Environment
Results of the Root Sense system.

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 …

Energy

Greener heating for hotels and hospitals

An Israeli hybrid water-heating system shaves thousands of dollars a year off heating costs at big facilities, and vastly improves efficiency. The Hydra system being installed at the Jerusalem Ramada. Heat pumps, more common in moderate climates than extreme ones, …

Holy Land wildlife goes forth and multiplies in Africa

The once virtually extinct Saharan scimitar-horned oryx has gotten a new lease on life thanks to an Israeli breeding program. Photo by Shay Levy/Flash90 A breeding program for the once-extinct African antelope species is underway successfully at Yotvata. It’s an …

Going naked to save the Dead Sea [video]

Going naked to save the Dead Sea [video]

Spencer Tunick gathers 1,000 volunteers to pose in the buff at the Dead Sea to bring attention to the ecologically troubled site.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA0vv5HlLtY Why did American photographer Spencer Tunick put out a call for 1,000 volunteers to pose without …