Protecting our Planet

May 27, 2022

Harder Winters, Stronger Storms: New Data Reveals Climate Change Might Be More Rapid than Predicted

The Earth’s climate is changing faster than we expected. A new study led by the Weizmann Institute of Science reveals that storms in the Southern Hemisphere have already reached intensity...

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May 8, 2021

GORKY Protein Turns Bitter Tomatoes Sweet

A new database developed in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science is helping to reveal tomato riddles and may facilitate the breeding of delicious, disease-resistant tomatoes. Wild tomatoes that...

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March 19, 2021

How Bushfire Smoke Travelled Around the World

A new study has uncovered how some Australian fires produced a spreading stratospheric haze rivalling that of a volcanic eruption. It’s not just how hot the fires burn – it’s...

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December 27, 2020

Plastic’s Just Blowing in the Wind

As the plastic in our oceans breaks up into smaller and smaller bits without breaking down chemically, the resulting microplastics are becoming a serious ecological problem. Now, a new study...

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December 12, 2020

The Mass of Human-Made Materials Now Equals the Planet’s Biomass

A new study at the Weizmann Institute of Science shows that we are doubling the mass of the human-made ‘anthropogenic’ part of the world every twenty years and the curve...

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June 29, 2020

Scientists’ Ice Findings Could Help Measure Earth’s Magnetic History

Among other things, the history of our planet has been written in the periodic reversal of its magnetic poles. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science have now proposed a...

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February 7, 2020

Marine Biomass: The Life that Stays Small, Lives Fast, Dies Young

A new census at the Weizmann Institute of Science asks why the oceans have so little biomass compared to land, and shows how small marine producers pull their weight. If...

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November 28, 2019

The Greenest Diet: Bacteria Switch to Eating Carbon Dioxide

Bacteria in the lab of Professor Ron Milo at the Weizmann Institute of Science have not just sworn off sugar, they have stopped eating their normal solid food, existing instead...

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March 17, 2019

Antifreeze Protein Can Also Promote Ice Formation Says New Research

Antifreeze is life’s means of surviving in cold winters: Natural antifreeze proteins help fish, insects, plants and even bacteria live through low temperatures that should turn their liquid parts to...

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August 5, 2018

Semi-arid Forests Could Reduce Global Warming

Although new trees are cropping up in many places around the globe in an effort to fight climate change, it has become apparent that not all types of forests are...

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March 28, 2018

Food Waste: The Biggest Loss Could be What You Choose to Put in Your Mouth

A new analysis from the Weizmann Institute of Science and partners suggests hundreds of millions more could eat from the same resources if we switched to plant-based diets. About a...

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February 15, 2017

Solar Energy on Track for Hydrogen Fuel Production

Israeli and Dutch researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Eindhoven University of Technology have succeeded in almost fully suppressing the production of hydrogen peroxide – a major obstacle...

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February 2, 2017

A Rusy Green Early Ocean?

Though they may seem rock solid, the ancient sedimentary rocks called iron formations – the world’s chief economic source of iron ore – were once dissolved in seawater. How did...

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April 24, 2015

Factory Waste Morphs into Clean Syngas

Heavy industries generate a lot of heat and emit a lot of CO2 to the atmosphere. NewCO2Fuels turns these two streams of waste into profitable products. For millions of years,...

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March 27, 2015

Weizmann Scientist Stresses Value of “Eureka Moments”

Ask Brian Berkowitz about the fruits of his research – say, an environmentally friendly way to remove pollutants from contaminated water – and he’ll stop you. “OK. I have to...

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March 11, 2015

No Limits to Human Effects on Clouds

Understanding how clouds affect the climate has been a difficult proposition. What controls the makeup of the low clouds that cool the atmosphere or the high ones that trap heat...

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