Saving green spaces
River in rehab: Rare plants back on Kishon banks
By Fadi Eyadat
Haaretz May 24th 2007
Friends of botanist Yoav Gertman call him "the clover finder." During a hike on one of the interim days of
Passover 1998, he found a group of 3,000 narrowleaf crimson clover (Trifolium angustifolium), after other
botanists thought it had disappeared from Israel. After this group was destroyed by the paving of a road, he found
another group in the lower Kishon Stream, now undergoing rehabilitation. This is the only place in Israel they can
The rare clover was discovered during an ecological survey the Kishon Stream Authority conducted two weeks ago,
along with other rare species, such as catchfly and Lobularia arabica.
Gertman, the chief botanist of the Yagur nurseries and a senior observer for Rotem, the Israel Plant Information
Center, says the narrowleaf crimson clover is particularly rare although the Carmel area is considered its cradle,
along with wheat and legumes. According to Gertman the clover, an annual that blooms March and April,
"penetrates damaged and saline areas where there is no strong vegetation," but disappears due to competition with
other plants. Gertman said he was so surprised to find it that he sent samples to three other major botanists who
said they, too, thought it was extinct. That year, the narrowleaf crimson clover was crowned "the botanical find of
However, the plant's rare status did not keep the Israel National Roads Company from paving a road to a new
neighborhood in the Carmel town of Nesher soon after the clover was found, destroying it. "For this find alone the
Kishon should be protected and restored," Gertman says.
"Today this clover is found nowhere else in the country. I understand there are already plans to turn this into a back
area of the Haifa Port. We have to fight to save it." Gertman said some of the clover sent to the Hebrew University
will serve as a breeding nucleus.
Another rare plant found only in the Kishon is Cardopatium corymbosum.
The Iraqi bird that made aliyah
By Eli Ashkenazi
Haaretz, May 14th 2007
After several rare Iraqi birds moved to Israel last spring, even last summer's Katyusha barrages on the Hula Valley
failed to budge them from their new home. And yesterday, it became clear that the Basra reed warblers were here to
stay: The birds have returned to the Hula following their winter migration to east Africa.
Last spring, Yoav Perlman, a researcher for the Israel Birdwatching Center (part of the Society for the Protection of
Nature in Israel), discovered evidence that some of the warblers had nested in the Hula. That was the first time these
birds have been known to nest outside Iraq. Over the ensuing year, four warblers, including one fledgling, were
banded by Birdwatching Center researchers, who hoped to see them again this year after their winter migration.
For the past few weeks, the center has been trying to determine whether the birds had indeed returned. Yesterday,
researcher Nadav Yisraeli finally spotted a pair of the warblers in the Hula. Upon consulting the records, he
discovered that one of them had been banded at the exact same spot last year.
According to Yisraeli, this sighting "increases the chance that the bird has decided to reside and nest permanently in
Israel." Noting that this is the start of the warblers' nesting season, he explained that "their presence at the same
place where the fledglings were discovered last year provides another significant piece of evidence that the warblers
have immigrated to Israel."
Over the coming months, researchers hope to find the conclusive proof - a nest containing eggs or chicks.
The Basra reed warbler is a small bird, some 15 centimeters long. Its name comes from its traditional nesting site in
the marshes of southeastern Iraq, near Basra. It is an endangered species, and its population is thought to have
declined by about 90 percent over the past few decades, due to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's efforts to drain
the marshes as part of his war on the tribes that lived there.
Perlman explained that in recent years, the warblers have been following Iraq's rivers out of the marshes in an effort
to find new nesting grounds, "and that may be how they reached us.
While the Hula is the warblers' first known nesting site outside Iraq, Perlman stressed that "neighboring countries,
such as Syria, have not conducted orderly surveys, so the Basra reed warblers could be nesting there as well."
Now, the researchers are trying to ensure that the warblers do not lose their new nesting site - a fish breeding pond -
as well, by asking the fish farmers not to cut the pond's reeds yet. "We are in contact with them and hope that they
will cooperate, at least until the end of the hatching season," Perlman said.
Air Pollutant Mapping in Haifa Bay
from Haaretz 05/24/2007
The Ministry of Environmental Protection has allocated a million shekels (about $250,000) for air quality mapping in Haifa
Bay. The project, scheduled to begin on June 10, 2007, will measure and map air quality in terms of "exotic" pollutants -
pollutants which are not routinely measured in monitoring stations. During the course of the project, four series of air
sampling and analysis will be carried out, two in the summer and autumn of 2007 and the rest in the winter and spring of 2008.
The director of the Haifa region of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Robert Reuven, announced that air sampling will
be undertaken in some 20 points around industrial plants and adjacent residential areas. The air pollutants which will be
checked include dioxins and furans, volatile organic compounds, polyaromatics, particulates, heavy metals, ammonia,
mercaptans and hydrogen sulfide, all of which are hazardous and toxic air pollutants emitted by industrial and transportation
Sampling is meant to provide a basic picture of air quality conditions and the location of hot spots in Haifa Bay. A decision on
the continuation of the project will be taken based on preliminary results and resource availability.
O3, SO2, H2S, CO, NOx, Pb, etc
A new site for recycling and dumping of garbage in the Hof Shemen
district : between 400 and 450 tons ( households, industry) and
between 50 to 70 tons of crushed garbage (branches,etc..) will be
treated daily. 30% of the garbage will be recycled
***** Haifa pilot city for for electric cars
Haifa Municipality has signed an understanding with Better Place: parking lots, streets and all
new buildings will have charging station infrastructure. Haifa will be the first city in Israel to
conduct a pilot experiment to examine the feasibility of using electric cars, and will allow Better
Place to install charging stations in the city as part of a three-year experiment.
You can bring unused medecines to Maccabi sick fund clinics
6/2010 Intel's Green building in Matam, HaifaThe first building in Israel to receive the LEED, Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design, Gold certificate, conforms also to the Standards Institution of Israel standard
5281 for green building. As part of the LEED certification, the new design center will use: environmentally
friendly building materials and construction methods; natural and controlled lighting by means of an internal patio
which infuses light into all levels from an atrium; air-conditioning and electrical system which both save and recycle
energy; and an irrigation system which utilizes only recycled water. Miki Livnat, Intel's Environmental, Health, and
Safety manager for the region stated, "The project team was passionate about building a green building, and despite
initial skepticism, they drove this project from a concept to a reality."
|Centre de recyclage: 7 rue Yud Lamed Peretz, Haifa
de gauch a droite papier, equipement electronique qui peut encore servir, bouteilles de plastic, electronique, habits, batteries, disquettes
Vous pouvez aussi donner des meubles et des equipements electomenagers au centre Lev Haich
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