Relevant Employment and Appointments
Awards, and Fellowships
1. Tal, Alon Pollution in a Promised Land – An Environmental History of Israel, Berkeley, California, University of California Press, 2002. (546 pages).
2. Tal, Alon Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 2006. (255 pages)
3. Tal, Alon The Environment in Israel: Natural Resources, Crises, Campaigns and Policy from the Advent of Zionism until Twenty-first Century, (in Hebrew) B'nei Brak, HaKibbutz HaMeuhad Press,2006. (620 pages)
4. Bar-Ilan, Yael, Pearlmutter, David, Tal, Alon, Building Green: Policy Mechanisms for Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Israel, The Technion, Center for Urban and Regional Studies Press, 2010. (187 pages)
5. Tal, Alon, All the Trees of the Forest, Israel’s Woodlands from the Bible to the Present, New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Press, 2013 (328 pages).
Hebrew edition: B’nei Brak, Hotzaat HaKibbutz Hameuchad, 2014.
6.Tal, Alon, The Land is Full: Addressing Overpopulation in Israel, accepted for publication, New
Haven, Yale University Press, 2016.
Hebrew Edition - Hotzaat HaKibbutz Hameuchad, December, 2017.
Selected Reviews for The Environment in Israel:
Dov Hanin, HaAretz – Literature Supplement, January 17, 2007.
Shmuel Hayn, “The Environmental Chronicles” Ynet
Selected Reviews for Pollution in a Promised Land:
Gerstenfeld, Manfred. Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel (review) Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies - Volume 24, Number 2, Winter 2006, pp. 198-200.
Morton I. Teicher, “Israel’s Environmental Wrongs”, Jerusalem Post, October 2, 2002, reprinted in National Jewish Post and other syndicated American Jewish newspapers.
Jonathan Drew, “Israeli Environmentalist Returns for Triangle Talks” Durham Morning Herald, August, 8, 2002.
Zafrir Rinat, HaAretz “The Environmental Price of Zionism Threatens Zionism Itself” Haaretz, Newspaper, Sfarim (Hebrew and English feature) May 6, 2003, p. 7.
Richard C. Foltz “Book Review, Pollution in a Promised Land”, Environmental History, vol. 8 no. 3
Paul Kay, “Making the Desert Bloom” Alternatives Journal, Spring, 2003, Vol. 9 No. 2
Noga Morag-Levine, “Book Review, Alon Tal: Pollution in a Promised Land” Ariel, The Israel Review of Arts and Literature, vol. 115, 2003, p. 81.
Stephen S. Anderson Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel - Books of Note. Environment, July-August, 2003
Selected Reviews for All the Trees of the Forest:
B. D. Orr, "All the Trees of the Forest," Choice Reviews of the American Library
Association, April, 2014.
Sharon Udasin, "An Extraordinary Story," The Jerusalem Post, Books Section, January 16,
Sue Fishkoff, "He Can See Israel's Forest for the Trees – and the planet," The J, January 9,
Michael Cohen, "Telling the Story of Israel's Trees," The Forward, February 4, 2014.
Zafrir Rinat, “Not Withstanding the Hostilities, How to Bring Israeli Arabs Closer to Israeli Forests?” Haaretz, February 2, 2015.
Selected Reviews for The Land is Full
Daniel Orenstein, “Is the Land of Israel Really Full? Read and Decide, Times of Israel, September 19, 2016.
1. Rosenthal (Tal), A. 1985. Measuring Noise: Towards an Optimal Judicial Policy, Israel Law Review, 20, (1): 4-98.
2. Rogers, P. and Rosenthal (Tal), A. 1988. The Imperatives of Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Policy, Journal of the Water Pollution Control Association, 60 (11):1912-1921.
3. Rosenthal (Tal), A. 1988. USDA's Dubious Commitment to Water Quality, Environmental Forum, 5: 18-22.
5. Rosenthal (Tal), A. Gray G., and Graham, J.1992. Legislating Acceptable Risk From Exposure to Toxic Chemicals, Ecology Law Quarterly, 19 (2): 269- 362. Reprinted in An Environmental Law Anthology, Fischman et. al., Ed. Cincinnati, Anderson, 1996.
13. Tal, A. 2000. “Quantification of Economic Benefits of Non-Complying Polluters: Potential for Integration of the BEN Model into the Israeli Penalty Framework, Ecology and Environment, vol. 7: 3-16.
