Water-a-Plenty – Even in Israel?

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 We’re accustomed to the doom-and-gloom prophecies of Israel’s chronic water shortage and how the thirst of the growing population of a country that is over 50% desert is going to crash and burn one day in the future. So it came as a shock to the system to hear Machiavellian German hydrogeologist, Clemens Messerschmid insist […]

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Leave it Cleaner

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Thinking back to picnics as a kid I can still hear my parents’ voices telling me to leave the place cleaner than how we found it. Until this day this thought is what goes through my mind whenever I sit down to eat. Can you imagine how wonderful our world would be if everyone could […]

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A Green Shekel? Ethical Financial Investment in Israel

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Brits amongst us might well be familiar with the concept of ‘green’ or ‘ethical banking’ through publicity surrounding the Cooperative Bank and Triodos, or other UK high street banks that are falling over themselves to offer this new, trendy financial facility, which is also spreading rapidly through the American banking system; but what about Israel? […]

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Unplug

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Leaking electricity from electronics costs Americans millions annually. In fact about $750 million a year from leaky TVs and about $600 million a year from VCRs. To avoid the leaking of electricity, either unplug electronics when not in use, or plug them into a power strip that can be switched off. Facebook Comments

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Substitute

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One important aspect of a greener life is what you eat. Try various substitutes for your less healthy foods. Use brown sugar instead of white, or mix in whole wheat with your regular flour. These little changes don’t always make a big difference taste-wise and DO make a difference health-wise. Facebook Comments

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Man in the Landscape

I’ve been researching Bedouin issues in the Negev Desert for about 5 years, and one of the first individuals I met was Nuri El-Ukbi. Nuri and the El-Ukbi tribe have claims to the land named in arabic El-Araquib, which is roughly situated between Rahat and Beersheva. It is a vast area of land, roughly 19,000 […]

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Take the Bus

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Here in Israel there is pretty good access to busses and, in the cities, they go almost everywhere. The benefits of taking the bus instead of your car are numerous. First, you’ll be saving on emissions. Second, you have more time. I must have read volumes at the slow and steady pace of half an […]

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Let it Fill First

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If when you wash your dishes or clothing you wait until the machine to be full you can save between 30%-45% on energy usage. So plan ahead and be a little patient and that way you can GreenYourselfDaily. Facebook Comments

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Be Creative

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In the spirit of the 3 R’s see try to think outside of the box. How canyou reuse household items in ways not originally intended for them? Forinstance, want to start an herb garden? Egg cartons make great planters forseedlings. Cottage cheese containers can be used as a great for organizinglittle things.  Facebook Comments

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The Three R’s

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What once was the considered the basic education needed – reading , ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic – is today’s the abc’s of a greener living: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. Reuse – Don’t be a pack-rat, but that is far from the standard of throwing everything away once it was used once. Reduce – little things add up. […]

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Geotectura Builds a Green Future for Israel’s Real Estate

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Green building in Israel seems to be gaining momentum, as witnessed by the recent breakthrough of scientists from the Technion whose prize-winning research is going into building a green sanctuary in China (alas, not here!). It’s being spearheaded with particular enthusiasm by architect Joseph Cory, whose company Geotectura professes to be committed to creating buildings […]

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Staying Warm

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When trying to stay warm in the winter make sure that your heater has a thermostat. Using a thermostat will make sure that you do not use excess energy. It’s great to reap the benefits of modern living and technology. That used to mean that you could stay warm at all. In today’s world it […]

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