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Oil Sands Are Trying to Clean up a Dirty Business

The Alberta oil sands, or tar sands as some people call them, are top on the list of Greenpeace’s agenda. The same people who climb trees to stop loggers from chopping down Old Growth forests, are looking to stop the oil extraction operations in the Canadian province. The oil is located under Boreal forest, and […]

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Cell Phone Towers and the NIMBY Syndrome

We’ve all seen them – those tall, ugly masts holding any number of cellular transmitter/receivers. Without them we wouldn’t have the modern convenience of the cell, or mobile, phone in Israel or the rest of the Middle East. Are these cell phone towers simply eye-sores, or cause for real concern? Are the NIMBY’S – Not […]

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"Green" Taiwanese Visiting "Green Village" in Israel

Five young people from Taiwan are visiting Israel this month and will spend most of their time at Hakefar-Hayarok (Green Village), according to government officials. Take Chang Hsin-yu, Cheng Yu-shun, Lin Yun, Chen Wan-shiuan, and Hsieh Feng-ho, and send them off to far away Israel, at the invitation of the Israeli Youth Council, and a […]

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How Lack of Water Drives Piracy Into the Gulf of Aden

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden continues to thrive despite international efforts at joint maritime patrols along the Somali coastline. Combating the menace has proven futile, with international laws ill equipped to address what is fast becoming a threat to the lives of crewmen and global trade. Barring a few incidents, the pirates have, and […]

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A Natural Breathmint Made From Coffee?

We all know why coffee shops like Arcaffe, Aroma and Starbucks puts boxes of breath mints close to the cash register. Your morning latte can create a startling aroma in your mouth, strong enough to startle your co-workers too. But intriguing new research from Tel Aviv University by renowned breath specialist Prof. Mel Rosenberg of […]

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Look to Women To Curb Middle East Water Problems

The facts are these: Water scarcity is a real and looming threat; while several countries are already below the dreaded 1700 m3 per capita water availability mark, many others are quickly approaching it; most international NGOs have predicted that the worst affected will be those already marginalised, the sick, and the poor, the children and […]

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What is the CleanIsrael Network?

This post was contributed by Talia Winokur of CleanIsrael Network. The cleantech sector in Israel is developing fast. As a world leader of alternative energy and water development, and a hub for innovative R&D, our small country looms large among global cleantech participants. Add to that the high-caliber manpower, history of entrepreneurship, geographical position as […]

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Recycling Bins Take the Form of Art in Tel Aviv

These yellow metal recycling cages can be seen along major arteries like Ben Yehuda and Dizengoff streets here in Tel Aviv. Some are strategically placed in front of supermarkets which make them user friendly and in turn gives more of an incentive to recycle. When I first saw these cages the logistics of putting the […]

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Five Times Cleaner at the December Cleantech Startup Showcase in Israel

(Photo from recent CleanIsrael meetup). Last Monday evening, the Arison Lobby at the IDC in Herzliya was full with founders of clean technology startups, VCs , investors, researchers and other cleantech professionals who gathered for the first Cleantech Startup Showcase, organized by CleanIsrael in conjunction with the new Institute for Renewable Energy Policy and Applied […]