Upcoming Event: "Greening of Jerusalem" Forum on Emergence of Cleantech Industry

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On Thursday, January 15, several organizations are joining together for a forum titled “Greening of Jerusalem.” The event is bringing together local cleantech companies, investors, Jerusalem government officials and the Jerusalem public in a joint effort to make the vision of a cleaner, more sustainable world possible and to make Jerusalem and Israel the center […]

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Daryl Hannah Splashes Into Sinai Eco-Tourism

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Green Prophet would love to invite the Splash icon to Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. See the video below where Daryl Hannah, the foxy American actress-turned environmentalist, explores eco-tourism in Egypt. Some tips to be learned from the vid. For more eco-tourism stops in Sinai-Egypt see our post on Eco-Tourism in Egypt.

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Crops Safe, No Frost for Now, Reports Jordan

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(Does this guy look worried about the frost? A smokin’ vegetable vendor in a Petach Tikva market, Israel. Credit anyalogic) While North Americans in the higher latitudes are sipping hot cocoa, and have Jack Frost nipping at their noses, farmers in the Middle East pray that the frost won’t come. Last year, sub-zero temperatures wiped […]

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Olivebar Rolls Out "Green" Olive Logs To Power Your Wood Stove With Olive Waste

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(Example of a pellet stove from Canada, and the chips and pellets they burn). Pellet stoves take condensed biological matter –– wood or biomass pellets –– to create a source of heat for residential and industrial spaces. They burn slower, for more time and can lower the heating bills. Environmentalists see pellet stoves as a “green” […]

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Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Israel and Jordan Compete For Wonders of the World: Get Your Vote On!

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Several Middle Eastern countries are competing to have their natural treasures listed on the new “Seven Wonders of the World” online competition. Some friendly competition for a change? The Lebanese are lobbying that their majestic cave complex will make the list. The Jeita Grotto (pictured above), sits in a river valley near Beirut, and is […]

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Hebrew University Launches One Million Dollar Program in Support of Cleantech Development

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Yissum, the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is launching a 1 million U.S. dollar program to support the development of outstanding cleantech inventions by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The launch will take place on December 25th at the Givat Ram campus of Hebrew University and feature a keynote […]

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Hebrew University Recognized as World Leader in Movement Ecology

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The significant role of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in developing the study of movement ecology has achieved international recognition through extensive coverage in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a leading American scientific journal. Movement ecology is a developing academic pursuit, combining expertise in a variety of fields, including […]

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Nurit – Israel's First "Eco-Friendly" Town

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(Map of Nurit, from Google Earth) It’s one thing to adopt environmentally conscious behavior, such as recycling, taking public transportation, and saving water or electricity. But that’s not enough for the future residents of the now developing community of Nurit. They plan to live green. That’s because the Mt. Gilboa town of Nurit is set […]

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Ben Gurion University to Host International Desertification Conference

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Convening at the Ben Gurion University’s Sede Boqer campus on December 14-17, over 350 people from 40 countries are expected to meet and map out ways to combat desertification around the world. The four-day gathering is the largest international conference ever held in Israel focused on an environmental topic, and probably the largest international academic […]

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California Revs Up For Israel's Shai Agassi And A $1 Billion Electric Car Scheme

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The financial crisis is hurting Americans, but months before the hit fuel costs were already gouging into people’s pockets. Some were forced to carpool to work, others took the bus or train. While creative forms of public transportation help deal with times of fiscal uncertainty (we personally love bikes!), the long-term plan for preserving the […]

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The flash before the flood

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Flash floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and a big killer in the Middle East too (see Relief Web’s report on Yemen). And OneWorld blog here on the Yemen flash flood which recently displaced more than 20,000 people. Because of the unpredictability of flash floods, they’re a leading weather-related cause […]

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Israel and Korea to Boost Environmental Cooperation

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Israel Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra and his Korean counterpart Environment Minister Lee Maanee signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral environmental cooperation on November 12, 2008. Under the agreement, the two countries will enhance cooperation on air pollution, climate change, biological diversity and sewage disposal and will promote exchanges between environmental experts. Among the […]

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Whether You Hang or Dry Electric, Aytec Avnim’s Solar Energy Clothes Dryer Is For You

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Not much different from political views or soccer favorite, people are very conservative when it comes to their laundry, or at least on how to dry it. Those who favor laundry lines claim that the tumbling electric dryer damages the clothes, (the residues left in the filter prove that), consumes electricity, which is bad for […]

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Environmental Delegation Takes a Deeper Look at Israel's Complexities

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Since 1982, the American Jewish Communities’ Project Interchange has been giving a first-hand introduction of Israel and its regional historical and contemporary challenges to current and future United States and international leaders. This past mission has been focused on the greens. Just five weeks into the job Stephanie Hillman, Greenpeace Mediterranean’s brand new project director, […]

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"Project Interchange" Invites Europe’s Green Makers, Movers and Shakers To Go On “Tour” in Israel

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From September 20-27, a delegation of European environmental journalists, policy makers (ie World Bank and EU parliament), energy and climate change specialists, and activism leaders are coming to the Middle East to explore Israel’s environmental issues, policies, and clean technology. The whirlwind tour will take these leaders to Hiria (Tel Aviv’s rehabilitating garbage dump); they […]

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Ormat, Leviev Group and Evogene To Produce Castor Oil Biodiesel in Africa

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An Israeli Real Estate mogul partners with Ormat and gene company Evogene to investigate castor oil crops in Africa. L.L Biofuel Namibia of the Leviev Group and Evogene (announced yesterday) that together with Orfuel, a subsidiary of geothermal power giant Ormat, they will establish a new company focused on the growth of specialized castor plants […]

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Green Prophets in Focus: Sophie Ohana

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Last time, we interviewed eco-activist and journalist Michael Green. Next up in the Green Prophets in Focus series is Sophie Ohana, our resident Eco-Mum! Growing up on an organic farm in England instilled in Sophie a passion for all things green, a passion which she later transported to Israel. When it comes to children and […]

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Prof. Alon Tal to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection

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Prof. Alon Tal of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection from Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. The award, which is being granted to 12 recipients, recognizes the honorees for their work on behalf of safeguarding Israel’s environment and is being granted as part of the country’s 60th […]

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Plantware's Eco-Architecture To "Grow Your Own" Homes

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A bus stop that grows its own foliage as shade? A children’s playground, made entirely from trees? A shelter made from living tree roots that could provide natural protection against earthquakes in California? “Eco-architecture” may sound like a Buck Rogers vision of an ecologically-sustainable future, but that future is now thanks to the guidance of […]

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