Did You Know That ….
January 13, 2010
Did You Know That….
•Mountains and plains, fertile land and desert are often minutes apart, The width of the country, from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Dead Sea in the east can be crossed by car in 90 minutes; and the trip from Metulla, in the far north, to Eilat at the country’s southern tip takes about six hours.
•The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at about 1,300 feet (400m) below sea level, lies at the southern end of the Jordan Valley.
•As a country plagued by water scarcity, Israel has been forced to develop its water sources in innovative ways. It has become a world leader in the development of drip irrigation, a technique by which relatively small amounts of water are delivered directly to the roots of plants…
•The total annual renewable water resources amount to some 60 billion cubic feet (1.7 billion cu.m)
•Most of the country’s waste is now concentrated in 15 state-of-the-art landfills and about 85% of the waste is disposed or treated in an environmentally sound manner – in comparison to a mere 10% just a decade ago. (www.mfa.gov.il)
•Israel produces 93% of its own food requirements.
•Chemical products such as potash (which is used to make fertilizer) and salt are extracted profitably from the Dead Sea.
• The enactment and implementation of a Deposit Law on Beverage Containers aims to improve cleanliness and reduce litter, minimize waste quantities and landfill volume, and encourage recycling and reuse of beverage containers. (www.mfa.gov.il)
• Water scarcity is unfortunately not a new issue in Israel, thus leaving Israel to find creative ways to develop its water sources and by doing so Israel has become a world leader in the development of drip irrigation, a technique by which relatively small amounts of water are delivered directly to the roots of plants.
• A large part of Israel’s water problem comes from the fact that over half the country’s land area consists of an arid desert.
• Israel is leading the way with its use of solar energy. All new buildings constructed in Israel today are equipped with solar water heaters.
•Israel is convinced that its renewed commitment to the environment will ensure that ecological values and environmental resources will be protected for future generations.