Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

New Publication: Not Just Tolerated—A Global Leader: Lessons Learned from Israel’s Experience in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – Israel Studies

Alon Tal Israel Studies Vol. 25, No. 1 (Spring 2020), pp. 122-148 Abstract Israel’s influential role in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification since the agreement’s inception is explored. Several factors can explain the country’s successful diplomatic interaction. A combination of: low international interest and competition for expertise about the issue; Israel’s unique, achievements […]

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Smog Shuts Schools, Universities in Iran – Naharnet

Air pollution forced the closure of schools and universities in parts of Iran on Saturday, including Tehran, which was cloaked by a cloud of toxic smog, state media reported. The decision to shut schools and universities in the capital was announced late Friday by deputy governor Mohammad Taghizadeh, after a meeting of an emergency committee […]

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Egypt is among countries most affected by climate change: Minister – Egypt Independent

December 4, 2019 Egypt is among the countries most impacted by climate change, but the government is continuing its efforts to meet the challenge head on with new renewable energy projects, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said on Monday. While taking part in the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 held December 2-13 in Madrid, Fouad stressed […]

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EcoPeace’s annual regional conference

This year, EcoPeace’s annual regional conference, with 170 people in attendance, was held in Jordan from 5-6 November and celebrated the organisation’s milestone 25th anniversary. The program included workshops and presentations by staff, youth and women leaders, and a keynote address by special guest Robert Kennedy Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance. The conference was designed […]

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Israel downgrades representation at global climate summit – Haaretz

As the COP25 kicks off in Madrid amid global youth protests, only Israel’s energy minister will show up as the country’s political deadlock continues Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 3, 2019 Breaking from tradition, Israel won’t be sending its environmental protection chief to the COP25 climate change summit that began in Madrid Monday, as Minister Zeev […]

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What is Israel doing about climate change? Nothing, says watchdog – HAARETZ

As world leaders convene for COP25 in Madrid: Israel hasn’t enacted any climate law but settles for ephemeral government resolutions, says environmental watchdog report, explaining why puny Israel’s emissions do matter a great deal Ruth Schuster | Dec. 3, 2019 Israel, would-be light unto the nations, has no climate change legislation. While some feel that […]

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Israel’s average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees since 1950 – GLOBES / YNET / Haaretz

Climate change will hit Israel especially hard, study finds – GLOBES 3 Dec, 2019 16:18 Shani Ashekanazi The average temperature in Israel is projected to rise 1.2 degrees by 2050. A new report by the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) presents for the first time a comprehensive analysis of temperature and precipitation trends, based on data […]

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Over 100 leading Israeli scientists demand climate change action – Haaretz

Contrary to the image the gas companies try to cultivate, natural gas is very damaging to the environment and to public health, the scientists argue Nir Hasson | Nov. 19, 2019 | 11:55 AM More than 100 senior Israeli scientists submitted a petition to Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz Monday, demanding that Israel stop planning to […]

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New climate change report spells disaster for Israel – Jerusalem Post

A new report published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection paints an alarming picture of the future of the state of Israel. By IDAN ZONSHINE DECEMBER 3, 2019 The countries of the world are currently meeting in Madrid as a part of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, with the aim of reducing […]

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Israel Environment Ministry opposes plan for new Rehovot neighborhood – Haaretz

Ministry claims that plan would harm important open spaces and that the construction reserves inside the city should be utilized Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 2, 2019 | 6:16 AM The National Committee for Planning Priority Housing Areas last week posited a plan for a new residential neighborhood in Rehovot, which will opened for the filing […]

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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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