Category: Animal & Plants

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Photo courtesy of Racheli Gabrieli

The Independent Cows of the Golan Heights

Since 1967, a unique herd of free-ranging cows have been thriving in the Golan Heights. After surviving wars and attempted culling, the woman who has accompanied them for years hopes they will receive official protection from the state.
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Photo by Tsvika Tsuk, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Rooted in History

The first Israeli study of its kind examined how the important archeological site in Beit She'arim can be saved from the roots of the trees that penetrate it without harming the trees themselves.
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Photo by J Sommer on Flickr

Not Mush-Room for Error

A new Israeli study reveals the threats currently facing wild mushroom populations in Israel. What needs to be done, and what needs to change in order to ensure their presence and diversity for the climatically grim years ahead?
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Photo courtesy of Prof. Maoz Fine, Bar-Ilan University

The Perils of Cold-Induced Coral Bleaching

Despite the high temperature tolerance of northern Red Sea corals, a new Israeli study shows how susceptible they are to cold-shifted seawater conditions—a potential consequence of the climate crisis.
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Photo by Doug Kelley on Unsplash

Can Grapevines Cope with Climate Change?

A new Israeli study reveals how vines manage to survive in the dry and heated conditions of the Israeli summer. But will they be able to thrive when conditions significantly worsen due to the climate crisis? What will happen to our wine?
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Photo by John Yunker on Unsplash

Birds, Bushes, Balance

A new Israeli study has found a link between the proliferation of shrubs in forests and the variety and quantity of birds in the surrounding area. How will this affect existing shrub thinning policies aimed at preventing severe instances of forest fires?
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Photo courtesy of Kenaf Ventures

A Botanical Cure for Construction Sector’s Heavy Carbon Emissions

In the effort to decarbonize the buildings and construction sector, a CleanTech Israeli company has developed a unique and environmentally friendly building material: the kenaf plant.
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Photo by Jae C Hong/AP

Did Wildlife Really Reclaim Cities?

A new Israeli study assesses whether wildlife really “took over cities” during pandemic-related lockdown periods or if reports were simply exaggerated.
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Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture, CC BY 2.0

Passover Special: A Moral Obligation to Cut Food Waste

As annual food waste around the world inches closer to reaching one billion metric tons, what can Passover teach us about our responsibilities in correcting this issue and other environmental issues like it?
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How Can We Control Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria?

The continued overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed is fueling dangerous consequences for human public health as bacteria grows ever more resistant to them. A new report from the Ministry of Health outlines recommended policy measures to curb this trend.
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