Zum Thema: Environment

Tel Aviv Gets a Ferry?

As light rail construction ensues until its alleged end date in 2022, all roads leading to Tel Aviv continue to grow in traffic congestion – though a new and quite creative solution was proposed – a ferry system. The idea was sourced by Miri Regev, the newly appointed Transportation Minister, who asked for solutions in… […]

Artificial Intelligence Saves the Beehives

Each year, about 40% of beehives collapse, causing millions of bees to die. Compared to a 3% mortality rate at its lowest, today, decades later, the bee mortality rate stands at 35%. Most of the hive collapse happens on commercial bee farms, where there is less manpower and expertise in how to mindfully manage a… […]

Taking Solar Energy to the Next Level

What if energy production was not only climate-friendly but also supported flourishing agriculture in the desert? Ralph Steigrad is trying to get Swiss and Israelis around a table for a pilot project to make it happen. As so often in life, the idea was inspired by a discussion. Ralph Steigrad was still living in Australia at… […]

The Sea of Galilee is Finally Full

The Sea of Galilee, or the Kinneret, has reached its full capacity thanks to the abundant rainfall and the lack of human intervention in the last few months. The Northern lake is overflowing its banks at 15.5 centimeters above the red line, a level which hasn’t been seen since the early 1990s. With a full… […]

Nature’s Return to Nature

Instead of buses screeching by, birds chirp loudly as a wakeup call in the urban center of Tel Aviv. Wild pigs roam the hills of Haifa, and families of ibex walk the Eilat promenade. As humans’ nest inside their manmade homes, animals seem to be returning to their most natural state, wandering through streets once… […]

Restrictions Tighten as Coronavirus Cases Rise

As Israeli restrictions tighten further, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise. As of this writing there are 6,211 people who have been confirmed with the virus, with 107 in serious condition, and 31 deceased. As of March 30, all gatherings have been restricted to two people. Residents are being asked to stay… […]

The 2,000-Year-Old Judean Date is Back

An array of Judean date seeds, grown about 2,000 years ago, have been fertilized and nine months later, are beginning to sprout. Out of 32 date seeds, 6 have blossomed to make up their own modern-day tribe of Judean dates. Elaine Solowey, the Director of Sustainable Agriculture of the Arava Institute, who is leading the… […]

The State of Trees is Cause for Concern

Tu B’shvat is the annual birthday of the trees in the Jewish calendar. The harvest holiday is commonly celebrated by gathering for a feast, eating fruits and nuts, and planting trees. This year, in the wake of rising concerns and the dire need for environmental attention, perhaps the birthday of the trees is the perfect… […]

Israeli Agriculture Is Top of the Field

Professor Dani Zamir of Hebrew University is being awarded with the Israel Prize for his research on genetic cultivation and improving plant life. The award is given annually by the Education Ministry for scholars who are contributing valuable research to the fields of agriculture and environmental science. Zamir has been teaching genetics at Hebrew University… […]

Public Buses Run on Shabbat in Tel Aviv

Should buses run on Shabbat? In Tel Aviv, what seemed like a never-ending debate is now over. In a rebellious move to support Israel’s most pluralistic city, the local Tel Aviv municipality decided to provide public bus service to residents on what was once declared a public service day of rest. The decision comes amidst… […]

Students Win Award for Bee-Free Honey

One team of Israeli students has won the gold medal for their efforts to produce honey, without bees. The team from the Technion Institute of Technology entered the iGEM competition, or International Genetically Engineered Machine, which takes place in Boston where 300 teams took part. The competition takes place annually since 2004, and it is… […]

Oil Company Fined NIS 100 Million

Just about five years ago on December 3, 2014, a pipeline burst leaking five million liters of oil along the border of Eilat and Jordan. The Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company was doing routine work, and the result of the burst pipe is considered the worst ecological disaster in Israel and the largest oil spill to date.… […]

Plastic Free is the Way to Be in Business

Big business is finally buying in to the fact that consumers care about the environment – and they should too. Big name companies are making changes to their internal processes to support more sustainable structures, and also, their consumer market. IKEA Israel has announced their removal of one-time plastic use items, in their store and… […]

Plastic Free is the Way to Be in Business

Big business is finally buying in to the fact that consumers care about the environment – and they should too. Big name companies are making changes to their internal processes to support more sustainable structures, and also, their consumer market. IKEA Israel has announced their removal of one-time plastic use items, in their store and… […]

Breathing Poison; Air Pollution Increases by 28%

Our breathing air is getting increasingly toxic, found a recent report published by Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry. The report states that landfill fires account for 60% of recognized carcinogen emissions. Those emissions are linked to cancer, and caused a 28% increase in air pollution in Israel. Of the 570 factories reported on in Israel, the… […]

Breathing Poison; Air Pollution Increases by 28%

Our breathing air is getting increasingly toxic, found a recent report published by Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry. The report states that landfill fires account for 60% of recognized carcinogen emissions. Those emissions are linked to cancer, and caused a 28% increase in air pollution in Israel. Of the 570 factories reported on in Israel, the… […]

Israeli Startup Leases 15,000 Acres in Amazon

In true Israeli fashion, one Israeli startup took a direct approach to finding a solution to save the Amazon – buying the land themselves. With the Amazon ablaze since spring, and thanks to social media campaigning and young activists, the world has taken note, and so has Vegan Nation. Isaac Thomas, cofounder and CEO of… […]

Prehistoric Temple Found During Roadwork

The advantage of living in a history-rich land is that a new road can lead to an ancient discovery, though it’s also likely why roadwork takes years in Israel. In the most recent archaeological discovery, a 5,000 year-old city was uncovered in the northern spot, En Esur. Full pathways and stone walls were discovered, and… […]

Unexpected Rain Falls in Israel

Autumn rain is falling early in the Middle East, with the first rainfall hitting Israel on September 15. With annual back to school energies, the summer climate doesn’t typically break until October. This year however, in pleasant surprise, a splash of rain fell in the Northern part of the country while the weather remained warm.… […]

Solar Energy Center Inaugurated in Israel

The Ashalim Solar Energy Center, situated in the Negev desert, has been inaugurated, and will begin to work commercially to supply solar energy power to about 70,000 homes in Israel. The 988-acre plant is the size of Petach Tikva, or about 400 soccer fields. The large desert expanse is made up of 16,000 parabolic troughs… […]