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Raistudio’s Bamboo Dome Shelter Pops up in Iran

Iranian architect Pouya Khazaeli Parsa founded Raistudio in 2007 in order to revive what he believes is the lost spirit of architecture, a spirit his latest project seems to exemplify best of all. Reminiscent of the work of fellow Iranian Nader Khalili, who perfected economical earth bag construction, this minimalist dome shelter is made of […]

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Dubai Police Capture Saffron Bandit

A man identified as “A.M” made off with $1 million worth of saffron before Dubai authorities launched an undercover investigation to nab him! Who would have thought that stealing saffron would be such a lucrative venture? An expert, apparently. Formerly a spice trader in Iran, a man living in Dubai stole more than $1 million […]

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Looking for Sustainable Alternatives for Endangered Word

Sorry folks, but nothing on this earth is sustainable, even words. Brian argues the dire need for new words to replace ‘sustainable’ in our eco-English vocabulary.  Peak oil came and went in 2008.  Everyone knows this– with the possible exception of some US presidential candidates and one wildcat oil prospector in Cairo, Illinois.  Most Green […]

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How NASA Sees the Changing Middle East Landscape

Who would have known 50 years ago that Angel Falls can be experienced like this? Flying in a motorized paraglider over one of the most diverse continents in the world I find it absolutely awe inspiringly mind blowingly beautiful that nowadays we have the technology to provides us with new perspectives on this spherical rock called […]

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See how Iran’s Lake Urmia with Nasa photos

The most recent satellite image of Iran’s Lake Urmia demonstrates how drastically the lake has shrunk since 1998! Last year an Iranian activists were beaten for protesting government projects that are detrimental to Lake Urmia – the largest landlocked salt lake in the country. Before and after images captured by the Thematic Mapper on NASA’s […]

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Is Light Pollution The End of Arabian Nights?

The winter constellations of Orion, Canis Major and Taurus display an ocean of stars when viewed from Semnan, Iran. What if no one had ever witnessed the beauty of a dark night sky?  The ancient light of distant stars inspired Middle Eastern art, mythology and science. While Medieval European leaders shunned astronomical observances which challenged […]

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Iran’s Energy Minister Looks to Green Energy After Sanctions

Sanctions have backed fossil-rich Iran into a corner, which could bode well for the country’s renewable sector.  The western-led sanctions against Iran have crippled the country’s ability to provide for its 74 million strong population, Reuters reports. Food prices have skyrocketed and many ships holding supplies are waiting for payment before allowing Iran to collect […]

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Cleaner Cookstoves for a Cooler Planet

Nearly 3 billion people lack safe and efficient cooking gear. It’s time to make the problem in the kitchen sexier. Half the world’s households prepare their meals over open fires or with jerry-rigged cookers fueled by scrap wood, coal, combustible waste and dung. Fatal burns are common and foraged fuel dangerously degrades indoor air quality. […]

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Green Prophet’s 11 Eco Heroes of 2011

Our VIP list of 11 environment heroes for the Middle East 2011. If you don’t know these people already, now is the time to start. Top heroes are from Israel, Turkey and Iraq. The year 2011 has been a year like no other in the Middle East. We’ve seen protests against corruption, people have taken […]

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Only Two Countries in the Middle East Protect Wolves

The wolf pictured above is an Iranian wolf, which exists is dwindling numbers throughout Israel, Iran, and Turkey.  Our fear of the wolf is historically as deep-seated as our survival instinct, which may explain why only two countries in the Middle East have established official bans against hunting them. Two subspecies of the Gray Wolf […]

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Pollution: What Autism, ADD, and Dyslexia Have in Common

 There are many different kinds of pollution and many ways in which they are hijacking our children’s future. Children exposed to pollution are more likely to develop autism, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia, according to Haaretz. These findings were unveiled by both scientists at a recent conference in Israel, and those are only the dangers […]