Pregnant women beware of traffic noise and air pollution!

As if expecting women don’t have enough to worry about, a new scientific study indicates a direct correlation between traffic noise and ambient air pollution and the health of pregnant women and their birth outcomes. Specifically, these environmental influences are proving to increase the incidences of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and low birth weights. 


Dogs Detect Cancer Cells in Petri Dish

Could woman’s best friend be the missing link in the diagnoses of agressive breast cancer types? Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel have conducted research proving that specially trained dogs can differentiate the smell of breast cancer cells from non-cancerous cells in cell cultures. The concept of using the sniffing ability of dogs to […]


Sea of Galilee Reveals Mysterious Underwater Ancient Mound

Israeli archaeologists are baffled by a giant cone-shaped structure submerged beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Twice the diameter of Stonehenge and weighing more than ten elephants, a mysterious cone-shaped structure on the bottom of the Sea of Galilee is challenging archaeologists to determine its purpose and age. The mound was first detected […]


Indigenous Knowledge and Ancient Farmers at Avdat

Ancient farmers used indigenous knowledge to sustain communities at Avdat in the central Negev as many as seven thousand years ago.  That wisom may hold the key to the future according to specialists. I  visited Avdat this August on one of the hottest days of the year when temperatures soared well above 40 degrees. Then, atop the […]


BGU Makes Green Plan for Bedouin City of Rahat

As a geography Master’s student at Beer Sheva’s Ben-Gurion University, this semester I took a class in environmental law and policy with Alon Tal (we profiled him here). Our final project was to work on a green plan for Rahat, an Israeli Bedouin city that suffers from serious issues of garbage control, shade, green spaces […]


Looking for the Sustainable in Beer Sheva's Development Debate

While in the center of the country, the concern is to improve food quality, public transportation and vehicle efficiency, in the periphery Israel’s decision-makers worry about building a satisfying enough environment to attract and keep young people who otherwise flee to Tel Aviv. This reality was clear at a conference this morning on industry in […]


Cracks In The Earth A Danger For Global Warming

Israeli Researcher Finds Earth Cracks May Contribute to Global Warming “Fractures breathe, and this process has direct relevance to the question of global warming,” says Dr. Noam Weisbrod –– With the ever increasing shortage in the world’s water resources and dire warning of Israel’s own ongoing drought, research to reduce contamination of existing water resources while […]


Grassroots Beer Sheva NGO Makes the Earth a Promise

With everything going on over the past month, many of our thoughts have been turned towards the southern area of Israel and the Negev.  At more than 60% of the country’s land mass, however, the Negev desert should really be part of the Israeli consciousness more often. Community based NGO Shvuat ha-Adamah/Earth’s Promise, based in […]