Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Archives for January, 2019

Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, January 2019

note: The report mentioned below: 2019 Report: Climate Change, Water Security and National Security for Jordan, Palestine and Israel is available at ecopeaceme.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/climate-change-web.pdf EcoPeace’s Workshop on Water Security and Environmental Peacebuilding From the 10th to the 15th of December, EcoPeace Middle East hosted a first of its kind workshop on ‘Middle East Water Security and […]

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New threat from Gaza: Landfills and sewage build up along Israeli border – YNET

In addition to rocket fire and airborne incendiary devices, residents of Israeli communities bordering Gaza are now battling putrid smell of giant landfills and sewage from the strip’s northern neighborhoods that’s polluting Israel’s groundwater. Matan Tzuri|Published: 01.15.19 The residents of Israeli communities bordering Gaza, who for years have been dealing with Hamas rocket attacks and […]

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Promoting Biosaline Argriculture – Jordan Times

editor’s noteL The Jordan Times has been running a series of articles promoting biosaline agriculture – agriculture that requires less water and can tolerate high heat. They are grouped below. From law to biosaline agriculture, Turman challenges coventional farming techniques – Jordan Times By Reem Rawashdeh – Jan 03,2019 AMMAN — For Odeh Al Turman, […]

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Ghabawi landfill expected to generate 5MWh starting February – Jordan Times

Dec 29,2018 – AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) said on Saturday that the Ghabawi landfill will start generating 5 megawatts per hour (MWh) as of next February. The GAM is working on investing in using waste to produce electricity, Amman Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh said during an inspection of a recycling centre in east […]

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Forestation plan could change Israeli ecosystems, drive out endangered species – Haaretz

The JNF, Israel’s chief forestry body, intends to turn vast open Mediterranean landscapes into planted forests – this is a real threat to the future of some of the most important open spaces in the region Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 14, 2019 | 4:09 AM | 3 The landscapes of the eastern Mediterranean are an […]

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Jordan has invested JD40m in desalination projects over past 3 years’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jan 09,2019 AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has implemented desalination projects worth JD40 million which have generated 3,500 cubic metres of water per hour over the past three years, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The projects included the construction of new desalination plants and the rehabilitation […]

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Stakeholders hail temporary EV customs exemption, demand more – Jordan Times

By Ahmed Bani Mustafa – Jan 10,2019 AMMAN — Exempting electric vehicles (EVs) from customs is a positive measure, however, more is needed to “rescue” the trade, stakeholders said. After raising the tax on EVs from zero to 25 per cent, the government recently decided to exempt around 2,500 vehicles that were imported or bought […]

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Luxor launches campaign to plant 1 million trees – Egypt Independent

Luxor governorate has launched President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s campaign “Shabab fi Hob Misr” (Youth and Love in Egypt) on Wednesday to plant one million fruit trees as part of a plan to develop Luxor city. Head of Luxor City Ayman al-Sherif said that the campaign would plant the trees in al-Mattar district during the first […]

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Israeli Settlers Who Build in West Bank Nature Reserves Now Facing Trial – Haaretz

Sad fate of West Bank environment: Caught between illegal Palestinian hunters and illegal settlement expansionists Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 28, 2018 | 2:23 AM | 1 The trial of three West Bank settlers charged with opening a new road to the unauthorized outpost of Alonei Shiloh began this week. Part of the road passes through […]

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Visit Eilat’s Reef Before It’s Too Late: NYT’s Place to Go in 2019 Is Facing Destruction – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 12, 2019 The many tourists visiting the resort town Eilat who sun themselves on the beaches and paddle in the Red Sea’s clear waters probably don’t think twice before anointing themselves with sunscreen. Most of them certainly don’t know that these lotions have an especially detrimental effect on one of the […]

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More fires near Gaza border could cause irreversible damage, Israel’s Parks Authority warns – Haaretz

Some 8,000 acres went up in flames due to airborne firebombs flown over the border from Gaza in recent months Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 12, 2018 Nature reserves and other open spaces near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip stand to suffer irreversible damage if more fires break out in the area, the Israel Nature […]

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Four years after oil spill, southern Israeli nature reserve remains in peril – Haaretz

Evrona Nature Reserve, the site of an oil leak followed by a waste pool spill, is still closed to public Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 30, 2018 | 7:47 PM | 1 The landscape of the Evrona Nature Reserve in the Negev Desert can be misleading. It appears to be a typical, acacia-studded desertscape through which […]

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Israel Passes Law Allowing Civil Suits for Environmental Damage – Haaretz

Until now, civil suits could only be filed if the environmental hazard caused harm to people Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 2, 2019 | 12:07 AM The Knesset passed a law Tuesday allowing the public and nonprofit groups to file civil suits against any person or entity that damages the environment – a move inspired after […]

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TAU research shows shocking amount of microplastic in maritime organisms – Jerusalem Post

By YAFIT OVADIA 01/03/2019 When beach-goers litter, the waste washes out to sea and may break up into smaller pieces. A study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University discovered that an alarming amount of microplastics – miniscule pieces of plastic that are ingested by aquatic creatures – have been found in the bodies of […]

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Half of industrial city factories pollute air: Environment Ministry – Egypt Independent

Half of the factories in the industrial cities are “air polluting,” Egypt’s Ministry of Environment said on Sunday, adding that 20 percent of the vehicles whose emissions have been measured are “violators,” as well as 59 percent of the public buses belonging to the Public Transport Authority (PTA). The Ministry of Environment has received about […]

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Environmental NGO purchases land with endangered wildlife – Jerusalem Post

By ALON EINHORN 01/07/2019 This time, 20 acres filled with coral reefs located at a strategic point in the Carribeans. TiME (This is My Earth) managed, for a third year in a row, to raise enough money in order to purchase land containing endangered wildlife and declare it as a nature reserve, and this time […]

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New Report: Climate Change, Water Security, and National Security for Jordan, Palestine, and Israel – Ecopeace

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is considered a climate hotspot due to its natural water scarcity, low levels of socio-ecological resilience, social tensions and political conflicts, and ongoing immigration crisis. Over the course of the century, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel are projected to experience an average temperature rise over the […]

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Prince Hassan attends seminar on water challenges in Jordan – Jordan Times

Jan 10,2019 – AMMAN — HRH Prince Hassan, chairman of the Royal Scientific Society’s Board of Trustees, on Wednesday attended a seminar on “The Water Situation in Jordan and the Challenges Facing the Sector”. The seminar was organised by the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies and was attended by numerous experts who shed […]

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Preparatory meetings for environment conference kick off at Dead Sea – Jordan Times

Jan 09,2019 AMMAN — Preparatory meetings for the extraordinary session of the Arab Environment Ministers Council kicked off on Wednesday at the Dead Sea, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The extraordinary session, due to take place on January 9-10 in Jordan, will feature the participation of 18 Arab countries at the ministerial level. The […]

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Saving the Dead Sea (editorial) – Jordan Times

Jan 06,2019 Scientists, environmentalists, ecologists and others are all sounding the alarm, once again, that the Dead Sea is fast shrinking, and that at this rate it will become a tiny pool by the middle of this century. Experts say that the level of the Dead Sea is receding by 1.5 metres per year! One […]

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