In Israel’s worst environmental disaster, cleanup teams are working 24/7 to minimize damage after crude oil spilled into the Arava desert’s Evrona nature reserve.
Israel is in a race against time to clean up Thurday’s oil spill in the Arava desert before it reaches the Gulf of Eilat, according to the Environmental Protection Ministry.
Insects sunk in the oil after the spill at Evrona Nature Reserve, southern Israel. – Photo: Environmental Protection Ministry
A breached pipeline caused millions of liters of crude oil to gush out into the Evrona nature reserve, 20 kilometers north of Eilat, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in Israel’s history. Continue Reading »
The Chinese pandas chief visited Israel last week with a huge 200-man business delegation, to determine if the Haifa zoo is Panda-worthy. Watch adorable video.
Following a diplomatic tradition going back millennia, China will be gifting Israel with two giant pandas, if it decides that the conditions in the Haifa zoo meet the animals’ needs.
Four-month old panda babies playing at Atlanta Zoo, December 12, 2013. – Photo: Reuters
The delightful duo, which are actually a primitive species of bear, would be the latest to travel further to China’s “Panda Diplomacy,” a policy first employed by the Empress Wu Zetian in the year 658 AD to charm the Japanese emperor Temmu. Continue Reading »
Scientists & environmentalists warn of the ‘diverse range of effects, at local & regional scales’ of Egyptian President’s ambitious project.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s “new Suez Canal” project might help Egypt’s battered economy but environmentalists are now warning of the ecological consequences of the ambitious plan.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has launched plans for a second Suez canal in parallel to the existing one at a cost of $4 billion – Photo: AFP/File
Last August Sisi announced the launching of a new waterway, which would run parallel to the original Suez Canal built 145 years ago. Continue Reading »
The epicenter of Saturday’s quake was located on the Dead Sea Rift, source of the majority of Israel’s strongest earthquakes.
Earthquake – Photo: Alon Ron
The earthquake’s center was in the Dead Sea Rift, a system of faults prone to earthquakes, and the source of most of the powerful quakes which struck Israel.
Saturday’s earthquake was the first of its magnitude in this segment of the Rift in recent years. However, the earthquake doesn’t foretell of the frequency or magnitude of future earthquakes. Continue Reading »
Feeling blue? New Israeli research shows people may crave salt because it helps avert depression.
Humans consume more sodium than any other animal. Scarcely a meal is eaten without salt, anywhere in the world. But unlike the other basic tastes – sweetness, sourness and savoriness – we seek out saltiness at a level that doesn’t come close to being explained by the mineral’s known benefits.
The link between salt and the blues: The hormone system that regulates salt appetite also regulates depression. – Photo: Alex Levac
Now, researchers at the University of Haifa’s Department of Psychology say that people may crave salt party because its main component, sodium, helps fight depression. Continue Reading »
JNF staff find the Long-Eared Owl is staging a welcomed comeback in their man-made forests in northern Israel.
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A group of long-eared owls has established itself in part of the forest in recent months, say Jewish National Fund wardens in the Mishmar Ha’emek Forest area.
Long-eared owl (archive)
The owls are among several species of birds that have adapted themselves to the reality of expanding, man-made forests and are making their homes in the northern Israel forest for part of the year.
“Owls are known to congregate before nesting season, but we hadn’t seen it in these woods until now,” said Dr.