Experiencing the Polar Vortex first hand

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Effects of the earth’s Polar Vortex polar air masses have been attributed to causing extremely cold weather patterns causing sub-freezing temperatures in U.S. cities like New York City, Chicago, and even as far south as northern Florida. The unusual cold weather phenomenon has also been said to have caused deep freeze conditions in the Middle East; including a […]

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Running on empty – Israel’s deteriorating water crisis

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Having adequate fresh water supplies in most of the Middle East has always been a serious issue. This includes ideas like dragging an iceberg from Antarctica to the Arab Gulf for drinking water. More practical fresh water procurement projects involve the use of massive desalination plants, such as those in Saudi Arabia  Another Mid East country, Israel, […]

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Dubai designer invites us to #FollowMeToSyria

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Dubai-based designer Siba Mohtadi is using social media to open minds and hearts to her war-weary homeland, the  Syrian Arab Republic. Mohtadi posts images on her Instagram account #FollowMeToSyria that illustrate still-beautiful Syria, where hotels and cafes are open for business, people go about their daily lives, and nature thrives, in spite of war and […]

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Financing your social startup

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When you have a scalable idea that might save the planet and make you money, you are talking about building a social business. But like any business you will need money to grow and scale. Saving the planet or a group of people from social catastrophe might be your mission but investors also want to […]

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How does the iPhone compare with sustainable smartphones?

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Smartphones are ubiquitous. Although several years ago you could expect longevity from your handheld device lasting upwards of 4.5 years, nowadays the yearly rush for new models and upgrades has considerably lessened their lifespan. After all, most phones are not replaced because of technological faults or failures; they are replaced because they are out of […]

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See 8 years of Louvre Abu Dhabi construction in 5 minutes!

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French architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel designed the complex shell of Louvre Abu Dhabi, a project under development for over a decade before finally opening to the public earlier this month. A new timelapse video from EarthCam captures the eight-year-long construction process from groundbreaking to completion, from the enormous earth moving enabling works to the final mid-air […]

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Watch a woman ski in Jeddah’s epic floods!

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Heavy rain pummeled Jeddah this week, a Saudi Arabian city on the Red Sea, flooding streets, submerging cars, and closing schools. At least two people died, and hundreds were left stranded. Critics credit poor urban planning for the city’s inability to cope with unusual precipitation. Others argue that the event is a wake-up call to […]

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Are monster hurricanes and typhoons fueled by global warming?

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The full effects of Hurricane Irma have still to be realized; as this monster storm has already left a trail of unprecidented devistation in the Caribbean with small island communities being almost totally damaged. Huge “super typhoons” in the Pacific ocean basin have recently caused similar mayhem in the Philippines, Taiwan, coastal China and Japan. With all […]

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