Maurice Picow

About Maurice Picow

Maurice Picow grew up in Oklahoma City, U.S.A., where he received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, Maurice embarked on a career as a real estate broker before making the decision to make Aliyah to Israel. After arriving in Israel, he came involved in the insurance agency business and later in the moving and international relocation fields. Maurice became interested in writing news and commentary articles in the late 1990’s, and now writes feature articles for the The Jerusalem Post as well as being a regular contributor to Green Prophet. He has also written a non-fiction study on Islam, a two volume adventure novel, and is completing a romance novel about a forbidden love affair. Writing topics of particular interest for Green Prophet are those dealing with global warming and climate change, as well as clean technology - particularly electric cars. Maurice can be reached at maurice (at) greenprophet (dot) com.

Gaza produce on the menu at swanky American event in Jerusalem

Gaza produce on the menu at swanky American event in Jerusalem

Gaza’s ever-increasing population growth, combined with severe fresh water shortages is resulting in constant challenges to provide enough food for the enclave’s 1.8 million inhabitants. Due to lack of available agricultural space, various methods used to produce food supplies have included planting roof top gardens of herbs and vegetables and small aquacultural projects to grow their own fish.[.....]

Alberta Tar Sands wildfire and global warming

Alberta Tar Sands wildfire and global warming

Alberta Canada’s massive wildfire, which has now consumed an area larger than Hong Kong and threatens to reach the border with neighboring Saskatchewan, is another startling example that may be attributed to the ravages of global warming. While most of the Middle East does not have large tracts of forest land, areas where forests and grasslands are[.....]

Lions on the loose – the cost of humans on animal habitats

Lions on the loose – the cost of humans on animal habitats

Human-caused damage to the earth’s natural environment has resulted in a number of serious ecological problems, including global warming and rising sea levels.  Human encroachment on natural habitats have been a serious factor in world habitat destruction, especially in the Middle East. Africa’s natural habitats, particularly wildlife habitats, have been decimated in recent years by human encroachment,[.....]

Saudi economy trashed by cheap oil

Saudi economy trashed by cheap oil

Despite the forecast of dire effects of global warming in the Middle East, oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia have continued to keep oil production at high levels. Located in one of hottest regions on earth, the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia has also expressed high interest in building nuclear power plants, despite being a country rich in solar energy potential.[.....]

Heavily polluted Israeli stream cuts beach in half

Heavily polluted Israeli stream cuts beach in half

The world’s increasingly polluted seas and oceans, as well as rising sea levels, are now becoming a sad reality as Mankind’s contribution is becoming increasingly evident. Whether this causes massive fish die-offs, or other ecological catastrophes like toxic coast pollution, more and more of the world’s environmental problems are being linked to human caused abuse of natural resources. Israel’s long[.....]

It’s not the tide. It’s not the wind. It’s us.

It’s not the tide. It’s not the wind. It’s us.

When former US Vice President Al Gore warned about the consequences of global warming and climate change and was both applauded and condemned for his efforts, there were still more deniers than believers that our modern civilization was causing this two sided phenomenon. Since 2007, When Albert Arnold Gore Jr. was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace[.....]

Can GM make electric cars the right way?

Can GM make electric cars the right way?

Electric car fortunes have had their ups and downs; especially following the collapse of the Better Place electric car network that left hundreds of EV car purchasers with the possibility of being stranded without power over in ISrael. Although some electric car models like Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla sport EVs have made modest inroads, over all, electric cars have yet[.....]

The most dangerous spots in the Mediterranean for natural disasters

The most dangerous spots in the Mediterranean for natural disasters

Threats of potential extreme geohazards against humanity became partial reality this month, following the spectacular eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile (photo above); and the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in northern Nepal.  The Nepal earthquake, occurring in one of the poorest countries in the world, has so far killed more than 7,400 people, made thousands homeless;[.....]

