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Archives for November, 2019

Hezbollah energy threat could send Israel back to biblical times – Jerusalem Post

For a country blessed with endless sun and great technology – and obsessed with security – we’re sure acting like our decision-makers are in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry By MAYA JACOBS , YOSEF I. ABRAMOWITZ NOVEMBER 23, 2019 21:16 With Israel’s climate conference coming up on Sunday, the cabinet was informed this […]

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Water apartheid in the Jordan Valley, an ecological strategy of occupation – israel Palestine Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture

By Ieva Gailiunaite The Jordan Valley has been a topic much discussed in the national and global headlines in the past couple of months. Netanyahu’s desperate pre-election scare tactics and promises of annexation of settlements in Area C put the valley and its inhabitants in the spotlight. The course organized by the Al Haq Center […]

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Lebanon Anti-Graft Protesters March for Nature Too – Naharnet

Surrounded by sweeping pines, lemon trees and bean stalks, hundreds of Lebanese protesters march along, chanting against a planned dam that would drown the valley under their feet. Unprecedented protests about corruption in Lebanon since October 17 have given new life to activism against the controversial structure planned for a lush valley south of Beirut. […]

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Is it tuna, or fly larvae? How climate change is revolutionizing what we eat – Haaretz

Innovative Israeli farmers and tech companies are rising to the challenges of producing more food on less land with less energy and less water, which is also nutritious Nir Shohum Nov. 28, 2019 The steak will be produced in a laboratory, without cows or slaughterhouses. The hamburger will be made from fermented yeast, and contain […]

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Ships docking in just two Israeli ports pollute the air like a large power plant – Haaretz

Survey shows emission of hazardous gasses is much greater than previously thought Zafrir Rinat | Nov. 27, 2019 Ships docking in Haifa and Ashdod are causing an amount of air pollution equivalent to a large power plant using the “dirtiest” fuel of all, according to an assessment prepared for the Environmental Affairs Ministry. Nationally, ships […]

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Young engineer designs sustainable solar canopies, spreads awareness – Jordan Times

By Sarah Al Arshani – Nov 23,2019 Hadeel Al Majali AMMAN — In an effort to build a more sustainable and green future, Hadeel Al Majali founded Jordan Solar Canopies, a company dedicated to renewable energy and education. The young entrepreneur, who holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and a master’s degree in renewable […]

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Aqaba mosques on transition path to solar energy – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Nov 26,2019 – During 2019, 28 mosques in Aqaba Qasabah District transitioned to relying on alternative energy sources, according to the Head of Aqaba Awqaf Directorate Fares Jawazna (Al Rai photo) AMMAN — The Aqaba Awqaf Directorate has completed the initial stage of equipping Aqaba mosques with solar panels, as part […]

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Water Ministry reform path introduces green energy sources to sector – Jordan Times

By Balqis Zeidan – Nov 28,2019 The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has begun a 30 million-euro solar-power project at the Disi and Zara Maeen main pumping stations, according to ministry Spokesperson Omar Salameh (Photo courtesy of Water Ministry) AMMAN — The Water Ministry seeks to raise the level of its water and sanitation services, […]

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‘First-of-its-kind’ recycling facility opened in Irbid – Jordan Times

41 workers were hired to operate the facility and perform waste collection By JT – Nov 26,2019 AMMAN — The first solid waste recycling facility in Irbid Governorate marked its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony under the patronage of Governor of Irbid Radwan Otoum in Truck City on Tuesday, according to an EU statement. […]

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Diving centers slam Environment ministry decision to charge Red Sea reserve visitor fees – Egypt Independent

November 26, 2019 The Red Sea Protected Area will begin collecting fees from visitors in implementation of the Ministry of Environment’s decision #204 of 2019. The areas included in this decision are Wadi al-Gemal in Marsa Alam, Jabal Elba, and the Hamata Islands, also known as the remote islands of the Red Sea. The Chamber […]

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Palestinian city warns it will seek international redress if Israel doesn’t halt power plant approval – Haaretz

Authorities in Qalqilyah, located in the West Bank right on the Israeli border, say plant near city would harm residents’ health and the environment Zafrir Rinat | Nov. 15, 2019 The West Bank Palestinian city of Qalqilyah has informed Israel that if the approval process for a new power plant near the city isn’t stopped, […]

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AFED’s 12th Annual Conference Opens in Beirut: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN ARAB COUNTRIES – Environment and Development

14/11/2019 The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) launched its annual report, Environmental Education in Arab Countries, at its 12th conference on Thursday, November 14, at the Bristol Hotel in Beirut. The report provides the first comprehensive survey of environmental contents in school and university curricula across the Arab countries, in view of identifying […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, November 2019 – EcoPeace

Highlights from the past month: Play for Change (Climate Change Awareness Summit) On October 7th, the Play for Change (Climate Change Awareness Summit) took place at Kadoorie Agricultural High School. 150 students from schools around Israel took part. Special thanks to EcoPeace sponsors, the Embassy of Germany in Israel, and diplomacy teacher Nadav Baron and […]

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More than 100 scientists protest Energy Ministry: Drop gas, go solar – Jerusalem Post

The letter came in response to declarations by the energy minister earlier this month that Israel will move into a coal-free era of power production by the end of 2025. By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN NOVEMBER 19, 2019 More than 100 scientists sent a letter on Tuesday to Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz urging Israel to revise its […]

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‘Tel Aviv to flood in next 10 years due to rapid climate change’ – YNET

Even though it seems like a real climate disaster will not happen for years to come, specialists claim that a catastrophe is almost imminent and coastal cities like Tel Aviv will be the first to suffer; unless actual and strict measures are introduced by the global community Attila Somfalvi and Alexandra Lukash|Published: 11.07.19 , 11:53 […]

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The Suez Canal, inaugurated 150 years ago, brought economic benefits – and a marine invasion- Haaretz

The shortcut between two seas has driven intruders to the Mediterranean shores that push out local species and make life miserable for swimmers Zafrir Rinat | Nov. 17, 2019 | 1:09 PM This week 150 years ago a group of notables that came to Egypt from several European countries made its way through the new […]

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Water woes come to fore at Jordan, NATO meeting – Jordan Times

Nov 19,2019 AMMAN — Water Minister Raed Abul Saud on Tuesday received a high-level NATO delegation representing members of the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East Special Group for a meeting that focused on Jordan’s water woes and the main challenges facing the sector. During the meeting, the minister expressed the Kingdom’s appreciation for the support […]

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Jordanian razes social barriers to build affordable, eco-friendly homes – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Nov 13,2019 AMMAN — In pursuit of a life-long dream, Shadi Tailakh started an eco-friendly construction company, which is now the “sole producer” of an eco-friendly building product. Tailakh was one of several entrepreneurs from around the Kingdom to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah last week. During […]

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WFP takes Azraq hydroponics project to world stage at Paris Peace Forum -Jordan Times

Nov 15,2019 AMMAN — The World Food Programme’s (WFP) “H2Grow” project, a soil-less hydroponics technique that that was implemented in Azraq and is now attracting global attention, was presented this week at the second annual Paris Peace Forum, according to the WFP. The peace forum, which was held from November 11 to 13, brought together […]

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Jordanian woman turns trash to treasure with a green touch – Jordan Times

Perry Keziah – Nov 07,2019 AMMAN — What began as an eco-friendly alternative to expensive home decor, turned into an opportunity for a young Jordanian woman to form a business and use her talents to empower artisans around the Kingdom. In 2018, entrepreneur Nour Nsheiwat established “Hunaya”, an online business that supplies local restaurants with […]

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