14. Marom-Albeck, O., Tal, A. 2000. “Towards a More Effective Model of Public Interest Environmental Citizen Suits,” Israel Law Review,34 (3): 373-424.
15. Tal, A. 2002. Air Pollution from Transportation, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, peer reviewed monograph in policy publication series, 1-49.
16. Talitman, D. Tal, A. Brenner, S. 2004. The Devil is in the Details: Increasing International Law’s Influence on Domestic Environmental Performance--the Case of Israel and the Mediterranean Sea New York University Environmental Law Journal, 11 (2) 414-478.
19. Bellesi, F., Lehrer, D. and Tal, A. 2005. Comparative Advantage, The Impact of ISO 14001 Environmental Certification on Exports, Environmental Science and Technology, 39 (7): 1943-1953.
20. Tal, A. 2005. Policy Options for Improving the Longevity and Effectiveness of Catalytic Converters in Israel,” peer reviewed monograph, the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies series on environmental policy 1-60.
21. Kerret, D., Tal, A. 2005. "Greenwash or Green Gain? Predicting the Success and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Environmental Voluntary Agreements, Pennsylvania State University Journal of Environmental Law, 14: 31-84.
23. Ben-Gal, A. Tel-Tsur, N. Tal, A. 2006. The Sustainability of Arid Agriculture: Trends and Challenges, Annals of the Arid Zone 45(2): 1-31.
25. Tal. A. 2007 "Natural Flow: Questions and Answers Regarding the Suitability of Israel's Water Law to a New Environmental Reality", Legal Research, (Bar Ilan University Law Review) 23 (2): 317-370.
29. Yermiyahu, U. Tal, A. Ben-Gal, A. Bar-Tal, A. Tarchisky, J. Lahav, O 2007. “Rethinking Desalinated Water Quality and Agriculture”, Science 318: 920-921.
30. Negev, M. Sagy, G. Garb, Y., Salzberg, A., Tal, A. 2008. Evaluating the Environmental Literacy of Israeli Elementary and High School Students, The Journal of Environmental Education 39 (2): 3-20.
33. Sagy, G., Negev, M., Garb, Y., Salzberg A. and Tal, A. 2008. Environmental Literacy: Trends in Environmental Education in Israel, Studies in Natural Resources and Environmental Management 6: 64-78.
34. Sagy, G., Negev, M., Garb, Y., Salzberg A. and Tal, A. 2008. Results of a National Survey in the Israeli Education System, Studies in Natural Resources and Environmental Management,. 6: 79-102.
39. Negev, M. Garb, Y. Biller, B. Sagy, G. and Alon Tal, 2010. Environmental Problems, Causes, and Solutions: An Open Question, The Journal of Environmental Education, 41(2): 101–115.
40. Tal, A. Aharon,Y. Yuhas-Peled, H. 2010. The Relative Advantages of Criminal versus Administrative Environmental Enforcement Actions in Israel, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12: 813–821.
41. Nsheiwat, Z., Kozer, E., Berkovich, M., Tal, A. 2010. Comparison of Lead Exposures in Industrial “Hot Spots” in Jordan and Israel, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry 92(4) 669-682.
42. Abramson, A., Tal, A., el-Khateeb, N. Assi, A., Becker, N., Asaf, L,. Adar, E. 2010. Stream Restoration as a Basis For Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation – A Comparative Analysis of Two Transboundary Rivers, Journal of River Basin Management 8(1) 39 - 53.
43. Justo-Hanani, R., Dayan, T. Tal. A.,2010. The Role of Regulatory Decision-Making on Non-Indigenous Species Introductions, Biological Invasions 12(8) 2815-2824.
44. Maimon, A., Tal, A., Friedler, E., Gross, A. 2010. Safe on-site reuse of greywater for irrigation – a critical review of current guidelines, Environmental Science and Technology, 44 (9) 3213–3220..
45. Tal, A. Al khateeb, N., Nagouker, N., Ackerman, H., Diabat, M., Nassar, A., Angel A., Abu Sadah, M., Hershkovitz, Y., Gasith, A., Assi, A., Halawani, D., Abramson, A,. Laronne, J., Asaf, L. 2010. Israeli / Palestinian Transboundary Stream Restoration and Management: Lessons for the future, Journal of River Basin Management. 8(2) 185-205.
46. Teschner, N. Garb, Y., Tal, A., 2010. The Environment in Successive Regional Development Plans for Israel's Periphery, International Planning Studies, 15(2) 79-97.
