Grasshopper Stress Changes Local Environment

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An Israeli research team discovers a mechanism whereby even tiny seemingly insignificant chemical changes in a creature can affect the ecology of the earth. Snakes, spiders and creepy-crawly things that go bump in the night are the creatures of children’s nightmares. But who ever thought that the little critters might actually be scared of each […]

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Lab Monkeys in Israel Get Reprieve – For Now

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A recent Israeli Supreme Court decision has temporarily barred the shipment of 90 monkeys to research labs in the United States.  Mazor Farm, where the monkeys are being farmed, must now provide documentation proving it operates within Israel’s legal framework for captive animals. Many people imagine the typical Israeli farm as a peaceful, lush, agrarian […]

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Israel Turns on the Tap in River So Endangered Fish Can Swim

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Israeli ecologists are creating habitat to save the severely endangered fish Nemacheilus dori, which measures only two inches. The fate of a tiny endangered fish in Israel`s northern region may rest on whether ecologists can create additional aquatic habitat.  The Nature and Parks Authority is working to save the fish,  a hillstream loach, in Israel’s northern […]

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Put a Zebra in Your Tank: A Chemical Crapshoot?

Making alcohol from sugars is easy; maybe the third oldest profession in the world. Making butanol from zebra droppings is another story. Processors have made ethanol from cornstarch and sugar for decades, but using food products to make biofuel raises demand for staple commodities like corn and seed oils with disastrous impact to the food […]

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Water Pollution in Israel Threatens People, Animals, Plants

Lead and other pollutants are seeping into Israeli drinking water at alarming levels. Lutra numbers decimated; human health at risk. Water pollution in Israeli lakes, streams and groundwater aquifers is reaching alarming levels. Although the country has regulations in place to prevent discharges, including a comprehensive Water Law, contamination is commonplace. And now scientists are […]

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Egypt’s Red Sea Sharks Face Extinction

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The Arab Spring in Egypt has been a failure for sharks. Since last year’s political uprising, and consequent deterioration of law enforcement, poachers supplying restaurants with illicit shark fins have driven the Red Sea shark population down by as much as 80 percent, reports Egypt Independent. In 2006, laws prohibiting trading in sharks were passed, […]

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Biblical Hyrax Is Now A Pest

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The hyrax are cute to some, and pests to others. Photos by Arik Kershenbaum They are considered as cute little critters to some people, and they have been around since at least biblical times. But nowadays, like other animals that are classified as pests – like jellyfish during the summer months, or wild boar that […]

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From Pickled Song Birds to Snakes at Risk

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This Cyprus grass snake is now an endangered species First a severe water crisis threatened to create a dire peril to both people and animals in Cyprus. Then we revealed a crisis gripping the island’s song bird population with over one million songbirds killed to make a popular pickled food dish. Now the common Cyprus grass […]

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Name this Baby Orphaned Gazelle

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His mother passed away at birth. Now zookeepers at the Al Ain Zoo in Abu Dhabi are asking the public to give this baby gazelle a name. No Splashypants please! Remember Mr. Splashypants the whale that was named during an online Greenpeace campaign? Like it or not, that’s what voters chose for the whale now […]

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