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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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Beautiful Geometric Facade Protects King Fahad National Library from the Hot Saudi Sun

Beautiful Geometric Facade Protects King Fahad National Library from the Hot Saudi Sun

Originally constructed in the 1980s, the old library building consists of a cruciform frame built from reinforced concrete. To expand the library, Gerber Architekten created a cuboid structure to surround

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Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

According to Dom Architectura, the focus of the Four Houses design was to achieve a contemporary architectural structure that intrinsically melds with the harsh Saudi Arabian environment. In order to

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Saudi Arabia Unveils LEED-Seeking Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University for Women

Saudi Arabia Unveils LEED-Seeking Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University for Women

A beacon of progressive values, Princess University consists of eight colleges and 800 buildings. Established in 1970, the self-contained University City received a modern upgrade starting in 2009. Led by

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US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

A new Energy Information Administration report estimates that the US will end 2013 as the world's largest producer of petroleum and natural gas, with a combined production of 25 million barrels of oil a

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Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's largest city, is home to some pretty impressive modern architecture - and it's about to get another icon. Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta has been selected to design the

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KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST commissioned Australia-based Urban Art Projects to design a contemporary lighthouse for the HOK-designed university, which was inaugurated back in 2009. Led by Daniel Tobin, Matthew Tobin and Jamie

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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Photo via Shutterstock The kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits upon the world's second-largest oil reserves, and as such, oil dominates the national economy. But in recent years, Saudi Arabia has begun taking

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration, production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology, regulation and common sense, but that doesn't appear to be

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming

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Demand for Fresh Water Causing Oceans to Rise Faster Than Melting Glaciers

Demand for Fresh Water Causing Oceans to Rise Faster Than Melting Glaciers

Waterlevel Photo by Shutterstock A study published in Nature Geoscience concluded that the global demand for fresh water is contributing to the oceans’ rise faster than the impact of global warming

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Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia has long been a wealthy country because of its enormous oil reserves. But the kingdom also is rich in sunlight, and it now promises to invest over $100 billion to develop 41 gigawatts of

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

The world’s largest solar thermal plant recently opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new plant is almost double the size of what was previously the largest solar thermal facility (located in Denmark),

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Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Central Saudi Arabia is a difficult, if not impossible, location in which to create a new sustainable development. Summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees Farenheit, annual rainfall rarely exceeds 4

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Insane Mile High ‘Kingdom Tower’ Given Green Light by Saudi Arabia

Insane Mile High ‘Kingdom Tower’ Given Green Light by Saudi Arabia

We're all in favor of urban density, but why do we need a skyscraper that's a mile high? Saudi Arabia-based Kingdom Holding Company, headed by Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, has given the green light to

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HOK’s KAUST Library is at the Heart of the Largest LEED NC Platinum Project Ever Built

HOK’s KAUST Library is at the Heart of the Largest LEED NC Platinum Project Ever Built

To date, KAUST is the largest LEED NC-Platinum project ever built and was done so at a rapid pace. The design team was tasked with building a contemporary work of architecture that would resonate with the

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WikiLeaks Reveal That Saudi Arabia Is Overstating Their Oil Reserves

WikiLeaks Reveal That Saudi Arabia Is Overstating Their Oil Reserves

Our dependency on oil may just have been given another blow. According to recently released cables from WikiLeaks, the U.S. believes that Saudi Arabia is overstating its oil reserves by more than 300

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Saudi Biome Concept Could Be World’s Largest Biosphere

Saudi Biome Concept Could Be World’s Largest Biosphere

Conceived by designer Phil Pauley, the Saudi Biome is a project that endeavors to “bring the rainforest to the desert” of Saudi Arabia. The massive domed city will contain a hotel, residential

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Shimmering Villas in the Sky for Riyadh Utilize Unique Glazing System

Shimmering Villas in the Sky for Riyadh Utilize Unique Glazing System

A shimmering design for a mixed-use tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is hoping to achieve LEED certification by utilizing an intriguing glazing system that provides both shade and light. Designed by Danish

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IBM’s New Solar Desalination Tech Could Create Rivers in the Desert

IBM’s New Solar Desalination Tech Could Create Rivers in the Desert

Living in the desert comes with major advantages and disadvantages -- excess solar power and not enough water, to be more specific. Now IBM and Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and

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Zaha Hadid’s Petroleum Research Center (Ironically) Aims For LEED Platinum

Zaha Hadid’s Petroleum Research Center (Ironically) Aims For LEED Platinum

It may seem ironic, but even petroleum research centers can be LEED certified if they meet the critieria. Case in point: the King Abudullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC for short),

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