47. Tal, A. Al khateeb, N., Nagouker, N., Ackerman, H., Diabat, M., Nassar, A., Angel A., Abu Sadah, M., Hershkovitz, Y., Gasith, A., Assi, A., Halawani, D., Abramson, A,. Laronne, J., Asaf, L., 2010. Chemical and Biological Monitoring in Ephemeral and Intermittent Streams, Lessons Learned from a Study of Two Transboundary Palestinian-Israeli Watersheds, Journal of River Basin Management 8(2) 185-205.
49. Tal, A., Gordon, J. 2010. Carbon Cautious: Israel’s Afforestation Experience and Approach to Sequestration, Small-scale Forestry, 9(4) 409-420.
51. Teschner, N., Garb, Y, Tal, A.,2012 “Environmental Aspects of Planning Development for the Negev,” Ecology and Environment 3(1) 73-77.
53 . Kfir O, Tal, A. Gross, A. Adar, E. 2012. Assessing the effectiveness of waste water reuse reservoirs in Israel: Results of a National Survey.Resources, Conservation and Recycling 68 76-87.
54. Groner, E., Orenstein, D. Lihod, O. Muotu, W., Arnon, O., Tal, A. 2012. The Effect of Single Family Homesteads in the Negev on Biodiversity. Ecology and Environment, 3(4) 320-330 (In Hebrew).
55. Tal, A., Katz, D., 2012. Rehabilitating Israel’s Streams and Rivers, Journal of River Basin Management. 10:4, 317-330.
56. Friedlander, L., Tal, A. Lazarovich, 2013. Drip Irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Towards a strategy for successful technology transfer, Agricultural Water Management,126, 125-132.
57. Tal, A.,Zchout, S., Oshri, L., Greenspoon, I., Akov, S., 2013. Israel’s environmental movement: strategic challenges, Environmental Politics, 22(5), 779-791.
58. Trilnick, I., Tal, A., 2013. "Should we blame the rich for clogging our landfills? Waste Management & Research 20(10) 1-6.
60. Trilnick, I., Tal, A., 2014. "What Drives Municipal Solid Waste Policy Making? An Empirical Assessment of the Effectiveness of Tipping Fees and Other Factors in Israel," The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, 40(4) 2014, 364-374.
64. Futran, V., Tal, A., Arnon, S., 2015. “Why Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) Challenge Traditional Risk Assessment and How to Respond”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 9 589-611.
65. Michaels, L. , Tal, A , 2015. “Convergence and conflict with the 'national interest': Why Israel abandoned its climate policy,” Energy Policy 87, 480-485.
67. Tal, A. 2016, "Has Technology Trumped Adaptive Management? A Review of Israel’s Idiosyncratic Hydrological History", ", Global Environment, 9 (2016): 484–515.
68. Tal, A. 2016, “The Recycling Quandary”, Ecology and Environment 7 (4) 74-76.
70. Dotan; P., Arnon, S., Godinger, T., Odeh, W., Groisman, L., Al-Khateeb, N., Abed Rabbo, Tal, A., 2016. "Occurrence and Fate of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in Wastewater Treatment Plants in Israel and the Palestinian West Bank". Chemosphere 155 86-93.
71. Filkobski, I. , Tal, A., Rofeh, Y., 2016, “Community gardens in Israel: characteristics and perceived functions,” accepted for publication, Journal of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 17(1) 148-157.
72. Leon-Zchout, S., Tal, A, 2016, Conflict Versus Consensus Strategic Orientations Among Environmental NGOs: An Empirical Evaluation, VOLUNTAS, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(3) DOI 10.1007/s11266-016-9723-2.
73. Dotan, P., Tal, A., Arnon, S., 2017, A simple model for estimating the concentrations of natural estrogens in raw wastewater, Science of the Total Environment 575, 588–594.
74. Tal, A. 2017, Will We Always Have Paris? Israel's Tepid Climate Change Strategy, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 10 (3) 405-421.
75. Tal, A., 2017, “Will Demography Defeat River Restoration? The Case of the Jordan River?” The Journal of Water Research. 111, 404-419.
76. Wu, J., Tal, A., 2017, From Pollution Charge to Environmental Protection Tax: A Comparative Analysis of the Potential and Limitations of China’s New Environmental Policy Initiative, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 1-14.
77. Gordon-Kirsch, N., Tal, A., Arnon, S., Odeh, W., Godinger, T., Abed- Rabbo, A., Al Khateeb, N., 2017. A Model for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Wastewater Treatment Facilities Regarding Endocrine Disrupting Compound Removal: A Case Study in the Palestinian West Bank, International Journal of Water and Wastewater Treatment, 3(3) 1-5.
