Zaha Hadid modernizes Islamic design with winning Heydar Aliyev in Azerbaijan

Green Prophet

The London Design Museum bestowed upon Zaha Hadid the prestigious Design of the Year award for this incredible Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan, and there’s nothing green about it. Located in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, the Heydar Aliyev Center is designed to host the country’s cultural programs and activities while making a concise break from the rigid, formal architectural language prevalent in the Soviet Union.

Megalomaniac Billionaire Aims to Destroy Azerbaijan With Artificial McCity

Green Prophet

If you ask him, Ibrahim Ibrahimov will probably tell you that his plan to build an archipelago of artificial islands , scores of apartment buildings, bridges and the world’s newest tallest tower will is good for Azerbaijan, but really the billionaire is on a path that will destroy everything that makes the capital, Baku, so special. Like Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan got rich with oil. Image of Maiden Castle in Baku, Azerbaijan , Shutterstock.

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China and Iran plan Solar, Wind and other Power Developments

Celsias

The Deputy Governor-general of China's Hebei province Zhang Qingwei, following a meeting with the Governor-general of Iran's East Azerbaijan province Alireza Beigi, said that China was interested in joint venture projects with Iran in constructing solar, wind, gas and hydroelectric power plants.

Hydroelectric Dam In Turkey May Cause Environmental Catastrophe In Georgia

Green Prophet

Azerbaijan, Georgia’s neighbor to the southeast, is also heavily dependent on the portion of the Mtkvari River that flows into the Caspian Sea. “An artificially created water deficit might cause tension between the states” of Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, Georgian Green Party Head Georgi Gachechiladze told Democracy & Freedom Watch, a Georgian publication.

Jameel prizewinner reinvents the iconic Middle Eastern rug

Green Prophet

The Azerbaijan-based mixed-media artist redefines the visual boundaries of iconic middle eastern carpets by distorting the conventional structure of their generally symmetrical patterns. Most of Ahmed’s work revolves around the construction and deconstruction of the intricately patterned rugs and carpets native to Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey. Based in Azerbaijan capital Baku, there is no information as to when or if his rugs will be commercially available.

Cycling Silk: Crossing Borders, Advocating Conservation & Adventure

Wend Magazine

This trailer features Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, our first three countries out of ten total on this year-long journey to India, including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal, and India. Click here to view the embedded video. From Cyclingsilk.com : If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth more than two thousand miles.

Ski the Middle East with a natural born skier

Green Prophet

This includes ski slopes and resorts in the Middle East and nearby locations like Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan. “Azerbaijan is very interested in developing its ski resorts, located in the Caucasus Mountains north of the capital, Baku,” he tells Green Prophet: “They have mountain summits as high as 4,480 meters there,” says Bloch.

Deadly Lake Natron Turns Animals into Ghostly Statues

Green Prophet

The Caspian Sea, bordered by Iran, Azerbaijan , Russia, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan, is both the world’s largest lake and the largest saltwater lake. The Middle East boasts come of the world’s saltiest waterbodies , but none approach the horror of Lake Natron in Tanzania, one of the harshest environments on the planet. It’s hot, chalky waters can turn birds and land animals into calcified statues, spookily captured by photographer Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land.

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Ethical Oil, Gas and Mining? EITI is the LEED of Fossil Fuels

Green Prophet

Leaning on research conducted in the oil and gas rich Caspian Sea region and focusing on Azerbaijan, which is EITI compliant, Kazakhstan, an EITI candidate and Turkmenistan, which has expressed an interest in joining EITI, IIED published a report that encourages even more efforts to ensure that extractive industries work for the environment and local people. Roughly half of the world’s population lives in resource-rich countries , and yet the same number survives on less than $2.50

Iran Criticized For Response to Earthquake which Killed 360

Green Prophet

hit the East Azerbaijan province of Iran. Image – Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaqan near Ahar, in the East Azerbaijan province, August 12, 2012. ?REUTERS/Arash A shortage of tents and an overseas trip taken by Ahmadinejad has sparked criticism of the Iranian government’s response following the devastating earthquake which hit the country. On Saturday afternoon, two earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.3

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How Will Businesses Be Structured in the Future?

Green (Living) Review

It is supported by UN organizations, multinational corporations, universities, foundations and the governments of Azerbaijan, Kuwait, South Korea, and the United States. 2012 is the UN International Year for Cooperatives. To celebrate this, the Spanish Node of The Millennium Project has initiated a global study on the future of business organization models and factors that may change them.

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Iran Criticized For Response to Earthquake which Killed 306

Green Prophet

hit the East Azerbaijan province of Iran. Image – Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaqan near Ahar, in the East Azerbaijan province, August 12, 2012. ?REUTERS/Arash A shortage of tents and an overseas trip taken by Ahmadinejad has sparked criticism of the Iranian government’s response following the devastating earthquake which hit the country. On Saturday afternoon, two earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.3

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Saudi economy trashed by cheap oil

Green Prophet

In adddtion to Saudi Arabia, other oil income-dependent countries, including Russia, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates are also suffering economically from low oil prices. Despite the forecast of dire effects of global warming in the Middle East , oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia have continued to keep oil production at high levels.

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Architects Embrace Iranian History at the Tabriz Bazaar

Green Prophet

Tabriz, an ancient city with Bronze Age origins, is capital of the East Azerbaijan province of Iran. Head to the heart of any Middle Eastern city and find a vibrant commercial hub, usually in the shadow of a major mosque – the bazaar. An Iranian bazaar with incredible history (Marco Polo shopped there!) may now win the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Tunisian Teacher Cycles to China for Wetland Conservation

Green Prophet

After crossing the Mediterranean sea from Tunisia to Istanbul, he then cycled through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and his is now in Xinjiang, China. Seven months ago, a Tunisian university teacher decided to travel from Tunisia to China on his bike to help raise awareness of the human and environmental value of wetlands. Here is his journey.

