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  • Two Cities in Transition – This Week in Palestine
    By Chiara Appendino By 2030, all countries will be required to contribute to achieving the United Nations’ approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Local governments are also called upon to implement these goals. Our work on the NUR (New Urban Resources) Project fulfils our commitment to goal No. 11, the creation...

  • Enabling Sustainable Energy for Bethlehem Residents – This Week in Palestine
    By Ziad Alsayeh Bethlehem, which in Arabic translates to “house of meat” (“house of bread” in Hebrew), is the capital of the governorate by the same name. The city which sits at an elevation of 765 meters above sea level is known for its Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers...

  • Sustainable Cities – This Week in Palestine
    By Hazem H. Kawasmi A sustainable city is a city whose development tackles three complementary dimensions, namely: economic, social, and environmental. Building sustainable cities means building inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities – inclusive in terms of community participation in the planning and oversight of infrastructure sub-projects and environmentally sustainable in...

  • Utopian Palestine – This Week in Palestine
    A Future Sustainable Hub By Georgina andRafael Abboud As the world’s population grows, architects of this generation should alter the concept of design to wisely accommodate this growth. Our vision should focus on increasing efforts to introduce new self-sufficient, eco-friendly buildings that can serve various needs. Ecological architects are desperately...

  • Waste to Energy – This Week in Palestine
    By Suleiman Abu Muferreh Integrated solid waste management considers waste prevention, minimization, generation, treatment, source recovery, and disposal as well as its impact on environmental, social, and health aspects, even years after final disposal. Many countries have achieved advanced status in waste treatment while others are still trying; some countries...

  • Supporting Environmental Sustainability in Palestine – This Week in Palestine
    By Guglielmo Giordano The environment is a significant issue for the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) as a whole, and for Palestine in particular, as the Palestinian population faces economic crises, wars, uncertainty, food precarity, and unending social problems. Environmental issues matter because Palestinians in their homeland have the...

  • Vocational Training to Support Start-Ups – This Week in Palestine
    By Francesca Costero,Claudio Daniele,Salvatore Guida In the framework of the New Urban Resources (NUR) Project, vocational training was prioritized to help build the vocational skills of Palestinian youth. Developing vocational skills was entrusted to EnAIP Piemonte, a nonprofit association that operates nationally and internationally to service youth, workers, and companies,...

  • Will Wastewater Suffice? – Zavit
    Rena Lenchitz September 5, 2021 To alleviate concerns over water scarcity, wastewater reclamation has emerged as a trusty solution to provide adequate water resources. But even after rounds of treatment procedures, is it safe to use? New Israeli research sheds light on the issue. Between the hot, blistering summers, the...

  • Can Plant-Covered Buildings Cool Things Down? – Zavit
    Amnon Direktor and Max Kaplan-Zantopp August 5, 2021 With each passing summer, cities are getting hotter and more unbearable. With the demand for cooling at an all-time high, a new Israeli study investigates the real-scale benefits of living green buildings on the urban environment and human health. You don’t realize...

  • Make Forests Resilient Again – Zavit
    Yonatan Sar and Max Kaplan-Zantopp Make Forests Resilient Again August 22, 2021 With climate change warnings reaching unprecedented new levels, how will our forests cope? A new study reveals how effective Israeli forests are in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and what needs to be done to improve their resiliency...

  • Transitional Ecology (Special Issue) This Week in Palestine, August 2021
    Tabele of Contents – Issue 280 (selected articles to follow) Message from the Editor … Two Cities in Transition … Supporting Environmental Sustainability in Palestine … Humans and the Environment … Supporting the COVID-19 Response in Bethlehem … Enabling Sustainable Energy for Bethlehem Residents … Sustainable Cities … Developing Social...

  • 9 Israeli companies helping fight the climate crisis – YNET
    The world is getting more serious about climate change and the impact that it has on our planet. As such, it is not enough to rely on governments to help fix the issues at hand. These Israeli companies are helping make the world a better place by focusing their efforts...

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