Environment
A solar field in Israel’s Arava desert.

Israeli scientist uses enzymes to change the world

Enzyme technology researcher Dr. Sobhi Basheer, entrepreneur and director of the Galilee Society. In the world of biology, an enzyme is a change agent – a catalyst that can cause chemical reactions, shaking things up and producing a new, and …

Israel’s Mitam is a tick’s green nemesis

Mitam’s CEO Tzali Cnaani aims to bring an environmentally safe solution against ticks to market by 2010. Who doesn’t love bringing our favorite furry friends into the house – even to curl up on the bed? But the freeloading ticks …

An electrifying solution for wastewater treatment

An Israeli company aims to revolutionize wastewater disposal by harnessing a bacteria found in nature that decomposes organic matter and creates electricity at the same time. Industrial and municipal waste doesn’t go away when we flush it down the drain. …

Giving new life to electronic junk

Israel Ganot, co-founder of Gazelle: “The bigger story is making sure items get a second life.” Some of the iPhones get sold on eBay, older cell phones and laptops are repurposed and shipped to India and China for resale, while …

Looking forward to Jerusalem’s light rail future

Construction of the new light rail system may be bogging Jerusalem down now, but it’s likely to transform the city’s dilapidated downtown into a thriving destination. Stepping into one of the sleek and shiny new light rail vehicles set to …

Israel builds its first ‘eco-friendly’ town

Mt. Gilboa will be the site of Israel’s first green town. It’s one thing to adopt environmentally conscious behavior, such as recycling, taking public transportation, and saving water or electricity. But that’s not enough for the future residents of the …

Philadelphia welcomes nature’s social worker

Israeli Shai Zakai: Her goal is to communicate and record mankind’s impact on its fragile world. Since nature can’t speak for itself, Israeli artist Shai Zakai has appointed herself as the human moderator. For more than a decade she’s been …

Israel’s great DNA pooper-scooper caper

It’s a problem everywhere where man’s best friend lives in the urban environment: dog poop and picking it up. A new community project in Petah Tikva, Israel is now taking to the streets using canine DNA to determine which pooch …