Category: Ocean & Beach

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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 Brian Yurasits on Unsplash

From Waste to Paste

A new development makes it possible to convert discarded plastic bags left to pollute into strong, adhesive glue substances. Will this succeed in reducing the ongoing environmental damage perpetrated by disposable plastic?
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Detecting Tar Contamination in Real-Time

A new initiative by marine scientists will make it possible for citizens to report tar contamination on Israeli coasts and keep up to date with the development of the severe oil spill that recently befell Israel’s marine environment.
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Photo by Max Kaplan-Zantopp

Israel Oil Spill: It Was Only a Matter of Time

Israel is still reeling from an oil spill that has laced around 160 kilometers of Mediterranean coastline with tar. Will this event spark a cultural shift away from fossil fuels, or will our dependence on them continue to put marine ecosystems and public health at risk?
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Photo by Elizaveta Ivanova

The Attractive Odors of Marine Plastic

It has been long assumed marine animals eat plastic because they visually mistake it for prey. However, a recent study suggests this ingestion may actually be the result of the aromas that marine plastic debris emit. Lethal consequences were seen along Tel Aviv’s coastline.
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Photo by Prof. Maoz Fine, Bar-Ilan University

A Catastrophe in the Red Sea is Imminent

The Safer oil tanker has not been maintained in the five years since its takeover by Houthi rebels off the west coast of Yemen. Experts warn of a disastrous oil spill in the Red Sea as the vessel nears its final stages of decay. Can this be stopped before it’s too late?
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Photo by Mark Katz on Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Ashalim Stream Still Contaminated from Disastrous Acid Spill

Monitoring program reveals that even after three years, flora and fauna of the Ashalim stream have not yet recovered from 2017 acid spill.
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Are there ecosystems that benefit from climate change?

While rising temperatures and intensifying droughts caused by the global climate crisis threaten ecosystems and wildlife in Israel, there are some habitats that might actually prosper in the new reality
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Photo by Sarah Ohayon

The Forgotten Reef

There is a little natural wonder, hidden underwater just off the beach of the Bat Galim neighborhood in Haifa. But the authorities’ continued disregard for the site could significantly damage its unique ecosystem
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Under the radar: How sportfishing in Israel contributes to a crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Sportfishing in Israel has various negative effects on the health of the Mediterranean fisheries. What can be done to improve this situation?
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