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New U.S. Climate Change Study is a drastic warning. Will President Trump listen now?

Following US president Donald Trump’s announcement that his country will pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, scientists and governments the world over have been wondering if agreed goals of reduced world temperatures are now attainable. This apprehension is particularly high in the Middle East, where summertime temperatures in countries like Iraq now surpass 50 […]

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Popular road kill reporting app saves wild lives

 In an effort to reduce the staggering number of wild animals that are run over on Israel's roads every year, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) joined forces with Waze towards the end of 2016 to encourage drivers to report roadkill incidents via the popular community-based traffic and navigation app.

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Essays on sand and rocks to inspire you

We’ve already heard the news from NASA that the Middle East will probably be uninhabitable in the next 50 years, thanks to climate change. At a recent conference in Tehran, Iran, participants were warned of an onslaught of Middle East sandstorms, expected to worsen as our world warms. “In the Middle East there has been a […]

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Make zhug the Yemen way

Zhug, sahawiq or bisbas is a hot sauce originating in Yemeni cuisine. There are many names for it. And here are a few more...s'chüg (also called zhoug  or schug or zhug - generally meaning “ground”) is believed to harken from Yemen.

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Can the Green Party make a difference?

The UK is facing a general election on June 8th this year. Where does the Green Party fit into proceedings? What are the odds on the Green Party gaining any seats in Parliament; online bookmakers, Sportingbet will be keeping up with any waves in popularity now that the manifestos are all ‘out in the open’. […]

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Arab Emirates wants to colonize Mars

Build a “mini city” on Mars? A project being conceived in the United Arab Emirates plans to construct a human settlement on the Red Planet within the next 100 years. These plans are a result of environmental studies made at Abu Dhabi’s on-going sustainable Masdar City environmental project which also studies the wrath of global warming and its […]

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6 great reads for Arab American Heritage Month

April is Arab American Heritage Month, and here are six publications from a half dozen Arab American authors whose work is influencing the literary landscape of the USA, and beyond. I’ve chosen one for each of the six Muslim-majority nations whose citizens are currently banned from entering the America. Crack one open and learn some […]

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Lab grown meat is your future food

Is test tube meat, grown in a laboratory, slated to become the future of food?  If proven to be grown from natural substances, and not genetically modified, lab grown meat products may become commercially viable enough to replace live animals and reduce animal slaughter; according to experiments now being carried out. Although laboratory grown meat cells are […]

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The price of take-away cups

It’s so easy to be tempted to get that take-away cup when you are on the run. But every time you feel terrible about the plastics in our waterways, rivers, seas and bodies, this about this infographic below. Because the cost of styrofoam cups adds up! Our advice.   Take a cup sitting down or […]

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Ancient urban gardens in Istanbul threatened to be wiped out

Urban farming and gardening is as old as civilization itself. The ancient hanging gardens of Babylon helped inspire the water farming known as hydroponics (see how it’s evolved into artificial intelligence). Historic major cities, such as the Byzantine city of Constantinople, which later became Istanbul, were planting urban gardens to help feed inhabitants during times of famine and […]

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Getting a good night’s sleep in winter

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something everyone should aspire to. After all, the benefits of it are myriad – from aging more slowly to being increasingly active and attaining general longevity. However, there’s more to it than simply having a regimented exercise program and a healthy diet. In recent years there has been a growing […]