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Recent heatwave’s power cuts underline failure to adequately ready for climate change

Hundreds of thousands of people were left without electricity Friday afternoon as a powerful heatwave Friday sent temperatures soaring to over 40...

05.06.2023 30

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Switch to greener economy could generate 12,000 jobs, new research says

A potential transition to a circular economy, in which one person’s or company’s waste is another’s resource, could generate 12,000 additional...

02.06.2023 30

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Israeli research finds cleaning shrimps’ stripes key to better whitening agents

A species of shrimp immortalized in children’s movie “Finding Nemo” is inspiring the search for healthier ways to keep white bread and other...

01.06.2023 30

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OECD slaps Israel with poor marks on environmental performance in new report

Israel scored poorly on a range of environmental issues compared to other members of the 38-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

31.05.2023 10

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State told to explain why it slashed NIS 65 million from Dead Sea Works water bill

The High Court of Justice on Sunday ordered the state to explain why the state-owned Mekorot water company is not charging a Dead Sea mining company...

30.05.2023 20

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Lebanese army frees kidnapped Saudi national in special operation near Syria border

BEIRUT — A Saudi national who had been kidnapped in Beirut has been freed in a “special operation” by the Lebanese army near the Syrian border,...

30.05.2023 20

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Government greenlights 2 gas-fired power stations to meet electricity demands

Running behind on its program for renewable energy, the government on Sunday approved plans for two gas-fired power stations — Kesem, to be...

30.05.2023 20

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New findings on deep sea whales, dolphins prompt call to stop search for gas

The first extensive exploration of Israel’s deep-sea economic waters, or exclusive economic zone (EEZ), has yielded evidence of endangered sperm...

29.05.2023 10

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Three clean water startups win contest to pilot their technology in Africa

Three Israeli startup companies focusing on clean water are to pilot their technologies in Africa together with Innovation Africa, an Israeli...

24.05.2023 20

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Eilat Bay urchins wiped out by disease, exposing coral reefs to suffocation by algae

The entire population of black sea urchins living on coral reefs off the southern city of Eilat has been wiped out in just weeks by a suspected...

24.05.2023 30

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UN breathes life into once-polluted Gaza wetland

The Gaza Strip’s only wetland is slowly coming back to life. This is good not only for the Strip’s battered ecosystems, and some of the 500...

21.05.2023 30

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Company that offers farmers intel on trees adapts tech to measure carbon absorption

An Israeli agrotech company that helps farmers track the health of their trees on large plantations has joined an American afforestation company to...

12.05.2023 40

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Israel’s first hydrogen refilling station for vehicles opens in north

With a recorded message from President Isaac Herzog and a visit from Energy Ministry Israel Katz, the heads of three large companies opened the...

08.05.2023 60

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Health expert: Government move to sidestep clean air law is a ‘license to kill’

A controversial government proposal to allow the manager of the country’s electricity grid to sidestep clean air legislation is tantamount to a...

08.05.2023 70

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Fridge recycling heats up, but most old appliances still end up in landfills

The Environmental Protection Ministry recently launched a NIS 2.5 million ($680,000) campaign to ramp up the recycling of electrical and electronic...

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In run-up to Lag B’Omer, KKL-JNF warns public not to touch pine caterpillars

The KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund on Sunday warned people to keep away from stinging pine processionary caterpillars when they venture into forests on...

07.05.2023 80

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Foresters hope year-round preparations will prevent wildfires this summer

On April 30, a day before the official start of Israel’s forest fire season, workers in the Mount Carmel National Park in northern Israel were busy...

07.05.2023 90

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Israeli green thermal storage company opens first factory, in Dimona

Plant, built with EU support, aims to produce systems capable of holding four gigawatts of clean energy by end of the year

03.05.2023 60

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Number of Israelis harmed by pollution more than doubled in past decade — ombudsman

The number of Israelis harmed by pollution has more than doubled over the last decade, with air pollution alone costing the economy up to NIS 31...

02.05.2023 60

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Tolerance Museum, a ‘people’s parliament,’ will partially open on May 15

Jerusalem must be one of the most challenging cities in the world in which to successfully build a tolerance museum. The capital is a microcosm, and...

02.05.2023 60

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Tolerance Museum and Jerusalem Municipality turn new page, agree to work together

The Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem (MOTJ) and the Jerusalem Municipality have turned a new page in their relationship, confirming on Sunday that they...

02.05.2023 60

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Israel falling far behind its own global warming emissions targets

Israel is set to reduce its global warming emissions by just 12 percent by 2030, far below the 27% it promised the United Nations Framework Convention...

01.05.2023 60

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Climate bill delayed as Energy Ministry argues it should head panel on emission cuts

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday delayed its debate about a climate bill for a week, ordering the Environmental Protection Ministry...

01.05.2023 60

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Blue and white butterfly voted national icon in run up to Independence Day

The common blue butterfly, which, like Israel’s national flag, sports the colors blue and white, was declared the country’s national butterfly on...

24.04.2023 90

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Environment ministry warns public not to touch stinging caterpillars

They might look soft and furry, but if you come across a convoy of pine processionary caterpillars, don’t touch them, the Environmental Protection...

