More environmental news from Israel…
Haaretz: State delays rehab of severly polluted land, loses $1 billion tax revenue – Neglected brownfields left over from an old military facility in Herzliya are not only causing the State to lose money, but are causing pollution to both sea and groundwater.
Haaretz: Asbestos fumes rise over Petah Tikva in indutrial zone fire – A fire that broke out during last week’s heat wave forced nearby residents to evacuate their homes for two hours to escape the toxic fumes caused by illegally dumped hazardous substances, including asbestos, in nearby fields.
Jerusalem Post: War-ravaged northern forests get makeover – The tragic forest fires that caused the destruction of more than 12,000 dunams of hand-planted trees by the JNF has a positive spin. With a greater understanding of ecology, the non-native pines that once covered the landscape are being replaced with native olive, cypress, tamarisk, acacia, and carob trees.