Australian-Cigarette-Packaging.jpg

Anti-Tobacco Images Fail to Sway Jordanian Smokers

If new anti-smoking images slapped on Jordan’s smokes don’t help puffers kick the habit, maybe Jordan should look Down Under for greater motivation: Beginning this year, as part of Jordan’s obligations to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Ministry of Health asked cigarette companies to feature graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette […]

herd-of-camels.jpg

Australia Kills Nearly 400 Camels From the Sky

Camels are a nomad’s best friend but a serious nuisance in Australia, where the environmental ministry recently culled nearly 400 of them en masse. Despite efforts from locals to raise awareness of the numerous benefits of camels, the government has long waged a campaign against feral camels that roam the country’s desert region. The South […]

Israel Triumphs Over Invasive Acacia Species

Four years ago Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) schemed a plan to eradicate the blue-leafed wattle (acacia saligna), an invasive species native to Australia that threatened to overrun the native plant species in Nahal Sorek National Park. Just a few years ago the blue-leafed wattle spread beyond the park’s boundaries to eight spots along the […]

waste-bin-garbage-iran.jpg

High Waste Generation and Low Level Recycling in Iran

Iranians throw our about a half kilo of trash, per person, per day. That’s high for a developing country. There is a growing rate of waste generation in Iranian cities. According to the R&D Deputy of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of Municipality of Tehran, every resident of Tehran produces 320 kilograms of solid […]

brightsource-california-solar-thermal.jpg

US Gov. Guarantees $1.4 Billion in Loans For BrightSource and World's Largest Solar Thermal Plant

Controversy loomed over coyote land, but now BrightSource with a US Gov guarantee will create largest solar energy project in the world, in Ivanpah CA. BrightSource Energy, a privately held company with operations in the United States, Israel, and Australia, announced today that the US Department of Energy has conditionally committed to provide $1.37 billion […]

biodiversity-middle-east.jpg

Cross-border Conservation Efforts Could Save Billions in the Mediterranean Region, New Study Finds

Billions could be saved if Mediterranean countries combined conservation efforts, finds new Israeli-Australian study. Picture via Hebrew University. We already know that rodents suffer from human-made boundaries between Israel and Jordan: Coordination of conservation efforts across national boundaries could achieve significantly higher results and at less cost than conservation actions planned within individual states, researchers […]