Environment
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A year of healing after the great Carmel fire

A massive inferno last December took a devastating toll on the northern Israeli biosphere, but there’s some good news 12 months later. Photos courtesy of the KKL-JNF archive Battling the December 2010 fire. Winter flowers are blooming in the Carmel …

Super strain argan oil now made in Israel

Argan oil, the much-in-demand product of the endangered Moroccan argan tree, is now available in a hardy ‘super’ strain developed in Israel. Argan 100 is a “super” strain developed to grow in Israel. There isn’t much left for chefs to …

Giant storage bags save crops from mold, pests

Israeli-designed GrainPro Cocoons provide a surprisingly simple and cheap way for African and Asian farmers to keep their grain market-fresh. The cocoon in action. When the ancient Israelite Joseph told Egypt’s Pharaoh that there would be a seven-year famine, he …

New VC is watering Israel’s ‘smart gardens’

Seeking startups offering solutions in agro-tech niche, AquAgro II encourages water- and energy-saving ideas to feed the world.   Investment companies in Israel have diversified to include green technology investments in their portfolios, but few firms focus solely on accelerating …

Creating sunnier days for Israel’s desert dwellers

Arava Power is working with Southern Israel’s Bedouin community to capture a share of the burgeoning solar power market. Arava Power’s Yosef Abramowitz, center, with Bedouins at the future Tarabin solar field in southern Israel. “Sixty percent of the country …

Israel helps former Nigerian rebels trade weapons for land

Ex-freedom fighters from Nigeria are being sent to an Israeli institute to learn vital skills for self-sufficiency. Nigerians learned livelihood skills at the Galilee International Management Institute in Israel. After fighting big oil, ex-rebels from the Niger Delta of Nigeria …