FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE TOGETHER
MIDBAR-the Swiss Society for the Revival of Desert Areas embarks on a tour of the Negev with KKL-JNF to learn how the organization combats desertification in Israel.
Combating desertification is one of the central values KKL-JNF has championed under its banner. Friends the world over aid KKL-JNF in combating desertification, and one of the most prominent among them is MIDBAR - the Swiss Society for the Revival of Desert Areas.
Over the past several years, MIDBAR has supported several projects including planting a grove of trees in the green belt surrounding Beersheba, plantings in the Duda’im Forest and soil conservation and tree plantings along the Karkur Stream.
“When I see the trees grow here in the middle of the desert, I draw strength from them”, said Armand Rudolf von Rohr, CEO of MIDBAR, during a study tour of the Negev with KKL-JNF. “I believe that trees are the natural solution to global warming.”
Israelis debut an autonomous robotic submarine
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Ben-Gurion University launches company to commercialize the unique underwater vehicle for research, security, communications or military uses.
Under the surface of waterways across the globe, small remotely operated submarines are busy checking pipelines, mapping underwater minefields, taking geological and biological samples, scouting locations for communication cables, and searching for sunken vessels.
A group of 20 undergraduate and graduate engineering students from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev saw that existing autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have several limitations and they worked with Prof. Hugo Guterman in BGU’s Laboratory for Autonomous Robotics (LAR) to build a better model.
Former cannabis activist’s agtech ideas are game-changers
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has one technology to stabilize plant root temps and another to irrigate farms with dew condensation.
Boaz Wachtel is best known in Israel for founding the Green Leaf (Ale Yarok) political party, which ran for Knesset several times on a platform of legalizing cannabis. Green Leaf never passed the voter threshold and Watchtel “retired” from the party in 2006. He has now transformed his passion for green into a different kind of initiative.
Wachtel is the founder of several Israeli agriculture technology companies. His latest – Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies – just went public on the Australian Stock Exchange, raising a modest $5 million.
Is the future of sustainable electricity ... in turkey droppings?
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine
A new study shows that poultry excrement could be used as a viable biofuel.
This time of year, we typically think of turkey as the centerpiece of a giant, hearty, all-American holiday meal.
But according to a new study, we should all be looking at it from a, um, slightly different angle.
Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel found that converting treated waste from turkeys, chickens and other poultry into combustible solid biomass fuel would produce an alternative energy source that's environmentally safer than coal, and could be used to replace it.
Eco-Friendly Hanukkah Traditions
From Sustainable Baby Steps
Have you started preparing your eco-friendly Hanukkah traditions yet? No doubt you are thinking about polishing your menorah, dusting the dreidels and starting the search for the perfect presents.
However, how will you polish that menorah? Did you keep the dreidels from last year and what types of presents will you buy? These are all things which need to be taken into consideration if you want this holiday season to be a sustainable one.
My household Hanukkah traditions usually consists of a nightly Menorah lighting and present giving, so that each family member receives eight presents in total. We might also go to a public Menorah lighting and attend or hold our own Hanukkah party during the 8 day festival. We don't put up much in the way of decorations or exchange cards, but every family is different with their own Hanukkah traditions over decorations, food, present giving and so on.