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Lebanon’s Highest Point Turning Into Ski Resort

  Beginning summer 2017, Lebanon highest point will be ripped of its natural habitat and converted into a ski resort. This is a $500 million Realis Development project, a family owned company with shares in the Abu Dhabi finance company. The project will be built on a 420,000 m2 plot, and will include a hotel, club house, wellness-center, and entertainment facilities, 650 chalets, 70 villas, and a ski trail. The country’s water supply depends on wells and melted snow from the mountains. Water scarcity is believed to be one of…

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World’s Longest Glass Bridge

  The world’s longest glass bottom bridge just opened in Shiniuzhai Geological Park in China’s Hunan Province. The bridge will two side steel beams, a structural glass deck, handrails and side suspension cables, with the capacity to hold up to 800 people at a time. Each panel is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than regular glass. It’s called Brave Men’s Bridge or Haohan Qiao and is the world’s longest glass bottom bridge, as well as China’s first all-glass suspension bridge. Before a team of a 11 engineers went…

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Pakistan Earthquake Creates New Island

  A 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran, in Pakistan’d remote SW province. It damage includes a death toll of 328 people and many homes destroyed. The affected areas impacts about 300,000 residents. The mountainous terrain and loss of communications is hampering the rescue operation. However, a new surprise is an island created by this earthquake off the coast near the port of Gwadar. It is reported to be about 200m (656ft) long, 100m wide and 20m high, and scientists…

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Japan is Riskiest Place for Business

  The study, by reinsurer Swiss Re, ranked 616 cities around the world based on the exposure of their population and economy to floods, storms, storm surges, earthquakes or tsunamis. Japan was the riskiest place to do business. Manila in the Philippines and the Pearl River Delta in China came second and third in the list of riskiest urban areas after . Tokyo, in terms of the number of people exposed to natural catastrophes, while Los Angeles was the highest ranking metropolis outside of Asia, in ninth place. Japan ranked…

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World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

  It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential – but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, officially inaugurated Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in the world. The plant was designed and developed by Shams Power Company, and it cost $600 million and took three years to build. It’s owned by Masdar, Abengoa Solar and Total. This gargantuan power plant covers almost one square mile – the…

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Masdar Developing Desalination Plants in UAE

  Places throughout the world are facing a looming water crisis, including the hot, dry Middle East. Masdar, a UAE company, held a packed press conference late last week to announce its launch of three renewably-powered desalination pilot projects. The company will  explore ways to “harness natural resources, like solar, wind, geothermal.” Seawater desalination is considered one of the best ways to meet the water needs of the area’s growing population, but the process can be energy intensive. Currently, desalination accounts for a huge proportion of the emirate’s carbon footprint, one…

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China is World’s Largest Importer of Illegal Timber

  China is now overwhelmingly the biggest global consumer of tropical timber, importing around 40 to 45 million cubic meters of timber annually. Today, more than half of all timber being shipped anywhere in the world is destined for China. Many nations in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa export the lion’s share of their timber to China. A 2011 report on illegal logging by Interpol and the World Bank concluded that, among 15 of the major timber-producing countries in the tropics, two-thirds had half or more of their timber harvested…

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Marlon Brando’s Eco Resort Dream to Open in 2013

  Marlon Brando’s dream of building an eco-resort in Tahiti is finally coming true, years after the legendary actor’s death. Brando, who starred in such iconic films as The Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire, bought a 12-island atoll called Tetiaroa, inspired by his 3rd wife,  20 miles north of the main island of Tahiti. The Brando Eco Resort is set to open in 2013. Its hotel will feature 35 private villas totaling 41 rooms, including 30 single-room villas, 4 two-room villas, and one three-room villa. The resort will feature six-star facilities, including two restaurants,…

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Saudi’s Riyad Turns Wasteland into Park

  Riyad, the capital of Saudi Arabia and is an urban for 7 millions has a valley, Wadi Hanifa that runs through it. While the wadi has traditionally been dry except for during times of flooding, the construction of Riyadh’s first large sewage treatment facility in 1982 has channeled 400,000-650,000 cubic meters of runoff downstream daily, creating a constantly expanding area of small lakes south of Riyadh. Over the past decade, this area has been transformed into a new green corridor nearly 100 kilometers long has been formed. The Saudi…

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Thailand’s Green Hotel: Bangkok Tree House

  Looking for a refined green outdoors hotel experience? Book in Thailand at the Bangkok Tree House for as low as $92 a night. This 11 room inn is located on Rattanakosin Island, 30min outside of the city center, accessible by the BTS Skytrain Bangna Station stop followed by a foot, bicycle, or boat (there are no roads) commute. The rooms are made with a view, a wall and ceiling free sleeping platform offering 360 degrees of nature. If guests tire of lounging, eating, and swimming, they can hop on…

