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[.....]

Eco-friendly concrete now mandatory in Dubai

Eco-friendly concrete now mandatory in Dubai

Dubai has taken a giant step forward in greening up the city with its decision to move away from ordinary Portland cement (OPC) for all new buildings.  As of April 1, OPC use is limited across the emirate; building permissions are reliant on developers specifying eco-friendly Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs). The new requirement aims to give residents[.....]

Sustainable and safe fun at sea

Sustainable and safe fun at sea

With the weather heating up more people are going to be heading to the sea for a big cool down. Boating, jetskiing, sailing, paragliding at sea. Spending the day at sea is a very low-carbon footprint activity, and it can be greener – especially if you make your own natural tea sunscreen (check out our[.....]

Yemen: More Than Its Current Events (PHOTOS)

Yemen: More Than Its Current Events (PHOTOS)

Spectacular images of the Republic of Yemen have captured its vibrant and unique culture, pristine wilderness, and well-preserved antiquities, but don’t get too excited about traveling there soon. International security controls have choked tourist access, so Sanaa joins Damascus, Gaza and Baghdad as another fascinating place I’ll not get to visit despite my relative proximity living here[.....]

Ikea rolls out 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters

Ikea rolls out 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters

IKEA and UNHCR (the United Nations High Commission for Refugees) emerged from two years of research with a prototype shelter suitable for refugee families anywhere.  It features an innovative roof that reflects 70% of the sun’s rays during the day yet retains heat during the night, and it’s fitted with solar panels that power an[.....]

An alternative to standing desks: is it on The Level?

An alternative to standing desks: is it on The Level?

Is sitting the new smoking? Nature designed human bodies to be in constant movement throughout the day, but when modern office jobs plant us in seated positions, only our fingertips get a workout.  Now there is compelling evidence that prolonged sitting kills, even if you exercise regularly. In fact, the paradigm that moderate physical exertion, such as[.....]

Thermo-piezoelectric tires by Goodyear produces energy for your electric car

Thermo-piezoelectric tires by Goodyear produces energy for your electric car

Like Israel’s Softwheel for wheelchairs and bikes, Goodyear is asking: Can new ways of engineering tires extend the cruising ranges of electric cars to make them more saleable in the aftermath of the the demise of Shai Agassi’s Better Place electric car venture? Despite some success in selling electric cars like Nissan’s Leaf model and General[.....]

Today is a once-in-a-century Pi Day!

Today is a once-in-a-century Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day.  Celebrated around the world every March 14th (3/14), the day focuses on the mathematical symbol that represents the constant ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, approximated as 3.14159. This year’s Pi Day is a once-in-a-lifetime event; it will be 100 years until we experience 3/14/15 9:26:53 again – that’s pi to[.....]

Caveman found living in Jordan mountains!

Caveman found living in Jordan mountains!

For the past two decades a 70-year old man lived in a cave in northern Jordan, alone with no water or power or reliable access to food, exposed to the elements and wild animals. An unidentified caller contacted radio station Amen FM to alert them to the modern caveman. Last Thursday the kingdom’s Public Security Department[.....]

Weasel on a woodpecker? Discover Dubai through an eagle’s eye instead!

Weasel on a woodpecker? Discover Dubai through an eagle’s eye instead!

The world went wild last week over an unforgettable image of a weasel riding bareback on a woodpecker in flight.  It is difficult to imagine a more astonishing moment that the one captured by amateur British photographer Martin Le-May, unless maybe if that woodpecker had a camera strapped to his chest.  But that sort of nutty nature photography could only happen[.....]

Is Tel Aviv’s green bus terminal still blooming?

Is Tel Aviv’s green bus terminal still blooming?

South Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station (CBS) sprawls across 10 acres in the poorest part of the city. Inaugurated in 1993 as a “city under a roof”, the neglected station – like many urban transport hubs – has since became a hangout, hotel and unofficial business center for addicts, prostitutes, thieves and homeless. It’s not a place to dawdle. Could[.....]

Step aside sheesha: Arab teens smoke crushed ants!

Step aside sheesha: Arab teens smoke crushed ants!

Young men in United Arab Emirates have jumped on a bizarre, and weirdly “green” addiction, passing on cigarettes and sheesha to smoking dead ants to get high. They crush local black ants (Pachycondyla sennaarensis) and blend the crumbs in tobacco, drop them into a medhwak (smoking pipe) or sprinkle them on regular smokes before lighting up, according to Gulf[.....]

