Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Archives for August, 2018

Cross-border science in the Middle East – Nature, Ecology and Evolution, a specialty journal of Nature

Interview with David Lehrer about the Arava Institute for Environemntal Studies https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-018-0635-y.epdf?shared_access_token=Vq6NWkYtiUOlk0fVKyDNSNRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0Ptum8RqnAmHflCeomUE38Libw6COWEuzStX84B4KREP8WYENlZ3sej1ErZaf5jHG2QBMQ1644qIeYOkO-T_LWfWvybDBRbDqIjImAZMUU0zHUoSH1vRw78QafxgLfpdy4%3D Global environmental change is largely indifferent to political boundaries, but meeting the challenges they pose in the future will inevitably require cross-border cooperation. We talk to David Lehrer, Executive Director at The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, about how this challenge is at […]

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EcoPeace Workshop on Middle East Water Security and Environmental Peacebuilding

Please consider applying: EcoPeace Workshop on Middle East Water Security and Environmental Peacebuilding, EcoPeace will hold the first of its kind Workshop on Middle East Water Security and Environmental Peacebuilding, which will take place from 10 to 15 December in Jordan, with the possibility to continue on a 2 day trip in Israel/Palestine, on 16-17 […]

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Hebrew University’s disgrace and the occupation – Haaretz

The institution has a strange way of hosting conferences that further the settlement project – the latest a hypocritical one on ‘environmental quality’ Ilana Hammerman | Aug. 3, 2018 On Thursday July 27, in the Senate Hall at Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, a conference was held called “Environmental Quality and Nature Preservation Transcending Borders” […]

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5-year drought raises questions over Israel’s water strategy – YNET

Despite large investment in desalination plants, a 5-year drought is taking its toll as water sources shrink, farmers face limits; Kinneret water no longer pumped into national water carrier; Critics say water conservation has been sidelined in favor of desalination. Associated Press |Published: 08.05.18 , 19:27 For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save […]

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Gaza Sea Barrier Will Harm One of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Israel – Haaretz

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has sent a brief warning that the newly-erected barrier north of the Strip will reduce the width of Zikim beach by up to 50 meters for one kilometer Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 9, 2018 The sea barrier erected by the IDF north of the Gaza Strip will reduce the area […]

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Solar tree structure brings renewable energy topic to Jordan University – Jordan Times

Suzanna Goussous – Aug 06,2018 AMMAN — The University of Jordan (UJ) is finalising the preparation for the launch of an off-grid solar energy tree, which aims to raise awareness on renewable energy and the involvement of university students in project implementation, a university official said. Director of Water, Energy and Environment Centre at UJ, […]

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Palestinians turn to the sun to reduce their power shortfall – Environment and Development

From orderly rows of solar panels in a field in the West Bank to the chaotic rooftops of Gaza, Palestinians are hoping that harnessing the energy of the sun can reduce their dependence on Israel for electricity. The West Bank only gets around three-quarters of the power its 3 million people need, imported mostly from […]

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Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world – Environment and Development

Egypt has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas, and the country subsidizes fossil fuels, making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, Egypt’s government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of […]

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Jordan and Egypt sign deal to renew flow of natural gas – Jordan Times

Aug 09,20180 AMMAN — Jordan and Egypt on Thursday signed amending agreements on the sale and purchase of natural gas, under which Amman will import from Cairo 10 per cent of its needs of natural gas to generate electricity. In a press statement, following the signing ceremony and a meeting with Egyptian counterpart Tarek El […]

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A Goodwill Gesture over Electricity Sows Discord in Lebanon – Naharnet

A Goodwill Gesture over Electricity Sows Discord in Lebanon It was supposed to be a goodwill gesture from an energy company in Turkey. This summer, the Karadeniz Energy Group lent Lebanon a floating power station to generate electricity at below-market rates to help ease the strain on the country’s woefully undermaintained power sector. Instead, the […]

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State Ministries ‘Confront’ Private Generator Owners – Naharnet

