The Arabic Roots of 10 English Words

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Did you realize you speak some Arabic?  An estimated 175 million native Arabic speakers make it the sixth most-spoken language. As we draw connections between environmental actions in the east and west, let’s look at how some commonalities in language are shared by these cultures. It’s natural that, over time, some words slide across linguistic […]

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Green Education in the United Arab Emirates, Business is Booming

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The Bee’ah School of Environment (BSOE), an education initiative created by a United Arab Emirates-based environmental and waste management company, recently announced it is expanding its networks in the eastern and central region of Sharjah, engaging with 160,000 students in over 200 schools. The BSOE envisions an expansion of this initiative, hoping to spread throughout […]

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The Arab Youth Climate Movement Is Born

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Established in the lead up to the COP18 Doha negotiations, the Arab Youth Climate Movement brings together over 20 campaigners from 15 Middle East/North Africa countries As the saying goes, there is power in numbers. So it’s great to see environmental organisations across MENA come together to “create a more sustainable, prosperous, meaningful, just, and […]

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Saudi Smoking Grounds for Divorce

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Smoking can cause cancer, emphysema, birth defects, and – in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – divorce. Saudi Arabian authorities enacted a ban against smoking in government buildings, curbing a habit enjoyed by six million of its people. Smoking’s now banned at all ministries and government facilities in all provinces of the kingdom, according to the […]

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Explosive Molotov Cocktail Recipe Published in a Tunisian Children’s Magazine

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Publishing a detailed recipe of how to make and then activate molotov cocktails is more suited to a militant underground leaflet than a publication intended for children, but that didn’t occur to the editors of a magazine in Tunisia. Either desperate for readers or keen to ingratiate themselves with the hardliners emerging in post-revolution Tunisia, […]

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Awesome Eco Future Exhibit in Abu Dhabi Teaches Kids the ABCs of Green Living

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Eco Future is an engaging interactive exhibit on Al Saadiyat Island that teaches children the ABCs of going green in Abu Dhabi. Partially modeled after the Emirate’s own long term sustainability plans, the exhibit features a series of games that promote virtual decision-making about real-world issues such as green building, healthy living, and moderate water and […]

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Israel Closes Down Bodies Exhibition Early

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Legal, or a human rights violation? The “Bodies” exhibit raised a storm of controversy in Israel. Israelis are no strangers to making art from live naked humans. Green Prophet’s coverage of Spencer Tunick’s  photo events showing hundreds of social and ecological activists standing nude in the Dead Sea proves that “prudish” doesn’t describe the Israeli […]

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INTERVIEW: The “Man On The River” Finishes 5,200-Kilometer Journey In Istanbul

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Giacomo de Stefano raises his hat as he rows into Istanbul’s Golden Horn, the final stretch of a trans-Europe experiment in sustainable travel. It shouldn’t be any surprise that a man who adopted Venice as his hometown loves to be near water. But the way 44-year-old de Stefano decided to raise awareness about this precious […]

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Flying Bach Dances Through Dubai

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Dubai learns some new moves with the Flying Steps. Red Bull has made the promotional move of contracting the four-time world breakdancing champions, the Flying Steps.  We can’t recommend Red Bull as a wise choice for a drink, as it has proven to do more harm than good, health-wise, but I certainly can vouch for […]

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Hooked on Hookah? It’s Worse than Smokes, Says Iran

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A 45 minute shisha session is the equivalent of puffing 100 cigarettes. In a new study, Iranian researchers proved tobacco water pipes are as harmful as cigarettes, saying, “Our findings reveal profound effects of water pipe smoking on lung function, similar to the effects observed in deep inhalation cigarette smokers.” A student at Amman’s American Community School […]

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