UAE pesticides kill again, now a Sharjah infant

UAE pesticides kill again, now a Sharjah infant

A newborn baby boy has died and his three-year-old brother is critically ill in hospital after they inhaled a toxic pesticide used in the apartment next door to his family’s home in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Police said the neighbour sprayed his flat with the banned bug-killer, which he was given by a friend, then[.....]

First Earth Architecture festival in Iran would make Nader Khalili proud

First Earth Architecture festival in Iran would make Nader Khalili proud

Iranian architect Nader Khalili, founder of the California Earth and Architecture Institute and proponent of the- dare we say- revolutionary SuperAdobe building technique, would be proud. In the coming week from the 11th to the 14th of March 2015, l’Iran will inaugurate the first edition of “Regeneration of earthen architecture festival”  which aims to promote earth[.....]

Jordan’s 6,000 mosques to be sun-powered

Jordan’s 6,000 mosques to be sun-powered

Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources announced a new initiative that will convert all 6,000 of the kingdom’s mosques to solar generated power beginning this year. It’s part of a five-year program to decrease the nation’s reliance on crude oil while diversifying its energy portfolio to include more renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power.

Middle East’s first rainforest coming to Dubai

Middle East’s first rainforest coming to Dubai

Dubai developers reach a new zenith in outrageous investment with just-announced plans to build a tropical rainforest on the desert outskirts of the city.  The forest will exist within a climate-controlled dome as a key feature of a new luxury housing development. But the real news within this news is that local environmentalists are complaining, finally.

Tel Aviv is “Fertile Ground” for modern art and Bauhaus architecture

Tel Aviv is “Fertile Ground” for modern art and Bauhaus architecture

Looking for a novel way to celebrate Purim in Tel Aviv next weekend? Wander over to 26 Gordon Street for a pop-up art show wrapped inside architecture that’s worth a visit on its own. Radical renovations are planned for a 1930’s building that will transform the Bauhaus beauty into the city’s first “green” retrofit of a protected structure. Before construction[.....]

Let’s bounce! on tires upcycled into rubber-soled shoes

Let’s bounce! on tires upcycled into rubber-soled shoes

The tire industry is one of the largest users of virgin rubber, blending it with sulfur and heating the mix to create ‘vulcanized rubber’.  It’s a highly durable material that is notoriously difficult to recycle. Design schools, small rural start-ups, and major clothing manufacturers are all working to develop ecologically sound disposal options for spent tires. Some of[.....]

Solar Impulse 2 mission control center to launch Abu Dhabi flight in March

Solar Impulse 2 mission control center to launch Abu Dhabi flight in March

Mission Control for the Solar Impulse 2 is open for business, ready to guide the solar plane’s first flight around the world.  Located in Monaco, the Mission Control Center (MCC) serves as project nerve-center, where a team of analysts and engineers will collect satellite-transmitted flight information to calculate and adjust the plane’s flight path.  The plane will take off from[.....]

UN Climate Panel Chief Rajendra Pachauri resigns over sex scandal

UN Climate Panel Chief Rajendra Pachauri resigns over sex scandal

Rajendra Pachauri, director of think-tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has resigned as chief of the United Nations (UN) panel of climate scientists today after allegations of sexual harassment, which he has denied. He was to lead 2015 Climate Change Conference (COP21), the high-stakes global warming summit  to[.....]

Green Globe Certifies Dubai’s Wild Wadi Waterpark (UPDATE)

Green Globe Certifies Dubai’s Wild Wadi Waterpark (UPDATE)

You read that right.  An outdoor water park in shadow of the Burj Al Arab*, featuring a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines, has just been recognized for sustainable performance by one of the world’s most respected green certification programs for organizations within the travel and tourism industry. Following a recent sustainability audit, Wild Wadi[.....]

Could test-tube meat be the future of food?

Could test-tube meat be the future of food?

Getting meat without killing animals is a concept that’s fast approaching reality.  Lab-grown, or ‘cultured’, meat could resolve many of the environmental and ethical problems of the modern food industry.  As unpalatable as it sounds –pioneering research is underway with at least 30 laboratories around the world involved in ‘in vitro’ meat research, including Tel[.....]

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