Lebanon’s ministries of interior, energy and economy stressed on Tuesday that efforts will be “coordinated” and electricity meters will be installed next year to prevent “fraud” by private generator owners. In a joint press conference on the recent crisis, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said the main goal was to “protect the rights of consumers. Our […]

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Poisoned Cups: Dealing With The Iraqi River Where Sewage And Drinking Water Mix – niqash

Dashty Ali Every day litres of waste water and even sewage end up in the rivers and lakes, that are the main source of drinking water for one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s biggest cities. 18.07.2018 | Sulaymaniyah It is as if the government was bombing Halabja with chemical weapons every day, says Salih Najib Majid, an […]

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Plagued by Cuts, Lebanon Survives on Floating Power Plants – Naharnet

22 July 2018 Lebanon has for decades struggled with daily power cuts that leave residents sweating through their shirts summer after sticky summer. The bankrupt national power company, unable to build new power plants, has been buying electricity from Turkish barges docked off-shore. Last week, Lebanon received its third floating power station — the 235-megawatt […]

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Professional associations protest gas deal with Israel – Jordan Times

By Suzanna Goussous – Jul 25,2018 AMMAN — The Professional Associations Council on Wednesday organised a demonstration in Irbid, protesting the ongoing construction work on the Israeli pipeline in Jordan, through which supplies are expected to begin in 2020, according to official sources. Jordan is currently building a 65-kilometre pipeline which will link Jordan’s north […]

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Building New Natural Gas Rig Off Israel’s Shores Poses High Ecological Risks, Expert Warns – Haaretz

Flora, fauna and nature reserves stand to be harmed by Leviathan field off the Dor Beach coast, Prof. Rick Steiner says Zafrir Rinat Jul 30, 2018 10:07 PM One of the world’s leading experts on the environmental consequences of gas and oil pollution, Prof. Rick Steiner, is warning of the risks posed by erecting a […]

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JD6-million pipeline to Zarqa River to end hazards of infamous ‘Pepsi pool’ – Jordan Times

Proposals for addressing environment, health pollution caused by cesspit revealed by Amman mayor By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 25,2018 AMMAN — The technical committee tasked with putting forward proposals for addressing the environment and health pollution caused by Rusaifeh’s so-called “Pepsi pool” recommended micro-tunneling as the method to drain the pool’s wastewater into Zarqa River. […]

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Environmentalists Up in Arms Against Massive Jerusalem Housing Drive – Haaretz

Due to be discussed by planning panel on Tuesday, scheme to build 4,500 housing units in Reches Lavan in city’s southwest would destroy ancient natural springs, parks officials warn Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 23, 2018 Environmental organizations are opposing a massive housing construction plan southwest of Jerusalem, slated to be discussed Tuesday by the municipal […]

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Joint Parliamentary Committees Pass Laws Protecting Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers, Solid Waste Management – Naharnet

Joint Parliamentary Committees Pass Laws Protecting Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers, Solid Waste Management by Naharnet Newsdesk The joint parliamentary committees approved enacting two laws on Thursday on the protection of anti-corruption whistleblowers and a draft on solid waste management after MPs Paula Yacoubian, Sami Gemayel and Elias Hanksh walked out of the meeting following a dispute over […]

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Lebanon Sinks Old Tanks to Create Underwater Dive ‘Park’ – Naharnet

Lebanese environmentalists on Saturday sank 10 old tanks and armored vehicles to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in a novel attempt to attract divers and create new habitats for marine life. Three kilometers off the coast of the city of Sidon, a huge crane on the back of a ship maneuvered the military hardware […]

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Iraqi Farmers Fight to Save Cattle from Drought – Naharnet

Iraqi farmer Sayyed Sattar knows he’ll soon have to let some of his buffalo go as he surveys the herd bathing in a dwindling pond close to the holy city of Najaf. As southern Iraq suffers through a punishing drought, desperate cattle breeders are having to sell off animals to keep others alive. Sattar, 52, […]

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