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Texas Man Makes Gifts from Old Countertops

Kyle Douthit worked in the countertop installation business for years and saw pounds of leftovers from home remodels get dumped in the trash. About five years ago, the Abilene, Texas resident devised a clever way to recycle old acrylic surfaces…

The Week in Pictures: New Zealand Oil Spill, How Steve Jobs Changed the World, and More (Slideshow)

Since the Rena, a Liberian ship, ran aground on a reef off the coast of New Zealand 10 days ago, an environmental catastrophe has been brewing. Oil is spilling into the ocean, harming wildlife and reaching shore.

We also have Steve Jobs’ use of des…

Leveling the Playing Field for a Cleaner Mediterranean

Boats on the Mediterranean near Kaş, Turkey. Photo: Jennifer Hattam.

Onlookers gazing out over the Bosphorus last week might have been shocked to see a tanker ship and a passenger ferry collide on the busy strait, sending rescue personnel scrambling…

From Scrap To Stylish Stump: Recycled Timber Furniture By Ubico Studio

Photos: Ubico Studio

We admit it: we can’t get enough of stump-themed furniture. And now, from Tel Aviv-based Ubico Studio comes this tongue-in-cheek creation, made from salvaged wood scraps, glued together and skillfully shaped to give the appearance…

Israel Prepares to Frack Its Water Supply Exploiting Oil Shale

Israel is looking to get in on the oil shale – tar sands act, BBC News reports. The article, though mentioning environmental concerns about this so-called unconventional source of oil, essentially soft peddles these and instead focuses on how much o…

Stylish Recycled Sawdust & "Shavings" Furniture By Yoav Avinoam

Photos: Yoav Avinoam

Sawdust is a multi-purpose “waste” material that can apparently be reused in many ways: turn it into mulch, throw it by the handful into a composting toilet, or transform it into furniture as Israeli designer Yoav Avinoam has don…

Israel Announces 10% Renewables Target by 2020

The launch of Israel’s first 5MW solar field was heralded as a sign of greater things to come—but plans for more than 400MW of Israeli solar were on hold pending clarification of Government incentive schemes. But now the Israeli clean energy s…

(Another) Power Station Shut Down By (More) Jellyfish

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It’s getting to be a recurring problem: jellyfish clogging the water flow that power plants need in order to run. In Scotland less than two weeks ago, they impacted the water intake for cooling at the Torness nuclear p…

Reaching Past Borders to Protect the Mediterranean

The EcoOcean research vessel R/V Mediterranean Explorer. Photo: EcoOcean.

Countries around the Mediterranean have been abuzz in recent weeks over currently thwarted plans to sail a flotilla of ships to run Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip — an ac…

Israel Launches Gigantic 5MW Solar Field (Video)

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From a 100MW solar farm in the French Alps through Google’s investments in utility-scale solar in Nevada, industrial-sized solar power plants are springing up across the Globe. Now the Israelis are getting in on the act, laun…