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6 hotels from the movies you can totally stay at
We’ve travelled to Casablanca to see where Bogart gave his favorite lines, to learn the movie wasn’t really filmed there. Many of the [ Read more ]
March 11, 2016
Stateless “Team Refugee Athletes” cleared to compete at Rio 2016 Olympics!
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced yesterday the formation of a new, nation-less team of athletes cleared to compete in the 2016 [ Read more ]
March 3, 2016
Teaching children about the environment
So, you care about the environment and ensuring that you play your part in preserving the beauty of nature but how do you go about imparting these [ Read more ]
February 26, 2016
Earth breaks its own world temperature record, again.
A new report from the Climate Council of Australia revealed that last year’s global average temperature was the highest since global records [ Read more ]
January 31, 2016
Cattle slaughter as “entertainment” in Gaza (Warning: graphic content)
It goes without saying that life in Gaza is bleak. But for domesticated animals for slaughter, it is living hell. Watch the shocking footage of [ Read more ]
January 27, 2016
Kuwaitis drive social change with new fund. N-mu?
A few years ago, Jordan launched an initiative called BADIR to support budding young entrepreneurs, eager to contribute to positive change in their [ Read more ]
January 25, 2016
Free wonder drug available now. No prescription needed.
Does nature have a marketing problem?  Headlines about climate change, extreme weather, and their catastrophic impacts to the built environment [ Read more ]
January 9, 2016
Will COP 21 finally deal with climate change ?
This year’s Conference of the Parties, known as COP21, may turn out to be the one that finally addresses the ravages of human caused climate [ Read more ]
December 3, 2015
Swarms! Plague of locusts could be breeding near you
Watch out world, and those in North Africa and Middle East areas: A swarm of locusts of Biblical proportions could be heading near you. While bugs [ Read more ]
November 16, 2015
The Martian movie started as a book – here’s the review
Imagine that you are a castaway on a dead planet. You only have provisions for a few days and you are absolutely alone. How would you survive? Andy [ Read more ]
November 5, 2015
Lend your nationality and swap passports to those in need
Dutch Design Week 2015 is a misnomer, the event actually runs over nine days across 100 locations displaying the experiments and ideas of 2400 [ Read more ]
November 1, 2015
London calling: Gulf elite caught in conspicuous consumption
Critically acclaimed Scottish photographer Dougie Wallace has stepped on some well-heeled toes with his latest documentary project where he turns his [ Read more ]
October 19, 2015
Syria’s seedbank seeds sent for safety to Morocco
Whenever I read the news about Syria’s refugee and environmental crisis I wonder how Syria’s dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s wife Asma [ Read more ]
October 18, 2015
The Martian stars the Wadi Rum Desert and every Sci-Fi book we love
Ridley Scott’s, The Martian is based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel. It was filmed in Jordan’s beautiful Wadi-Rum desert. [ Read more ]
October 18, 2015
Love Story: Jordanian newlyweds share their wedding with refugees
Why blow your wedding bucks on one extravaganza when you can hold two for the same price? Jordanian newlyweds Mutaz Mango and Basma Omar opted to [ Read more ]
October 8, 2015
The beauty of ecotourism in Israel
Most visitors to Israel concentrate on exploring the many biblical, cultural, and historical sites that abound Israel. And rightfully so! Israel has [ Read more ]
October 6, 2015
UN values ecosystem loss to trillions of dollars a year
There are some things that you can’t put a price tag on – and nature is one of them. Unfortunately, in today’s society value is [ Read more ]
September 21, 2015
World’s best eatery NOMA reborn as an urban farm
Celebrity chef and foraging superstar René Redzepi told the New York Times on Monday that he is closing his Copenhagen restaurant Noma at the end [ Read more ]
September 13, 2015
This UAE birthday cake could send 740,000 refugee kids to school
Marie Antoinette has nothing on the wealthy Arab clients who commissioned a cake commemorating their daughter’s combo birthday and engagement [ Read more ]
September 13, 2015
Costa Rican tourists thwart sea turtle nesting, a surreal mirroring of the crisis in the Med
This story is not about the Middle East, although the images are a surreal reminder of what is happening on our Mediterranean shores – albeit [ Read more ]
September 12, 2015
Turkish couple invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to their wedding feast!
Quick!  What’s the best wedding you ever attended? Youtube archives threaten to break the internet with flash mob proposals, bridal party [ Read more ]
August 5, 2015
Earth up for sale – save it by buying it!
Back in high school we bought a few acres of rainforest in Brazil – to save it. To stop illegal logging. To preserve biodiversity. Instead of [ Read more ]
August 5, 2015
Science changes food, not always for the better
Science is a great thing, I think we can all agree on that. Science makes our every day lives easier in ways we might not even recognize – by [ Read more ]
July 29, 2015
A mini ice-age by 2030?
