The greenest cities in the world

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Donald Trump may have pulled out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement but the US President is alone in believing that climate change is a myth. Cities and their businesses across the world are doing their bit to decrease the size of their carbon footprint in a bid to be kinder to the planet and […]

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SmartFlower plug and play mobile solar array for power on the go

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Solving solar power has enabled this renewable energy technology Smart Flower to create Middle East solar projects for West Bank farmers and other energy poor locations. It is also providing solar power for curing post-revolution darkness in countries like Yemen. While many solar energy projects involve covering large open areas with solar array panels, smaller personal solar energy equipment […]

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6 simple, pain-free ways to ditch plastics

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I just met a pair of young Swedes, newcomers to Amman who were quickly appalled by the piles of plastics lining our city streets. They stitched up simple bags from mesh netting that they take to local markets, insisting on using their lightweight, reusable alternative in place of plastic produce sacks. Until the rest of […]

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40 infectious photos of wildlife comedians!

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(Photo by Artyom Krivosheev/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016)  Anyone with a Facebook account knows people love pictures of adorable animals. Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam are tapping into that animal magnetism to boost support of wildlife conservation. Their second annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is inciting “conservation through competition”, helped by heaps of […]

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Amman Design Week spotlights Jordanian creativity

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Three public spaces in downtown Amman have been temporarily re-purposed as platforms to promote contemporary design from Jordan and the wider region. This is Amman Design Week, a first-time consolidation of the kingdom’s artistic capabilities, established and emerging, and the excellent choreography of its exhibits rivals that in any world-class city. Supported by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al […]

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Build an ecological homestead for 1/10th the cost of a trad home!

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It’s coming up on two years since Cameron Sinclair announced the shutdown of Architecture for Humanity, probably the best thing to ever emerge from an architect’s imagination.  That San Francisco-based nonprofit brought pro-bono architecture to the world’s neediest communities. Now a young husband/wife team have stepped into the void, launching a venture to make affordable, ecological housing accessible to […]

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Solar powered plane (finally) completes round-the-world flight

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Solar Impulse, the world’s first intercontinental solar energy powered aircraft, finally touched down last month in Abu Dhabi after completing a round the world flight. The flight took more than a year to complete, after originally taking off from Abu Dhabi in March, 2015. The 2.3 tonne aircraft was piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Picard and his […]

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Heads up! A look at Iran’s fantastical ceilings (PHOTOS)

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Instagram photographer “m1rasoulifard” has been creating a visual catalog of Iranian architecture, shooting the interiors of mosques, such as Hazrat-Masoumeh in Qom (above), and cultural centers, like the Chaharbagh School in Isfahan.  His images capture intricately detailed interiors rich in texture and kaleidoscopic colors. Tuck into this visual feast of Iran’s splendiferous ceilings; scenes lost to […]

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Israeli architects grow a “tree” to get us playing outdoors

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An old pine tree in the courtyard at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem inspired architects Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warschawski to design a modern treehouse. The slatted wood structure sits at the entrance of the museum’s Youth Wing for Art Education, and it’s attracting children and adults in equal numbers. Who would think a museum installation could incite […]

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