Israel and America Sign Renewable Energy Coop Deal

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It’s been in the works for a while. Finally, the new US-Israel agreement of cooperation in renewable energy was announced at the opening of the 2nd Eilat-Eilot International Renewable Energy Conference last week. The US-Israel Energy Cooperation Act is an international collaboration aimed at creating a renewable energy storage initiative to reduce the world’s oil […]

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Guy Lougashi's Dumpster Diving Designs Inspired By Buttons, Baskets and Brakes

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Israelis are no strangers to dumpster diving. Here’s a story on one of the country’s latest, who’s turning his finds into a design business: When he’s not traveling around Holland or Germany, you’re likely to find Guy Lougashi creating art and crafts from other people’s junk. Or jumping inside a dumpster looking for new raw […]

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Masdar "Zero Carbon" Super City Breaks Ground This Month in Abu Dhabi

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Taking God-Knows-How-Much of the world’s non-renewable energy sources to build, developers of the world’s first zero carbon city, Masdar City, proclaim that the historic groundbreaking in Abu Dhabi will take place this month. (In advance, Daniel’s posted on Abu Dhabi’s Podcar People Mover). While I think the concept is definitely thought provoking — as the […]

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BrightSource Cuts World's Largest Solar Energy Deal With SCE in California

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(Thousands of small mirrors called heliostats focus the sun’s ray onto a tower. Thermal energy focused onto the tower heats up water that generates electricity through turbines.) An Israeli company and a Californian one are making solar power history: Southern California Edison (SCE) and BrightSource Energy from Israel have signed the world’s largest solar energy […]

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Twitter For Water at Twestival 2009 in Jerusalem

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If you haven’t caught on to the supremely contagious micro-blogging phenomenon known as Twitter, now’s your chance to Twitter for the environment. This year, on February 12, 2009 over 140 cities worldwide will be hosting Twestival 2009 to raise money for Charity:Water, which provides clean drinking water to villages in Africa. Jerusalem’s Twestival is unique […]

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10th Kuwaiti Conference on Natural Resources and Development Kicking Off Tomorrow

If you haven’t yet bought your flight (carbon offset of course!), it might be too late to get in on the great action at the Global Development Network’s 10th Annual Conference on “Natural Resources and Development” in Kuwait. But the conference organizers have set up an RSS feed for you to follow. Smart move. Hosted […]

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Arizona State University Links Israel, Palestine, and Gulf Nations On Sustainable Issues

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Academics from Arizona State University are hard at work promoting sustainability and regional cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a politically stable and very prosperous Gulf country. A delegation from Arizona traveled to the United Arab Emirates this past January for a series of meetings to follow-up on last summer’s visit to their university […]

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Africa Up For Sale, Is The Middle East Buying?

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As African nations sell and lease its land, and birthright, to the world’s super-powers, and arguably “dangerous” countries like Saudi Arabia who support Islamic fundamentalism, we are seeing a brand new kind of neo-colonial land-grab, and it scares me. I’d reported on Galten’s Jatropha seeds for biofuel here, and also on the Israeli conglomerate Ormat, […]

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Ekoloko Gets Kids To Save A World

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When was the last time you saved the world? Or motivated your kid or kid nephew to think about positive action for the environment’s sake? Now, there’s a challenge. Ekoloko, a new virtual world merges two great ideas –– saving the environment and gaming –– with one thing enterprising young Israelis are very good at: […]

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Eilat Renewable Energy Conference Full Steam Ahead For February

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In the wake of conflicts with Gaza, organizers of Israel’s three-day international energy conference say the show must go on. Following the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Israel will host a massive renewable energy conference in Eilat –– the  Eilat-Eilot International Renewable Energy Conference –– from February 17-19 at Eilat’s Herod’s Palace.  This […]

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Drought in Jordan Calls People to Pray for Rain and the Controversial Dead-Red Peace Canal

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(A map of Jordan and the surrounding region highlighting the Disi Aquifer and the proposed Red-Dead project.) With worrying frost alerts in Jordan getting farmers anxious, Jordanians are also seeing a rainless season this year, increasing their fears that crops will collapse. Last week, officials had been calling on its citizens to pray for rain, […]

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The Conflicted Middle East To Worsen As Global Warming Causes Rising Sea Levels

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(Rapidly depleting water resources has forced residents of Sana’a to buy water from private sources. Water levels are dropping by 6 metres a year in the Yemeni capital. © David Swanson/IRIN) If you think things seem pretty dicey in the Middle East right now with Israel and Hamas fighting, according to IRIN, expect tensions to […]

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