Facing eviction, Canaan dog breeder turns to public to recruit relocation funds

For American-Israeli Myrna Shiboleth, preserving the Canaan – the national dog of Israel – and doing so from the dilapidated ruins of Sha’ar Hagai have been nothing short of her raison d’être for the past 46 years. Now facing a court-ordered eviction following a several- year, government-sponsored lawsuit over land occupancy, Shiboleth is scrambling to … Read more…

Israel National Trail welcomes virtual hiking enthusiasts on Google Street View

After finishing up a dive through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or ambling among Cambodia’s legendary Angkor Wat temples, trekking enthusiasts across the globe can now head out for a hike on the Israel National Trail – all from the comfort of their computer screens. The 1,100-kilometer trail, which stretches from the country’s northern tip at … Read more…

Analysis: The gas deal – it ain’t over till it’s over

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz were all smiles at Thursday’s ceremony to kick off the country’s natural gas framework, the celebrations that ensued across the sector may still be slightly premature. As quickly as Netanyahu placed his signature on Article 52 – the legal clause required … Read more…

Lead Israeli environmentalist: Country failed to live up to its potential at climate conference

Departing from the 12-day United Nations Conference on Climate Change without a national action plan to implement its modest emissions targets, Israel has failed to live up to its potential at the annual Conference of Parties, according to the country’s leading environmentalist. “This conference, COP-21, is first and foremost a business opportunity – a business opportunity … Read more…

Palestinian strawberry growers welcome bugs to farms pilot project

After years in which insects have been optimizing Israeli crop growth by serving as biological pesticides, the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria has begun to bring these same friendly bugs to West Bank Palestinian farmers. Five Palestinian strawberry growers, from the Tulkarm and Jenin areas, are taking part in a pilot program to bring integrated … Read more…

Environmental NGO unveils Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian hiking, cycling trails

Jordanian tour guides visiting spots in Israel. Credit: EcoPeace Middle East

Providing a first-time experience for nature lovers, the cross-border environmental organization EcoPeace unveiled four guided treks that each traverse Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian territory. Among the treks are two hiking trails, a bike tour and a walking trip, according to Eco-Peace, which has offices and directors in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. Realized through … Read more…

German, Israeli and Jordanian experts team up to explore climate change and bird migration

Prof. Yossi Leshem with Angela Merkel in 2011. Credit: Yossi Leshem.

As climate change continues to influence bird migration behaviors, a team of Israeli and German researchers aims to find ways of coping with these ever-evolving patterns. “The climate is a key factor in migration,” veteran ornithologist Prof. Yossi Leshem told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “Some of the birds are coming back much earlier to … Read more…