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Archives for August, 2019

Settlers plant forest trees in Palestinian land as a prelude for taking it over, says local official- WAFA

BETHLEHEM, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (WAFA) – Jewish settlers planted forest trees in Palestinian land south of the southern West Bank biblical city of Bethlehem as a prelude for taking it over, today said Diab Mashaleh, head of Jabah village council where the targeted land it located. He told WAFA that residents of the village […]

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Heatwaves in the Mediterranean Sea are bigger, hotter and last longer – Haaretz

Water temperature anomalies can cover half the Mediterranean basin and last for weeks, decimating animals and fish – but in deep water, it’s even worse, a new study shows Ruth Schuster | Aug. 28, 2019 Climate change is cooking our fish before they even leave the sea. Marine heatwaves on the surface of the Mediterranean […]

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No-fly zone: For birds, too, the Mideast poses a growing danger – Haaretz

BIRDLIFE report says Israeli conservation policy ‘virtual haven’ for migratory birds, but calls on states in the region to increase enforcement and prevent hunting for sport Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 29, 2019 Around 17 million birds are killed or captured annually in the Middle East, causing great damage to migratory populations in the region and […]

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Israeli researchers are using 3D printing technology to help rebuild coral reefs – Jerusalem Post

By ZACHARY KEYSER 08/25/2019 Coral reef systems are being continuously degraded worldwide. This technology, now being applied off the coast of Eilat, helps rebuild the diversity of the underwater ecosystem. A project to help rebuild coral reef systems around the world has been developed using a 3D printing model to create artificial coral structures, according […]

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‘Alarming’ plastic pollution in Lebanon’s water, seafood – Environment and Development

BEIRUT, The Daily Star- The average Lebanon resident may be eating more than 30,000 small pieces of plastic per year from seafood alone, according to the results of the first study on microplastic particles in the country. The study, which analyzed two marine species widely consumed in Lebanon – the European anchovy, which is commonly […]

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Forests affected by wildfires, illicit logging, climate change – Jordan Times

Aug 22,2019 AMMAN — A total of 33,500 dunums of forest have been damaged in 33 wildfires across the country since the start of the summer, with 1,050 trees burnt completely, while 1,940 trees have been affected partially, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Most of the fires engulfed lands owned by citizens, except for two […]

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Clean energy to cover 20% of power needs by 2022 — Zawati – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Deputising for Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, Energy Minister Hala Zawati on Tuesday inaugurated the sixth international and fifth Arab forum on renewable energy to review the developments of the sector, which is expected to amass $500 billion worth of investments by 2040. Since 2014, Jordan has developed a legislative environment that has facilitated […]

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Water, electricity theft (editorial) – Jordan Times

Aug 24,2019 The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has issued a circular on Thursday notifying many parts of the country, including major areas in Amman, that their water supply will be disrupted for a whole five-day period because someone in the south of the country reportedly attacked the main water supply pipeline of the Disi […]

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Water supply to be disrupted as alleged sabotage hits Disi project – Jordan Times

Pumping of some 350,000 cubic metres of water daily to capital, governorates will be suspended between Sunday and Thursday By Hana Namrouqa – Aug 22,2019 – AMMAN — Pumping from the Disi Water Conveyance Project, one of the Kingdom’s strategic water resources, will be completely halted between Sunday and Thursday. Authorities are scrambling to fix […]

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Plane sunk to enrich marine habitat in Aqaba – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) on Monday sunk a disused commercial TriStar aircraft to Aqaba’s Underwater Military Museum Dive Site with the aim of boosting marine life. HRH Crown Prince Hussein attended the ceremony, after participating in a tactical military exercise at the military training field, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, […]

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Al-Quds University harvests second place in 2019 Asian Science Competition hosted in China – WAFA

CHINA, Sunday, August 25, 2019 (WAFA) – Al-Quds University harvested second place for the best research project on environment at the Asian Science Camp (ASC( that was held in Shantou, China, between July 28th and August 3rd, 2019, according to a university press statement. Selected by Al-Quds University (AQU) from several Palestinian schools, the participants […]

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Young climate champion from Jordan awarded ‘Green Ticket’ to attend UN Youth Climate Summit – Jordan Times

Aug 21,2019 AMMAN — The United Nations on Wednesday announced that 100 outstanding young climate champions chosen from around the world will receive support to participate in the UN Youth Climate Summit on Saturday at the UN headquarters in New York. The “Green Ticket” winners will join the more than 500 young climate leaders selected […]

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Fascists’ terrifying solution to the climate crisis – Haaretz

White-nationalist terrorists have cited concern for the environment as justification for their decision to kill, signalling the rise of eco-fascism Ofri Ilany | Aug. 23, 2019 “Our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations… Consumer culture is creating thousands of tons […]

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Israeli and Palestinian cooperation attempts to solve sewage problem – Jerusalem Post

By SARAH VORSANGER/ZAVIT 08/18/2019 Sewage issues in the area surrounding the Kidron Valley in Jerusalem are uniting Jewish and Muslim residents. Jerusalem’s problems usually revolve around religion and politics, but now, there are concerns surrounding its sewage system infrastructure. About 150,000 homes in Jerusalem, the majority in east Jerusalem, are not connected to a proper […]

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What a waste: Jerusalem’s underused sorting center – Haaretz

Progress has been made on the recycling front, but a growing population, bureaucratic hurdles and little awareness provide few reasons for optimism Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 17, 2019 A tour of Jerusalem’s waste sorting center could make visitors optimistic. The ultramodern facility in the Atarot industrial zone is worlds away from the dangerous dump that […]

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Makkah province ranks as 2nd most polluted province in the world in a new Greenpeace report focused on air pollution – Environment and Development

Greenpeace revealed yesterday the results of a global analysis, using satellite data collected by NASA identifying the world’s worst sources of sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution, an irritant gas known to affect human health and one of the main pollutants contributing to deaths from air pollution worldwide. Julien Jreissati, Campaigner at Greenpeace MENA, said: “The analysis […]

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Technical mishap at Hadassah Hospital causes sewage swamp in Jerusalem – Haaretz

Hadassah doesn’t just develop medication for infections, it’s also creating infections to treat in the future,’ says local resident Nir Hasson | Aug. 25, 2019 A mechanical problem at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, on the western edge of Jerusalem, has resulted in large quantities of raw sewage flowing into a nearby dry riverbed. The […]

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Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel’s passion for plastic – YNET

Israel’s plastic addiction is starting to take its toll on the Tel Aviv coastline, named third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean. Young Israelis take initiative in cleaning efforts and raising anti-plastic awareness Associated Press|Published: 08.22.19 , 09:26 In the early morning, when the only sound on Tel Aviv beach is the waves, […]

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Poster animal of battle for wildlife crossing in Israel run over – Haaretz

Gazelle was in advanced stages of pregnancy when hit by a vehicle and died, postmortem reveals Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 23, 2019 The body of a gazelle that had come to symbolize the fight against construction blocking an animal crossing in northern Israel was found dead Wednesday morning. The gazelle, known as Giselle, was hit […]

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The environmental authority frees an endangered eagle-owl kept by a resident of Nablus -WAFA

NABLUS, Thursday, August 22, 2019 (WAFA) – The Environmental Quality Authority (EQA) and the Environmental Police freed today an eagle owl that was in the possession of a resident of the northern West Bank city of Nablus after receiving information about an eagle-owl with a fracture at the tip of its right wing, according to […]

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