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Wind Power Partners Bridge Mideast Divide

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Two engineers, one Palestinian and one Israeli, unite to bring renewable energy to embattled region

In a place where peace between Muslims and Jews seems a far-off dream, an unlikely alliance is bringing the opposing sides together... in the name of renewable energy. Muhammad Salem, a Palestinian engineer who designs and installs small wind turbines, has teamed up Israeli engineer Yanir Avital to design and manufacture turbines for both the Israeli and Palestinian territories. At NYT's Green......read more

Come Hell or Low Water

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The indelible link between climate change and social unrest in the Arab world

It's tempting to attribute much of the recent dischord in North Africa and the Middle East to politics. And in the most direct sense, it's true. In Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria, the people have risen up against brutal and corrupt regimes. But dig a little deeper, and you find that the unrest is more broadly driven by drought and food shortages -- themselves linked to environmental shifts......read more

The Climate Dialogue's Missing Voice

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In Qatar, climate activists call on Islamic leaders to take a stand against global warming

At Friday prayers in Qatar's most popular mosque, the imam discussed the civil war in Syria, the unrest in Egypt and the U.N. endorsement of an independent state of Palestine. Not a word about climate change, even though the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar is hosting a U.N. conference where nearly 200 countries are trying to forge a joint plan to fight global warming, which climate activists say......read more

America Votes

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GOP sweeps U.S. House of Reps, while Democrats prevail in California.

A Republican wave swept across the United States last night, as a reenergized GOP reclaimed control of the House and made substantial gains in the Senate. Wait, it gets better: A number of far right Tea Party insurgents were voted into office as well. President Obama acknowledged the beating his party took at the polls, calling the results "humbling" and pledging to "work......read more

Ars Natura: Fragile Blue Globe

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The story of the COP15 logo.

The sketchy, ephemeral blue globe which served as the official logo for the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen has in interesting story. The UN in conjunction with the Danish Ministry of Culture launched a design competition in the early part of the year to create an identity for what would become the most important climate summit in history. The judges received hundreds of entries and selected a......read more

Solar City Tower

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Design unveiled for gigantic artificial waterfall in Rio.

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beaches, its carnival celebrations, its rich musical traditions, and the massive Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the whole city. For environmentalists, Rio is remembered as that hosted the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit, a landmark in global environmental awareness. When the coastal Brazilian city hosts the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, a gigantic......read more

Emeco 111 Navy Chair

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Iconic aluminum chair recreated from recycled Coke bottles.

Emeco (Electric Machine and Equipment Company) has been manufacturing chairs in Pennsylvania since 1944. The sustainability-minded company makes sturdy seating out of 80% recycled aluminum, with an estimated lifespan of 150 years and a lifetime guarantee. Now, in a collaboration with Coca-Cola, Emeco goes even greener with its most iconic design, diverting plastic pop bottles from Coke’s......read more

Wash Lamps

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Alex Kovatchev finds a useful function for old washing machine drums.

Yanko Design hips us to these fantastic lamps from designer Alex Kovatchev. Looking a lot like industrial-style modern lighting, Wash Lamps are actually made from a washing machine drum (the part you put your clothes in). The holes in the barrel that send water through the machine work to send light around the room. Pretty nifty!...read more

The Hansen Family

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Retro-sustainable Danish furniture design by Gesa Hansen.

Hailing from a long line of architects and carpenters, Gesa Hansen raids the family archives to create her wonderful line of furniture inspired by mid-century modern Scandanavian design. Now based in Paris, Hansen sources sustainable oak from local forests to produce unique and beautiful pieces under The Hansen Family mark. The limited line includes a curvacious coffee table, a desk with colorful......read more

Di Corte Wooden Chairs

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Italian chair design features nice interplay between rough bark and finished wood.

These nature-inspired Di Corte wooden chairs offer a dose of the forest in your home. Designed by green furniture aficionados Andrea Magnani and Giovanni Delvecchio, the chairs feature raw bark details intermingling with finished wood. Manufactured in Italy by Resign. ...read more

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