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Low-Emission Zone now operational in downtown Haifa; Israel’s first; initially targeting heavy diesels

Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and Haifa Municipality have begun operating a low-emission zone (LEZ). As of 2 February 2018, polluting heavy diesel vehicles were no longer allowed in downtown Haifa. These buses and trucks must install a particulate … Continue reading

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Air pollution from vehicles kills 1,100 Israelis a year, new data shows 

Main culprits are older trucks, buses and vans running on diesel engines, Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry claims Air pollution from vehicles kills about 1,100 people in Israel every year and accounts for roughly half of all deaths from air pollution, … Continue reading

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Haifa residents step up protest against air pollution

Over one thousand activists and Haifa area residents reignited protests Sunday over Health Ministry findings that linked heightened cancer rates in the city with high levels of air pollution. Carrying signs reading “we’re suffocating,” and wearing anti-pollution masks, protesters gathered in … Continue reading

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Report: 15% of cancer cases in Haifa due to air pollution

Some 15 percent of all cancer cases in the Haifa Bay area can be attributed to air pollution, according to a new Health Ministry report. The report, which covers the decade from 1998 to 2007, says some 780 cases of … Continue reading

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Worst sandstorm in four years engulfs Israel as heavy air pollution recorded across country

Heavy haze from sandstorms in the Negev area engulfed most parts of Israel on Monday, limiting visibility to approximately a kilometer. Conditions are expected to improve on Monday evening. The Environment Ministry issued a statement warning of high levels of … Continue reading

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Israeli green groups furious at Health Ministry for backtracking on Haifa air pollution

Environmentalists were outraged on Thursday over the Health Ministrys decision that Haifa should not, after all, be declared an “area suffering from air pollution,” terming it “bizarre” and “a sorry joke. “The ministrys decision not to declare Haifa polluted under … Continue reading

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