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Archives for January, 2020

New book: Transboundary Water Issues in Israel, Palestine, and the Jordan River Basin – Polis Water Sustainability

Released in October 2019, the book Transboundary Water Issues in Israel, Palestine, and the Jordan River Basin highlights the search for permanent freshwater agreements between Israel, Palestine, and the western portions of Jordan. Co-authored by David B. Brooks (Research Associate, POLIS Water Sustainability Project), Julie Trottier (Director of Research, France’s National Center for Scientific Research), […]

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Israel is hoarding the Jordan River – it’s time to share the water – the conversation

Mark Zeitoun Professor of Water Security, University of East Anglia Muna Dajani PhD in Environmental Policy & Development, London School of Economics and Political Science Two areas farmed by Israelis for more than 50 years have recently been returned to neighbouring Jordan. The first, al Ghamr (known in Israel as Zofar), is located south of […]

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Israeli defense chief approves new West Bank nature reserves to ‘develop Jewish settlement’ – Haaretz

Bennett backs establishment of new reserves, some on private Palestinian land Hagar Shezaf | Jan. 15, 2020 | 10:28 PM Defense Minister Naftali Bennett approved Wednesday the establishment of seven new national parks and nature reserves in the West Bank, with some apparently to be built on privately owned Palestinian land. This is the first […]

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The most beautiful way to save the planet – Haaretz

Coping with the hazards inherent in the use of plastic is a huge challenge worldwide. An exhibition at the Design Museum Holon displays state-of-the-art biodegradable materials, including Israeli-made innovations Naama Riba | Jan. 14, 2020 | 9:23 PM There is a rising awareness today of the consequences of the increasing production and consumption of plastic. […]

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New Abu Dhabi Climate Initiative to fast-track efforts to protect the planet – Environment and Development

16/1/2020 A forward-thinking Abu Dhabi effort to fast-track the fight against climate change and create a “more sustainable future for all” has been launched. The Abu Dhabi Climate Initiative – a collective campaign spearheaded by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in tandem with Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market and Hub71 […]

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Dead Sea sinkholes look like ecological catastrophe. They’re an opportunity – Haaretz

Mega-sinkholes are forming as the Dead Sea shrinks. Israelis feel it’s a disaster, but the Geological Survey of Israel begs to differ and has a quirky suggestion for adapting to the evolving landscape Ruth Schuster | Jan. 19, 2020 | 6:14 PM The Dead Sea is shrinking, and parts of the shoreline are collapsing as […]

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FAO reaffirms efforts to protect Jordan’s dwindling forests – Jordan Times

Jan 14,2020 AMMAN — On the occasion of Arbor Day, which annually falls on January 15 in Jordan, the office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) inspected a forest named after the FAO in Jerash and reviewed plans to protect the Kingdom’s “scarce” forests. According to an FAO statement made available to The […]

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Environment Ministry shutters Israeli asphalt factory over excessive emissions – Haaretz

Economic and transportation ministry ask to keep plant open as it is vital to all of Israel’s asphalt production, road development and maintenance Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 19, 2020 | 8:51 PM On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Ministry issued an injunction to the BAZAN Group and its directors ordering a halt to the activity of […]

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Environment activists protest construction plan at key coastal junction – Haaretz

Activists claim the master plan to build 10,000 homes at Pi Glilot will harm several species of unique plants Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 16, 2020 A state agency is trying to fast-track a major construction plan for the Pi Glilot Junction that environmental groups say will harm the environment. The Israel Lands Authority wants that […]

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Authorities remove 3 illegal installations from Disi pipeline – Jordan Times

January 16, 2020 AMMAN — Authorities on Thursday resolved three major violations on the strategic carrier of the Disi Water Conveyance Project in Karak Governorate, according to a government official. The violations were reported in Qatraneh, 100 kilometres south Amman, the official said, adding that technical teams from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and […]

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Environmental Authority: Israel’s decision on nature reserves is a cover for settlement activity – WAFA

Environmental Authority: Israel’s decision on nature reserves is a cover for settlement activity – WAFA RAMALLAH, Thursday, January 16, 2020 (WAFA) -The Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority today condemned the declaration by Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett regarding recognizing seven new sites in the occupied West Bank as nature reserves, and said this declaration is nothing […]

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Tarawneh condemns ‘heinous’ Israeli plans to create nature reserves in West Bank – Jordan Times

Jan 16,2020 AMMAN — Lower House Speaker and President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (APU) Atef Tarawneh on Thursday denounced Israel’s announcement of its plans to create new nature reserves and expand existing reserves in the occupied West Bank. In an APU statement, carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Tarawneh said that the announcement […]

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Settlers flood farmlands of Jenin-district village with wastewater – WAFA

JENIN, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today flooded farmlands of the village of Jalboun, located to the east of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, with wastewater. Mayor of Jalboun Nidal Abu al Rub told WAFA that settlers from neighboring illegal colonial settlements have been discharging their untreated sewage for several […]

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Contracts for world’s largest solar plant in Abu Dhabi to be signed within months / fast-track efforts to protect the planet – Environment and Development

The contract to build and run the largest solar energy plant in the world in Abu Dhabi is to be awarded within months, it has been confirmed. Bids are currently being scrutinised for the Al Dhafra facility, which will cover around 20 square kilometres, and it is hoped will be producing power by mid-2022. It […]

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UAE to double renewable energy portfolio in next ten years – Environment and Development

The United Arab Emirates grew its renewable energy portfolio by more than 400% in the last 10 years, and is on track to double that again in the coming decade, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. chief executive Sultan al-Jaber said on Monday. “We (ADNOC) will increase our carbon capture utilization and storage program by 500% […]

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UAE funds renewables schemes in developing countries – Environment and Development

Renewable energy projects in developing nations from Cuba to Nepal are set to go ahead thanks to hundreds of millions of dirhams in UAE funding. At the 10th annual assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, $105 million (Dh385m) in funding was announced for eight schemes in the developing world. Among the […]

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UAE firm ‘to grow a tonne of tomatoes a day’ in the desert – Environment and Development

UAE residents will soon be able to buy fresher produce after plans were unveiled to grow a tonne of tomatoes a day in the Abu Dhabi desert. Madar Farms in Dubai said it would open a high-tech indoor facility by the end of the year spanning 7,000 square metres. It is said to be the […]

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Sharqiya governorate removes 43,800 tons of waste – Egypt Independent

January 13, 2020 Sharqiya Governor Mamdouh Ghorab announced on Friday that 43,800 tons of waste have been removed from the city of Zagazig – specifically the areas of al-Ghar, al-Asalugy, Mubarak, and Farouq Street – and transferred to the Khattara landfill, as part of a plan to preserve the environment and protect the health of […]

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Israel’s recent storms cause billions in damage to property, infrastructure – YNET

Insurance data shows private damage claims worth over NIS 1.5 billion ($432 million) have been filed just days after heavy rains pounded central and northern Israel for several days; damage to public infrastructure is also estimated to be in millions Gad Lior, Odi Atzion | Published: 01.12.20 Two powerful storm systems that hit Israel last […]

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Ajloun pond restored through USAID project, conserving potable water – Jordan Times

Jan 16,2020 AMMAN — The US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced the completion of the restoration of the Queen Rania rainwater catchment pond in Ajloun. According to a USAID statement, this refurbishment project preserves drinking water by supplying an alternative source for non-potable water restricted to irrigation, firefighting, construction and livestock farming. “The […]

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