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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 …

From woodchips to biofuel

An Israeli clean-tech company’s process for turning plant cellulose into feedstock for ‘green’ fuel wins a $100 million bond package from Mississippi. HCL Clean Tech CEO Eran Baniel. It’s not every day that an Israeli company based on the science …

Modern ‘rain dance’ for Senegal

Israel’s Tipa program has introduced drip irrigation to African subsistence farmers, providing hope for food security in unstable times. The Israeli drip irrigation system has allowed 700 farming families in Senegal to reap crops three times a year instead of …

Non-toxic solution keeps bugs out of food

Israel’s Bio[pack] makes a package coating from plant extracts already programmed by nature to repel insects. It can also be sprayed around the perimeter of warehouses. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash 90 Bio[pack] aims to keep insects out of food packages. …