The press has been flooded with a sensational prediction about a mini ice age coming our way in a few years. Sounds funny since we are also in the [ Read more ]
July 29, 2015
Small scale farming twice as old as we thought
Until now, researchers believed farming was “invented” some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization — Iraq, the Levant, parts of [ Read more ]
July 22, 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
International airports source local farm food in 30 countries
Following an international trend pressuring large food chains to think local and source local food, Autogrill, the multinational company known for [ Read more ]
July 8, 2015
News the Pope will love: Faith and ecology teachings making world more holy
The Pope has come out, some might argue too late, with his treaty for Climate Change. How can faith leaders, or at least the Church position itself [ Read more ]
June 25, 2015
Going organic in the Land of Milk & Honey
As I strolled through the aisles of a large supermarket chain recently, I was overwhelmed by the quantity of mass-produced, industrialized food [ Read more ]
June 24, 2015
Pope Francis scooped on climate change doctrine!
Pope Francis has penned an official text on the environment, the product of a year’s worth of writing. Yesterday, an Italian news site leaked [ Read more ]
June 16, 2015
First-ever interfaith “Eco Slam” happening tonight in Jerusalem!
An inaugural Interfaith Eco Slam is happening in Nachla’ot, Jerusalem tonight, hosted by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development [ Read more ]
June 4, 2015
5 ways to stop animal trafficking
Wild animals shouldn’t live in palaces, connected to leashes and paraded around streets in the Gulf Region like they are trophies. Dolphins [ Read more ]
May 19, 2015
36 golden retrievers rescued from Istanbul streets
Feral dogs are commonplace in Istanbul, but a sharp-eyed American noticed a particular surge in the number of pedigreed golden retrievers on the [ Read more ]
May 14, 2015
Palestinian rappers tackle MidEast sexism
“I am the dishes, the ironing, I am everything, I am nothing. But remind me: Who are you?” So plays the hook of a new feminist anthem [ Read more ]
April 21, 2015
Abu Dhabi shoppers planting and painting at the mall
In the large atrium of Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi, parents, children, staff and tourists are just some of the shoppers that can be found. Only they [ Read more ]
April 18, 2015
Sustainable and safe fun at sea
With the weather heating up more people are going to be heading to the sea for a big cool down. Boating, jetskiing, sailing, paragliding at sea. [ Read more ]
March 29, 2015
5 minutes will sell you on a Middle East visit!
Travel to the Middle East has never been a better deal than now – in terms of economics (deep-discounted hotels and holiday packages), weather [ Read more ]
March 25, 2015
‘Arabian Ark’ is saving UAE wildlife from extinction
Oryx, giraffes and cheetahs – species once facing regional extinction – are making a robust reappearance on a desert island off the coast [ Read more ]
March 17, 2015
Caveman found living in Jordan mountains!
For the past two decades a 70-year old man lived in a cave in northern Jordan, alone with no water or power or reliable access to food, exposed to [ Read more ]
March 13, 2015
Rolls Royce Phantom joins Abu Dhabi police fleet
Abu Dhabi police unveiled their latest acquisition cop car, a Rolls Royce Phantom tricked out in purple and white, the colors of the state police [ Read more ]
March 9, 2015
Step aside sheesha: Arab teens smoke crushed ants!
Young men in United Arab Emirates have jumped on a bizarre, and weirdly “green” addiction, passing on cigarettes and sheesha to [ Read more ]
March 6, 2015
Omani fishermen catch cattle from sunken ship
A cargo ship bound for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with about 350 cattle on board sank off the south coast of Oman mid-afternoon last [ Read more ]
March 4, 2015
Organic burial pods grow live trees from dead people
Forget coffins.  At least the traditional ones.  That was the idea we explored in a recent post on green burials, but that story overlooked a new [ Read more ]
March 3, 2015
3D-printing with living organisms – snack of tomorrow?
Food designer Chloé Rutzerveld has developed a concept for 3D-printed snacks that sprout plants and mushrooms from edible soil housed within a [ Read more ]
March 2, 2015
100% edible coffee cups; tasty, eco-friendly, and straight to your hips
Who says you can’t have your cup and eat it too? The maker of those chicken-like products sworn to be “finger-lickin’ good” [ Read more ]
February 27, 2015
Jordan’s special refugees: giving back to others
Collateral Repair Project (CRP) is a scrappy nonprofit in Amman, Jordan that brings critical help to people commonly referred to as [ Read more ]
February 25, 2015
Fresh food: United Arab Emirate’s unsustainable obsession
Why did the carrot slap the lettuce? Because it was too fresh. A joke that gains huge laughs in the single-digit age group gets a bit more foreboding [ Read more ]
February 22, 2015
Could test-tube meat be the future of food?
Getting meat without killing animals is a concept that’s fast approaching reality.  Lab-grown, or ‘cultured’, meat could resolve many of the [ Read more ]
February 22, 2015
11 Food Tech companies from Israel worth putting on your plate
Food Tech, on the surface of things, sounds like something you might not want to bite into, especially if you practice permaculture and organic [ Read more ]
February 22, 2015
Israel’s epic winter storms have gold linings
An Israeli diving club struck gold on a recent expedition off the Mediterranean city of Caesarea, finding a priceless trove of coins dating back more [ Read more ]
February 18, 2015
Street art mocks enviro-celebrities who eclipse their cause
Posters mocking actor Ed Begley Jr. and radio-host Robert Kennedy Jr. were plastered all over Hermosa Beach, California and nearby neighborhoods [ Read more ]
February 16, 2015
Moroccan marathon is world’s toughest footrace
The toughest foot race on Earth kicks off on April 6th.   It’s a grueling multi-stage adventure through formidable landscape in one of [ Read more ]
February 15, 2015
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