Tuesday Apr 09, 2013
The spring has arrived to Arava Valley; temperatures have risen above 30 degrees. The dry desert wind blows in dry riverbeds and the hot sun heats the air. The sun is the primary source of energy for the Earth’s climate system and therefore has enormous potential for commercial energy production. In Israel, this advantage has been recognized; solar technology, including its various applications, has been well researched...
Monday Mar 04, 2013
Environmental challenges are slamming the Middle East as environmental security deteriorates. Land degradation, deforestation and food security are part of the concern. Many solutions have been proposed but so far very few have been implemented. New research is currently been conducted in these fields.
Photo: Shmuel Willner
The Dead Sea and Arava Science Center operates in the arid Arava Valley of Israel, which is under the...
Sunday Feb 10, 2013
It is well known that the Middle East is a water scarce region. Water however is not the only element determining the survival of Middle Eastern regimes. Environmental discourse and policy are fairly new in the Middle East. The environment itself is very closely related to politics; it challenges the decision makers, but even more, it challenges the everyday life of people in these countries.
Monday Jan 21, 2013
Since its independence in 1948, Israel has made significant contributions to the development of several African nations, including the sharing of KKL-JNF expertise in agriculture and desert farming. As Dr. Chaim Koren, the Israeli Ambassador to South Sudan put it, the African continent is very important to Israel. There is great potential in Africa. In fact, Israel was among the first nations to recognize the world’...
Monday Dec 10, 2012
Israel is a home of remarkable innovation and creativity. Personally, I always wondered how Israel has developed into such a high-tech nation in just 64 years. However, organizations like the Jewish National Fund – Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF) and Keren HaYesod (United Israel Appeal) had started their work long before the declaration of independence. KKL-JNF was founded already in 1901 as the Zionists saw the importance of...