Naomi Campbell Receives Plans For a Self-Sufficient Eco-Home in Turkey

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As a birthday gift to famous model Naomi Campbell, Luis de Garrido from Spain designed an off-grid home complete with photovoltaic panels, a sophisticated geothermal system, an interior landscaped terrace, and – ahem – 25 bedrooms. For those who believe that the Eye of Horus from Egyptian mythology is actually an illuminati cult symbol, this […]

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Natural Gas Creating New Axes of Alliance Across Mediterranean

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Egypt and Turkey entered into several new energy-sharing arrangements on a recent diplomatic visit to Cairo by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Energy Minister Taner Yıldız. Analysts speculate that the new alliance comes in response to a perceived Israeli-Cypriot alliance over natural gas extraction. Oil wars are so last century. The resource with the potential […]

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Masdar City Faces New Setbacks

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The Masdar buildings that have been realized are impressive, but they comprise a shadow of the original, grandiose plans Everybody loves to criticize the Abu Dhabi state-owned energy company Masdar, which has been forced to eat humble pie on numerous occasions for failing to realize the grandiose zero carbon, zero emissions city promised to the […]

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Another Effect of Climate Change: Cholera Bacteria in our Oceans

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Scientists have always been worried about the runaway effects of climate change. Did anyone think that we might have rising concentrations of cholera-causing bacteria in our oceans as a result of higher temperatures? If rising temperatures on land are enabling bed bugs and drug-resistant diseases to proliferate, it stands to reason that something similar might […]

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Power + Water: Middle East to Bring Energy Sector Together With Desalination Industry

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Power and water are inextricably linked in the rapidly growing Middle East. An exhibit hopes to green up both Desalination and water treatment have seen massive growth in the MENA region, which has now emerged as the largest market in the world.  The region will have to build approximately three million cubic meters per day […]

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“Green” Reverse Osmosis System Launched by Grandfather of Desalination Companies

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We’ll need huge desalination projects to meet the world’s future fresh water needs – but the energy to do it will be in short supply Reducing the fossil energy needed in desalination is simply critical to a sustainable future, as we cover here, frequently, because the MENA nations are at the forefront of the issue: Saudi […]

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Meet Me in St. Louis for Sukkah City 2011

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Inspired by last year’s Sukkah City in NYC (see one of the past designs above), St. Louis is hosting its own sukkah design competition this year. With the Jewish high holidays fast approaching, some of us are thinking about honey recipes, sustainable festive meals, and sukkahs (or temporarily erected shelters).  The folks over at Washington […]

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Cogenra Solar Brings Heat&Power to Arizona’s La Posada

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Arizona green retirement community La Posada is next to get Cogenra’s combined heat and power Cogenra was founded by Dr. Gilad Almogy, with a BSC in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and the inventor of over 30 registered US patents. Before founding Cogenra, which Vinod Khosla also had a hand in creating, Almogy […]

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Turkey’s Touristic Beach Towns: Sun, Sea — And A Little Animal Exploitation?

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Hotels and photographers along Turkey’s tourism-heavy southern coast are reportedly exploiting chimpanzees and other wild animals for profit — but Turkish authorities say they can’t put a stop to it. For the past several years, various international animal rescue groups have received complaints from tourists in Turkey, who say that their hotels offered guests the […]

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Boycott Wine Until Vineyard No Longer Animal Deathtrap?

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This mountain gazelle can be seriously injured or killed if it tries to reached fenced in vineyards in Israel’s Judean Hills. Wineries like Barkan are “open” to solutions, but not at their expense. Israeli wildlife are already threatened by illegal hunting and development projects that result in a lack of available land for animals to roam […]

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LED Lights Mess More With Our Biological Clocks?

For the first time scientists examined melatonin suppression in a various types of light bulbs, primarily those used for outdoor illumination, such as streetlights, road lighting, mall lighting and the like. Just as IKEA stops selling incandescent bulbs in Israel, a new study that illuminates some unknown health effects of newer environmentally friendly LED lights […]

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Cave Discovery in Lebanon Could Boost Jeita Grotto’s 7 Natural Wonder Campaign

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Jeita Grotto in Lebanon is one of three Middle Eastern finalists in the 7 Natural Wonders of the World Campaign. Can a new cave boost its candidacy? Speleologists first detected a new cave at Jeita Grotto in 2004. A popular tourist destination and Lebanon’s national symbol, the existing 9km long network of karstic limestone caves […]

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Michael Tsinovsky Puts Arabic Into Israel’s Melting Pot

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Industrial designer Michael Tsinovsky brought together Israel’s many local styles in his ‘asli’ furniture design. When it comes to consumerism, local is almost always better for the environment and for the local economy.  Local is better when you’re buying produce at the farmer’s market, when you’re supporting local artisans and craftsmen, and when you’re purchasing […]

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