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How Lack of Water Drives Piracy Into the Gulf of Aden

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden continues to thrive despite international efforts at joint maritime patrols along the Somali coastline. Combating the menace has proven futile, with international laws ill equipped to address what is fast becoming a threat to the lives of crewmen and global trade. Barring a few incidents, the pirates have, and […]

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Israel and Germany Launch Sustainable Irrigation Project in Ethiopia

Israeli NGOs, such as Earth’s Promise, are involved with helping Ethiopian populations within the country (check out the Eco-Thiopia festival in Beer Sheva next week).  And the Israeli government, apparently, is involved with helping Ethiopian populations… in Ethiopia. On Wednesday the German Environment Ministry announced that Israel and Germany have launched a joint irrigation project […]

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Dye-ing To Power Solar Cells in Africa

With many types of solar technology in development, it can be challenging to determine which is most effective. The efficiently in which a solar cell can convert sunlight into usable energy is certainly crucial, but cost is also of great importance in today’s solar industry. Technology like dye-sensitized solar cells offer a new, more affordable […]

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Solar lights from Innovation: Africa

Sivan Borowich-Ya’ari founder Innovation: Africa As Westerners, there are some things we really can’t understand about Africa unless we’ve been there. That’s what Sivan Borowich-Ya’ari discovered over the last decade. While working for a clothing manufacturer and then the United Nations, the Israeli woman fell in love with Africa. She understood how very small things […]

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Growing An African Garden Market in Niger

The continent of Africa evokes emotion: on one hand there is the impressive landscape, African tribal cultures attached to their roots, and the massive land mammals that still roam wild. But there is another side of Africa, which is much less romantic, brought to the world’s attention through Live Aid and Sally Struthers’ commercials: its […]

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Africa Up For Sale, Is The Middle East Buying?

As African nations sell and lease its land, and birthright, to the world’s super-powers, and arguably “dangerous” countries like Saudi Arabia who support Islamic fundamentalism, we are seeing a brand new kind of neo-colonial land-grab, and it scares me. I’d reported on Galten’s Jatropha seeds for biofuel here, and also on the Israeli conglomerate Ormat, […]

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Daniella Relishes 'The End Of Food' by Paul Roberts

For those readers about to participate in tonight’s Yom Kippur fast, Green Prophet Daniella Cheslow offers up many reasons why we need to think again about food production in this weeks ‘eco-reads’ review: Paul Roberts may be the only food writer capable of swinging from prehistoric man gathering berries to a doomsday scenario ten years […]