Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Cleaning and sewing up eastern Jerusalem – Jerusalem Post

By DAVID M. WEINBERG 11/16/2017 Jerusalem municipal workers hauled-off abandoned vehicles, accumulated piles of garbage, and rubble from ruined buildings. Earlier this week, Jerusalem municipal officials and workers swept overnight into a-Tur on the Mount of Olives to clean up the neighborhood. Under police protection, they hauled-off abandoned vehicles, accumulated piles of garbage, and rubble […]

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World’s largest solar plant built in a refugee camp launched in Zaatari – Jordan Times

12.9-megawatt solar facility will bring free and clean electricity to over 80,000 camp residents By Mina Mohit – Nov 13,2017 ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP — After six months of construction that saw the sprawling of some 40,000 solar panels over “the size of 33 football fields” in southern Mafraq, the world’s largest solar power plant built […]

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Vulnerable groups in Arab world ‘most at risk’ of climate change impact — experts – Jordan Times

Climate change also threatens to ‘derail development results’ By Hana Namrouqa – Nov 15,2017 BONN — Experts on environment and sustainable development on Wednesday warned that climate change is increasingly becoming a root cause for displacement in the Arab region, urging more attention to the impact of climate change on vulnerable groups. The Arab region […]

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Jordan to go ahead with Red Sea-Dead Sea project despite Israel’s withdrawal threat – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Nov 15,2017 AMMAN—Jordan on Tuesday said it was going ahead with the Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyance project with or without Israel, which threatened on Tuesday to withdraw from the project until it is staff are allowed to return to the Israeli embassy in Amman. “We are going ahead with the […]

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Jordan Outdoor Association puts a cap on illegal fishing – Jordan Times

By Ahmed Bani Mustafa – Nov 09,2017 AMMAN — The Jordan Outdoor Association has contributed to three arrests related to illegal fishing at freshwater bodies in the Kingdom, an activist said. The society, which has 535 members from various countries, has volunteers who monitor water bodies and report illegal fishing to the rangers at the […]

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1,400 trees planted to revive Amman’s greenery – Jordan Times

By Muath Freij – Nov 11,2017 AMMAN — The small number of green spaces in the capital prompted 14-year-old Reem Hamadah to participate in a one-day planting tree activity in Amman on Saturday. Hamadah said that she is forced to visit malls in the upscale neighbourhoods of Amman whenever she wants to enjoy some leisure […]

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Experts discuss impact of tourism on sustainable development – Jordan Times

By Fares Al Abed – Nov 13,2017 AMMAN — The relationship between tourism and sustainable growth was the focus of a regional conference that began in Amman on Monday. Titled “Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA]: Competitiveness for Sustainable Growth”, the two-day meeting aims at developing sustainable urban tourism in the region. […]

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Prayer for rain to be held Friday – Jordan Times

by Muath Freij – Nov 16,2017 – AMMAN — Istisqaa prayer will be held across the Kingdom on Friday, following calls made by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs urging Jordanians to participate in the prayer. A statement posted on the ministry’s website said that Awqaf Minister Wael Arabiyat notified heads of Awqaf directorates […]

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Iran-Iraq quake damages Iraq’s Diyala River dam – Al Jazeera

15 Nov 2017 Engineers in northern Iraq are carrying out repairs on a vital dam damaged by the earthquake that also devastated areas in neighbouring Iran. The dam, which provides water and electricity to about two million people, risks breaking and unleashing disastrous flooding. More than 500 people were killed and about 70,000 were displaced […]

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After ‘Sea of Plastic’ found in Caribbean, one Israeli firm is off to the rescue – Jerusalem Post

By MAX SCHINDLER 11/06/2017 Kibbutz-based Infimer seeks to alleviate $40 billion-a-year cost of plastics pollution. A colossal “sea of plastic” was discovered last month in the Caribbean, with bunched-up bottles and bags stretching for miles. It reminded one Israeli environmental entrepreneur of the polluted Haifa Bay and Kishon River — with all of its petrochemicals. […]

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Annual Cross-Border Environmental Cooperation Conference – Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

On September 13th-14th, 2017, the second annual Track II Environmental Conference was held at the Arava Institute. The conference, entitled “Promoting environmental agreements between Jordan, Israel and Palestine, to improve lives, protect the environment, and support sustainable resolution of conflict”, aimed to highlight the progress of the Track II working groups launched at last year’s […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, November 2017

Diplomat Tour “Gaza on the Edge” On October 24th, EcoPeace staff led a group of representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations on a study tour of the Israeli areas neighboring the Gaza Strip. The tour “Gaza on the Edge” showed the transboundary implications of the Gaza water and sanitation crisis on the Israeli communities, […]

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Arab Environment in 10 Years – AFED

ARAB ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS crowns a decade of the series of annual reports produced by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on the state of Arab environment. It tracks and analyzes changes focusing on policies and governance, including level of response and engagement in international environmental treaties. It also highlights developments in […]

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Arab Environment in 10 Years: Bleak with Bright Spots – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB The overall environmental outlook in the Arab region is bleak, despite progress on some fronts, according to the latest report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). Entitled Arab Environment in 10 Years, the report crowns a decade of annual reports on the state of the environment in the Arab world. […]

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AFED Conference on Arab Environment in 10 Years: Recommendations for Green Investment, Food Security and Arab Cooperation – AFED

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) concluded its tenth annual conference, held in Beirut on 2-3 November 2017, to discuss changes in the Arab environment during the past ten years. The conference brought together about 400 delegates from 46 countries, representing public agencies, corporations, universities, research centers and civil society. AFED’s Secretary General […]

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Kingdom drafts national adaptation plan for climate change – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Oct 30,2017 AMMAN — Jordan is formulating its first National Adaptation Plan (NAP) that will feature measures to enhance the country’s capacity to adapt to climate change in different sectors, according to experts in the field. Representatives of the public sector and local and international organisations and institutions on Monday convened […]

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Biennial report on climate change launched – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Oct 29,2017 AMMAN — Jordan on Sunday announced its First Biennial Update Report (FBUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which looks at climate change within the Jordanian context and highlights local efforts to fight and adapt to the global phenomenon. The Ministry of Environment, which launched the […]

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Zaatari camp to go green with largest solar plant built in refugee settlement – Jordan Times

Nov 08,2017 AMMAN — Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp is planning to go green with the inauguration of a 12.9 megawatts solar plant next Monday, aimed at bringing affordable and sustainable energy to around 80,000 Syrian refugees and the host community. The 15-million-Euro project, which is funded by the government of Germany through the KfW Development […]

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Red Sea Warming Faster Than Global Average – Haaretz

Even the hardy corals reef of Eilat could be in trouble if water temperatures increase, Saudi research paper indicates Ruth Schuster Nov 02, 2017 The Red Sea is warming faster than the average for the world’s oceans, a team of Saudi scientists has reported. Their finding is likely to have implications for life in the […]

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Air pollution, defective construction and corruption plague the state – Jerusalem Post

By YONAH JEREMY BOB 10/25/2017 Israel’s comptroller reported on the faulty infrastructure creating a threat through out the state. Economic losses stemming from air pollution amounted to approximately NIS 16 billion in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira that also addressed corruption issues and defects in roadways and buildings. […]

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