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The Green Vote

When looking for the next candidate for whatever office we look at whether the candidate is good for us. What are his/her ideal? Is s/he a good manager? Does s/he understand micro and macro finances? … oh yeah, and is s/he good for the environment? Environmental organizations launched a campaign yesterday to evaluate candidates according […]

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Can This Be Fixed?

The other day I was out with a friend and she told me that she had to stop by the shoe store to get knew shoes. I asked her why, and she responded that the backs of her shoes had been squashed and it was uncomfortable. I was able to convince her to check out […]

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The Water Crisis and the Electric Car

The public discussion of Israel’s water problems intensified last week, with Israel’s most respected newspaper, Ha’aretz, calling on water authorities to shift to regulating demand for the scarce resource. During the same week, a new study was released which suggested that a shift to electric cars could seriously impact water consumption in countries where this […]

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Walking tour for a sustainable Israel

With spring just around the corner, the weather in Israel is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and getting back to nature. Before the short, but icy winter melts into the fierce summer heat, Israel’s Heschel Center for Environmental Leadership will be teaming up with Hazon in New York for a four-day hike along the northern […]

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Do I really need this?

Ever have the gimme gimme’s? Hyper-consumption is a major contributor to environmental degradation. By getting in the habit of asking ourselves the question “Do I really need this?” each time we see something that catches our eye we can lessen the impact on the planet and save a ton of cash too.

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Weekly Prophecies: The Roundup

Check it out: A solution to all that trash. Do the words “business” and “green” sound antithetical to you? Read on. Now you can wear your favorite banner advertisement on your purse. Forever. Claudia waxes rhapsodic about a new organic restaurant in Tel Aviv. It’s all about the buckwheat dumplings! Here’s what we bet is […]

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Green Building or Greenwashing in Kfar Saba?

Slowly, but surely Israel is catching on to the idea of green building. We are wondering if the Israeli-style new “green” building neighborhood set to take over 650 dunams of land in Kfar Saba is really as green as it boasts. A while back we read about single-family homes to be built there (a la […]

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Green Your Microwave

Microwaves are great cooking tools, they might not be the healthiest way to go but they sure do save time. Here are some tips to keep that cooking green: The greenest, and safest, way to cook in a microwave is to cover your food using oven-safe glass cookware, which eliminates waste and the potential for […]

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A Healthy, Sustainable Purim

Food is never something lacking at Jewish celebrations, but, like most things in life, their environmental footprint keeps expanding, whether the factory-farmed chicken that ends up in the soup pan, or the throwaway plastic cutlery destined to spend the next few centuries in a landfill site. Our friends at Jewish eco-NGO, Hazon, have devised a […]

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Green Space

One way of greening is economizing space and where better place to economize than than in your own home… Here are a few tips for making your home bigger:A flat screen mounted on the wall eliminates the need for a TV stand or armoire, it also looks sleek and great!Paint the walls and ceiling in a continuous […]

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Bialik Square Loses Famous Centerpiece

The colorful sculpture that once graced Bialik Square in the center of Tel Aviv is no more. The sculpture, designed for the square by artist Nahum Gutman in the 1970’s, rose out of a circular fountain and recounted 4000 years of Tel Aviv-Jaffa history in tiled mosaics. Today, a pile of dirt sits in the […]

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Water Pact Between Israel and China

Hebrew University, sent Green Prophet this press announcement today. Water seems to be the talk of the town these days: Possessing only 6.2% of global freshwater resources to supply 21% of the world’s population, China’s severe water shortage has become one of the most pressing dangers the country faces, threatening its fast-growing economy. Despite its […]

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Water-a-Plenty – Even in Israel?

 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

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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Mr. Fusion: Fuel from Trash

Marty has just arrived back from 1955, we hear a sonic boom. Marty turns around and sees Doc Brown’s Dolorean drive up behind him. Doc impresses on Marty that he must return with him to the future to fix a mishap of his son. In order to fuel the time machine Doc rummages through Marty’s […]

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Unplug

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.