Investing ethically in the Middle East

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With several of the Middle East’s city-states becoming some of the world’s richest locations, it’s little surprise that an increasing number of people, particularly from the west and Far East, are looking at investment options in the region. Twinned with this however, is surge in investors looking for more ethical opportunities for their money. Trading […]

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Book Review: Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets

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“Nature has provided ecosystems and their benefits to us for free… perhaps because this capital has been provided freely to us, we humans have tended to view it as limitless, abundant, and thus perhaps always available for our use, exploitation, and conversion.”  (p.3) The modern economy’s obsession with competitive consumption and endless exploitation of natural […]

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Coin-Covered Car in Dubai “Recycles” Nearly $6,000

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 This flashy car gives a whole new meaning to recycling! Image via Virendra Saklani/Gulf News Reflecting the Emirati obsession with flashy cars, a Pakistani man has painstakingly coated a Chevrolet Camaro with thousands of “recycled” coins worth nearly $6,000. A longtime resident of the United Arab Emirates, Tarek Javaid has put 3,000 hours into the project since October last […]

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Should Green Organisations Accept Sponsorship From Big Bad Corporations?

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From climate events to marine conservation projects, it seems that green organisations in the Middle East are happy to take money from not-so-green corporations It goes something like this. A green organisation is set up with the good intentions of sorting out some environmental injustice be it pollution or marine destruction. That green and very […]

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Bank Hapoalim Presents an Exhibition of 22 Futuristic Green Houses and 2 Green Mortgages

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An Israeli bank tries to sell “green mortgages” with installation exhibit on busy boulevard. As part of their campaign to sell “green mortgages” (in other words, mortgages for homes built with environmentally friendly construction or for financing the installation of solar home energy systems), Bank Hapoalim has sponsored an exhibition of futuristic green homes along […]

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Solar Company Tigo Energy Announces Key Distribution Partner in US

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Tigo Energy, a California- and Israel-based solar startup developing technology to increase efficiency in photovoltaic (PV) installations announced yesterday that it found its first US partner AEE Solar to carry Tigo’s Energy Maximizer System as a catalog product. According to the company, the system provides an innovative solution to maximizing power output in today’s PV […]

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Israel Scraps Tax on Fresh Produce

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Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu gave up an idea to close a 1.8 billion shekel ($450 million) budget gap by taxing fresh fruits and vegetables at 16.5 percent. The tax proposal was shot down by a combination of interests representing the poor, the farming sector and good nutrition. According to Ynet, 62% of […]

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