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Proposed Tel Aviv SkyTran Project is “Up in the Air”

Situated above the treeline, SkyTran commuter pods will not interfere with normal traffic: Photo  illustration by NASA/SkyTran Developing economical and green urban transit systems have not been easy. This includes such planned transit innovations as the commuter pod transit system being planned for Abu Dhabi’s carbon neutral Masdar City and a new commuter light rail line […]

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Dubai Ends Cheap Local Gas

The Dubai government’s Emirates National Oil Co (ENOC) has stopped supplying subsidized gasoline to gas stations in neighboring sheikdoms in the United Arab Emirates. Hit hard by the property crash, the once high-flying Dubai government is now penny pinching. Even at the risk of destabilizing the region – in the same way that rising food […]

Lights Out During Earth Hour 2011 in Israel this Week

20 Israeli cities will be participating in this year’s annual lights-out Earth Hour. Following an initiative that began in Australia in 2007, Israeli cities (spearheaded by Tel Aviv) have observed Earth Hour for the past few years.  Earth Hour is a global movement that urges individuals, businesses and governments to support action on climate change […]

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Ten Tips for Keeping Your Food Safe This Summer

Food spoils quickly in the heat and releases harmful methane gases. Hannah provides 10 green tips for keeping your food safe. Summer is coming to a close in some parts of the world, but here in the Middle East we’ve yet to see a break from soaring temperatures. But people and animals aren’t the only […]

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Growing Green Ethic Amongst Emirati Businesses

Despite the UAE’s bad “eco-rap,” Summertown Interiors is helping to boost the region’s environmental ethos The UAE has been getting some rather bad press recently about their lack of environmental awareness. First, it emerged that only 1 in 25 Emiratis walked anywhere on a weekly basis and then that they throw away around 500 tonnes […]

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Summer Heat Jams Power Production in Oil-rich Saudi Arabia

Saudis, Kuwaitis and Emiritis experience summer blackouts, despite being oil- and gas-rich. Lack of infrastructure and change in lifestyle to blame. With temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius or 112 Fahrenheit more the a few countries in the region are struggling to keep up with people’s needs to keep cool in the scorching summer […]

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How To Handle Record High Summer Temperatures

Reducing overall energy consumption allows more leeway during crippling heat waves across the Middle East. We are all feeling the heat (not just Iran). And though we are cautious about assumptions that global warming is contributing to these higher temperatures, we can’t deny that we are spending a little more time under our fans and air-conditioning […]

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Cygalle Shapiro Creates LED Lamp Powered Organically… By Tomatoes

Israel-based design team creates an LED lamp packed with Lycopene and powered completely by tomatoes.  Yum. When it comes to energy-saving and eco-friendly design, we’ve seen some pretty nutso stuff already on Green Prophet.  We’ve salivated over Hasadna’s ice cream spoon chandeliers, envied Merav Feiglin’s TrashLights, been impressed by Studio Mesila’s upcycled wood laminate lamps, […]

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More Green Building Talk on TED: Catherine Mohr

By taking into account embodied energy, Catherine and her husband half the energy required to build their home. In her recent Ted talk, Catherine Mohr encourages us to look at the bigger picture when discussing and analyzing green stories.  Whether we weigh the benefits of a LEED certified project against the energy required to ship […]

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Israelis and Investors to Benefit from Feed-in Electricity Tariffs

The Israeli Electric Corporation, otherwise known as Hevrat HaHashmal, has agreed to  participate in what are known as feed-in tariffs for electricity supplied by independent private suppliers. It’s part of Israel’s bid to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.  Feed-in tariffs apply to electricity that is supplied by renewable or “clean” sources such […]

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Eco-Friendly Vs. Usability: The Automatic-Flush Toilet

In this guest post Lea Aharonovitch, a Senior Product Manager at Answers.com, shares her expertise about the green sides of usability. Among other things, I’m a usability expert. Usability is the level of friendliness and ease of use of products and interfaces. Products should be easy to use, designed clearly, and fit the user’s needs. […]