Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

US, Saudi Arabia Back-of-the-Pack on Curbing Climate Change – Naharnet

The United States and Saudi Arabia rank last when it comes to curbing climate change among the 56 nations accounting for 90 percent of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said Monday. A large number of laggards means the world is dangerously off-track which it comes to slashing the carbon pollution that has already amplified droughts, […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter December 2018

The EcoPeace Middle East team would like to wish Happy Holidays to all of our friends and supporters who are celebrating. With the help of supporters like you we have achieved great things in the last year. Our advocacy and community based efforts include: Helped to reach the completion of the new North Gaza Wastewater […]

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Egypt’s Fertile Nile Delta Threatened by Climate Change – Naharnet

07 December 2018, Lush green fields blanket northern Egypt’s Nile Delta, but the country’s agricultural heartland and its vital freshwater resources are under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped basin is home to nearly half the country’s population, and the river that feeds it provides Egypt with 90 percent of its water needs. […]

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New pipeline will bring desalinated water to Israel’s only freshwater lake – Haaretz

A new pipeline and additional desalination plants will introduce fresh water into Lake Kinneret — in order to meet Israel’s commitments to Jordan, which suffers from a dire water shortage Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 2, 2018 | 12:54 AM Israel’s National Water Carrier has an outsize place in the national consciousness. The formidable system of […]

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Advancing science one gust at a time: Israel’s largest wind tunnel – Jerusalem Post

By MAYA PELACH ZAVIT 12/09/2018 New facility serves as a platform for conducting a variety of environmental experiments, without ever leaving the laboratory. It can affect planes in flight and ships at sea, accelerate the spread of wildfires, cause road closures and even lead to loss of lives. It’s the wind, and while we may […]

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Rate of asthma cases in Haifa’s children more than double Israeli average – Haaretz

Researchers suggest air pollution has led to higher rate ■ In vicinity of Sea of Galilee, it’s four times as high allegedly due to shortage of specialists, Health Ministry finds Ido Efrati | Dec. 14, 2018 The rate of hospitalization of Haifa’s children for asthma is 2.32 times higher than the national average, according to […]

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Haifa residents can die of pollution, as long as there’s no Arab deputy mayor (editorial) – Haaretz

Never mind the frenetic development of the Oil Refineries and the petrochemical industries, for the government the worst thing happening in Israel right now is the appointment of Raja Zaatry as deputy mayor Gila Livni Zamir Dec. 11, 2018 For many years, Haifa residents have been protesting conduct of the polluting petrochemical industries in their […]

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“Verynile” initiative to clean Nile water launched: Irrigation Ministry – Egypt Independent

December 12, 2018 Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation on Wednesday launched the “Verynile” initiative, which aims to clean the Nile river’s water daily and increase awareness for environmental preservation, in cooperation with the “Baseta” company. The initiative joins fishermen and special teams under the motto “clean the Nile water…one kilo every time.” Head of the central […]

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Authorities track down suspects in illegal well drilling near Um Al Jimal site – Naharnet

Equipment, drilling rig seized as authorities search for suspects By Hana Namrouqa – Dec 12,2018 AMMAN — Authorities on Wednesday seized and confiscated a drilling rig near Um Al Jimal archaeological site in Mafraq, according to a government official, who said that those involved in the illegal drilling of the well are being tracked down. […]

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FAO submits proposed policy papers on Jordanian forestry development – Jordan Times

by Saeb Rawashdeh – Dec 04,2018 AMMAN — After years of work between international and local parties, the final policy document on the development of Jordan’s forestry was announced on Tuesday. The document was presented during a ceremony attended by Minister of Agriculture Ibrahim Shahahdeh and senior officials from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation […]

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3, 000 trees to be planted at UJ as part of ‘Green Amman 2020’ project – Jordan Times

Dec 10,2018 AMMAN — The “Green Amman 2020” project committee on Sunday launched a campaign to plant a total of 3,000 trees on the University of Jordan’s (UJ) campus. The tree planting campaign will be implemented in cooperation with the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Royal Society for the Conservation of […]

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Stakeholders in economy, environment convene to put ‘circular economy’ on national agenda – Jordan Times

By Johanne Kalsaas – Dec 04,2018 AMMAN — Dozens gathered at the NOFA Creative Space on Saturday, on the occasion of the Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays). The event takes place in over 100 cities worldwide with the aim of promoting a global ecosystem of circular economies through open-source practices. Circular economy is a […]

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Tel Aviv’s Yarkon river sees drop in pollution after new purification plant opens – Haaretz

The new plant channels more highly purified waste water into the river, causing an improvement in water quality and a renewal of animal life Zafrir Rinat | Nov. 28, 2018 Contamination levels in the Yarkon River are finally in decline after four years of steadily increasing pollution thanks to the channeling of more highly purified […]

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The second largest daffodil field in Israel becomes a garbage dump – Haaretz

In recent years, students from the nearby Kfar Hayarok School have been working to preserve and care for the daffodil field. Now, the northern edge of the field has become a regular dump site for construction materials Zafrir Rinat | Nov. 22, 2018 A field of daffodils near the Pi Glilot Junction north of Tel […]

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Trash Pollutes Lebanon’s Mediterranean Coastline – Naharnwt

29 November 2018 Plastic bottles, soft drink cans and blue garbage bags. An old television, discarded vegetables and coffee cups. These are some of the random things that can be seen floating in the sea along Lebanon’s coastline. Once a source of pride, the country’s Mediterranean coastline has become a source of shame for many […]

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AUE calls for realisation of envisioned joint Arab electricity market – Jordan Times

Dec 09,2018 AMMAN — The sixth Arab Union of Electricity (AUE) Conference recommended that more efforts be exerted towards realisng a joint Arab electricity market on a commercial basis. The Amman-based AUE, in its sixth conference which concluded last Thursday, also called for completing the Arab electricity grids interconnection projects, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, […]

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‘Green energy projects to contribute to around 20% of electricity generation in 2020’ – Jordan Times

Dec 06,2018 AMMAN — The contribution of renewable energy to the national power grid will reach 10 per cent by the end of 2018 and is expected to increase to 20 per cent in 2020, Energy Minister Hala Zawati said on Wednesday. Opening the sixth conference of the Amman-based Arab Union of Electricity, Zawati said […]

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AREC conference explores Jordan renewable energy goals, progress – Jordan Times

By Maram Kayed – Dec 10,2018 AMMAN — Energy sector stakeholders have recently gathered in Amman for an Arab Renewable Energy Commission (AREC) conference to discuss the future of the sector, electric cars and smart cities in Jordan. During the conference, titled the “Fifth International Forum on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency”, participants discussed “the […]

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‘War of Meters’ Continues as More Generators Seized – Naharnet

28 November 2018 Economy Ministry inspectors on Wednesday confiscated a neighborhood power generator in Sin el-Fil after its owner refused to install meters for subscribers, a day after a violating generator was seized in Hadath. The inspectors were accompanied by State Security agents. Caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury had revealed in an interview with al-Joumhouria […]

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Energy commission, authorities cite 18,000 power theft cases in 2018 – Jordan Times

Dec 06,2018 AMMAN — The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) on Wednesday announced the detection of 18,014 electricity theft cases in the first 11 months of 2018, an official statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra. Law enforcement and EMRC detected 9,370 cases of the theft, while Public Security and Gendarmerie department personnel […]

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