Masdar Students Contemplate Earth’s Future En Route to Antarctica

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Two Masdar students on the 2012 “Leadership on the Edge” expedition in Antarctica share their reflections so far. For Masdar Institute of Science and Technology students Reem Al Junaibi and Maitha Al Kaabi, traveling half way across the globe to Antarctica has provided an opportunity to reflect on the future of our planet.With respective interests in renewable […]

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Balyolu: Turkey’s First Honey Tasting Tour

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Anyone who loves nature will enjoy Balyolu’s week long tour on Northeastern Turkey’s honey road. It’s impossible to understate the importance of bees. Like fruit bats – thousands of which were gunned down by unknown assailants in Lebanon last weekend – they are pollinators that ensure human survival. And since they are fond of flowering […]

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Nature’s Wisdom Through the Photographer’s Lens – the Green Sheikh

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  After publishing so many stories about Arabs who offend nature so deeply, the Green Sheikh’s soothing  words are especially timely.  What links humans, nature and technology is one of the secrets of life. This link should be used to reach sustainability and to seek “Nature’s Wisdom,” which originates from a conscious and extensive belief […]

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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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Lebanon Loses Out on 7 Natural Wonders

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Guest writer and Oxford student Will Todman describes the mood in Lebanon following the announcement that Jeita Grotto failed to secure a spot as one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Lebanon’s hopes of having its candidate, Jeita Grotto, declared one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World were crushed […]

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Israeli Researchers Create World’s First Brain to Computer Interaction

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A new scientific breakthrough at Tel Aviv University is changing the conversation about what it means to be a “natural human being.” With 7 billion people consuming the earth’s dwindling natural resources, a rising number that is rapidly reaching proportions that could collapse the planet, the question of artificially prolonging human life with technology remains […]

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Landmines and Eco-Tourism Protect Lebanon’s Vulnerable Cedar Forests

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The Shouf Cedar Reserve is working tirelessly to protect Lebanon’s cedar forests from climate change. Fifteen years ago, civil war posed the greatest threat to Lebanon’s majestic cedar forests, but today climate change is their most prominent foe. The largest of Lebanon’s natural reserves and home to one quarter of the nation’s almost mythological cedar […]

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Bake Bread Like An Egyptian

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Surrounded by trash in a small enclosure, this village woman from el-Qasr, Egypt, bakes several loaves of bread in giant clay “jar.” Baking bread el-Qasr style isn’t great for the lungs, but it does wonders for the beleaguered soul. Twelve hours south of Cairo, past the enigmatic White desert, and past the lush Farafra Oasis, […]

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Beautiful Red Sea Film School Integrates Nature As Teaching Tool

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This is more than a building with a ragged mountain backdrop. This architecture creates the ultimate in sensory education for Jordan’s film students. The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan taps into natural light, sounds, and shadows to create a sensorily vivid learning experience for film students. Albeit minimalist and respectful of […]

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