A Funeral for the Dead Sea in Jerusalem Today

We’ve seen naked people bare all for the Dead Sea, and a pledge by the Israel Chemicals Corp to pay billions in damage to save the hotels there. But this is not enough: The Dead Sea is dying and governments aren’t doing anything to protect it for future generations. In response, today November 21, Friends […]

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Watts to Water Brothers in Rural Pakistan

Three brothers working in Pakistan’s remote Chitral communities are helping provide green electricity for 45,000 homes. Their micro hydro-electricity projects, 70 up and running to date, include manufacturing and installation, giving Pakistani families in undeveloped communities clean and reliable power. So far they have helped supply 10 MW of clean greenhouse gas-free power in two […]

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Israel Corporation Subsidiary to Build 510 MW Hydro Project in Peru

Israel Corporation subsidiary Inkia Energy has signed an engineering procurement contract for the construction of a huge 510 MW hydro-electric project in Peru. Its Cerro del Águila Hydroelectric Power Plant will be located in the province of Tayacaja. Peru is a country that already gets 48% of its electricity from hydropower, which depends on water at elevation for its operation. Peru's Energy and Mines Ministry, Pedro Sanchez said in a press release that the project is one of three hydroelectric plants it was seeking tenders for building and operating, that will require a combined investment of $1.7 billion.

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Moroccan Poor Leapfrog Fossil Fuels – Switch on the Sun

163,000 Moroccans who previously had no access to electricity are going solar, thanks to Tenesol. The world’s poorest two billion people have no access to any kind of electricity at all. Among them are people living in rural Morocco. These households are among the two billion that will greatly add to the world’s environmental problems over the next fifty years if […]

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Saudi Peak Oil Could Affect World in 2012

While most experts say it is hard to know what is really going on with Saudi oil supplies, “What we do know is that, for whatever reason, Saudi Arabia produced 600,000 fewer barrels each day in 2010 than it did in 2005, and with growing Saudi consumption of their own oil, the drop in exports from […]

A Mixed Bag For Israel’s Cleantech

With inconsistent messages to investors and the public, Israel to create a national plan for renewable energy. Even as Israel’s cabinet approved a national action plan for the promotion of clean technology growth, Israel’s government is also considering slashing incentives for mid-sized solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants due to fiscal constraints. The inconsistent policies represent […]

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Canada Cuts UNESCO Funds Based on US Law

Voluntary funding to support nature and ancient cities is thinned even more as Canada cuts its funding to UNESCO. If existing members don’t cough up about $70 million USD, trees like this one in Yemen could be under threat. Palestine is neither a country nor a state, but Palestinian people living in the West Bank […]

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Turkish Water Projects Stirring Resentment Around The Region

The Tigris River has sustained the inhabitants of modern-day Iraq for millennia. Are Turkey’s hydraulic projects threatening this vital resource? Turkey’s massive Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) is an effort to develop the country’s southeast region sustainably, through the use of hydropower plants, irrigation canals, and more. Whether such developments are truly sustainable has long been […]

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Could Israel Join With its Arab Neighbors in Medgrid?

Could sharing a transmision grid for renewable energy bring Arabs and Jews together? Invited to speak by the Israeli branch of CIGRE in Israel, Jean Kowal, executive vice president of Medgrid suggested that the road to Middle East peace could be a shared and interconnected electrical grid that facilitates the addition of more green energy. The […]

Scales, Impingement and Entrainment: Know Desalination’s Negative Side

Desalination’s negative environmental risks can outweigh the benefits, argues our environmental lawyer blogger Josh. Israel will quadruple its output of desalinated water by 2050, according to a report released by the country’s Water Authority Council. The government will also encourage construction of new desalination facilities on manmade islands. These measures will ensure a continuous stream […]

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Egypt Losing its Mighty Nile Drop by Drop

Ethiopia and other African countries upstream have plans to divert Nile River water. What does this mean for Egypt? Leaking water pipes, evaporation and a rapidly growing population may be significant concerns for those trying to manage and plan water supplies in Egypt, but compounding such problems – and forcing Egyptians to rethink how they […]

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BrightSource Energy Makes Gigantic Bet on 750 MW Solar Project

BrightSource Energy is making a big bet on CSP while others switch to PV The third huge US solar project from BrightSource Energy is its largest yet. At a whopping 750 MW it is the size of three or four US coal or gas plants. Its Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating Facility in California will use the solar tower technology it inherited from Israel's Luz, its parent company (Luz Rises Again as BrightSource for California) in which a field of mirrors on poles reflects sunlight onto a tower to create steam to drive a turbine to make electricity. But it comes at a time when many utility-scale solar companies are switching to PV (photovoltaic) solar - those traditional rooftop solar panels that most people associate with solar - from Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) such as this. Why?

Navies Circle Cyprus As It Explores Natural Gas

Navies crowd into once placid waters as Turkey presses Cyprus on gas reserves Turkey has a corvette, frigate and helicopters escorting its exploration vessel, the Piri Reis, as it explores for gas and oil. The US has quietly dispatched an aircraft and Russian naval vessels have been seen patrolling. News reports say US reconnaissance planes […]

Why I Am Fighting Air-Megeddon

A new international airport is slated to be built in Israel’s pastoral Jezreel Valley. Concerned activist Hadas Marcus explains why plans should be scrapped – for people and the birds. Perhaps you are not aware of a major storm brewing, one that will affect many people living in Israel. Precious time is running out. If […]

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Turks Alarmed Over Nickel Heap Leach Dumps

Heap leaching or dump leaching extracts nickel using a very toxic process. Turkish environmental groups are calling for increased awareness against toxic waste dumping like that in Lebanon.  Toxic dumping is taking place in the Caldag region, about 60 km east of Izmir, where a mining concession was given to a UK mining company, Sardes […]