78. Dotan, P. Yeshayahu, M. Odeh, W. Nna Gordon- Kirsch, N. Groisman, L., Al-Khateeb, N, Abed Rabbo, A., Tal, A., Arnon, S., 2017, Endocrine disrupting compounds in streams in Israel and the Palestinian West Bank: Implications for transboundary basin management, Environmental Management 204, 355-364.
80. Tal, A., 2017, Overcoming Jevons Paradox: Improving The Sustainability of Israel’s Transportation Policies, Journal of Environment, Pollution and Climate Change 1: 139.
81. Shanas, U., Gavish, Y., Bernheim, M., Mittler, S., Olek, Y., Tal, A., 2017, Human cultures and resulting cascading ecological effects across the political border of Israel and Jordan, Canadian Journal of Zoology. Accepted for publication.
82. Tal, A.,2018, Making Conventional Agriculture Environmentally Friendly: Moving beyond the Glorification of Organic Agriculture and the Demonization of Conventional Agriculture, Sustainability, 2018, 10(4), 1078.
83. Kerret, D., Tal, A., 2018, Transforming an Environmentally Pernicious Holiday into an Environmentally Healthy Festival: An intervention study of L’ag B’Omer, Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, accepted for publication, March, 2018.
84. Carmi N., Tal.A., 2018, The perceived relationship between population growth and current ecological problems using repertory grid technique, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment
85. Perry, E. Tal, A. 2018, International Efforts to Regulate Noise and Flickering from Wind Turbines and Recommendations for Israel, Ecology and Environment, 9 (3) 14-21. (Hebrew)
86. Tal, A., 2018, Addressing Desalination’s Carbon Footprint: The Israeli Experience, Water, 10, 197-210.
87. Tal, A. 2019, Lake Kinneret and Climate Change (Letter to the Editor) Science of the Total Environment, 664, 175-176.
88. Tal, A. 2019, The implications of climate change driven depletion of Lake Kinneret water levels: the compelling case for climate change-triggered precipitation impact on Lake Kinneret's low water levels, The Science of the Total Environment, 664, 1045-1061.
89. Tal, A., 2019, Climate change's impact on Lake Kinneret: Letting the data tell the story, At Press, The Science of the Total Environment.
90. Karnielli, A., Shtein, A., Panov, N., Weisbrod, N., and Tal, A., 2019, Was Drought Really the Trigger Behind the Syrian Civil War in 2011? Water 11(8) 1564-1575.
91. Tzairi, Y., Tal, A., Katz, D. 2019, Travel Reimbursement among Public Service Workers: Implications and the costs of Increased Utilization of Private Vehicles and Willingness of Workers to Improve the Situation, Traffic and Transportation, 129, 26-29.
92. Miarov, O.,Tal, A., Avisar, D. 2019, A critical evaluation of comparative regulatory strategies for monitoring pharmaceuticals in recycled wastewater, Environmental Management
93. Klimašauskaitė, A., Tal, A. 2019, Faces of power in Integrated Coastal Zone Management: Case studies of Eilat and Aqaba, Ocean and Coastal Management.
94. Peleg-Mizrachi, M., Tal, A., 2020, Caveats in Environmental Justice, Consumption and Ecological Footprints: The Relationship and Policy Implications of Socioeconomic Rank and Sustainable Consumption Patterns, Sustainability 12, 231.
95. Tal, A., 2020, Not Just Tolerated—A Global Leader: Lessons Learned from Israel's Experience in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Israel Studies, 25 (1) 122-148.
96. Tal, A., Kerret, D. 2020, Positive psychology as a strategy for promoting sustainable population policies, Heliyon, 6 eO3696.
97. Tal, A. 2020, Unkept Promises: Israel’s Implementation of Its International Climate Change Commitments, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Spring, 2020.
98. Tal, A. 2019, The Effects of Population Density on Public Health in Israel: Present; Desirable and Anticipated; Megamot, (revise and resubmit).
99. Reznikovski, A., Tal, A. Population Density as a Driver of Infectious Disease in Israel, submitted to Ecology and Environment, 2020 (under reciew).
100. Tzairi, Y., Katz. D., Tal, A. 2020, Vehicle reimbursement as a perverse incentive for car ownership in Israel’s civil service, submitted to Transport Policy (under review).
