Israel and Palestine Declare War… Against Climate Change

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Israel and the Palestinian Authority are among 15 Mediterranean nations who have just signed a historic agreement to work together to combat the effects of climate change, one month ahead of the next United Nations conference on climate change, meeting at Cancun in November. The Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative was inaugurated by Greek Prime Minister […]

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Marda Permaculture Farm Plants Sustainable Seeds in Palestine

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Marda Permaculture Farm shows that traditional and modern sustainable farming practices can go hand in hand. Amidst the conflict and destruction that plagues Palestine, the Marda Permaculture Farm stands out as a model of sustainability and greenery.  Founded in 2006 by permaculturist Murad Alkhufash (pictured above) who is a tenth generation farmer, the working farm […]

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A Story About the Elephants and Sparrows of Israeli Society

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Twenty families own most of the “free” economy in Israel: a recent report points to disturbing trends concerning class and society. Dr. Gotlieb sees fault in the free market policies that injure people and the environment. In his comments on Israel’s invitation join to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) last May, Prime Minister […]

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Palestinian and Israeli Researchers Get Reverse Osmosis Water Grant

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America gives more than half a million dollars to Israeli and Palestinian water researchers to clean water in the West Bank. Ben Gurion University researcher Dr. Moshe Herzberg (above) and Prof. Mohammed Saleem Ali-Shtayeh of the Biodiversity & Environmental Research Center in Nablus, have received an American USAID-MERC grant of $659,410 to increase the clean water […]

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International Geographers Explore the West Bank in Search of Common Ground

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Following a site visit conducted as part of a meeting of geographers at Ben-Gurion University last week, Dr. Gotlieb reflects on how appropriate technology, bottom-up planning and goodwill are prerequisites to resolving conflict. For an international group of geographers, a visit to what is  known variously as Judea and Samaria, the West Bank – of […]

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New Wind Venture Seen as Bridge of Peace Across the Green Line

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Representatives of Israeli and Palestinian partner companies pose after reaching agreement on joint venture for wind power.  (Courtesy photo) Cynics might say that diplomatic attempts to foster Palestinian-Israeli relations are too often “full of hot air.” But a new green Israeli-Palestinian initiative aims to put politics aside and harness the winds blowing across the Green […]

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Alexander River's Still Polluted – Could Improve With Help From Palestinian 'Friends'

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Better control of sewage inflow could make the Alexander River even more attractive. The Jordan River (which is dying) is not the only waterway in Israel, the PA, and Jordan, that has been in the center of environmental controversy. Virtually all of the region’s streams and rivers have their share of ecological problems, more notably […]

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Coastal Erosion Threatens Evolutionary Hotspots In Gulf Region

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Projects like Dubai’s “The World” will cause untold damage of shoreline erosion and habitat loss. So do modern ports, threatening endangered species. But there are solutions, says US expert. Coastal waters are evolutionary hotspots, says Jerry Berne, a shoreline expert from the NGO Sustainable Shorelines in the US. Based in Charlotte, NC, USA, Berne is […]

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Water Security in the Middle East: from the Desk of Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection

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Water can start wars, but it can also be a bridge to peace. And as a Middle East environment news blog, Green Prophet thinks “green” solutions – be it water, clean energy, clean air – can stimulate and lubricate peace. That’s why we engaged in a series of interviews with Israeli water experts in partnership […]

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Raanan Boral on Israel's Water Security and Sustainability Potential in Middle East

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The Arab world is in a water crisis. That much we know from this week’s news. To encourage more regional cooperation, Green Prophet has been building on a series of interviews with influential water experts from Israel. In partnership with the Strategic Foresight Group we are gathering information to understand Israel’s water industry from the […]

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Interview With Eli Ronen, Chairman of Mekorot, Israel's National Water Company

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When we talk about water security in the Middle East, Israel could play a role in making water allocation a sustainable endeavour for this water-starved region. Partnering with the Strategic Foresight Group for its water series, Green Prophet interviews one of the most influential water company in Israel today: Mekorot. We talk with Eli Ronen, […]

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Gidon Bromberg on Water Security and Sustainability in the Middle East

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If you know water issues in the Middle East, then Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli director of EcoPeace, Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) will need no introduction. Bromberg, with his Palestinian and Jordanian colleagues won a Time Magazine environment hero award in 2008 for their work at FoEME, a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, […]

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Water Security in the Middle East? From the Desk of Israel's Water Commission

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If you’ve been following Green Prophet, you’ll know we’re running a water series on Israeli water experts. And we love the idea of hydro-diplomacy. Hoping for some sustainable changes in the water sector for Israel and its neighbours, we’ve partnered with the Strategic Foresight Group to interview those people and organizations at the heart of […]

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