Artisanal clay pots from Egypt can water your plants for up to a month

March 20, 2017 by  
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Gardeners who travel will love these absorbent clay pots from Egypt. Modeled after the Olla, an ancient ceramic pot prevalent throughout North Africa, the small vessels are designed to water plants for weeks at a time–using nothing but gravity. Clayola founder Rami Halim says 20 liters (5 gallons) of water can sustain six to eight plants for up to a month. The Clayola pots, connected via a pipe to a water source placed at a slightly higher elevation, are pushed into the soil until the colorful tops are flush with the surface. A small siphoning pump gets the water flow going and then gravity takes over from there. The porous clay vessel acts like a sponge that slowly releases a small amount of water into the soil – just when it starts to become thirsty. “As water evaporates from a plant’s leaves, it draws water from the soil and as the soil dries up water is drawn from the Clayola to the soil,” Rami said. “In effect the plant extracts the water it needs from each clay pot.” “After a while,” he added, “a plant’s root system will find the source of water and literally hug the Clayola, allowing for maximum water use.” Related: Solar terracotta water filter distills 5 liters of water a day Rami says Clayolas are ideal for travelers. Unlike those of us who tend to either starve or drown plants, this system guarantees “each plant gets the exact amount of water it needs at no risk of over or under irrigation.” And it is said to be 80 percent more efficient than conventional irrigation techniques. Just 3 x 5 inches, the Crayola has a tapered shape that serves multiple functions. Not only does it maximize watering surface at the top, but it also makes it easier to penetrate the surface of the soil. The colorful glazed tops prevent evaporation and enhance the design’s playful aesthetic. There are two reasons Clayola favors employing skilled artisans in Cairo to make their products, according to Rami. “The handmade imperfections are absolutely beautiful,” he said, “and this old world craft is efficient, elegant and produces a surprisingly durable product.” A box of six costs less than $30, plus shipping. For more information, check out Clayola’s Facebook page . + Clayola Egypt

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eL Seed’s latest calligraffiti covers 50 buildings in Cairo’s “Garbage City”

March 31, 2016 by  
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Wildlife rangers killed one of Kenya’s most beloved lions because they didn’t have tranquilizers

March 31, 2016 by  
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Yesterday, a beloved lion named Mohawk was killed by Kenyan wildlife rangers after escaping from Nairobi National Park and allegedly attacking a man. Standard protocol for subduing a wild lion on the loose calls for tranquilizing the animal so that it can be returned to its habitat, but the rangers who responded to calls for help showed up without the proper equipment. Lacking tranquilizers, wildlife rangers turned on Mohawk with rifles, and shot him dead. Read the rest of Wildlife rangers killed one of Kenya’s most beloved lions because they didn’t have tranquilizers

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San Francisco resident pays $400 a month to live in a box to avoid ridiculous rent prices

March 31, 2016 by  
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Housing prices in San Francisco are notoriously high, so 25-year-old illustrator Peter Berkowitz designed a box to live in. Measuring just 8 x 3.5 x 4.5 feet, the tiny box takes up the smallest amount of space in his friend’s apartment, and he gets away with paying a fraction of what most renters spend. Read the rest of San Francisco resident pays $400 a month to live in a box to avoid ridiculous rent prices

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Nevis is on track to become the world’s first carbon-neutral island

March 31, 2016 by  
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The Caribbean island of Nevis is on track to become the first carbon neutral island on Earth. Around 12,000 people live on Nevis, and they currently receive about 90 percent of their power via imported diesel – however the 36-square-mile island aspires to transition completely to renewable energy sources in the next ten years . Read the rest of Nevis is on track to become the world’s first carbon-neutral island

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SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

March 24, 2015 by  
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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

October 30, 2014 by  
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Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

October 30, 2014 by  
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In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15 burials, with a steady increase in the intervening years. And now researchers are probing a link between this increasing infant mortality rate and increases in oil and gas drilling in the region. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , baby death , fetal abnormalities , fracking , fracking health , glenwood springs , hydraulic fracturity , infant mortality , oil , oil drilling , ozone , Utah , vernal

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Rare Snowfall Blankets Cairo for the First Time in More than 100 Years

December 16, 2013 by  
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Cairo woke up to a white, wintry surprise Friday morning when snowfall blanketed the typically hot and dry capital for the first time in over a century. Excited Egyptians eagerly took to Twitter , posting incredible pictures of the unusual winter wonderland and sparking others to question if climate change was to blame. The rare precipitation coupled with the recent cold snap also brought snowfall to other countries including Turkey, Syria and Israel. Read the rest of Rare Snowfall Blankets Cairo for the First Time in More than 100 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cairo , cairo snow , first snow in Cairo in 100 years , food aid , global warming , Israel , middle east snow day , snow day , snowfall , storm alexa , syrian refugees , turkey        

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Amazing Egyptian Cave Churches are Carved Out of Solid Rock in Cairo

September 13, 2013 by  
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