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Planned ‘Jerusalem Burj’ skyscraper draws opposition over proximity to landmarks

200 objections lodged against plans for 200-meter tower, designed by Burj Khalifa architect’s firm, to overlook Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl...

09.04.2024 30

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Police revive plan to build complex on beloved Jerusalem hill, angering residents

Activists ask why law enforcement waited until day after municipal elections to inform court that examination of alternative sites had come up with...

09.04.2024 30

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Controversial shipment of livestock reaches Israel from Australia after months-long odyssey

Animal rights groups slam both governments for allowing the consignment of some 14,000 sheep and calves to sail after original journey was diverted by...

08.04.2024 30

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Knesset passes 1st reading of climate bill without any clear budgeting

In what opponents see as capitulation to Finance Ministry, bill allows government to change climate goals and time targets, as well as base year for...

04.04.2024 20

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Knesset committee peels away secrecy rules governing state oil company

Committee head says changes strike ‘correct balance’ between state security and public’s right to know; green groups welcome reform,...

04.04.2024 60

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With an ambitious civic agenda, Brothers and Sisters in Arms says it’s here to stay

The protest group founded by reserve soldiers last year wants involvement in education, community and employment issues, to strengthen democratic...

01.04.2024 20

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After surviving October 7, Israeli cocoa plants could help stave off world shortage

Ellen Graber’s ‘superhero’ seedlings, forced to fend for themselves after Hamas attack, survived 3.5 months without water or...

27.03.2024 50

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State comptroller chides government, PM for talk but little action on climate change

Report says despite 47 government decisions in 16 years, progress marked by ‘functional stagnation’; fossil fuel subsidies far exceed...

19.03.2024 40

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Start-up aims to help renewable energy firms locate best sites — with one click

REplace, brainchild of two immigrants from Argentina, has algorithm check potential locations based on 40 parameters; co-founder: ‘80% of...

18.03.2024 10

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Government preps new Dead Sea minerals tender, with lake’s endangered future in focus

With current mineral extraction concession ending in 2030, official says new tender to go out next year, as area around salty water body continues to...

18.03.2024 20

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Impact of olive oil shortage on Israel could have been averted, industry chief says

Head of olive division at Israel Plant Council accuses government of abandoning farmers, who could make Israel a global olive oil power

13.03.2024 10

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Jerusalem mayor reverses support for large development at Bible Hill nature spot

Following widespread public objection, municipality backs away from plan for hotel and commercial center on central site overlooking Old City

12.03.2024 10

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Three endangered griffon vultures found dead in southern Israel, poison suspected

Parents and chick thought to have eaten carcass treated with anti-inflammatory drug; fourth bird from struggling population dies after hitting...

10.03.2024 20

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Pupils in unrecognized Bedouin villages exposed to carcinogenic diesel generators

As legal advocacy organization gears up to challenge state in High Court petition, Jewish and Bedouin activists unite to show that clean, green tech...

07.03.2024 80

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Energy Ministry finalizing revolutionary plan for Gaza border area energy independence

As March 18 deadline nears, officials discussing with other stakeholders what to include in Tekuma Administration Gaza Envelope rehabilitation

05.03.2024 10

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Officials tell worried Israelis solar panels better than generators in event of war

Authorities react to panic buying of generators by citizens who fear war with Hezbollah could leave them in the dark; expert says solar energy a...

05.03.2024 40

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Israeli contest sees investors grab energy tech startups for pilot projects

Innovations at ‘Spark Tank’ event include a robot that charges electric vehicles, and V-shaped solar panel roofs that channel rain onto...

29.02.2024 40

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Nature authority to remove 30,000 cubic meters of oil-soaked soil at southern reserve

Move follows years of post-spill research and failure of other methods to draw out crude oil that flooded out of broken pipe into Evrona Nature...

27.02.2024 20

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Agricultural research body says planned budget cuts will force it to halt activities

Volcani Institute fears having to renege on local, international research contracts, face lawsuits demanding return of funds if amended 2024 approved...

26.02.2024 10

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As avian flu rises in Hula Valley cranes, authorities spar over who collects carcasses

While Agriculture Ministry, Nature and Parks Authority argue, farmers see more crane corpses in fields; Hula reserve closed; fears that virus could...

15.02.2024 20

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Starmer says Labour ‘changed’ on antisemitism after ditching controversial candidate

UK party chair says decision to withdraw support from Azhar Ali over claim Israel deliberately allowed Oct. 7 onslaught demonstrates he meant what he...

13.02.2024 10

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Feral dogs from Gaza enter Israel, compounding nature authority’s war woes

Ending 2023 with NIS 150 million deficit, Israel Nature and Parks Authority has one worker in Hamas captivity, 310 serving in the IDF reserves, 118...

13.02.2024 10

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Taibe man given 27 months behind bars for illegally hunting porcupines

Israel Nature and Parks Authority, which has long campaigned for stiffer sentences for animal abuse, welcomes judgment by Kfar Saba court, which also...

09.02.2024 10

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State oil conglomerate fined NIS 1.5 million for massive leak in nature reserve

Two employees of Europe Asia Pipeline Company also handed small fines; CEO of environmental lobby says punishments ‘a mockery,’ urges...

09.02.2024 20

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After the October 7 cataclysm, has the Haredi attitude to serving in the IDF changed?

According to Dr. Eliezer Hayun, an expert in Haredi society who is himself ultra-Orthodox, change will happen, but it must come from the ground up...

