Modular Loop Chair Serves a Twelve-Fold Function

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The seven modular folds of the Loop Chair grant it a twelve-fold function. Modular: constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use. It’s the “flexibility and variety in use” part that makes modular design so sustainable, because if one item can be modified and serve a range of functions then you […]

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Interfaith Climate Change Forum to Take Place Today in Jerusalem

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Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders are meeting today in Jerusalem to discuss climate change and launch the new Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths will be convening this morning in Jerusalem to speak out about climate change at an Interfaith Climate Change Forum.  Current environmental conditions in the […]

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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2011 Brings Eco-Art to the Holy City

Echinodermus and Pissenlit–created by TILT. With towering trees made of light, flying acrobats, and psychedelic music, the Jerusalem Festival of Light seemed more like a big carnival for grown-ups than a forum for environmental art. Happily, many of the artists featured at the festival made sure to include sustainability and social responsibility in their designs. […]

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An Octopus Goal Keeper for the Next World Cup?

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Looking to our octopus friends will help scientists build robots, maybe even goal keepers, for tomorrow. In case you thought that octopuses were smart only in guessing the outcome of soccer matches (remember the late Paul the octopus in Germany who picked all the right winners in last year’s world cup matches in Johannesburg?), scientists […]

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Recipe: Eggplant With Tahini/Labneh Sauce

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Grilled and drizzled with multiple Middle-Eastern flavors, this vegetarian eggplant dish gets raves every time. Eggplant is the poor man’s meat. There must be a hundred Middle-Eastern recipes featuring the purple vegetable, like the surprising eggplant soup and the ever-popular baba ganoush. I first ate eggplant with tahini and labneh in a tiny Jerusalem restaurant, […]

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Israel Cleantech Intelligence: Renewable Energy and 6 Headlines

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Cleantech funding, California’s interest in Israeli technology, IDE’s latest desal plant deal in China, and more headlines related to Israeli cleantech and the environment. During the past week, the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Conference took place in Israel and several companies struck deals and agreements were signed. Chicago and Jerusalem formed an environmental partnership, while […]

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Greenpeace Activists In Jerusalem Protest Plans To Build Coal-Fired Power Plant

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No it’s not Spiderman and friends, just green activists trying to call attention to the environmental impact of coal-burning power plants. Greenpeace went to great heights yesterday to express opposition to plans for a new coal-burning power plant in Israel. Five Greenpeace activists scaled the cables of the Chords Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem […]

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Ancient Paw Print Found Near Roman Bath in Jerusalem

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Dating back to the second century CE, archeologists uncover Roman-era paw print this week. It’s not just ancient Roman baths being uncovered in Jerusalem this week. The Israel Antiquities Authorities are reporting a Roman-era dog’s paw print among its finds. Says Dr. Ofer Sion, excavation director in the Old City of Jerusalem: “Another interesting discovery that […]

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UN World Development Information Day Conference Takes Place in Israel for the First Time

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For the very first time, UN World Development Information Day was observed by a conference in Israel. Since 1972, the United Nations has observed World Development Information Day every year on October 24th (which coincides with United Nations Day).  The goal of this day is to concentrate global public opinion on international development problems and […]

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Is Jerusalem Stone Under Threat?

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We’ve heard about peak oil. Ilana asks about “peak Jerusalem stone” – and if it will ever be under threat. My earliest memory of arriving in Jerusalem in 1993 is permeated with a sense of bewilderment. Coming from Queens, New York, everything was strange to me as I stared out the window of a car […]

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An Unwelcome Colony? Ring-necked Parakeets Threaten Biodiversity in Jerusalem

A “beautiful nuisance” infiltrates Jerusalem’s German colony. On a recent walk through the German Colony, I was treated to a stunning sight. Filling a tree with their flapping green wings was a flock of eight parakeets, calling raucously to each other and pecking at fat red berries with gusto. Residents of the German Colony (in […]

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Nano ‘Stars of David’ Offer Promise of Using Sunlight to Make ‘Green’ Fuel

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This nanoparticle, 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, could star in clean energy applications. Researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have created an artificial nanoparticle that looks like a six-pointed Star of David and offers potential for environmental applications, including use as photocatalysts for separating hydrogen from water to create clean fuel.

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