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Shining a light on #EarthHour2016
Earth Hour is upon us. It comes every year on Saturday 19 March, as the clock strikes 8:30 PM around the globe. It’s a worldwide movement [ Read more ]
March 19, 2016
It’s not the tide. It’s not the wind. It’s us.
When former US Vice President Al Gore warned about the consequences of global warming and climate change and was both applauded and condemned for [ Read more ]
February 28, 2016
Brilliant IKEA dinner table outsmarts mealtime smartphone users!
Sit four people around the dinner table, and at see that least three are tethered to their smartphones (well, someone’s got to cook and [ Read more ]
February 14, 2016
Neglected animals turn to cannibalism in Egyptian zoo
Things have gone terribly wrong in an Egyptian zoo where a group of baboons turned on one of their cage-mates, tearing at its legs and biting off [ Read more ]
February 11, 2016
Dubai designer uses nano-tech to turn a traditional black abaya green!
A Dubai-based abaya fashion designer has come up with a way to take the traditional black cloak into the future by integrating nanotechnology into [ Read more ]
February 7, 2016
Sharjah wins Arab Tourism Capital award 2015
According to a recent report, Sharjah – a city named after its state, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates criteria set forth [ Read more ]
January 25, 2016
3 Arab architects worthy of being called sustainable builders
Green is sort of a buzzword nowadays. People will say they are going green (like Zaha Hadid), but are they as good as their word? Usually not. In the [ Read more ]
January 18, 2016
The rise of telecom companies (and entrepreneurs) in the Middle East
Anyone who has used their smartphone to make an online purchase or to make a video call knows that recent advances in telecommunications technology [ Read more ]
January 15, 2016
6 best Middle Eastern cities to visit for a staycation
In these days, when jet setting around the globe is becoming less popular due to environmental concerns, it’s worth remembering there are lots of [ Read more ]
January 15, 2016
Israeli architects grow a “tree” to get us playing outdoors
An old pine tree in the courtyard at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem inspired architects Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warschawski to design a modern [ Read more ]
January 11, 2016
Syrian refugee women take to the stage
For Syrian refugees, seeing light at the end of the tunnel is a whole lot to ask. The Syrian civil war is reaching its five-year anniversary, and [ Read more ]
January 5, 2016
So what did COP21 in France conclude?
The Paris Conference of Parties has officially ended with 195 nations signing up to a partially legally binding program of measures for curbing [ Read more ]
December 13, 2015
Water, Wars and an Uncertain Future
As the world awaits the release of the final draft agreement emerging from the COP21 climate talks – expected this morning –  longtime [ Read more ]
December 12, 2015
Climate change disasters doubled – eating up world’s food security
Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing [ Read more ]
November 26, 2015
Time to settle the debate? Oldest ful and hummus beans found in Israel
Prehistoric cave men are thought of as club-wielding brutes who roast animals on logs, but the latest findings about pre-historic man suggests that [ Read more ]
November 23, 2015
Electronic skin helps sensors heal themselves
Scientists at the Technion in Israel have used a new kind of synthetic polymer to develop a self-healing, flexible sensor that mimics the [ Read more ]
November 22, 2015
Brooklyn’s Gotham Greens builds world’s largest urban rooftop farm
Growing green roofs is now mandatory for new buildings being built in Canada and France. Middle Eastern countries facing dire food and water [ Read more ]
November 22, 2015
Experience the (new, artificial, and made-in-America) Middle East! Coming to Dubai in 2018
American media giant 20th Century Fox has teamed up with United Arab Emirates Al Ahli Holding Group to build a theme park in Dubai, set to open in [ Read more ]
November 8, 2015
UBER Middle East delivers puppies on-demand in the most adorable fundraiser!
It’s raining cats and dogs in Amman, Jordan now, closing roads (flooded underpasses), some schools, and many offices. It’s the usual [ Read more ]
November 5, 2015
Crazy heat dome will mean no one can live in Arab Gulf by 2100
Just when we got excited about Dubai’s solar trees, seems like innovations like this will not be enough to save the Middle East. In 85 years [ Read more ]
November 1, 2015
EU schoolkids build food waste charter includes doggy bags and free food
The European Charter against food waste was just presented at Milan Expo 2015, two weeks before the end of the six-month-long world’s fair which [ Read more ]
November 1, 2015
Israeli Humus Bar promotes peace, one falafel at a time
The rise of violence between Palestinians and Israelis has escalated this month straining a region where wider conflict is causing the largest human [ Read more ]
October 21, 2015
Israelis design 3D-printed home for NASA village on Mars!
Israeli design team Tridom won honorable mention in NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for their ‘Bubble Base’ building, a prototype for [ Read more ]
October 15, 2015
Sukkat blessing for urbanites: All aboard the pedi-sukkah!
Sukkot is upon us, the annual holiday when Jews are commanded to live inside a sukkah – a small hut-like structure that commemorates the [ Read more ]
September 27, 2015
Verizon selects 12 Internet of Things startups that may change your world
Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is America’s #1 mobile provider and the company just announced finalists for their international Powerful Answers Award [ Read more ]
September 25, 2015
Amman Jordan’s approach to pollution is upside-down
The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) this week announced expansion of its “tidy-roofs” campaign, which kicked off last June to tackle [ Read more ]
September 17, 2015
Free training for Levantine green entrepreneurs
Are you a green entrepreneur? Need to grow a business model that creates environmental and social value? Want to launch your new green service or [ Read more ]
September 11, 2015
Extreme “grey swan” hurricanes heading to Dubai (and Tampa!)
