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Past articles by Zafrir:

Israel's Judicial Coup Could Pave the Way for More 'Jews Only' Spaces in West Bank

Several of the steps advanced by the government in recent weeks would expand the control of pro-development representatives in planning institutions, while privatizing the operations of agencies that could implement checks and balances → Read More

'I Will Meet With Whomever I Want,' Israeli Environment Minister Idit Silman Says After Meeting Veteran Climate Deniers

The Minister of Environmental Protection responded to Haaretz's publication that she met with well-known climate denial lobbyists. In her own words, Silman rejected the term climate deniers, claiming it was misleading → Read More

Israel's Gov't Admits Disposable-plastic Tax Works – and Repeals It Anyway

The only reason given for the decision was the agreements between Netanyahu and his coalition partners. Taxation and legislation are the most effective tools for reducing the use of disposable plastic, which is considered a major pollutant in Israel → Read More

For Four Years Israel Enjoyed an Abundance of Rain, but the Dead Sea Continues to Shrink

While the state of Israel's natural water reservoirs has generally improved, Dead Sea water levels have declined by 11 centimeters more than last year → Read More

At COP15, Even When the Goal Is to Protect Nature, the Money Still Comes First

At the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal, Latin American and African countries hope to reach an agreement on Monday on aid from wealthier nations → Read More

Israel Chemicals to Pay Country's Largest-ever Compensation for Environmental Damage

Five years after a fertilizer plant spill that caused massive damage to a nature reserve, the company agreed to pay 115 million shekels ($33.7 million) to restore it and compensate residents → Read More

The World Looked to Egypt, but Canada May Decide the Planet's Fate

The UN's COP15 conference in Montreal is seeking more ambitious targets for preserving biological diversity, even though failures of the past continue to haunt it → Read More

Well-meaning Residents Foil Haifa’s Efforts to Tame Wild Boar Problem

About 1,000 people regularly feed the city’s porcine population, raising the risk of violent encounters → Read More

Under Ben-Gvir, environmental enforcement body will mainly fight against Arabs

The Environmental Protection Ministry's enforcement agency, the Green Police, will be reassigned to the far-right leader's newly renamed 'National Security Ministry,' which raises fear that it will be used to employ police forces against the Bedouin population in Israel's south → Read More

Hundreds of Sea Turtles Suffered From Waste Exposure in the Last Two Decades

According to a new report, around one fifth of the turtles that were harmed died after being entangled in fishing nets off the shore of Israel → Read More

Two Years After Freak Storm, Eilat's Red Sea Coral Reef Still Struggling to Recover

The coral reef off Israel's southern coast has seen a worrying rise in water temperature and a 50 percent drop in sea urchin, which play a key role in its ecosystem, a government report finds → Read More

Hundreds of Acres Burn in Israeli Nature Reserve Due to Military Drill

The fire was sparked by a smoke grenade thrown during the training exercise east of Tel Aviv ■ The Israeli army opened an investigation, admitting the fire 'was caused in violation of directives' → Read More

Gov’t Report Ties Air Pollution in Haifa Bay to High Cancer Risk

The study was conducted over 45 years and backs previous Health Ministry conclusions regarding the effects of local industry on public health → Read More

One of Israel's Rarest Predator Is at Risk of Extinction. All It Needs Is a Bit of Space

Researchers found that the Negev fox tends to stray away from human activity, but the ongoing expansion of cities in southern Israel threatens its survival → Read More

Heat Waves in Mediterranean Caused Mass Die-offs of Marine Life

2015-2019 were the hottest years on record since measurements began, causing mass deaths in marine life which serve as evidence that ecosystems are already suffering significantly from global warming → Read More

Israel to Greenlight Jordan River Facelift to Cut Pollution

The plan approved last year by Israel's Water Authority Council will direct water for farming through to the southern Jordan River → Read More

Israel to Greenlight Jordan River Facelift to Cut Pollution

The plan approved last year by Israel's Water Authority Council will direct water for farming through to the southern Jordan River → Read More

A Week-long Heat Wave Last Year Killed Off Masses of Brown Mollusks That Invade Israel’s Beaches

The snails, whose largest concentrations were in the Haifa Bay and Netanya, died after several hours’ exposure to high temperatures and sunlight → Read More

Israel quickly losing open land to development, government report warns

More than 17,000 acres of undeveloped land was allocated towards building apartments and businesses, a trend that will only hurt ecosystems and wildlife → Read More

A hidden valley, full of wildlife, but new road threatens to cut it in half

The settlement of Modi’in Illit is pressing to pave a new road to improve its connection to the city of Modi’in. Approval of the plan will gravely damage an important ecological corridor → Read More