Run Your Carbon Footprint Against the World’s

My feet are big, at US women’s size 10, but my footprint is enormous. See how yours compares to other nations in the world                                                        Drop a teabag in a mug, add boiled water, and in the time it takes to brew, you can calculate your carbon weight. Trust me – you’ll need a comforting drink when […]

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Technion & Cornell Win Historic Bid to Build a Net-Zero Energy Tech Hub in NYC

The groundbreaking net-zero energy NYCTech Campus designed as a collaborative project between Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University will also be one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly campuses. The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has earned considerable esteem as a world leader in clean technology – a reputation that matched Cornell University’s […]

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Darwin Clashes With the Quran in Turkey

Internet filters against evolution: Evolutionary biologists find it increasingly harder to work in Turkey Charles Darwin, the father of modern evolutionary theory, tried to reconcile his faith with his scientific observations about the origin of humans. But few religious fundamentalists in Turkey are willing to try the same: On November 22, the Turkish government instituted […]

Walk the Gospel and Follow the Footsteps of Jesus

Walk in the footpaths of Jesus on the Gospel Trail. It’s pilgrim’s progress: walking in the footsteps of Jesus. There are now two trails where Christian pilgrims can get outdoorsy and follow in the footsteps of their prophet. Late November, the Israel Ministry of Tourism launched the Gospel Trail, a modular trail that follows the […]

Sewage Flows Where Pilgrims Once Trod

Jerusalem belches out its untreated waste to area of beauty, holy sites Mohammed Nakhal is normally a calm man, but he’s seething now. The stench of raw sewage is overpowering. It is rushing by, down the biblical Kidron Valley through the Judean Desert toward the Dead Sea where even you know what floats. Nakhal, an […]

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Gaza’s Getting 20! Zero-Emissions Eco-Schools

In time, students living in Gaza Strip will no longer be vulnerable to the politics du jour.  In an unprecedented move, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has unveiled plans to build as many as 20 zero-emissions schools throughout the Gaza Strip, which will rely entirely on renewables for their energy supply. The agency […]

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Sunday’s Green News Snippets

Get your weekly dose of green news snippets from the region It’s been another great week of green news coming from the Middle East. We hope you managed to catch our interview with Green Hajj expert Dr Husna Ahmed, our coverage of the quake-proof straw houses  as well as Tafline’s time at the Desertec conference […]

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Eden Vardy Plants a Sustainable T.R.E.E. in Aspen

A sustainable T.R.E.E. grows in Aspen, where children learn about real food. As a child, Israeli-born Eden Vardy wanted to know where his food came from.  And since he grew up in Aspen, Colorado, his food generally came from a supermarket and was probably transported from far away.  As he grew older and learned more […]

WATCH: Protecting Mangroves in the Arab Gulf

Earlier this week Tafline found the vivacious character Ali Saloom from the United Arab Emirates who has launched a new show:  Ask Ali About the Environment. One of his first episodes on environmental issues in Abu Dhabi, here Ali points out how mangroves in Abu Dhabi protect us from environmental catastrophes. Click the above video […]

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School’s In: Turkish Teachers Learn How To Teach Ecoliteracy

How should teachers incorporate environmental ethics and lessons on sustainability into their classrooms? That’s the focus of a four-year educational ecoliteracy project — Turkey’s first — which has just begun. A training program for Turkish teachers kicked off this week in an unusual classroom: an arboretum in the northwestern province of Yalova. Beneath Yalova’s graceful […]

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My Naked Account Getting Naked for the Dead Sea

Alex Gutman, a participant of the Naked Sea Spencer Tunick photography happening yesterday sends Green Prophet his personal account of the event. The excitement was building all day Friday as a friend (we attended Burning Man in 2006) and I were getting ready for Spencer Tunick’s historic Dead Sea photo shoot early on Saturday morning. […]

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1000 Naked Israelis Strip to Save the Dead Sea

Spencer Tunick’s naked shoot at the Dead Sea in Israel: yes, some women even got covered in Dead Sea mud. Cloaked in secrecy, they wouldn’t know the location until they got into the bus. While politics in the Middle East seems to overshadow environmental issues, some passionate Israelis decided to be a part of history, […]