Abu Dhabi Farms Caviar In The Desert With Gusto

Green Prophet

As a result, degradation of their habitats in Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia has left them among the world’s most critically endangered species. What’s weirder that eating slimy fish eggs? Farming them in Abu Dhabi’s desert. Because we have had a multiple-decade infatuation with eating slimy fish eggs, not to mention our obsession with oil and resultant pollution of their habitat, more than three quarters of sturgeon species are critically endangered.

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Turkey Tells Egypt to Bypass Israel and Cyprus With Long Pipeline to Europe

Green Prophet

It’s possible that Erdogan, who recently visited Egypt, is trying to expand his country’s influence in the Nabucco Pipline agreement that was signed in 2009 in Ankara and in which Turkey and several European countries (Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) will receive natural gas supplies from sources in Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkmenistan and possibly Iran. Turkish PM Erdogan on recent visit to Egypt; more energy influence at Israel’s expense.

Police Beat, Tie-Up, and Fire On Citizens Protesting Dying Ramsar Protected Lake in Iran

Green Prophet

Residents in Azerbaijan that rely on the Ramsar protected site for their sustenance claim that Revolutionary Guards are responsible for shrinking lake levels and the subsequent rise in salinity and decrease in biodiversity. Police violently repressed activists protesting the nearly irreversible damage done to the Middle East’s largest salt lake over the weekend. This image was taken of a protest earlier this year.

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Turkish Cabinet Invokes Wartime Law To Seize Property For Hydro Projects

Green Prophet

Earlier this year, Georgia’s Green Party warned that a planned dam in northeastern Turkey could similarly impact Georgia and Azerbaijan by diverting the flow of the biggest water artery in the Southern Caucasus. The more than 20 hydroelectric projects that Turkey has built on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers have been sharply criticized for displacing populations and harming the local environment. Now it’s even easier for hydro companies to build destructive dams in Turkey.

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Iran’s Mud and Clay Buildings Leading Cause of Earthquake Casualties

Green Prophet

on the richter scale hit the country’s east Azerbaijan province, killing at least 360 people and displacing and injuring thousands more. We’ve long extolled the virtues of earth building , but it turns out that Iran’s simple clay and mud brick buildings are a leading cause of casualties during strong earthquakes. Over the weekend, two earthquakes measuring 6.3 and 6.4

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Iran’s Earth Buildings are the Leading Cause of Quake Casualties

Green Prophet

on the richter scale hit the country’s east Azerbaijan province, killing at least 360 people and displacing and injuring thousands more. We’ve long extolled the virtues of earth building , but it turns out that Iran’s simple clay and mud brick buildings are a leading cause of casualties during strong earthquakes. Over the weekend, two earthquakes measuring 6.3 and 6.4

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Is Pakistan Aiming to “out-Vegas” Dubai With World’s Biggest Tower?

Green Prophet

Didn’t Azerbaijan just claim to be building the world’s tallest tower? . Abu Dhabi Group will construct the world’s tallest building in Pakistan. It’s the stuff of dreams. Let’s hope it stays that way. The project will surpass Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building in Dubai) as part of a $45 billion national investment by Pakistani tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain, according to Construction Week Online.

Protests Over Shrinking Salt Lake Continue In Iran

Green Prophet

Tabriz and Orumieh are located in Iran’s Azerbaijan region, home to the country Azeri ethnic minority who campaigners state have been marginalised by the government. Iran saw more protests and demonstrations this weekend as green activists call for the protection of the UNESCO-listed salt lake Orumieh.

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Recycling Yourself When Green Projects Go Bust

Green Prophet

I’m planning tours to Lebanon, Morocco and trips to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, all with a culinary focus. Live long enough and we all know heartbreak, but what happens when a well-loved sustainable project walks away? Looking for day trips to explore modern Middle East architecture, I stumbled across Jordan’s The Aqaba House (TAH). This ambitious little house was the first modern home fully based on green building principles specific to its Aqaba location.

Limited Power Supply Shackles Armenia to Precarious Nuclear Plant

Green Prophet

Armenia was cut off by both of its nearest neighbors, Azerbaijan and Turkey, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, so it relies on fuel imports from more distant countries, mainly Russia. In bucolic but earthquake-prone Armenia, people both fear and rely on a nuclear power plant that has operated for three decades with no primary containment structure.

An Energy Insider for Nuclear Newcomers in the Middle East

Green Prophet

Shillito agrees that the region is diverse since it covers countries from Algeria to Azerbaijan, which, taken individually, can’t be lumped together. Nuclear energy is a low carbon power source, but whether or not it should be considered a renewable energy source is long debated and fought over –- even in the Middle East where the industry is nascent. Like the oil industry upon which our modern industrial world is built, nuclear does and will play a role in the world’s energy supply.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

“Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

All About: Developing cities and pollution

The Green Changemakers

And if you live in Sumgayit in Azerbaijan, also on the list, where "genetic mutations and birth defects are commonplace", you have between a 22 percent to 51 percent higher chance of getting cancer than if you lived anywhere else in the country.

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Architectural Pornography: Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower

Green Prophet

Next Azerbaijan broadcast plans to top that with their own mile-high cloud-puncher. Saudi Arabia announced its Kingdom Tower, a skyscraper aiming for a new world height record of over 1 kilometer high in the sky. Boys, boys, boys, when will you learn that size doesn’t matter as much as performance? Then Pakistan upstaged both with their own biggest building boast.