Is man-made pollution making storms more severe?

Posted on February 19th, 2018
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine


Research shows that even the smallest of man-made particles can intensify thunderstorms, which can lead to soil erosion, runoff and damaged crops.


In case you're still wondering what kind of impact something as commonplace as your car's exhaust is having on the environment ... wonder no more.

A new study from an international team of researchers – including Dr. Jiwen Fan at the U.S. Department of Energy and Professor Daniel Rosenfeld of the Institute of Earth Sciences at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel – found that even the smallest particles from man-made emissions can fuel severe storms and influence weather. That, in turn, can wreak serious havoc on crops and agriculture.

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Pollution’s impact on weather, crops worse than once thought

Posted on February 12th, 2018
By ISRAEL21c Staff



New multinational research reveals that even small amounts of manmade aerosol particles can wreak havoc.


Even the tiniest of particles from human emissions can fuel powerful storms and influence weather and crops much more than previously thought, according to new research published January 26 in the journal Science.


The study focuses on the power of manmade aerosol emissions to grow rain clouds and intensify storms. These particles come from urban and industrial air pollution, wildfires and other sources.


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Israeli tech powers major wave-energy station in Ghana

Posted on February 5th, 2018
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c


Yam Pro Energy and India’s Shapoorji Pallonji Group will build a commercial-scale wave-power station in Ghana to serve 10,000 households.


Israel’s Yam Pro Energy  signed a partnership with Indian business conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) Group to begin production on the world’s first commercial-scale wave energy power station in Ghana.

The $180 million station, located along the coastline near the capital city of Accra, will be designed to generate up to 150 megawatts.

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New paint transforms sun’s rays into cool air-conditioning

Posted on January 29th, 2018
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


SolCold’s nanotech coating is a potentially game-changing electricity-free solution for cooling buildings or equipment in intensely sunny climates.


Coating materials that protect against fire, water or extreme temperatures are nothing new. But an Israeli high-tech paint doesn’t just protect surfaces from the sun. SolCold actually uses the sun’s power to activate a cooling mechanism, effectively providing air conditioning without electricity.

You read that right: This double-layered coating absorbs the hot rays of the sun and re-emits that energy in the form of cold. The hotter the solar radiation the more the coating cools down, making SolCold’s paint a potentially game-changing electricity-free solution for intensely sunny climates such as Africa and Central and South America.

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Happy Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees

Posted on January 22nd, 2018
RUSSELL MCLENDON for MotherNatureNetwork


The ancient holiday has become like a 'Jewish Arbor Day' in modern times, bringing religious and secular observers together for ecological reflection.

 

This spring will mark the 142nd anniversary of Arbor Day, founded in April 1872 as a time to "plant, nurture and celebrate trees."

But long before that, another tree-centric holiday had already been promoting arboreal appreciation for centuries. Tu Bishvat — also spelled Tu B'Shvat, Tu B'Shevat or Tu BeShvat — is an ancient Jewish holiday known as the "new year for trees." Its original role was to calculate the age of fruit trees, but today it has a broader ecological tone, earning it nicknames like "Jewish Arbor Day" and even "Jewish Earth Day."

Tu Bishvat falls on Jan. 31 this year (it technically begins at sunset Jan. 30), marking one of four new years on the Jewish calendar. While many religious and secular observers honor the holiday by planting trees, it has also inspired lots of other eco-friendly traditions over the years, from sustainable seders to tree-sitting.

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