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Prof. Ofira Ayalon

Prof. Ofira Ayalon

Is Israel no longer drying up?

Is Israel no longer drying up?

In this article published in The Marker, Prof. Ofira Ayalon criticizes the Israeli government for its lagging attitude towards water consumption in the State of Israel. Prof. Ofira Ayalon noted data pointing the possibility of a future shortage of water in Israel, and called on the Israeli government to raise public awareness of the water problem and to invest in finding technological solutions to this problem.
Israel and Trump heat up the world

Israel and Trump heat up the world

A few hours after the inauguration of The President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, The White House issued a statement on the future attitude of the new government towards the energy sector.
Israel can benefit from climate change

Israel can benefit from climate change

Israel takes pride in its technological knowledge, and was among the first countries that signed the Treaty of Paris, but in practice - Israel's energy consumption only increases while renewable energy is not. This lack of attention will result in missed opportunities for the state of Israel.
Climate change: stop talking, start doing

Climate change: stop talking, start doing

Israel has recently signed, ceremoniously, the COP21 climate agreement in New York. But what the worth the glamorous pictures if the state of Israel actually does not invest any money in preparing for climate change?
Encouraging waste on behalf of natural gas

Encouraging waste on behalf of natural gas

In previous years, ahead of heat wave days, the Israel electric company begged we try not to activate the unnecessary electrical appliances - last heat wave the tune has changed. The reasons for this change are listed in the article
Information for the public will help reduce air pollution

Information for the public will help reduce air pollution

If information is provided to us as consumers, we can better understand the consequences of our actions and seek ways to improve our performance in order to cut costs and reduce polluting emissions.
Return to diesel fuel will cost all of us more

Return to diesel fuel will cost all of us more

Diesel fuel raise up to 6 times the price of producing electricity and causes significant damage to air quality because it is much more polluting than natural gas.
A 240 million NIS fine on the public

A 240 million NIS fine on the public

Following the Minister for Environmental Protection's initiative, Mr. Amir Peretz, to charge 0.60 ILS per plastic bag consumed at the supermarket by the public, Prof. Ayalon shows in this article the high costs and yet, the relative low benefits of this suggested law.
Oil price reductions should not make us too complacent

Oil price reductions should not make us too complacent

OPEC, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, decided last week not to reduce oil production. This means, in a world of supply and demand, falling prices. Why such decision was made?
Not to lower the price of electricity

Not to lower the price of electricity

In an era of oppressive living cost, in an era of social protest and a call from the middle class to reduce prices, Prof. Ayalon suggests and explains why a reduction in the price of electricity is a wrong decision.
Garbage bags aren

Garbage bags aren't the reason for pollution in Israel

Plastic carrier bags are a popular theme in Israel since 2007, without justification - the damage they are causing is far less significant than perceived. Legislation is also unnecessary, the use of plastic bags can be significantly reduced by education and the cooperation of retail chains.
Leveraging Climate Change

Leveraging Climate Change

Israel may be a small player in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, but it can be a significant factor in the export of knowledge and technologies related to adaptation to climate change - efficient irrigation methods, water design solutions, green building and solar technologies.
Law against plastic bags? You are populists

Law against plastic bags? You are populists

New law proposals are trying to retire the use of plastic bags, but the truth is that this is a small percentage of the total packaging waste and there are more pressing issues.
When you put the bleaching detergents  next to the cereals

When you put the bleaching detergents next to the cereals

No need to call the exterminator to get exposed to toxins. They are in the closet, in the grocery store and at the kindergarten. The writing has long been on the wall, we just need someone to read it.
Why do we need scientists if we don

Why do we need scientists if we don't listen to them?

The government raises the price of public transport and the milk carton despite of what the researchers recommend. In Europe, on contrary, a huge budget is allocated to environmental studies through Horizon 2020.
How will the Israeli gas flow?

How will the Israeli gas flow?

The state seeks to promote the establishment of two land-based facilities to absorb the gas, but residents of the selected location for the facilities object due to safety and environmental considerations. It seems that the establishment of a floating rig in the sea may solve the problem.
Waste separation: Start with institutions and factories

Waste separation: Start with institutions and factories

The state relies on the good will of the citizens to separate the wet and dry waste. Why not force the big businesses, and even the army and prisons, to start the revolution?
Garbage dreams

Garbage dreams

If one wants to deal with the problem of separating organic waste and motivate households to separate waste at the source, we need to let big businesses start the process
The black hole of the gas

The black hole of the gas

There are many questions that need essential answers. Impartial work is required in order to examine the potential and the capability of the economy to absorb the gas
Water saving in Italy

Water saving in Italy

In Italy, there is hardly any water saving awareness. Among farmers, when the cost of water is part of their production inputs, Israeli technology is used for water saving.