09.02.2024 20

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Winter showers boost wheat crop, but water worries continue to stalk farmers

Downpours over last two weeks are welcomed in Israel’s northern Negev breadbasket, but drops will need to keep falling for next two months to...

07.02.2024 30

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Report finds Mediterranean getting hotter, more acidic, and sea levels are rising

Israeli government study also finds ‘alarming upward trend’ in mercury contamination in northern part of Haifa Bay

06.02.2024 30

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Israeli green thermal storage company signs 7-year deal with Wolfson Hospital

01.02.2024 30

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$1 million Climate Solutions Prize awarded to three groundbreaking technologies

Prize awarded by JNF Canada and KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund rewards work on sustainable building materials, green ammonia, and a replacement for...

28.01.2024 20

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Over 380 objections filed against bid to extend secrecy for state oil group by 4 years

Just a year ago Knesset rejected similar Finance Ministry plan; conglomerate was formed amid clandestine dealings with pre-revolution Iran, but...

25.01.2024 30

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Oblivious to war, Israel’s iconic red anemone blooms again along the Gaza border

The flower is the first of five species of bowl-shaped red blossoms with black centers that bloom one after the other, so as not to compete for...

23.01.2024 20

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Israeli population growth slowing as fertility rates continue to fall – report

Group comprising mainly immigrants from ex-Soviet Union whom Israel does not regard as Jews have highest employment rate, contributed nearly 20% to...

22.01.2024 40

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As northern evacuees settle in for long haul, hotel dwellers dream of home

Residents of Kibbutz Dan, Western Galilee town of Shlomi, try to make a life in Haifa hotels, but Hezbollah threat on Lebanese border means limbo-like...

21.01.2024 20

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Amid swarm of stakeholders, planners begin brainstorming how to rebuild south

Officials, architects, environmentalists, academics and others start looking at ways to bring back devastated region, with some asking whether array...

16.01.2024 20

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Advocacy group accuses Finance Ministry of ‘frontal attack’ on environment, public

Adam Teva V’Din joins environmental protection minister in blasting release of budget cut proposals just before cabinet vote now set for Sunday

11.01.2024 20

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Compensation to farmers for extreme weather-related damage up 13% in 2023

Set to pay out over $100 million for damage to crops and livestock, insurance company says climate change events are becoming more frequent, more...

10.01.2024 10

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War-linked hikes in prices of fruits and vegetables worsening food insecurity – report

Leket Israel’s annual report says half of discarded agricultural produce is fit for human consumption and should be saved, claims imports only...

08.01.2024 30

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Woman in Iran receives 74 lashings for not covering hair, ‘violating public morals’

33-year-old Roya Heshmati accused by Tehran’s judiciary of having ‘encouraged permissiveness’ after violating mandatory dress code...

07.01.2024 30

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Under expert eyes, objects retrieved from rubble help document October 7’s horrors

Thousands of items, from deckchairs to a donkey’s skull, are being salvaged, cataloged and stored near the Gaza border by visual history...

07.01.2024 40

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South Africa: Ex-Olympic runner Pistorius released 11 years after killing girlfriend

Double-amputee known worldwide as the ‘Blade Runner’ whisked away from media and is ‘now at home’, authorities say, after...

05.01.2024 20

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Kibbutz Kfar Aza, devastated on October 7, becomes a grim place of pilgrimage

Groups of Americans seen alongside soldiers, researchers, friends of the dead, parents of serving soldiers, and curious onlookers who want to...

05.01.2024 20

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Climate change will be here long after the war, but the leadership is neglecting it

CEO of environmental advocacy organization Adam Teva V’Din says that one year in, the current government is the ‘worst for the environment...

04.01.2024 30

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Fixing up old tanks and recruiting old reservists, a tech VP creates a new battalion

Says one new-old recruit: ‘If there’s anyone I’d want to go to battle with, it’s these guys’; Phoenix unit initially replaced tanks on...

01.01.2024 50

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Police, Environment Ministry raid recycling company suspected of fraud

In second recycling-related bust this month, investigation at Veridis alleges that company buried waste instead of turning it into compost and lied to...

01.01.2024 40

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Exposure to polluted air in Israel up to 3.5 times global target levels

Air quality review, included for first time in Central Bureau of Statistics’ quality of life index, shows high levels of particles linked to...

29.12.2023 30

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Little room for optimism after COP28 climate confab, environmental leaders say

One Israeli activist calls Dubai summit a ‘win for maintaining the status quo,’ as lawyer laments that the ‘narrow financial...

28.12.2023 30

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Toxic liquids flow yet again from phosphate mining company in Negev

Initial inquiries into pea-green water indicate rainwater mixed with heaps of phosphogypsum, a radioactive byproduct of the fertilizer-producing...

22.12.2023 30

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At war: Psychologist details signs children are in distress — and how to help

Chava Friedman, Education Ministry’s director of psychology, tells ToI that kids not directly impacted by war may still be suffering its effects

21.12.2023 20

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Car prices set to rise due to higher purchase tax, Houthi attacks, strong dollar

Transportation, energy and environmental protection ministries warn that rise in purchase tax for electric cars will hamper Israel’s efforts to...

20.12.2023 10

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Brothers of hostages appeal via international media: ‘Bring our loved ones home’

Older siblings of Idan Shtivi, 28, Evyatar David, 22, and twins Ziv and Gali Berman, 26: ‘We’re not politicians, we don’t run countries...

20.12.2023 10

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