10 Upcycled Paper Cypress Trees to Be Built as Part of Interfaith Ecological Celebration

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We already know what plastic bottle trees look like, how will 10 newspaper trees look? For Christmas last year, Israeli artist Hadas Itzcovitch gifted her city of Haifa a tree made from 5480 upcycled plastic bottles (pictured above).  Constructed immediately after the disastrous Carmel region fires broke out and destroyed so many trees, Itzcovitch’s tree […]

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Yom Kippur Fast Food, Before and After

Miriam suggests dishes to suit meals before and after the Big Fast of Yom Kippur. This coming Friday night a Jewish Shabbat and Yom Kippur holiday occur together. While I look forward to a day of prayer and meditation,  a day offline and a day of cleaner air, I confess I don’t relish the thought of […]

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RECIPE: Kafta, Syrian Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce

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These big, savory meatballs satisfy big hungers. Certain dishes are considered working-man’s lunches in the Middle East. They’re foods you  find in small shuk restaurants or roadside eateries. Eggy shakshoukah (recipe here), mulukhiyah soup (recipe here), the classic lentil/rice combination, majadra. The favored meat in the Middle East  is lamb  and it’s most often prepared […]

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SolarEdge Does Dallas

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Israel’s SolarEdge is making solar energy most cost-effective SolarEdge Technologies Inc, whose patented Solar Power Harvesting and Optimization System is beginning to receive good reviews, will be exhibiting their products at the upcoming Solar Power International Trade Show in Dallas Texas.The Israel based solar energy company, with offices in the USA, Europe and Japan will […]

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Masdar Opens First Baseload Solar in Spain – Gemasolar

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Now Masdar builds solar with a 75% capacity factor, almost as much as nuclear Masdar, the holistic and progressive renewable energy company from the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, and SENER, a leading engineering and construction firm in Spain have formed a joint venture, Torresol Energy, that just inaugurated their Gemasolar Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project; the first commercial plant […]

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Airlight Energy Brings CSP to Morocco from Switzerland

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The world's fifth largest cement producer, with an annual production capacity of approximately 75 million tons of cement, Italcementi Group is pioneering a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant at the site of one of its cement plants - in Ait Baha, Morocco. The advanced use of CSP in MENA region industries is becoming more frequent as the oil age draws to a close.

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Desertec Plans Get Boosts from MENA and EU Renewable Policies

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For both the interim Mediterranean Solar Plan and Desertec, the creation of renewable policy and renewable job skills development in both the potential energy-supplying countries and the potential energy-receiving countries is necessary. The Mediterranean Solar Plan represents an interim step towards Desertec. It aims to create 20 gigawatts’ worth of new renewable energy sources in MENA […]

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Foster + Partners Seek LEED Gold for Kuwait’s New Solar-Powered Airport

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When complete, Kuwait’s massive solar-powered airport will be the world’s first LEED Gold passenger terminal. Regardless of whether we believe that Foster + Partners‘ numerous commercial buildings are truly sustainable, there is no denying that the firm has a huge influence on how architecture in the Middle East is shaping up. By employing a unique […]

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Next for MENA Nations: Desertec University

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University degrees in renewable energy are among the practical first steps towards realizing the visionary desertec program. A new university degree program is being funded with more than 3 million euros by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, and additional support from the Kingdom of Morocco, and the Eu. RE-Generation MENA will initiate […]

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UN: Urban Trees Needed Everywhere

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Tighten your city’s green belt on World Habitat Day: Plant trees everywhere, in cities all over the Middle East. When we think of treehuggers, and people who advocate treeplanting, we think 80s hippie, or Julia Butterfly Hill, the gal who lived in a tree for 2.5 years to fight against deforestation. Or the old-fashioned model […]

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Gulf Recycling Machines Convert Waste into Advertising Opportunity

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A new recycling program in the United Arab Emirates makes recycling easy, and potentially profitable for the country’s top brands. At one time aluminum (used in pavement signs, advertising boards) was more valuable than gold according to Averda – an environmental services company, that has recently launched an ingenius recycling program in the United Arab […]

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