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Singapore’s Kallang River Restores Urban Bishan Park

  One of Singapore’s most popular parks has been transformed into a dynamic natural ecosystem with the restoration of 2.7 kilometers of the Kallang River that had previously been forced into a concrete drainage channel, creating new recreation opportunities while helping protect the city from flooding. The three-year, $60-million makeover of Bishan Park was officially completed last weekend, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reopened the 62-hectare space to the public.  66 species of wildflowers, 59 species of birds, and 22 species of dragonflies have already been identified in Bishan Park, part of a…

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China’s Tobacco Monopoly is 18th Profitable Company

  China National Tobacco Corp., the nation’s cigarette monopoly, may be larger by annual profit than HSBC and Wal-Mart  according to a rare release of the company’s financial data. Its 2010 figures would make China National Tobacco the world’s 18th largest company by profit, one spot ahead of American International Group and just behind JPMorgan Chase & Co., according to Bloomberg. China National Tobacco made more in profit in 2010 than the combined total for Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, and Altria Group, Inc., the world’s three- biggest listed…

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China Dominating Solar Panel Industry

  Ten years ago, solar panels were made mostly in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Chinese manufacturers made almost none. But by 2006, the Chinese company Suntech Power had the capacity to make over a million silicon-based solar panels a year and was already the world’s third-largest producer. Today Chinese manufacturers make about 50 million solar panels a year—over half the world’s supply in 2010—and include four of the world’s top five solar-panel manufacturers. What makes this particularly impressive is that the industry elsewhere has been doubling in size…

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Largest Bamboo Structure is Chocolate Factory

  We’ve seen cutting boards, bicycles, floors, even houses made of bamboo, but an organic chocolate factory? Evidently, when Ben Ripple and Frederick Schilling, the two co-CEOs of specialty food company Big Tree Farms (BTF) talked about sustainably building their new plant, they put their money where their mouths are. Now, the Indonesian island of Bali is home to what BTF claims is the largest all-bamboo commercial building ever constructed, and soon, it’ll be cranking out tasty chocolate bars by the thousands. “Bamboo is definitely regarded as one of the most…

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World Expo in China

  The World Expo in China, the world’s largest in history with 73 million attending, for the first time in 159 years focused on cities, sustainable ones that is. Throughout its six-month run, more than 500 new technologies in solar, heat pumps, energy efficiency, transportation and advanced material were developed as part of the Expo. For instance, one entire building was devoted to four real families living in the cities of four different contenents, Australia, North America, Africa and China. The exhibit demonstrated through video, waxed figures and other displays…

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Dubai’s Reef Construction

  Nakheel, the Dubai property developer behind the emirate’s manmade islands, laid out plans in November 2011 to build a string of artificial reefs off the city-state’s coast in a bid to attract more aquatic life. The project aims in part to revitalize fishing prospects in the azure Persian Gulf waters that lap at Nakheel-built islands shaped like palm trees and a map of the world. The construction of iconic developments, such as the Palm Jumeirah and The World, involved the loss of some of Dubai’s traditional fishing grounds and…

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Taipei 101- Largest Green Building

  Taipei 101 may no longer be the world’s tallest building but now it has another coveted title to its credit-“World’s tallest green building”. In 2007 Burj Khalifa which is 828 m high surpassed the Taipei 101 (506 m high) to become the world’s tallest building. Taiwan has invested $1.8 million in energy efficiency upgrades which are expected to yield $20 million annually in savings or 14.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity or an 18 percent energy-saving, over three years and thus made Taipei 101 the world’s tallest green building. The…

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Rizhao “Sunshine” City

  Rizhao, a major Chinese seaport city, loads products such as iron ore, coal, cement, nickel, and bauxite.  Ironically Rizhao means “Sunshine” in Chinese and the city is known for its sustainability as it mandates solar-water heaters in all new buildings. 99% of households in the central districts use solar water heaters. Most of the lighting and traffic signals are powered with photovoltaic solar power. It has over a half-million square meters of solar water heating panels, reducing  348 million kilowatthours per year. The city is an Environmental Protection Model City by…

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Entire Chinese Eco-City Under Construction

  The newest trend when building new cities is to build an entire “Eco-City“. In China, the Tianjin Eco City is 30 square kilometers and holds expects completion date of 2020. It features: Solar power, Wind power, Rainwater recycling, and wastewater treatment/ desalination of sea water. Pledged 90 percent public transport traffic. Will have light rail transit system. Estimated 350,000 residents. Various eco-landscapes such as sun-powered solarscape to green earthscape. Designed by: Surbana Urban Planning

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