Israel’s environment in the news
In an article in the Jerusalem Post, from Environment and the Climate in the Middle East, we learn that the unfortunate conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is not only taxing on the people on both sides, but also on the environment in which we all reside. Due to a lack of cooperation between the two, Palestinians in the West Bank have not been treating their sewage. These untreated murky waters flow right back into streams or cesspits, filling them with loads of toxins. Please read more about the unfortunate implications of this lack of cooperation to keep our waters clean.
And, in other more positive (and less wet) news, we take the Water Blog to shore to learn about an unlikely spot for a new park in the Dan region of the country. Atop a mound of Israel’s largest heap of garbage at Hiriya, environmentalist, architects, and engineers are trying to build a sustainable and sturdy ecological park, taking advantage of the beautiful view of Tel Aviv’s skyline. The plan is to construct the park out of as much recycled material as possible, and design a new and unique spot for Israeli’s to enjoy the peaceful calms of nature, while sitting upon the garbage of their fellow citizens. Read more about this interesting project here.