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The Jerusalem Post and BGU Launch Environment News Section

The Jerusalem Post and BGU Launch Environment News Section

June 5, 2024

Current events, Desert & Water Research, Sustainability & Climate Change

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The Jerusalem Post – The Jerusalem Post has partnered with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) to launch a new section on its website dedicated to environment and climate change.

BGU has several schools, departments and research institutes that have been working on solutions for issues related to the climate crisis for decades.

For example, BGU scientists recently published research that can help improve the productivity of solar panels by shedding light on the effects of temperature on the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells.

“Israel is more than 60% drylands, and worldwide, we have over two billion people living on drylands, numbers that are growing by the hour because of the desertification process,” said Prof. Noam Weisbrod, director of The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at BGU. “Creating a situation that enables a good life according to modern standards on drylands is really crucial for humanity.”

Prolonged droughts, storms, extreme temperatures, and hurricanes – the impact of climate change on the daily lives of people worldwide – has significantly intensified in recent years. With approximately 47% of the earth’s surface classified as drylands, the demand for desert technologies and environmental solutions has become more urgent than ever. Israel stands at the forefront of these efforts, showcasing its capability to lead in this crucial arena.

The Jerusalem Post portal will feature in-depth coverage of environmental challenges facing Israel and the world. It will also highlight innovative research and solutions, as global temperatures are on track to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with devastating consequences for ecosystems, communities and economies worldwide.

“We are excited to partner with BGU to launch this new section dedicated to Environment and Climate Change,” said Inbar Ashkenazi, CEO of the Jerusalem Post Group.

The initiative underscores the growing recognition of the urgent need to address environmental issues and the role of media in promoting awareness and action, raising awareness for environmental issues.

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