You wouldn’t generally think of Tel Aviv as a green oasis. A nightlife oasis, yes. A beachy oasis, yes. A trendy oasis, yeah, you could call it that too. But when you’re walking on busy Allenby Street or Dizengoff – the natural environment is probably the furthest thing from your urban experience. But tucked away […]
On June 2nd in Herzliya, Beit Hayal Ha’avir is hosting an Environment & Health Conference, titled ‘Environmental pollution and Disease Trends in Israel – what we know, what we don’t know and what we should know.’ We may all know someone who suffers from a pollution-caused disease, or perhaps we are all just getting ‘sick […]
This is some advance publicity for a film I haven’t yet seen, but it comes from a highly talented Israeli director Uri Rosenwaks, who made ‘The Film Class’ (2006) about the black Bedouin tribes of Rahat two years ago, which I highly reccommend as an illuminating portrait of a fascinating and little-known part of society, […]
One weekend a year, Tel Aviv’s architectural treasures open their doors and allow the public to learn about and appreciate the urban environment. In this unique annual event structures such as historical buildings, private homes, designer lofts, unique gardens, and even construction sites are made available in a project called Houses From Within. This year […]
Well the season has started, Independence Day is next week and already litter is blowing around our parks and beaches, are we really that careless! So how to go green with our picnics and all enjoy a day out with the whole family. There are few simple ideas to follow, Happy Holidays to all.
(Blanket of smog hovers over Tel Aviv and Jaffa) How many courses do doctors-in-training take in areas of the environment and public health? Either very few or none at all, we are told. Knowing about the dangers of the environment can help physicians diagnose diseases, and push for a general clean-up of our cities’ water […]
Now the weather is warming up, it’s time to hit the road and escape the urban jungle. But instead of taking the bus to beach or driving to the hills for a hike, you might be pleasantly surprised to find a green oasis closer than you think. Last week I was lucky enough to stumble […]
The tell-tale sign of an apartment being renovated in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is the huge green dumpster holding piles of wood, doors, windows and tiles. Green Prophet says it’s time to reclaim some of those perfectly useful materials instead of sending them to landfill. Why not bypass that trip to IKEA and create simple, […]
How can you set your professional dreams in motion if you have mountains of fear to overcome? For some it may be quitting one’s job to start up the new “green” home business, for others it may be as simple as asking the boss for a raise. For me, as an environmental journalist dreaming about […]
The week began with a battle for high ground in Florentine. But that’s a skirmish compared to the bitter battle for the beach. Because nothing says “bitter” like a cause-centric Facebook group. Winding up the wind power. But what about the birds? Mega-supermarket chain Supersol gets a clue and goes green. It’s kind of like […]
For years it has seemed that Israel and Thailand were enjoying a trade agreement that should keep both sides happy: we send Thailand our pushy and notoriously litterbug tourists, and they send us their illegal workers to scrub floors for half price. But it seems that Israel has something else to offer Thailand in addition […]
Last week, we set off in search of time out from hectic, sometime frazzled lives in the Holy City. Some 2 hours later, we arrived at the gate of The Castle in Kerem Maharal, an 11th Century Crusader castle, nestling within a moshav of the same name, deep within the Hof Harcarmel forest, between Haifa […]
It reminds us a bit of the canary in a coal mine story – throw a living creature into a dangerous situation, and if it lives, forge ahead.If it dies, oh well. Rethink strategy.An Israeli company Checklight has put this concept into practice, using the luminscent bacteria found in the sea, like on the beaches […]
You can find your own Tina Turner or Kenny Rogers records and upcycle them into a business card holder.
Israelis love playing matkot. It’s like table tennis without a table. And a hard small black ball like a squash ball. It makes an annoying sound at the beach but you can get used to it along with Israelis playing in their underwear which they think you won’t notice. It’s like a national sport. Updating […]
According to a company press release the Israeli tidal wave energy company S.D.E. began talks with Sri Lankan officials to construct and install a 200 MW power plant at an estimated cost of $130 million. If negotiations are successful, they say, the plant will be the first of its kind to produce electricity at a commercial […]