Welcome to Israel’s water revolution

Posted on October 23rd, 2017
By Lin Arison & Diana C. Stoll/The Desert and the Cities Sing for Israel21c
Although Israel is nearly two-thirds desert, the country has enough water to sustain itself, thanks to its efforts in water conservation, reuse, and desalination.

When it comes to water, Israel is up against some serious challenges. The country is nearly two-thirds desert, and even those places where water exists, such as Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) and the headwaters of the Hermon River, are overtaxed, which could lead to a breakdown of what is known as Israel’s “water economy.”

Needless to say, water is at the center of many disputes in the region with Israel and its neighboring countries.

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Lightweight generator on the way for next natural disaster

Posted on October 16th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Aquarius emergency generator, designed in Israel, weighs only about 100kg but will provide up to 35 kilowatts of power.

Aquarius Engines, the Israeli company that’s working on a revolutionary alternative to the combustion engine for cars, is packaging the same technology into an exceptionally lightweight and efficient portable generator.

It won’t be ready in time to help some 6.5 million Floridians left in the dark by Hurricane Irma, or the Caribbean islands now being hit by Hurricane Maria, but if all goes smoothly the Aquarius generator could be on hardware store shelves ahead of the next wave of massive power losses caused by extreme weather.

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A new shopping platform for sustainable, ethical clothing

Posted on October 9th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
After learning that fashion causes pollution and worker suffering, Israeli student creates Marrakesh ecommerce community of international eco-brands.

Daniella Zakon was horrified to learn that the textile industry is second only to the oil industry as a source of environmental pollution, and that many garment workers are exploited and underpaid.

But when she looked online for clothes made from natural materials using sustainable methods and fair labor, she discovered that nobody was aggregating the many small retailers in this space.

With the help of a fellow immigrant to Israel, the native Texan founded the online shopping platform Marrakesh to build a community around these vendors and give them equity.

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Posted on October 2nd, 2017
By Susan Paykin, for AJWS

This piece examines the environmental implications of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and the need for increased legal safeguards to protect natural resources. Originally published in the Union for Reform Judaism's Ten Minutes of Torah series.

Sukkot is a joyful holiday. We breathe a sigh of relief as we leave the solemnity of Yom Kippur behind, and gather outside, eating and reading and sleeping in a sukkah. We also read the book of Kohelet, known in English as Ecclesiastes, which reminds us that humankind can control only so much of what happens around us on Earth. “One generation goes, another comes, but the earth remains the same forever (1:4),” Kohelet teaches. The sun will rise, the wind will blow, and rivers will always flow into the sea, uncontrollable no matter how hard we try.

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For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas about Sukkot & Simchat Torah, visit our Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide.

Fruit fly ‘Iron Dome’ for the farmers of India

Posted on September 25th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Biofeed’s revolutionary no-spray, environmentally friendly solution against the Oriental fruit fly is a hit with Indian mango growers.

Shortly before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in early July, Indian diplomats in Israel heard about a revolutionary no-spray, environmentally friendly solution against the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) made by Biofeed, a 10-employee ag-tech company.

They invited Biofeed to be one of six innovative Israeli companies meeting with Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The company’s founder and CEO Nimrod Israely, who has a PhD in fruit-fly ecology, told the two leaders that Biofeed’s product can protect Indian farmers against fruit flies like the Iron Dome system protects the people of Israel against missiles.

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