10 Inventions to Save Earth’s Water

10 Inventions to Save Earth’s Water

With drought looming in California, but in many regions of the world include Yemen, Green Prophet honors this year’s Earth Day by digging into the archives so you can share 10 ways to collect and save fresh, potable water. 1. Sea “water cone” evaporation This low-tech method of collecting fresh water in involves placing an inverted plastic “water cone”[.....]

Thermo-piezoelectric tires by Goodyear produces energy for your electric car

Thermo-piezoelectric tires by Goodyear produces energy for your electric car

Like Israel’s Softwheel for wheelchairs and bikes, Goodyear is asking: Can new ways of engineering tires extend the cruising ranges of electric cars to make them more saleable in the aftermath of the the demise of Shai Agassi’s Better Place electric car venture? Despite some success in selling electric cars like Nissan’s Leaf model and General[.....]

Drones show how pigs get a raw deal in factory farms

Drones show how pigs get a raw deal in factory farms

  Animal abuse in the meat processing industry can be particularly disturbing. Whether this involves severe animal abuse in a kosher poultry slaughterhouse;  or cruelty to larger hoofed animals being prodded and shocked with electric devices while being led to their fate, the issue of animal abuse in the commercial meat industry often becomes something not less than[.....]

Un-Islamic critics want to veil “shameless” private parts of buildings in Iran

Un-Islamic critics want to veil “shameless” private parts of buildings in Iran

Islamic versus non-Islamic or simply Western style architecture is an issue in many parts of the Middle East where locals, kingdoms and sheikdoms refuse or steadfastly hold onto their identity. Look at the Arab Gulf States like Dubai where giant, glass fronted skyscrapers dominate the skyline. These futuristic structures are being called cheap and anonymous by prominent architects[.....]

Hanging Gardens of Babylon inspire water farming called hydroponics

Hanging Gardens of Babylon inspire water farming called hydroponics

Growing crops by hydroponic farming, or on water, has been practiced since the ancient Babylonians planted their legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These were the world’s first vertical farms concept. Hydroponic water gardens also include roof top gardens in Middle East cities like Beirut and Cairo. In fact, the practice of hydroponic, water based farming for smart[.....]

Elektrik! Turkish EV car Project Yerel speeds through country some 350 miles on one charge

Elektrik! Turkish EV car Project Yerel speeds through country some 350 miles on one charge

While visionaries like Elon Musk are trying to make electric cars like Tesla mainstream in America, electric cars have yet to become commonplace, largely due to their cost and low driving range. A number of countries are now involved in developing electric car technology that will give these vehicles a sufficient cruising  range, while being[.....]

Could global warming trigger new ice age?

Could global warming trigger new ice age?

The Wrath of global in arid regions like the Middle East is a major issue affecting present day life on earth. Global warming has also been attributed to unusual “polar vortex” cold spells which have occurred the past few winters in both North America and northern Europe; with unusual weather felt in the Middle East as well. Scientists who study global climate[.....]

Israeli cities suck for air

Israeli cities suck for air

How green are Israeli cities, really? This question might be asked by many; especially in light of its largest city,  Tel Aviv (see photo), becoming so polluted that a tiny electric vehicle rental program is being tried out in an effort to reduce  air pollution.  Ground water in Tel Aviv and other parts of the[.....]

Egypt’s environmental suicide by coal

Egypt’s environmental suicide by coal

Egypt’s ongoing energy issues, compounded by its current political and economic problems, appear to be going from bad to worse. This is especially so since its natural gas revenues were dramatically curtailed following numerous sabotage attacks on its Sinai gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan.

How pesticides can ruin your future

How pesticides can ruin your future

The tragedy of two little girls dying from pesticide poisoning in Jerusalem, while their older brothers fight for their lives highlights the immediate dangers of pesticides.  This graphic incident has finally succeeded in bringing to the forefront the seriousness of overuse of pesticides in a country whose best loved vegetables carry heavy pesticide loads.

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