Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

‘The sea will get as hot as a Jacuzzi’: What life in Israel will be like in 2100 – Haaretz

Winter will get much shorter and even nighttime won’t offer respite from the heat. Israel is warming up, and by the end of the century we simply won’t be able to exist without air conditioning Oded Carmeli | Aug. 15, 2019 “I’m happy I won’t be alive,” says Baruch Rinkevich of Israel Oceanographic and Limnological […]

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Climate change is a Jewish issue – Jerusalem Post

Over the past two decades, the American Jewish establishment has devoted substantial resources to try to address the challenges facing the future of the Jewish community. By ROBERT HORENSTEIN August 3, 2019 20:57 Over the past two decades, the American Jewish establishment has devoted substantial resources to try to address the challenges facing the future […]

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Saving Dead Sea a global responsibility (editorial) – Jordan Times

August 15,2019 Experts are sounding the alarm yet again about the fate of the Dead Sea, and warn that at the current rate of its water depletion and receding shorelines, the Dead Sea will become dead for all intents and purposes in three to four decades. Despite the repeated warnings about the Dead Sea and […]

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Israeli court rules to place limit on amount of water pumped from Dead Sea – Haaretz

Environmental group files petition against Dead Sea Works requesting the company obtain licences to promote more efficient and economical pumping technologies Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 12, 2019 The Haifa District Court ruled on Monday, in response to a petition from environmental group Adam Teva V’Din, that the Dead Sea Works cannot continue to pump water […]

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Regional experts meet to promote green technology development – Jordan Times

By Johanna Montanari – Jul 31,2019 AMMAN — Regional experts have recently gathered in Amman to promote cooperation in the deployment of green technologies, according to a UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) statement. The meeting, titled “Green Technology Transfer, Adaptation and Investment Required for Implementing SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production”, […]

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As fracking poisons the air, Israeli scientists propose to engineer cows – Haaretz

Tackling methane emissions is the ‘low-hanging fruit to slow global warming,’ says scientist behind Cornell fracking study Ruth Schuster | Aug. 14, 2019 | 4:01 PM | 3 Methane levels in the atmosphere have spiked in the last decade, as have the concentrations of carbon dioxide, particle pollution and microplastics. One gas whose concentration has […]

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US water strategy aims to aid Jordan in stopping desertification – Jordan Times

Global water strategy forecasts intensifying water crises in coming decade By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 28,2019 WASHINGTON, DC — Jordan is one of 12 nations listed as high-priority countries under the US Global Water Strategy, which envisions a water-secure world by implementing multi-year, country specific water plans, according to an official at the US Department […]

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EBRD to finance largest private-to-private solar project in Jordan yet – Jordan Times

Aug 01,2019 AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced on Wednesday it would grant a $35-million financial package to support Jordan’s largest private-to-private solar project in Jordan yet. Under new regulations that allow private consumers to establish their own energy facilities under a process known as “wheeling” that transports electricity from […]

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Controlling energy costs / electricity theft – Jordan Times

Controlling energy costs (editorial) Aug 03,2019 Minister of State for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat assured the country on Tuesday that there will be no hike in electricity rates “during the upcoming period”. This news comes as a big relief to the people, especially during the long, hot summer days and nights, when temperatures soar and […]

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Reversing decades-old policy, Israel to allow some harvesting of wild herbs – Haaretz

Decision follows complaints by Arabs who gather hyssop for za’atar and Greek sage Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 6, 2019 The Nature and Parks Authority will be changing its policy to allow people to cut certain protected wild herbs in small quantities for personal use, and focus instead on enforcement against those collecting these herbs in […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, August 2019

EcoPeace in the Media July, 2019, The Wilson Quarterly Sea, Sun, and Peace? by Naomi Zeveloff A must read on the work of environmental peacebuilding Upcoming Events If you happen to be in New York for Climate Week this September, The Sabin Center For Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, will be host to all […]

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Sea, Sun, and Peace? – Wilson Quarterly

By Naomi Zeveloff An environmental group wants to unite Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians behind the idea that water can bring peace in the Middle East. In the Middle East, water has been a source of conflict since ancient times. In the Book of Chronicles, King Hezekiah of Judah stops the flow of a spring and […]

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Israel’s air pollution among OECD highest: How do we reduce exposure? – YNET

The figures are troubling and undeniable – Israel is ranked very high in the air pollution index, which results in thousands of deaths each year. It is a phenomenon that must be monitored and calls for appropriate action. But how do we do that? Kobi Libermann, in collaboration with Dyson|Published: 08.04.19 The state of air […]

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Lebanese Kick Up Stink over Smell Fix for Garbage Woes – Naharnet

Sitting at a plastic table outside her flatbread sandwich shop in the Lebanese capital, Nadime Yazbeck says she wishes the government would deal with the stench from the local trash dump. “They really need to find a solution to these smells,” said the 66-year-old Beirut resident, in a spotless white t-shirt and hair net. Four […]

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Environment Ministry announces huge foreign-funded project to reduce Egypt’s pollution – Egypt Independent

August 7, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad announced that the Ministry is currently implementing a huge project aimed at reducing Egypt’s pollution, achieving cleaner production through the use of agricultural and municipal waste as an alternate fuel for industrial purposes or through energy efficiency projects. The Ministry plans to focus on the […]

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Environmental Agency files complaint against petroleum company due to Red Sea oil pollution – Egypt Independent

August 7, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm The Environmental Affairs Agency decided to file a complaint against the General Petroleum Company (GPC) in Ras Ghareb of the Red Sea governorate after the company’s work caused oil pollution to spread over a distance of 150 meters in the Dai al-Qamr area amid warnings of the spots extending to […]

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Jellyfish finally leave Israel’s beaches, but there was something unusual about this summer’s swarm – Haaretz

Stinging cells they emit in the water make jellyfish showing up on the Mediterranean shores a threat to swimmers, in addition to clogging infrastructure outlets Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 3, 2019 The swarm of jellyfish that arrived to Israel’s beaches last month has finally moved on. What was special about this summer’s swarm was an […]

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Egypt devises plan to rationalize water consumption – Egypt Independent

August 4, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm Egyptian Minister of Housing Assem al-Gazzar announced on Sunday that his ministry has set up a plan to rationalize water consumption and maximize the use of available water resources, as part of government efforts to preserve Egypt’s drinking water. The minister explained that the plan includes the provision of alternative […]

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Egypt to establish its first-ever vertical forest project in New Administrative Capital – Egypt Independent

August 4, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm Misr Italia Properties signed a cooperation agreement with the Stefano Boeri Architetti Company on Saturday to establish the Vertical Forest Project in 2020 on 10,000 acres, as part of the IL Bosco project in the New Administrative Capital. The company’s Deputy Chairman Mohammed Khaled al-Assal said in a press conference […]

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Tel Aviv’s iconic river faces murky future despite rehabilitation attempts – Haaretz

Up until about five years ago there was steady improvement in the quality of the Yarkon River water, but since then the situation has become problematic Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 30, 2019 The rehabilitation of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv has suffered badly in recent years due to a series of mishaps in the […]

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