Israel Has A Severe Plastic Problem, But Real Change is Possible

Posted on March 18th, 2019
By Neta Nissim, for ZAVIT, in NoCamels


This article was produced by ZAVIT, a news agency focused on science and the environment launched by The Israeli Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

Each year, Israel produces about 5.3 million tons of municipal and commercial waste, at a waste volume growth rate of two percent. By 2050, the country had planned to recycle 50 percent of its total waste; however, as of today, the volume of recycling has only reached 25 percent.

Although close to half of all the generated waste is biodegradable, most of it is dumped in landfills. Just like the rest of the world, Israel’s biggest challenge lies in the handling and recycling of the increasing amounts of plastic waste.

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6 amazing packaging materials that cut food waste and pollution

Posted on March 11th, 2019
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


'Active packaging’ from Israel can extend shelf life, monitor and show condition of products, and stabilize products for long periods of time.

Next time you peel an orange, take a moment to inspect its smart natural packaging. Biodegradable layers of “wrapping” protect the fruit from bruising, bugs and pathogens.

Two Israeli moms were inspired by that example to develop environmentally friendly flexible packaging solutions now used in many industries. And this is just one example of Israeli ingenuity meeting significant modern challenges in packaging.

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The secret life of clouds revealed in new Israeli research

Posted on March 4th, 2019
Israel21c Staff


Israeli-German scientists use tiny satellites to give clouds 'CT scans' in an effort to help climate prediction.


Clouds have a key role in Earth’s energy balance and water cycle, but difficulties in assessing them can lead to great errors in climate prediction. Israeli and German scientists are now trying to overcome this problem, inspired by the most human form – bodily organs.

Their idea is to perform “CT scans” on clouds. Like human CTs that scan and map the interior of a patient, the researchers plan on using CloudCT, a space mission of 10 tiny satellites, to reveal detailed images of clouds’ external and internal 3D structures and properties.

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9 eerie and stunning photos of the disappearing Dead Sea

Posted on February 25th, 2019
By Naama Barak for Israel21c


Check out the natural wonder that is the lowest point on earth as it continues to vanish at alarming rate.


The Dead Sea is all kinds of things – a natural wonder, the lowest place on earth, its saltiest waterbody and a fabulous place to schmear on some mud and feel all rejuvenated. It’s also technically a lake.

But most importantly, it’s fast disappearing.

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Israeli scientists save pesto with fungus-resistant basil

Posted on February 18th, 2019
By Naama Barak for Israel21c 


First-of-its-kind sweet basil cultivar is resistant to downy mildew, a severe global epidemic affecting basil plants.


Italy without tomatoes, Ireland without potatoes and the United States without filter coffee – these are all unimaginable culinary nightmares.

To these scenarios we can add a world devoid of basil, meaning no pesto, no Caprese salad and no yummy fresh leaves mixed into our salad or melted with butter onto steaming hot garlic bread. The horror!

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