101. Gould, R., Tal, A. Returning Population to the Sustainable Development Discourse: Israel as a Case Study, Acta Universitatis Carolinae, (under review).
102. Wolfson, A., Ayalon, O., Tal, A. A Strategic Analysis of Electricity Generation Alternatives: A Perspective from the Future, Energy Policy (under review).
103. Tal, A. Roth, M., 2020. Transboundary Energy Initiatives in the Middle East: a Feasibility Assessment, commissioned by the Energy Law Journal (in preparation).
1. Tal, A., 1992.Increasing Demand for Recyclable Wastes and Recycled Products: The Limitations and Potential of Statutory Solutions, Environmental Quality and Ecosystem Stability, Proceedings in Adin, et. al, Ed. Jerusalem, ISEEQS, 1992.
2. Tal, A. 1994. Enmity in the Wind, Regulation of Transboundary Air Pollution in an IsraeliPalestinian Environmental Agreement, Our Shared Environment, (Ed. Twite, Issac) Jerusalem, IPCRI, p. 246-279.
3. Tal, A. 2004. Left Out - The Irrelevance of Political Ideology to Current Israeli Environmentalism, Who’s Left in Israel, Ed. Dan Leon, Sussex, Academic Press.
4. Tal, A. 2004. Towards a More Coherent Regional Environment Agenda in the Middle East: Exploring The Role of Comparative Risk Assessment, Developments in Comparative Risk Assessment, (Ed. I. Linkov) Kluwer, p. 125-131.
5. Tal, A, 2007. International Water Law and Implications for Cooperative IsraeliPalestinian Transboundary Water Management, Integrated Water Resources Management and Security in the Middle East, (C. Lipchin, E. Pallant, Ed.) Springer, 213-236
6. Asaf, L., Negaoker, N., Tal, A., Laronne, J., Al Khateeb, N.2007 . Transboundary Stream Restoration in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Integrated Water Resources Management and Security in the Middle East,(C. Lipchin, E. Pallant, Ed.) Springer, 285- 295.
7. Tal, A, 2010,. A Slow Crawl Forward in the Dust: Desertification, The Environmental Orphan, The Turning Points of Environmental History (C. Mauch, Jo. Radkau, F. Uekötter, ed.) University of Pittsburgh Press 146-162
8. Tal, A. 2012. Combating Desertification: Evolving Perceptions and Strategies, in Israel’s Environmental History Miller, C. Orenstein, D. Tal, A. Editors, 2012, Between Ruin to Restoration, An Environmental History of Israel, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 106-128.
9. Tal, A. 2013. Management of Transboundary Wastewater Discharges, Shared Borders, Shared Waters, (Megdal, S.B., Varady R.G. & Eden S. eds.) Leiden, CRC Press/Balkema Taylor & Francis Group in cooperation with UNESCO, 221-232.
10. Tal, A. 2013. Israel’s Stream Restoration Experience, Water Policy in Israel, Context, Issues and Options (Nir Becker Ed.) Dordrecht, Springer, 65-82.
11. Tal, A. 2014. Natural Heritage: Leisure Services in Israel's National Parks, Forests and Nature Reserves, Inside Israel: Israeli Life and Leisure in the 21st Century, (Leitern, M. Ed.), Urbana IL, Sagamore, 307-322
12. Futran Fuhrman, V., Tal, A., Abed-Rabbo, A., el-Khateeb, N., Gordon-Kirsch, N., Godinger, T., Odeh, W., Arnon, S., 2016. Trumped By Traditional Hazards EDC Exposure from Recycled Wastewater Compared to Other Water Related Risks In Developed and Developing Nations, in Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Occurrence, Exposures and Health Risks, (Nadya Gotsiridze-Columbus, ed.), Hauppauge, NY, Nova Science Publishers.
13. Tal, A. 2017. The Evolution of Israeli Water Management: The Elusive Search for Environmental Security, Water Security in the Middle East Essays in Scientific and Social Cooperation, (Cahan, J. ed.) London, Anthem Press, 119-143.
14. Tal, A., 2017. The Land’s Still Small Voice Beckons Us All: Preserving a Collective, Zionist Environmental Ethic, Fragile Dialogue: The New Voices of Liberal Zionism, (Stanley Davids, Larry Englander ed.) New York, CCAR Press, 207-216
15. Tal, A., 2018, “Going, Going, Gone: A History of Israel’s Biodiversity”, At Nature’s Edge, The Global Present and Long-Term History, (Gunnel Cederlöf and Mahesh Rangariajan, ed.) New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 142-161