest Cleanup In History” – will Boylan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Array scour plastic from the seas?

World Oceans Day is June 8th – here’s someone who could be it’s Grand Marshall. Two years back, Green Prophet ran a story about a Dutch engineering student who devised a way to siphon off the gargantuan plastic garbage patches (called gyres) growing unchecked in our seas. Then-19-year-old Boyan Slat claimed his floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”, developed with classmate Tan Nguyen,[.....]

The things I do to feed the world

The things I do to feed the world

Even the US Customs guy at the New Jersey airport gave me an approving nod: “A technology for hydroponics?” He flips over my business invitation from the NY company to see if there wasn’t something inside. “Well, you know, it’s still,” in a fake finger-wagging voice, “…illegal here?” he says, waiting for my reply. There[.....]

If Jordan waives visa fees, will tourists come?

If Jordan waives visa fees, will tourists come?

Jordan will waive its 40 dinar ($57) visa fee for incoming tourists to make visits to Jordan “more convenient and affordable for people of all nationalities,” according to a government press release. The action aims to boost tourism to kingdom attractions such as Petra, Pella, and the protected area of Wadi Rum. It’s just one of several new initiatives to reinvigorate Jordan’s[.....]

Does the Cannes Film Festival recycle cans?

Does the Cannes Film Festival recycle cans?

Cannes Film Festival is in full swing this week, but here in Jordan every day is a film festival thanks to vendors who hawk bootleg DVDs for a dinar apiece. That’s less than two bucks for a new release that would otherwise set you back $20 in a Manhattan theater. The downside with Amman’s cheap movies[.....]

5 ways to stop animal trafficking

5 ways to stop animal trafficking

Wild animals shouldn’t live in palaces, connected to leashes and paraded around streets in the Gulf Region like they are trophies. Dolphins shouldn’t be captured to live in cramped, private pools (read this story on the 4 dolphins living in a filthy pool). Elephants shouldn’t be killed for tusks, or wild birds kidnapped from the[.....]

Floating farms may soon feed the world!

Floating farms may soon feed the world!

World population will balloon from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion in 2050, with associated food demand predicted to increase by 70% in that same time-frame. How will the agricultural sector meet that demand without stressing natural resources and further accelerating climate change? Take a look at SFFs, a food production solution based on[.....]

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[.....]

CoeLux skylights shed “sunlight” on windowless spaces

CoeLux skylights shed “sunlight” on windowless spaces

What if you could turn on the sun when and where you wanted?  Lighting pioneers at a company called CoeLux developed an artificial light that accurately simulates natural sunshine.  Stunningly realistic, the technology can replicate light hues and intensities of specific regions, including Mediterranean, Tropical and Nordic.  Since winning the Lux Awards 2014 Light Source Innovation of[.....]

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[.....]

36 golden retrievers rescued from Istanbul streets

36 golden retrievers rescued from Istanbul streets

Feral dogs are commonplace in Istanbul, but a sharp-eyed American noticed a particular surge in the number of pedigreed golden retrievers on the streets. She observed that the breed was increasingly popping up in shelters too. Thanks to her networking with a US-based rescue center, three dozen of the dogs have now been saved and are now[.....]

The most dangerous spots in the Mediterranean for natural disasters

The most dangerous spots in the Mediterranean for natural disasters

Threats of potential extreme geohazards against humanity became partial reality this month, following the spectacular eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile (photo above); and the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in northern Nepal.  The Nepal earthquake, occurring in one of the poorest countries in the world, has so far killed more than 7,400 people, made thousands homeless;[.....]

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