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August 29, 2012

Where's the Coverage? Israeli Desalination Breakthrough


Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a release on August 9, 2012, "Freshwater from the sun," detailing a new development in nanotechnology paired with the use of solar energy that could help solve water shortages in under-developed and under-resourced regions including Africa. The research was undertaken at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and central Arava R&D.

Ynet News covered the subject as did The Algemeiner, writing:

The new innovation uses solar energy panels to power the pumps of a desalination unit that generates clean water for crops. More importantly, the technology utilizes unique nanofiltration membranes that enable farmers to decide which minerals should be retained from the water to feed various types of crops, a method which requires much less energy.

According to experts, water is going to be an increasingly scarce resource. Bloomberg quotes Dow Chemical Chief Executive Officer Andrew Liveris saying "Water right now is a strain on this planet more than carbon. We mismanage water terribly. It's going to be a big issue."

Even so, few in the media have seen fit to report on Israel's breakthrough technology. A Google News search for "Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research" turned up only five mentions -- and none of them in a mainstream media outlet.

Though criticism of Israel is ubiquitous in the media, including on the front pages of America's leading newspapers, when it comes to good news about Israel… Where's the coverage?

Posted by SC at August 29, 2012 12:02 PM


Most Americans do not realize how lucky we are to have water; it is a major reason Mexicans travel illegally to the USA. Water conservation is not a major issue in the NE yet. Fracking requires great amounts of water, and even as NYS was bankrupt it still bought large tracks of wilderness in the upstate where propsals for muti-billion plants are being discussed to produce gas requiring huge reserves of water to work. These issues are not about national security, it is to protect invested government interests in these boon industries and capitlize on them from the inside. A desalinaztion plant like Israel is able to plan has all kinds of applications but the tyrants sitting atop the Islamic nations have to weigh the profits and measure it against their long term Jihadi goals. Especially with the looming controversies over the Jordanian head waters. Political schemes have been laid and fortunes planned on existing water supplies this really throws a wrench in the works. Watch how the UN plays it for an update on global madness.

Posted by: jeb stuart at August 30, 2012 11:52 AM

The reason main stream media ignore
the "good" news is because there is
no cost to indulging a basic anti-semitic
emotional mind-set; and bolstered by the fact that
bad news sells better.

Posted by: Martin Broschowitz at August 30, 2012 11:59 AM

Who(Ford Foundation, Sabil? PA?)is subsidising the Corries? Should not they sue ISM in the US courts for misrepresentation under trading standards legislation?
Evidently ISM, like King Charles I, believes demonstrators can do no wrong, and armies can do no right. Carlo lost his head!
When I did OTC in '62 - '66 after a briefing on village fighting which is close and nasty, I asked the instructor lt colonel about accidentally shot civilians. He frankly said civilians are in a battle area on their own responsibility - and admitted with regret that once he had shot a civilian who had come round a corner too quickly.

Posted by: Frank Adam at August 30, 2012 12:36 PM

Well, isn't this surprising, in view of pervasive claims that Jews control the US media?

Posted by: Gil at August 30, 2012 03:14 PM

Magnificent discovery. As always, Israel is always ready to help the world, by sharing its knowledge, even though too few nations appreciate it.

Posted by: Ariel at August 30, 2012 04:34 PM

No surprise. Another wonderful day of Israel's accomplishments. Right on Israel!

Posted by: Selma Soss at August 30, 2012 04:36 PM

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