Israeli cities suck for air

Israeli cities suck for air

How green are Israeli cities, really? This question might be asked by many; especially in light of its largest city,  Tel Aviv (see photo), becoming so polluted that a tiny electric vehicle rental program is being tried out in an effort to reduce  air pollution.  Ground water in Tel Aviv and other parts of the[.....]

3 Ways to Green Your Gold

3 Ways to Green Your Gold

Middle Easterners blessed with oil wealth love to flaunt their gold. Don’t be surprised to find gold bars sold at dispensing machine in Dubai or driving around Abu Dhabi as white gold Mercedes.  But there are ways to green your gold. Read on for more. 

Eat Less Meat and Save The Planet

Eat Less Meat and Save The Planet

Cut your meat consumption by half to combat global warming, urges UN Environment Program. All over the US, Europe and even in the Tel Aviv University, people are adopting Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono’s Meat-Free Mondays. But one meatless day a week isn’t enough to undo the environmental damage that  industrial farming methods cause. The[.....]

Fight Crime By Getting the Lead Out

Fight Crime By Getting the Lead Out

Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Myanmar and Yemen are still using leaded gasoline and many others have lead contaminated plumbing, soil, paint and household products. How can we reduce the world’s crime rate, particularly the rate of violent crime?  When the crime rate rises or a horrific crime takes place, people are quick to find blame[.....]

Iran Gags on Pollution and Sanctions

Iran Gags on Pollution and Sanctions

Iran is gagging – on sanctions and deadly pollution. Finally, after months of denial, the country’s oil minister Rostam Qasemi acknowledged that petroleum sales are down by 40 percent after western sanctions that prohibit certain international transactions have stunted trade. In February, all energy, shipping and shipbuilding enterprises will be blacklisted as well, the New[.....]

Biblical Flood Swamps Tel Aviv and Fills Reservoirs

Biblical Flood Swamps Tel Aviv and Fills Reservoirs

Historic rains filled the once dry Ayalon River bed that runs through Tel Aviv, flooding highways, homes, and public buildings. Overnight, the Sea of Galilee or Lake Kinneret rose 22 centimeters and water reservoirs near the Golan Heights filled to capacity, prompting Israel’s Park and Nature Authority to peg the storm a “water celebration.” But[.....]

RecycloEgy Aims to Scrub Cairo’s Black Cloud and Make Money

RecycloEgy Aims to Scrub Cairo’s Black Cloud and Make Money

Every year when farmers start harvesting their sugar cane, maize and other crops, Cairenes brace themselves for what is ominously known as “The Black Cloud.” Caused when seasonal meteorological conditions meet the smoke released by burning agricultural waste, the heavy black pollution settles over an already smoggy Cairo, and respiratory diseases flourish. Now a new[.....]

7 Eco Issues to Address in 2013

7 Eco Issues to Address in 2013

It seems silly to perpetuate apocalyptic hype that NASA debunked eons ago, but as 2013 approaches, we are sensitive to a shift in global consciousness – something that spiritual leaders have long advocated as the necessary means to our survival. As the conversation about climate change and other environmental issues gains traction, it’s a good[.....]

Zara Gives in to Greenpeace and Public Pressure

Zara Gives in to Greenpeace and Public Pressure

Greenpeace tapped into some serious people power with their recent “Detox” campaign and the world’s largest fast fashion retailer had no choice but to give in. After nine days of intense public pressure led by the environmental activist group, fashion giant Zara has agreed to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in its supply[.....]

ZARA Fast Fashion Retailer Under Fire for Polluting China’s Waterways

ZARA Fast Fashion Retailer Under Fire for Polluting China’s Waterways

Spanish fast fashion company Zara has come under intense fire recently for failing to address a Greenpeace report released last year outlining the textile industry’s deleterious impact on China’s waterways. Called Dirty Laundry, the report unveiled that persistent and bio-accumulative hazardous chemicals with hormone-disrupting properties are released into the same water that residents rely on[.....]

Zalul’s App “Tests” the Swimming Water in Israel

Zalul’s App “Tests” the Swimming Water in Israel

Thanks to a network of Israeli divers, and the Health Ministry, Israeli non-profit environmental association Zalul is now keeping the public up to date on the condition of the country’s waterways. By commissioning road-navigation app developer Waze to add a water-pollution application to its popular smart phone service, the founders of Zalul (which means clear[.....]

Egypt’s Inspiring Environmental Push

Egypt’s Inspiring Environmental Push

Solar panels at the pyramids. In the past two years since a popular uprising ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the question of sustainability, energy and overall environmental awareness has been as evident as a clean street in Cairo. Basically, it has been nonexistent. Actually, it had been nonexistent until recently. Over the past few months, Egyptians have[.....]

Polluting Paradise Documentary Follows Turkish Village’s Battle Against Invading Garbage

Polluting Paradise Documentary Follows Turkish Village’s Battle Against Invading Garbage

Polluting Paradise, the latest film by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, documents the disgusting damage caused by a garbage dump near the Black Sea village of Çamburnu. Ten years ago, Turkish government authorities decided to transform an abandoned copper mine in northeastern Turkey into the biggest landfill in the eastern Black Sea region. Despite promises that the waste[.....]

Beirut Cyclists Try to Revive Dead Trains and Trams

Beirut Cyclists Try to Revive Dead Trains and Trams

More than 200 cyclists took over the streets of Beirut Sunday demanding a sustainable public transportation system for Lebanon. Haunted by the pollution poisoning their city’s car-clogged roads, more than 200 cyclists took over Beirut last week Sunday in an effort to demand a revival of its once-decent public transportation system. The seven kilometer (5[.....]

Why Dolphins Have Disappeared from Israel’s Shores

Why Dolphins Have Disappeared from Israel’s Shores

Dolphin families like this one are now less common in the eastern Mediterranean Although grey whales have occasionally been spotted in the Mediterranean and bottle nose dolphins are often seen following commercial fishing trawlers, neither of these marine mammals are now commonplace in the Mediterranean; especially along Israel’s shoreline.  The Mediterranean Sea is feared by[.....]

Gazans Pay One-third of Income for Clean Water

Gazans Pay One-third of Income for Clean Water

Gaza’s population is increasing, and the water supply is not keeping pace according to Oxfam, the British human rights organization. In a new report, the group asserts that Gazans are spending as much as one-third of their household income on drinking water, and are facing growing health risks. “The infrastructure has been deteriorating rapidly because[.....]

Lebanon’s Severe Pollution Contaminates Cheese and Meat – Watch What You Eat!

Lebanon’s Severe Pollution Contaminates Cheese and Meat – Watch What You Eat!

Lebanon is suffering from a serious crisis of E. Coli and listeria contamination thanks to unhygienic conditions and polluted waterways. Following the national uproar in Lebanon when large amounts of rotten meat and dairy were found at some of Beirut’s top restaurants and supermarkets, researchers at the American University of Beirut (AUB) carried out a study on[.....]

LEGO Mania Spreads to Lebanon’s Crumbling Capital

LEGO Mania Spreads to Lebanon’s Crumbling Capital

We are in the midst of a global obsession with LEGO building blocks. No longer strictly a childhood toy, these colorful plastic blocks designed by Denmark’s Kristiansen family in the 1930s are popping up everywhere: corporations are building the tallest this and that in order to market their products and artists are using them to[.....]

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