Bahrain Gives a $4 Million Post-Ramadan Gift to Famine-Struck Somalia

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Although Ramadan is now officially over, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Agency (IAA) raised $4 million for famine-struck Somalis in keeping with their “religious, moral, and patriotic duty.” The Horn of Africa famine has already claimed 29,000 children under the age of five and shows no signs of abating. The images of emaciated babies with bones piercing […]

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Turkey Avoiding Greenhouse Gas-Reduction Despite Rapid Increases in Emissions, New Report Finds

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Greenhouse gas emissions from Turkey don’t just pose an abstract, future threat to the country — the same gases that contribute to climate change periodically envelop Istanbul in smog. Turkey’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have increased by a whopping 98 percent in the last two decades, from 187 million tons of CO2 equivalent in 1990 […]

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Big Brother? Masdar Monitors Student Energy & Water Consumption

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A one-year investigation by  researchers will hopefully reveal what incentives are most likely to encourage energy and water conservation among Masdar’s student body. There’s nothing sinister about it really. Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is aiming for carbon neutrality in an unforgivingly hot and dry environment teeming with young students. Naturally these twenty-somethings – among […]

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Car Bodies and Windows As Solar Energy Panels to Recharge Lithium Batteries?

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What would you call solar panels if attached to this Tesla S2 sports coupe: spoilers? One of the more challenging aspects of developing electrics is finding ways to extend the cruising range of electric cars, which are anywhere from 40 to 160 kilometers on a single charge. Companies dealing with the technologies involved in producing […]

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Police Beat, Tie-Up, and Fire On Citizens Protesting Dying Ramsar Protected Lake in Iran

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Police violently repressed activists protesting the nearly irreversible damage done to the Middle East’s largest salt lake over the weekend. This image was taken of a protest earlier this year. Like a chain of dominos, citizen protests are erupting everywhere: following the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions catalyzed in part by skyrocketing food prices, political protests […]

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Best Back-to-School Lunches

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Pack your kid’s lunchbox with wholesome foods to help her gain health, not weight. Across the Western world, parents and schools have woken up to the crucial link between the foods a child eats during school hours and his/her health. To control obesity, children are being encouraged to acquire a taste for real foods and […]

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Greek Cyprus Fearful Over Offshore Gas Well Drilling

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Map showing disputed Cyprus underwater gas fields, as well as those being contested by Israel and Lebanon Undersea drilling for natural gas by the Greek Cypriot government now appears to be more problematic than just their fears of disturbing the undersea environment or undersea territorial claims by regional countries like Israel and Lebanon. Cypriot’s “neighbor,” the […]

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Nature Reserve In Jordan Is Growing Organic

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Jordan is championing water-efficiency and chemical-free farming at the stunning Mujib nature reserve Following Qatar’s plans to build 1,400 organic farms, comes the announcement that a Jordanian nature reserve will be growing organic crops and medicinal herbs. The farm at the Mujib Biosphere Reserve is spread over 10 dunums and is designed to demonstrate the […]

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More Sustainable Eye Glasses – Wood or Human Hair?

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If you think these sunglasses are made from tortoise shell, guess again. Accessories may be one of the most important places for an ecologically minded designer to start.  Accessories are the victims of quickly changing trends and fads, and so their unsustainable fashionable-ness makes their ecological sustainability greatly needed.  We’ve seen other green designers tackle […]

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Novel Bus-Stop Libraries in Israel Promote Green Transportation

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Would mini-libraries at bus stops encourage residents of your city to use public transportation? Here’s a novel idea: create a system of mini-libaries at bus stops in order to encourage reading and green transportation. Think it could never happen? Think again. Two urban artists, one of whom graduated from Israel’s Technion Faculty of Architecture, submitted […]

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Masdar’s Carbon Capture Program Could Lead to Mass Delirium and Comas

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Oil and gas companies believe that CCS will allow fossil-burning to continue unabated, but health leaders expose the potential for widespread human fatalities in the event of accidental leaks. The United States Department of Energy has pledged to match Masdar’s $700,000 carbon capture research program with $3 Million of US taxpayer money. In collaboration with […]

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Israeli Cleantech Benefits from Australian Climate Legislation

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When Prime Minister Julia Gillard narrowly succeeded in passing Australia’s first carbon tax last month, she probably wasn’t thinking of how Israeli innovation will be a beneficiary. Not everyone is happy that Gillard passed Australia’s first carbon “tax.” Big Coal is furious. And coal is a huge industry in Australia. But Australia’s Greenearth Energy is […]

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Squeaky Clean Bath Tub Chair Design

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Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub (chair). Designers often talk about “clean” design, with crisp lines and an absence of frou-frou decoration.  But apparently there’s another kind of clean design – the kind that’s clean because it’s upcycled from objects formerly used to keep people clean, like a bath tub.  The Bath […]

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Turkey’s First “Slow City” Promotes Local Agriculture, Slow Food Movement

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Seferihisar, a city on Turkey’s western Aegean coast, is part of Cittaslow, an international movement founded to promote the Slow Food movement around the world. Agriculture is the economic foundation of Seferihisar. The region is famous around Turkey for its juicy satsumas and mandarin oranges, while olives and vineyards also comprise a significant portion of […]

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Better Place Announces First Trade-In Agreement for Electric Cars in Israel

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Better Place launches another brand new business in Israel – used electric car sales. Better Place, the company bringing an electric car infrastructure to Israel, has been changing so much about how the Israeli public thinks about transportation.  It has educated the public about the benefits of using electric cars, taught us that a whole […]

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