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Israeli scientists save pesto with fungus-resistant basil

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By Naama Barak for Israel21c 

 

First-of-its-kind sweet basil cultivar is resistant to downy mildew, a severe global epidemic affecting basil plants.

 

Italy without tomatoes, Ireland without potatoes and the United States without filter coffee – these are all unimaginable culinary nightmares.

To these scenarios we can add a world devoid of basil, meaning no pesto, no Caprese salad and no yummy fresh leaves mixed into our salad or melted with butter onto steaming hot garlic bread. The horror!

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Israeli Company That Extracts Water From Air Launches Home Device For Cool Water On Tap

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Diana Rabba, NoCamels

Israeli company Watergen (also Water-gen), known for developing patented technology that turns air into drinking water, is launching an at-home appliance that it says will drastically change the water consumption industry.

The device, dubbed the “Genny,” is a water generator capable of producing between 25-30 liters (6.6-7.9 gallons) of water per day using the company’s GENius technology.

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New shark migration to Israel opens rare research window

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Dozens of sharks have begun congregating off the coast of Hadera each winter. Israeli scientists are trying to find out why, and how to protect them.

Judy and Sylvie had such a great time on their last Israeli Mediterranean vacation that they’ve returned again this winter. And it looks like they brought a bunch of friends along – fellow sharks, that is.

In a small, shallow area off the northern city of Hadera, 30 female dusky sharks – including Judy and Sylvie — and nine male sandbar sharks have been tagged over the past four winter seasons by marine biologists from the Morris Kahn Marine Research Station of the Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa.

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We need to rethink everything we know about global warming

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00am
By Israel21c Staff

Israeli researcher claims his calculations show scientists have grossly underestimated the effects of air pollution.

The world’s scientific community has known for a long time that global warming is caused by manmade emissions in the form of greenhouse gases, while global cooling is caused by air pollution in the form of aerosols.

In a new study published in the journal Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Daniel Rosenfeld argues that the degree to which aerosol particles cool the earth has been grossly underestimated.

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New sustainable way to create plastics from seaweed

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:00am
By ISRAEL21c Staff
 

Israeli discovery overcomes need for fertile soil and fresh water in the creation of eco-friendly bioplastics by using saltwater seaweed.

Everyone knows plastic is bad for the environment. That’s why bioplastics – plastics made from renewable sources like plants or old waste – were invented. But these bioplastics can’t be created everywhere since the plants they use require fresh water, a scarce resource in many countries.

One such country is Israel, which does not have a surplus of fresh water. Other countries suffering from the same problem are China and India, whose size and resulting plastic consumption is very bad news for the planet.

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The Relevance of Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


By Paula Maccabee for Hadassah Magazine


Many of us dismiss Tu B’Shevat as a tree-planting holiday for children. And for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, the holiday often falls during the depths of winter, making the “New Year of the Trees” seem misplaced. But Jewish learning and our natural environment require that we reclaim Tu B’Shevat—which this year begins the evening of January 20—as an important holiday to celebrate our relationship with Creation and take responsibility to protect the web of life on Earth.

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6 Israeli Cleantech Companies Putting Sustainability at the Top of Their Agenda

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
By Klara Strube, NoCamels


For at least several decades, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists have agreed that global warming trends are occurring at a faster pace and are primarily driven by greenhouse gases emitted by human activities.

But the issue has become highly politicized, especially in the United States, even as new evidence emerges that urgent action is required. Hurricanes, floods, disease outbreaks are all set to worsen over the next decades if international efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not fruitful. At the UN this week, 190 countries agreed to a universal, transparent set of rules on how nations can cut gas emissions but delayed more concrete, impactful decisions.

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Hazon Perspective: Farm Bill Update

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
by Hannah Elovitz for Hazon


Our tradition teaches us to open up the corners of our harvest through pe’ah and to attune ourselves to the needs of land for rest and restoration through shmita. We at Hazon are therefore greatly relieved that the recently passed Farm Bill maintains food assistance access for those in need rather than imposing draconian work requirements and that it preserves programs that incentivize farmers to reduce erosion and increase soil carbon.

 

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