Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Archives for May, 2018

Can climate change bring Israel and Jordan closer together? – Jerusalem Post

By DAVID HARARY AND BRIAN MALCZYK 05/16/2018 If Israel and Jordan do decide to further their trading relationship, the two countries will have much to benefit. The economic effects of climate change are geographically uneven and variant across the globe. The Middle East’s political landscape is similarly in constant turbulence. Fortunately, the region’s climate is […]

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Additional water to supply ‘struggling’ northern governorates – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 17,2018 AMMAN — The northern governorates, where water demand increased by 40 per cent over the past seven years, are set to receive additional water to ease an expected surge in demand during the holy month of Ramadan and the hot season, government officials said on Thursday. New water resources […]

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Weizmann Institute research: Large semi-arid forests could cool the planet – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 01/31/2018 Planting the “right kinds” of forests extensively in areas that have mostly been neglected in forestation efforts − semi-arid regions in Africa and Australia − could have a measurably positive influence on the climate and help offset a significant portion of human-induced global warming. This was discovered recently by Weizmann Institute […]

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Innovation, better water management needed to address climate change impact – Jordan Times

by Mohammad Ghazal – May 09,2018 Jordan, which counts around 9.5 million people, has enough water for two million persons (File photo) DEAD SEA — With temperatures are expected to increase in Jordan by 2050 as a result of climate change and growing demand on scarce water resources, innovative solutions and better water management are […]

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Bad trend: Home water use up 10% in last two years – Haaretz

Reversal undermines Water Authority’s reduction of home water consumption in face of country’s long dry spell Zafrir Rinat | May 1, 2018 | 2:46 AM A decade after the Water Authority managed to bring about a significant drop in household water usage in Israel, its achievement has eroded and during the past two years household […]

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JOHUD’s ‘Water Wise Women’ wins best water conservation project – Jordan Times

By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto – May 09,2018 AMMAN — The Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) on Monday was awarded the first place at the Best Water Conservation Project category in the Arab Youth Forum in Kuwait for its “Water Wise Women” initiative, aimed at raising community awareness on water security. With youth […]

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The Alternative Investment – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 3/5/2018 According to a report recently released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Bloomberg, the sun has become the most attractive source for new investments in global energy production. Investments in solar energy reached $161 billion last year, producing 98 gigawatts of electricity. This goes far […]

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Egypt signs MOU with China’s GCL for $2 billion solar panel factory – Environment and Development

China’s GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Egypt’s ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2 billion, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Under the MOU, which was signed on Wednesday, the facility will manufacture panels capable of producing 5 gigawatts (GW) […]

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Giving gas for bilateral relations in the Middle East – Jerualem Post

By AMIR FOSTER 05/06/2018 Within a short space of time, natural gas reserves on a scale of over 1,000 BCM were found in Israel’s economic waters alone. The historic gas export agreement reported in February by the Tamar and Leviathan gas partnerships for exporting 64 BCM natural gas to Egypt is in the clear geopolitical […]

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Mulki inaugurates Qweirah solar energy station – Jordan Times

Biggest photovoltaic energy station in country will have capacity to serve 51,000 residential units By JT – Apr 26,2018 Prime Minister Hani Mulki and Director of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Adel Hosani visit the Qweirah solar energy station on Thursday (Petra photo) AMMAN — Prime Minister Hani Mulki on Thursday inaugurated the Qweirah […]

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13 per cent decrease in electricity theft cases since January – Jordan Times

Drop attributed to strict measures against violators, enhanced inspection campaigns — EMRC By JT – May 05,2018 AMMAN — Electricity theft cases in the first four months of 2018 declined by 13 per cent, compared with the same period of 2017, thanks to strict measures against violators, Farouq Hiyari, chief commissioner of the Energy and […]

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War on electricity, water theft nowhere over, editorial – Jordan Times

May 10,2018 Chief Commissioner of the Energy and Minerals Regularity Commission (EMRC) Farouq Hiyari told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, recently that the war against electricity theft is being won, as the first four months of 2018 witnessed a decline in electricity theft cases by 13 per cent compared with the same period last year. […]

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Rising energy prices, editorial – Jordan Times

May 08,2018 The National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) said on Friday that imported natural gas, through Aqaba Port, accounts for generating 93 per cent of the county’s energy needs and the rest is being produced by renewable energy, namely solar and wind. NEPCO signed in 2014 an agreement with Shell International, under which the compnay […]

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