Much of the Levant is under siege from a large dust storm right now covering Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel with parts of Cyprus and Turkey [ Read more ]
September 9, 2015
Meet the teen eco-rapper headed to COP21!
Colorado-raised eco-activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a powerful voice in the youth-led climate movement. He’s got a 2014 Ted Talk [ Read more ]
August 28, 2015
New Jersey kids doing hydroponics? forghedaboudit!
There are green things growing in a New Jersey public school, a small shift from the traditional farming that gives the “Garden State” [ Read more ]
August 26, 2015
Lebanon’s drowning in its own waste!
Want a peek into a dystopian future? This is an update on the garbage crisis in Lebanon, which is largely attributed to a corrupted political system, [ Read more ]
August 24, 2015
Environmental studies creates crusaders for our planet
We know at Green Prophet that environmental sustainability and stewardship is a top issue in our world. With an ever increasing demand for solutions [ Read more ]
August 20, 2015
California builds first farm-to-table new home community
Urban farming is in the air and California is setting an example by creating the first American housing project of its kind with an urban farm built [ Read more ]
August 13, 2015
Massive sandstorm swallows Amman’s airport!
A massive sandstorm swooped down on Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan today – a small part of an extreme weather pattern [ Read more ]
August 2, 2015
Veggies travel to Burning Man on a souped-up Airstream!
A crew of eco-minded entrepreneurs plan to mash-up modern vertical farming with decades-old hippie culture by fitting out an Airstream trailer with a [ Read more ]
July 29, 2015
Somewhere in Jaffa, life goes on.
Photographer Nathan Miller shows another side of Arab/Jew relations in “Somewhere in Jaffa”, a striking book of black and white images [ Read more ]
July 18, 2015
Crime doesn’t pay! Israeli antiquity thief agrees.
Two 2,000-year-old sling stones were mysteriously dropped in the courtyard of the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures (MINEC) in Be’er [ Read more ]
July 14, 2015
Elon Musk’s hyperloop one step closer to reality
You have all surely heard of Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator of space travel and the electric vehicles industry. He was the man who made the [ Read more ]
July 2, 2015
Dispatch from inside Masdar
As an intern at Masdar Institute, I’ve witnessed firsthand how real and possible a drastically improved world is. Masdar serves as a real-life [ Read more ]
July 2, 2015
Earth is in the midst of its 6th mass extinction – wake up call, folks
Is humanity as a species threatened with extinction? Is global warming resulting in irreversible climate patterns that are destroying animal and [ Read more ]
June 26, 2015
Alligator sneaks into Iranian gas facility “no man zone”
Hey, it says ‘no man’, not ‘no alligator’ says this crocodilian creature caught on film by security at an Iranian gas [ Read more ]
June 26, 2015
Two decades of his life to the Oaks
Bust all stereotypes you might have of Iranians: A retired teacher in Kohgiluyeh and the Boyer Ahmad Province has planted over 10,000 oak tree [ Read more ]
June 26, 2015
Meet the High Atlas botanical superhero
Two cellphones. Three numbers. Thirty to forty phone calls a day. A road trip-based work life, which, for seven years, has been separated from [ Read more ]
June 26, 2015
CropX nails precision agriculture with $9 million investment
In the same space as the American agtech company flux, built on Israeli R&D to help people grow food in cities, another Israeli-founded, [ Read more ]
June 26, 2015
Grow fresh food in the middle of Manhattan? Meet Henry
It’s a natural thing for every human being to want: the ability to grow fresh, healthy food anywhere we call home, even if that’s in the concrete [ Read more ]
June 14, 2015
Morocco celebrates its certified nuts in 11th annual Asni Festival!
The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) joined in the only Moroccan festival solely dedicated to celebrating nuts, a three-day festival held last Friday in [ Read more ]
June 14, 2015
Galilee to Dead Sea: Jordan Valley’s first-ever regional master plan!
A consortium of leading environmental groups released a Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley. They announced the [ Read more ]
June 9, 2015
“The Largest Cleanup In History” – will Boylan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Array scour plastic from the seas?
World Oceans Day is June 8th – here’s someone who could be it’s Grand Marshall. Two years back, Green Prophet ran a story about a [ Read more ]
June 6, 2015
Does the Cannes Film Festival recycle cans?
Cannes Film Festival is in full swing this week, but here in Jordan every day is a film festival thanks to vendors who hawk bootleg DVDs for a dinar [ Read more ]
May 24, 2015
Floating farms may soon feed the world!
World population will balloon from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion in 2050, with associated food demand predicted to increase by 70% in that [ Read more ]
May 19, 2015
Alaskans to Emiratis: we’ll all pay for UAE snow
Scandinavian saunas are so yesterday. UAE trendsetters can now literally chillax in indoor “snow rooms” that create real snow using a [ Read more ]
May 12, 2015
Canada and USA sign on to rehabilitate the Jordan River
Mayors from 114 North American cities entered into an agreement to rehabilitate an endangered river halfway across the world.  Launched at the [ Read more ]
May 10, 2015
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