Environment
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Carefully plug in to the electric car revolution

It’s important to be aware of the limits, and not think that new technology alone is the answer. A report last week in Israeli business paper The Marker about Israel’s Finance Ministry’s willingness to consider waiving purchase tax on electric …

Green revolution catching up in Israel

Health-conscious Israelis enjoy an organic drink at Kibbutz Alummot, one of the many ‘natural’ resorts that have opened in the country. “Not only are plants becoming polluted but people’s bodies are also being harmed by the accumulated waste. It is …

Israeli natural pesticide protects crops with turmeric

The turmeric plant. ‘Coming from a country setting in a Druze village, I know the value of natural medicine and products, because we produce many of our own.’ – Prof. Fadel Mansour. Few plants provide so many medicinal qualities as …

Riding an Israeli electric car to peace

Who killed the internal combustion engine? Shai Agassi, Israeli. The electric car is being resurrected. Amid the global threats of pollution, oil funded terrorism, and ‘peak oil’, the Western world is looking to replace fossil fuels with clean, renewable sources …

21c update – Turning olive pits into energy

Genova’s pilot plant in the Druze village of Julis. After you’ve enjoyed a tangy olive, don’t throw away the pit – it could soon be providing a clean, green answer to heat and electricity production, thanks to technology developed by …

Israeli idealists look to the Negev as the last frontier

Young residents of Sansana, the first community in the Negev established by the OR movement. Inspired by powerful slogans like “Go West, young man”, and persuaded by government land-incentives and free open spaces, young American pioneers set out by the …

An Israeli company drills for oil in algae

There may be a revolution blowing our way: The Israeli company Seambiotic has found a way to produce biofuel by channeling smokestack carbon dioxide emissions through pools of algae that clean it. The growing algae thrives on the added nutrients, …