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Lag BaOmer – Cheerful Tradition and Public Danger

Lag BaOmer is approaching, and many Israelis commemorate this holiday by having a big bonfire in their backyard. Unfortunately, the benign intentions of those fires may have malignant consequences
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Could Israel’s AgriTech help stem the looming world food crisis?

A rapidly growing world population coupled with an imminent climate crisis keeps pushing the planetary boundaries beyond their maximum capacity, and one of the most impacted sectors by these dramatic shifts is agriculture
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Turning 71: Israel’s top environmental stories of the year

Israeli Independence Day is just around the corner, and during this past year a lot has happened; especially in environmental matters
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The plant that transforms wastewater into clean water

Israeli researchers came up with a biomimicry method for solving the wastewater problem by using nature’s wisdom
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Red Sea corals may be resilient to climate change

Corals in the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat continue to thrive under extreme conditions, similar to those expected to prevail towards the end of the 21st century
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What Passover teaches us about the environmental crisis

In times of global warming, hurricanes, floods, and droughts, the Plagues of Egypt remind us of what happens when people ignore the signs of an environmental catastrophe
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Israeli scientists find large amounts of microplastics in table salt

According to a new study, every Israeli consumes about 2,000 plastic particles per year
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The other kind of meat

Israeli scientists win international research grant for their development of meat alternatives
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The price of water

Israeli scientists fear for public health due to mineral deficiency in desalinated seawater
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Are off-the-rack Purim costumes not eco-friendly?

Wearing costumes on this cheerful holiday is a treasured tradition, making for great carnival-like parties in the streets. But the growing demand for off the rack costumes and accessories also make for a lot of waste
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Israel has a severe plastic problem, but real change is possible

The state of plastic waste in Israel is bleak: pollution is increasing, research is stagnating, policies on dealing with the crisis are unclear, and the last plastic recycling plant is closing its doors
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Please do not feed the sharks

An annual gathering of sharks near a coastal power plant in the North of Israel attracts beachgoers, divers and sailors alike
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These little microbes turn algae into plastic

Israeli scientists have created a biodegradable plastic that just might save the planet
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The tree that survives the desert

Tu B’Shevat, a Jewish holiday commemorating the importance and sanctity of trees, could not be more fitting in this day and age
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Will there be another Hanukkah Miracle?

From droughts and pests to cold waves, climate change brings new threats to the olive oil industry – one of Hanukkah’s oldest symbols
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Jellyfish outbreaks might cost Israel millions each year

Power stations and desalination plants along Israel's Mediterranean coast are struggling with jellyfish invasions
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SESAME: A beacon of light

A new particle-accelerator in Jordan brings together scientists from all around the Middle East to conduct research in biology, archaeology and environmental sciences
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With jellyfish against microplastics

A new Israeli venture seeks to address two major problems awaiting us at sea: jellyfish and microplastics
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Toward Reptile Conservation

Recent mapping research provides a new avenue for development of conservation efforts
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The burning land

Ecological terrorism at the Gaza border creates shadows on Israel’s landscape
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How to protect your skin (and the environment)

The commonly used sunscreen is bad for the environment and has health side effects to humans too. How can we avoid them?
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Tailoring fashion sustainability

What is ‘slow fashion’? And how can we help save the world by choosing more wisely our clothes-washing habits and shopping preferences?
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The Environmental Wind Tunnel at the Institute for Biological Research in Israel, Ness Ziona

Advancing science one gust at a time

New facility serves as a platform for conducting a variety of environmental experiments, without ever leaving the laboratory
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Out of sight, out of mind

For the first time, scientists set out to study the abundance of microplastic particles in Israel’s Mediterranean coastal waters. New "plastic bag law" shows promising results
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Tel Aviv, the city of bikes?

What can Tel Aviv learn from Copenhagen, Europe’s no. 1 in bicycle-friendliness?
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Fashion from ocean plastic

Adidas joins the wave of fashion companies producing clothes from recycled plastic waste. But will it help to cut fashion industry’s environmental toll?
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Ein Avdat in the Zin Valley in the Negev. Photo by: Andrew Shiva, Wikipedia

Should we make the desert bloom?

Is the desert “nothingness that needs to be conquered" or a unique environment we should protect? The long ecological history of the Negev might hold the key to the answer
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Israel’s markets are about to get ugly

A team of students work to bring Israel’s ugly fruits and vegetables to supermarkets nationwide, in order to cut food waste and environmental harm
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The next Great Depression

Israel’s struggle against pollution could mean a new kind of Great Depression
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The Dead Sea: A different kind of heritage

The salt sea has some 12 million years of geological and chemical history. Will efforts to stabilize its water level kill its very essence?
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A delayed Lag B’Omer: A smoldering risk?

Controversial 24-hour delay might result in a two-day bonfire revelry, jeopardizing health and environment
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A traffic jam in the Red Sea

Is diving in Eilat destroying its very purpose?
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Slowly cooking on the back burner

Why is it so difficult for us to grasp the threat of climate change? Maybe it’s because climate change doesn’t have a mustache






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