A Funeral for the Dead Sea in Jerusalem Today

We’ve seen naked people bare all for the Dead Sea, and a pledge by the Israel Chemicals Corp to pay billions in damage to save the hotels there. But this is not enough: The Dead Sea is dying and governments aren’t doing anything to protect it for future generations. In response, today November 21, Friends […]

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Greenpeace Israel Begins Urban Recycling Campaign

Greenpeace Israel calls on Jerusalem and other municipalities to stop recycling their promises and start recycling trash. Recycling has improved over the past decade in Israel.  Hiria, a large garbage dump in Tel Aviv, has transformed into a recycling center, metals are starting to be recycled, and some urban recycling bins have become targets for […]

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Solar Taxi Visits Israel Cleanup Day

Israeli volunteers joined others worldwide on November 1st, in an international movement to “clean up” our environmental act. The 11th annual International Cleanup Day activities in Israel, which took place on November 1st, were attended by 204 regional Israeli councils, 260,000 volunteers, environmental VIPs, and one solar powered taxi (driven by Swiss inventor Louis Palmer […]

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Modular Loop Chair Serves a Twelve-Fold Function

The seven modular folds of the Loop Chair grant it a twelve-fold function. Modular: constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use. It’s the “flexibility and variety in use” part that makes modular design so sustainable, because if one item can be modified and serve a range of functions then you […]

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Piece-Meal High Heels Let Wearers Design Their Own Shoes

Mix and match the endless possibilities with Sharon Golan’s Mr. Potato-esque DIY shoes. When it comes to fashion, and sustainable fashion, shoes may be one of the worst offenders.  Not only do shoe fashions change rapidly, but they also tend to wear out faster than our other articles of clothing.  Shoe designers and producers have […]

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Interfaith Climate Change Forum to Take Place Today in Jerusalem

Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders are meeting today in Jerusalem to discuss climate change and launch the new Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths will be convening this morning in Jerusalem to speak out about climate change at an Interfaith Climate Change Forum.  Current environmental conditions in the […]

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An Octopus Goal Keeper for the Next World Cup?

Looking to our octopus friends will help scientists build robots, maybe even goal keepers, for tomorrow. In case you thought that octopuses were smart only in guessing the outcome of soccer matches (remember the late Paul the octopus in Germany who picked all the right winners in last year’s world cup matches in Johannesburg?), scientists […]

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East Jerusalem Environmental Center To Green The Neighbourhood

From recycling to water conservation, the East Jerusalem Environment Center  is on a mission to improve the city and its neighbourhoods. Joining the ranks of  influential green organisations such as Bustan and the Arava Institute is the newly formed East Jerusalem Environmental Center. Setup in September 2009 to work with two schools to reduce their […]

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Recipe: Eggplant With Tahini/Labneh Sauce

Grilled and drizzled with multiple Middle-Eastern flavors, this vegetarian eggplant dish gets raves every time. Eggplant is the poor man’s meat. There must be a hundred Middle-Eastern recipes featuring the purple vegetable, like the surprising eggplant soup and the ever-popular baba ganoush. I first ate eggplant with tahini and labneh in a tiny Jerusalem restaurant, […]

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Plastic Bag Shoes From Israel at Milan Design Week

Galit Begas’ plastic bag shoes Well known for its innovative and high level of forward-thinking in the arts and design, Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design can be proud of its creative students. Proud enough to show their designs off to the world, which is what they will be doing in April when they […]

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Israel Cleantech Intelligence: Renewable Energy and 6 Headlines

Cleantech funding, California’s interest in Israeli technology, IDE’s latest desal plant deal in China, and more headlines related to Israeli cleantech and the environment. During the past week, the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Conference took place in Israel and several companies struck deals and agreements were signed. Chicago and Jerusalem formed an environmental partnership, while […]

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Ancient Paw Print Found Near Roman Bath in Jerusalem

Dating back to the second century CE, archeologists uncover Roman-era paw print this week. It’s not just ancient Roman baths being uncovered in Jerusalem this week. The Israel Antiquities Authorities are reporting a Roman-era dog’s paw print among its finds. Says Dr. Ofer Sion, excavation director in the Old City of Jerusalem: “Another interesting discovery that […]

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Is Jerusalem Stone Under Threat?

We’ve heard about peak oil. Ilana asks about “peak Jerusalem stone” – and if it will ever be under threat. My earliest memory of arriving in Jerusalem in 1993 is permeated with a sense of bewilderment. Coming from Queens, New York, everything was strange to me as I stared out the window of a car […]