Sun.Dec 16, 2012

Iranian Graphic Designers Fight Pollution and Climate Change

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What can graphic design do to help tackle environmental degradation? Well, these Iranian designers think a lot. Exploring the nexus where art and nature meet , Iranian designers look at the environmental problems riddling their cities and the innovative ways they can resolve them.

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) After the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, USA om December 14, 2012, calls for a total ban on gun ownership can be heard again. However, had someone at that school, such as a teacher or security guard, been armed the shooter would not have gotten very far, despite the fact that he was wearing a bullet proof vest. Best to always assume that someone is wearing body armor nowadays and shoot for head, arms or legs.

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Mayan 21 12 Apocalypse Deflated by NASA’s Early GOTCHA Video

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NASA issued a video “told-you-so” in advance of the much-hyped Mayan calendar “end of the world” prediction. There are plenty of Jordanians who think the Mayans and their 21, 12 end of days prediction may be on to something.

The hunt for happiness

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In today's world we are being told – brainwashed into believing actually – that material things will bring us happiness. How wrong. We are told that if we just work hard enough, get the right job, and earn more money we will be able to buy all those things that bring us happiness.

Aprés COP 18: Will Qatar Rebound with Solar?

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With free water and electricity, and the world’s largest carbon footprint, is Qatar’s new stance on solar a bona fide shift towards fossil fuel alternatives or are they simply catching the latest fashion?

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Unrecyclable Biodegradable Plastic Bags Enforced in Gulf Country

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In a well-meaning effort to rid Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates from plastic bags , the United Arab Emirates government has banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags.

Time for the Flatback Turtle

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I have observed Pied Oystercatchers breeding in an area on Cable Beach since July 2000. The birds have moved the nest site slightly each year depending on human interaction, but it is still confined to one small section of grey rocky outcrops with a great view for sitting for 28 days.

Nobel Prize Plant Scientist Outspoken Against Biofuel Effiency

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Even a non-food plant substance like algae may not be that efficient for fuel says Nobel Laureate. We like to report on about various ways to produce biofuels from plant and other organic substances.

Le Conte’s Sparrow at Edgemere Landfill, Queens

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There is no better way to see a life bird than by finding one yourself in one of your favorite local patches. Yesterday I was scouting for the Queens County Christmas Bird Count at Edgemere Preserve, a capped landfill out on the Rockaway Peninsula, and was having a grand old time.

Eco-Art Gift Ideas for Sandy Claus

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Whether your sandy reminiscences are wet or dry, two artists have devised ways to make your memories tangible. My brain inextricably links sand to sea thanks to 25 summers spent on a New Jersey barrier island.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2012)

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December is drawing towards its grand finale as we all work furiously in advance of seemingly endless celebration. Contemplation of one’s Best Bird of the Year seems more appropriate than attention to just one weekend, but December isn’t over yet.

Make Your Own Compost Bin With Mesopotamian Bricks

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Turn to the ancients for a green building technique that lets you play like a child. Mesopotamian mud bricks still do the job, for free. Mesopotamia was the ancient collective of settlements tracing the Tigris–Euphrates river basin.

Christiana Figueres - Why There Must Be Global Action on Climate Change


The results of the United Nations climate change conference that closed in Doha, Qatar, last Saturday show once again that the international negotiations are moving steadily in the right direction, but alarmingly slow.

Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field. 1,300 Light Years Away


Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever … but before you do I should probably inform you of the tiny hiccup in any plan to develop this oil field.