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Egypt Culls 300,000 Pigs In Response to Swine Flu Virus

At the time of writing this post, there are 6 confirmed cases of swine flu now in Israel. Out of fear that the virus might spread to Epypt, authorities there have ordered the slaughter of the country’s 300,000 pigs, reports the Associated Press. “It has been decided to immediately start slaughtering all the pigs in Egypt using […]

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VIDEO: The American University of Beirut In Lebanon Fights For Sustainable Research Through ISBAR

This documentary film describes the activities of IBSAR, an interfaculty center at the American University of Beirut dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable research. According to IBSAR members, “Nature is a special trust to be enjoyed and conserved for future generations. Conserving the biodiversity of nature in the Middle East is the foundation on which […]

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Can't Take The Heat of Global Warming? Rafael Reuveny Says Ecomigration Drastic Measure to Survive Climate Change

Why would a prominent Israeli-born professor at Indiana University decide to change his research emphasis from economics and political science to climate change and ecomigration? And to move from Israel to the United States? Ecomigration is not an entirely crazy idea, and some western people have already started planning and moving to the most suitable […]

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Ecological Artist Shai Zakai

Shai Zakai: Self portrait 4X2 m. photograph on canvas purchased by the Ministry of Environment. Since nature can’t speak for itself, Israeli environment artist Shai Zakai has appointed herself as the human moderator. For more than a decade she’s been working as an ecological artist, to communicate and record humankind’s impact on our fragile world. […]

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Tel Aviv “City Rats” Give New Ideas to Urban Planners

“Rat tracks” made by rats in two city plans: Manhattan-style (left) and New Orleans or Jerusalem-style (right). In both plans rats cover the same distance, but rats in the “Manhattan” grid cover more territory. Rats Say: Manhattan Rules! Before “green” urban planners build that new sub-division, neighborhood, city street, or town, they might want some […]

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Reflections On A Day Hiking Through Jordan Valley's Wadi Qelt

Green Prophet recently wrote about the rise in environmental activism and awareness amongst Palestinians, including conservation biologist and educator, Sami Backleh. In this guest post, Sami, a resident of east Jerusalem, writes about the flora and fauna of Wadi Qelt in the Jordan Valley near Jericho. (Article originally published in This Week in Palestine.) It […]

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Eco Rabbi: Parshat Vayetzei – Working Together

In this week’s segment Jacob leaves his parent’s home. Jacob just out-maneuvered Esau, his brother, for the birthright and now Esau wants revenge. Jacob hopes to stay with family in Haran. On his way there Jacob sets up camp in a special “place.” Sources explain that that place is holy and is either the Temple […]

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EcoOcean’s Andreas Weil

Green Prophet interviews Andreas Weil, director of EcoOcean. Tell us a little about who you are and what you do. My name is Andreas Weil and I am the co-founder and acting director of the Israeli marine environmental nonprofit organization EcoOcean. I live for environmental issues and education. The sea is my passion and EcoOcean […]

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Nature’s Abundance…For Everyone in Tuscany

I recently spent a wonderful week relaxing and enjoying the green and quiet of Tuscany, an area of Italy steeped in viticulture and olive oil production. We went there to rest, write and read, dip into the pools of mountain streams, and kick back high in the quiet mountainous area outside Fivizzano, an ancient town […]