18.04.2023 50

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Electricity Authority announces move to increase renewable energy production

The Electricity Authority on Sunday announced a reform aimed at encouraging the production of more renewable energy without having to put additional...

16.04.2023 70

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Israel’s total rainfall normal, despite dry start; cold promises late floral show

People who want to take a wildflower hike after much of the country’s vegetation has already succumbed to the heat may want to plan a trip to Paran...

16.04.2023 50

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In groundbreaking research, Tel Aviv U team records plants ‘talking’ for first time

It has been known for some time that plants communicate with one another, but Israeli scientists now say they’ve identified “words,” and have...

30.03.2023 60

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Nature authority presses for millions more to protect threatened vultures

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is pressing the Environmental Protection Ministry to allocate NIS 20 million ($5.6 million) annually to help it...

29.03.2023 60

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Birders gather in southern Israel for 24-hour spotting contest

While hundreds of thousands of Israelis flooded cities and highways this week to demonstrate over the government’s judicial reform plans, more than...

28.03.2023 60

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Planning committee greenlights new ultra-Orthodox town in Negev

A planning committee on Tuesday greenlighted the establishment of a new town in southern Israel’s Negev desert, on the condition that it be...

22.03.2023 40

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Number of overwintering cranes in Hula Valley drops as authorities reduce feeding

Visitors to the Hula Lake Park at this time of year used to be able to sit in a bird blind on a field surrounded by thousands of cackling gray cranes....

21.03.2023 40

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Climate change-induced heat stress may claim 330 Israeli lives per summer by 2100

Some 330 people could be dying from heat stress every summer by the century’s end unless meaningful action is taken to reduce global warming gas...

20.03.2023 60

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Scientists urge further cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 to meet Paris goals

The world must slash 60 percent of greenhouse gases by 2035, relative to a 2019 baseline in order to keep temperatures from rising below the 1.5...

20.03.2023 60

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Birthright Israel set to announce five-year ‘greening’ process

Birthright Israel, which has brought more than 800,000 young Jewish adults to Israel since its founding in 1999, is to embark on a major project to go...

19.03.2023 100

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Israeli startup to supply hydrogen tech to Japan’s Sumitomo Corp

An Israeli company has signed a strategic agreement with a major Japanese conglomerate to supply its technology for producing hydrogen, a gas widely...

17.03.2023 70

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Israeli company to start collecting lithium-ion batteries for recycling

The Israel Electronics Recycling Corporation has started rolling out recycling receptacles for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in electric...

16.03.2023 70

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Treasury reverses bid to oust Environment Ministry advisers from planning boards

The Finance Ministry is backing away from a proposal to remove Environmental Protection Ministry advisers on planning committees, following massive...

15.03.2023 60

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UN buys ship to begin removing oil from decaying tanker off Yemen

The United Nations has announced that it is buying a vessel to remove more than a million barrels of oil from a disintegrating supertanker in the Red...

13.03.2023 70

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Company aiming to create oxygen on moon finds process to make steel plants cleaner

An Israeli company working on technology to produce oxygen on the moon for future settlement has hit on a recipe it says could substantially reduce...

13.03.2023 80

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Quietly, a stretch of the Jordan River is being cleaned up and transformed

Slowly, surely, and mainly below the radar, an 11-kilometer (nearly seven-mile) stretch of the Jordan River is being transformed into water that is...

11.03.2023 100

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In breakthrough, Israeli firm learns how to control breakdown speed of compost items

An Israeli company that makes plant pots out of compost expects to produce, in the coming years, a wide range of other goods that are currently made...

07.03.2023 80

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Plan okayed for big police complex on scenic Jerusalem hill known for spring lupines

The Jerusalem District Planning Committee on Sunday approved a controversial Israel Police request to build a large police station on a hill popular...

07.03.2023 70

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Two years since major coastal tar spill, marine unit still waiting for extra funds

Two years have passed since Israel’s coastline was devastated by tar from an oil spill at sea, but the Environmental Protection Ministry says it has...

07.03.2023 60

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Red tape slashed to ease rooftop solar panel installation

Officials have announced an agreement to remove a key barrier to the placement of solar panels — the need to present a special form issued by a...

05.03.2023 60

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Palestinians say 16-year-old shot in head by IDF two weeks ago dies of injuries

A 16-year-old Palestinian died Monday from his wounds almost two weeks after allegedly being shot in the head by Israeli forces in the West Bank, the...

21.02.2023 60

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Scientists chide environment minister for meeting with climate skeptics

Dozens of scientists pushed back against a meeting last week between Environmental Protection Minister Idit Silman and members of the so-called...

21.02.2023 70

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Ministries of environment, interior squabble over multi-billion-shekel waste fund

The government agreed Sunday to drop from its weekly cabinet agenda a controversial Interior Ministry proposal to take over a NIS 3.2 billion ($900...

20.02.2023 50

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Environmental groups to press for rehabilitation of Jordan River, Dead Sea

Nine environmental organizations said Monday that they have joined forces to campaign for the rehabilitation of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. The...

20.02.2023 60

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Environment group: Bill to limit objections to public works a ‘war declaration’

Finance Ministry officials are proposing to speed up big infrastructure projects by limiting the Environmental Protection Ministry’s role in...

16.02.2023 70

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