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    Well Hello Velo, in Tel Aviv

    September 17, 6:48 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Bikes

    Like the popular bike rental program in Lyon, Paris and other European capitals, Tel Aviv Municipality has announced that is in the process of choosing a company to market and manage a city-wide public bike rental program. For a nominal fee, a few

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    The Take On Plastic Bags in Israel

    September 14, 9:46 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Culture

    There is no way to put it delicately Israelis — it's time to get rid of the plastic bag fetish.

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    Dive Into School With the Blue Planet

    September 10, 3:49 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Culture

    Scientists from Israel’s acclaimed Weizmann Institute have just written a textbook curriculum in Hebrew for middle school students that teaches the link between man and the environment. It recently won recognition by the United Nations educational unit

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    The Bees Did It 3000 Years Ago

    September 8, 3:21 PM by Karin Kloosterman in Green Food

    Just in time for the Jewish New Year, we find this little nugget of news reported on CNN: Archeologists from Hebrew University unearthed what they believe are 3000-year-old beekeeping hives. They have found remnants of ancient

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    Cheapskate: What About Curb-Side Shopping?

    September 7, 7:10 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Sustainable Product Design

    With all this back to school talk, we simply love the idea of students furnishing dorms and co-op houses with finds from

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    Helmet Head Resistance and New Tax Breaks For Bikers

    September 3, 1:46 PM by Karin Kloosterman in Bikes

    Biking, whether it is for leisure or getting to work, is becoming a heated debate in Israel. Bike-lovers demonstrated against the government recently in the hopes that a new helmet law will be struck down by the Powers-That-Be. We enjoy us some cruising

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    Like A Bat Outta Heaven

    August 31, 9:41 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Natural Sciences

    Mosquito season has been a bit out of whack in Tel Aviv for the past few years. Instead of dying down, as they normally should, swarms of them are lingering on in bedrooms and come nightfall are attacking with a vengeance. Some locals report using

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    Growing Artificial Coral In The Red Sea

    August 27, 5:09 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Clean Technology

    How can we protect delicate coral habitat while still letting divers marvel at the underwater rainforest of life? Israeli scientist Dr. Nadav Shashar from Ben Gurion University sent us this YouTube video of a new project he is working on with

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    Seambiotic: Algae That Clean Up and Put Out

    August 27, 3:55 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Renewable Energy

    Like a breath mint for a smokestack, algae can harness carbon dioxide from pools of water before the pollutants of power plants and factories are coughed into the atmosphere. And algae are doubly useful for greening our

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    A Perfect Cocktail: Biofuel and Booze?

    August 26, 2:56 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Renewable Energy

    What could be better than distilling biofuel? How about biofuel made from booze? Leave it to the Scots to dream up this one. Researchers from the University of Abertay Dundee say it is possible to run your car on the by-products of the brewing and

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    The Environmental Impact of Art?

    August 24, 7:58 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Sustainable Product Design

    Inspired by Israel's harsh desert and mix of cultures, Aussie sculptor Andrew Rogers worked with local architects and masons to build massive land sculptures in Israel's Arava desert. Click here to see the YouTube video. Found in ancient cultures

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    Little Pink Houses Painted Green?

    August 20, 5:07 PM by Karin Kloosterman in Sustainable Product Design

    Well ain't that Israel... after more than a year writing about the environment climate over here in the Middle East, we were pleased to see green residential projects are taking root in these parts ...well that's what the title of an article we read

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    Human "Sniff Team" Nose How To Catch Polluters

    August 17, 6:30 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Natural Sciences

    Do you hate walking into candle and soap shops, or drugstores that reek of perfume? That headachy and head-spinning feeling shouldn't be ignored. Chances are that you have sensitive olfactory glands warning you that something isn't good for your

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    First Frogs, Now Our Wheat?

    August 13, 4:50 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Natural Sciences

    The catastrophic decline and extinction of our planet's amphibians, some believe, is due to a virulent fungus spreading around the globe. Scientists now find another strain of fungus, called Ug99 (or stem rust), has claimed a new victim: Our global

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    When Art Rolls In From The Sea

    August 10, 4:58 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Sustainable Product Design

    Sure, designers reuse wood and turn parts of old furniture into new items, but still, leftovers get sawed off and end up as scrap. Unlike useful objects, such as chairs and tables, works of art can be created from a hodgepodge of parts that don't

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    Biodiesel Designer Genes

    August 6, 1:30 PM by Karin Kloosterman in Clean Technology

    If you were a green genie whose wishes would you grant? That everyone on the planet heeds Kenny Luna’s sage advice and plugs compact fluorescents into their lamps? Would you go further and replace every automobile on the planet with a hybrid, or would

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    Not Just A Load Of Crap

    August 3, 4:11 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Renewable Energy

    When slapped with an order to clean up the poop of 12,000 dairy cows, the Hefer Valley Cooperative Society built a manure-driven power station to solve their problems. The first of its kind in Israel, the plant was inaugurated this week and is expected

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    The Curtain Call: Are They Crass Or Cultured?

    July 30, 8:29 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Cars

    Tel Aviv is insufferably hot and humid in the summer. Unable to waste time smouldering in the sun waiting for the bus or train, we jumped in an air-conned taxi surrounded by pale curtains. At this moment, just before blistering, we rethought the idea

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