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Run On Water: How Israeli Innovators Are Leading The Way To Hydrogen-Fueled Cars

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Viva Sarah Press, NoCamels  


Water could be the source for hydrogen-fueled cars one day in the near future, thanks to continued scientific breakthroughs such as a recent one by Israeli scientists.

Researchers led by Dr. Arik Yochelis and Dr. Iris Visoly-Fisher of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Prof. Avner Rothschild of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, say they have identified a missing mechanism for an environmentally friendly way to split water molecules in order to produce energy without the need for an outside catalyst.

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In California wildfire aftermath, Israeli aid group rushes in

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


IsraAid gears up to help survivors following one of the deadliest fires in U.S. history, hoping to 'promote community resilience.'


With almost half a million acres destroyed and 79 deaths reported, the two wildfires raging in California rank among the deadliest in U.S. history.

But beyond the grim statistics, there's hope – in the form of IsraAid, an international relief agency based in Israel, that has just deployed to the two devastated regions to begin and maintain the recovery process for survivors.

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Inna Braverman, named one of the most influential women of the 21st century

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
 

Having survived the Chernobyl disaster, Inna Braverman set her sights on reinventing the energy industry.
 

The guest: Inna Braverman was named one of "10 of the most influential women of the 21st century," alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Her story starts in the Ukraine on April 11, 1986. Two weeks after her birth, the nearby Chernobyl Power Plant exploded and sent radioactive material across the landscape. To this day, it remains the biggest nuclear disaster worldwide. Less than 200 miles away, baby Inna had trouble breathing from the pollution and went in respiratory arrest. She was announced clinically dead. Luckily for Inna, her mother is a nurse and rushed to the crib to help. She gave her baby mouth to mouth resuscitation until the ambulance arrived just in time. Inna survived.

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Long-lost songbird reappears after 50 years

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00am
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
 

The return of the blue-cheeked bee-eater has birders buzzing.
 

There's a catchy new song whistling through the natural world, and it comes from a rare, beautiful songbird. The blue-cheeked bee-eater was sighted by bird-watchers in Israel for the first time in 50 years this October.

“All of a sudden, from out of nowhere, a flock of some 30-40 blue-cheeked bee-eaters appeared over the Yerucham Lake Park. There was no mistaking them as their colors and calls filled the air,” Eyal Shochat, academic manager at Hoopoe-Yerucham Center of Ecology and Ornithology, writes in the Israeli Birding Porthole. “The blue-cheeked bee-eaters are rare spring migrants at Yerucham and this was the first time ever they showed up here in fall, quite a distance from their traditional migration route in the Jordan Valley.”

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6 top tomato innovations from Israeli experts

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israeli seeds are prized everywhere for growing tomatoes that taste better, last longer, resist disease and pack a stronger nutritional punch.


Next time you chop some luscious red tomatoes into your salad or sauce, you can thank Israeli scientists.

Tomatoes didn’t originate in Israel, but our agricultural wizards transformed this wild fruit into a flavorful, long-lasting, nutritious, disease-resistant commercial crop enjoyed everywhere as a fresh ingredient and as a source of healthful extracts.

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Epic CleanTec wins prize at Global Climate Action Summit

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Affiliate of Israel’s Paulee CleanTec applies Israeli technology to high-rise buildings for clean, odor-free disposal of solid waste.


Paulee CleanTec of Tel Aviv has announced that its affiliate company Epic CleanTec of California won the grand prize in the Climate Innovation Showcase at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.


The Epic system uses Paulee’s proprietary technology to separate out all the solid waste generated by occupants of a high-rise building and convert it into dry, odorless, sterile, organic fertilizer for landscaping. The system also redirects the building’s used water to toilets, irrigation and cooling towers.


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Israelis develop system for cleaning industrial pollution

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


The two-step process uses lightly heated solvents to extract organic compounds, while simultaneously removing heavy metals with chelating agents.


A new process under development in Israel could provide the economical, earth-friendly solution many industries seek for cleaning up soil, sludge and sediment polluted by their activities.


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Social Justice and Climate Change

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
By Rabbi Jill Jacobs for COEJL


The rabbis of the Talmud ask the following question: When the people of a town decide to build or repair a guard wall, how much should each resident pay? Perhaps the wealthiest residents should pay the most, as they can best afford to shoulder the burden. On the other hand, maybe the people who live closest to the wall should pay more as they will benefit most, since thieves or murderers who enter the town are likely to target the first houses they encounter.


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