SPNI Boycotts Ministry of Environment Gala Over New Settlement

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The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) announced yesterday that they would boycott the 60th anniversary gala evening held by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The reason? The Ministry supports the building of a new settlement, Mirsham, in the Lachish region. The SPNI and other environmentalists have strongly objected to the project, […]

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Green Prophets in Focus: Jesse Fox

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So the Green Prophets in Focus series continues! Next up is Jesse Fox, a seasoned veteran of the green blogosphere. In addition to being a Prophet-in-residence here, Jesse shares his wealth of environmental wisdom on Treehugger. He is also studying urban and regional planning in the Technion Institute in Haifa–and we know he’ll use his […]

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Why is the Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI) in Israel Supporting Settlements in the West Bank?

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Should Israel’s premiere environment preservation group support settlement activities? Regarded as one of, if not the, most respected environmental NGOs in Israel, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) has a lot to be proud of. Perhaps best known for its tours and field schools, it also works on grassroots community initiatives […]

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Zalul's Protecting the Lachish River

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Sea pollution closes the beaches in Bat Yam. (Credit: Zalul Environmental Association) For a long time now, Israel’s water resources haven’t been getting the respect they deserve. Out of the 16 rivers that flow into the Mediterranean Sea, all 16 are polluted – many to the point that you wouldn’t even let your dog go […]

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Regional Enviro Ministers Convene in Paris

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Ministers of the Environment from across the region will address the challenges and opportunities of tackling climate change, the links between global competitiveness and environmental policies at the end of April. Heading to Paris, ministers from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, their counterparts from Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia, and […]

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Greening Local Politics

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Municipal elections will be held across Israel in November, and here in Jerusalem the current incumbent, Uri Lupolianski, will be challenged by Nir Barkat and Arcadi Gaydamek. While Jerusalem is always hotly contested for many reasons, this year a coalition of green groups has launched an initiative to get the environmental agenda high on each […]

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