Yes, we know. This is a site where we delve into issues facing the western east. The region that the world knows as the Middle East but which we are rebranding as something less archaic, more in tune with what the near East is about. Like the rest of the world, we look to America […]
Ethiopia has been building Africa's largest hydro-electric dam since 2011. $4 billion later and it is about to go online. It could drain Egypt's Nile so that life in Egypt as they know it (at least since the 70s) will never be the same again.
As the effects of climate change become more evident, and more awareness to it is felt, more than half of U.S. adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change, according to […]
The global climate crisis, mainly generated by the biggest fossil fuel corporations in the world, is seriously aggravating the already extensive and heavy set of human rights violations caused by this same industry, warns a report released this Friday, February 7th, by 350.org. The whole report can be found here (links to PDF) and offers […]
You got to love New Yorkers. They are real, and they are often serious. And they like to walk the walk. So New Yorkers have a lot to celebrate now that their elected mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that he will stop all new fossil fuel projects within and serving the city. Great talk, but what are locals doing really?
If you grew up in the 70s or 80s no one was talking about climate change: they were talking about nuclear war and acid rain. Acid rain made Kimberly’s hair turn green in the TV show Different Strokes; Canada’s environmental minister called it the “malaria of the biosphere” and it kept me away at night […]
A startup from Israel is making a business creating raw materials for the dairy industry, well, we mean, the alternative dairy industry but the one that wants to mimic products that come from cows and animals.
So a plague of biblical proportions or worse has started in East Africa and it's moving rapidly toward the Middle East and affecting parts of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Food forests for the short term and mitigating climate change for the long-haul is the only way to stop this kind of devastation that will most likely lead to more conflict.
Mushrooms are vulnerable to climate change, but it seems that fungi are working to store more carbon than usual as our planet heats up.
How do lazy people and companies declare carbon neutrality? By carrying on in their old ways and by buying carbon credits. This university started in 2009 and they did not take the short-cut. This is how you lead the next generation forward.
You never know what you might find mushroom hunting. Wild boars, bears and ancient archeology!
This week Microsoft announced it will be carbon negative by 2030, and launched a $1 billion fund for carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies over the next four years, committing to remove all carbon it has emitted since 1975.
Well can you believe it dears? University scientists understand a way to include layman (fisherman) smarts into understanding complex ecological systems.
If you self-medicate with cannabis you might get in trouble at work. Some ways to pass the medical tests....
Meat the Change - What is slow meat? Wild pastured? Whole animal meat. Organic. Raised with spirit? Bought at ethical prices? Slaughtered ethically? All of the above. The Slow Food Movement develops its standards, and a quiz.
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (likened to USAID and the UK and German’s foreign aid) announced last week that it will provide renewable energy loans to 8 projects around the world. The projects will go to building resilience, mainly in island communities which will be able to repay the loans after the renewable energy […]
It's easy. We need 31% more renewable energy to play it climate safe. It will cost $750 - but this can be investment stimulus people, and wind and solar can get us there. Let's do it!
If you are black and living in Baltimore you might not be able to afford your water. A new bill will alleviate income differences. A case study on how to fight privatization and allow access to all.
Researchers in Jerusalem have found they can test for antibiotic resistance to better treat sepsis and even target cancer treatments better Is it just us or do we seem to get sicker and sicker every winter? This last few months we have been at home sick more than we have been without. Indeed superbugs like […]
You risk your life walking on the streets of Israel, but cycling is another matter completely. Death by cycling are commonplace in cities like Tel Aviv where buses and trucks speed out of control and reckless newcomers barely in their teens speed around on electric bikes (really like mopeds) and e-scooters. Still some hopeful cyclists have a dream come true. Israel has qualified for the Tour de France.
IRENA was founded a decade ago to solve the world's energy problems. It's like the United Nations of Renewable Energy and anyone who is a serious stakeholder in renewables from government to news to suppliers goes to this annual event.
Remember ten and 15 years ago when everyone was talking about investing in biofuels? Scientists like Helmut were against the efficiency claims... While we love the idea of renewable energy crops for palm oil and sugarcane used in ethanol and biofuels have pushed out food producers, causing an alarming shift to rising costs for food. While we might not feel it in the price of a falafel or hummus, biofuels threaten those people already food insecure.
Israel's natural gas well starts flowing, amid protests and fears over pollution at sea and in the air. Conflict constraints have forced well operators to build rigs closer to shore than normally recommended.
One of Israel's most well known publicists was killed while riding an ebike (Motti Morel) in Tel Aviv. The city puts stricter regulations on licensing, helmets, recycling and speed. But who will really enforce this? Grandmothers are walking around dazed with blood streaming down their faces. Kids afraid of walking on the sidewalk. Another joke TA?
The UN has decided we need more days to celebrate food and agriculture and has decided that 2021 is the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, 21 May as International Tea Day and 29 September as International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. “Without healthy diets, we cannot hope to end malnutrition – […]