Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Israel Palestinian Water Deal – EcoPeace press release

Dear Friends and Colleagues, After years of negotiations on July 13th, under the auspices of US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt, a deal was finally reached between Israel’s Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, and Minister Mazen Ghoneim, Head of the Palestinian Water Authority. According to the water sale agreement, Israel will sell 33 mcm of […]

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AFED 10th Annual Conference in November: Arab Environment in 10 Years – AFED

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) announced that its 10th annual conference will convene on November 2-3, 2017 at the iconic Le Bristol Hotel in Beirut, the same venue where AFED was born in 2006. AFED Secretary General Najib Saab revealed that a new report entitled “Arab Environment in 10 Years”, will be […]

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Untreated Sewage Flowing From West Bank and East Jerusalem Is Polluting Israeli Streams – Haaretz

Some 60 million cubic meters of untreated sewage is flowing into streams, with Nahal Hebron the most polluted Zafrir Rinat Jul 18, 2017 Tens of millions of cubic meters of untreated sewage are flowing into Israel from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, polluting streams in Israel and the West Bank, according to a new […]

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As Gaza power crisis eases slightly, polluted beaches become unsafe for residents – Maan

July 15, 2017 GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — After Gaza’s sole power plant shutdown on Wednesday night, Gaza’s electricity company reported that the power supply in the besieged enclave has slightly improved after the power plant resumed its full capacity on Friday, while reports have emerged that 73 percent of beach waters off Gaza’s coast have […]

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A Warmer Israel Will Be a Much Poorer Israel – Haaretz

A recent study on the economic impact of climate change shows how vulnerable Israel, and the whole Middle East, are to climate change David Rosenberg Jul 18, 2017 4 Seventy years from now, places like Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma will not only be a lot hotter than they are now because of climate change. They […]

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Asalim stream disaster kills third of ibex population – YNET

Two weeks have passed since the acid spill in Nahal Ashalim and the ibex population in the area continues to pay the heavy price of the river’s pollution—in recent days, two more ibex carcasses have been found in the area, raising the number of ibexes found so far since the disaster to eight. Ilana Curiel|Published: […]

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Sea turtles to counter 7,000 jellyfish found on shores – Egypt Independent

July 10, 2017 Environment Ministry official said Sunday that over 7,000 jellyfish have been observed on the shores of the North Coast, Alexandria and Balteem since June 28 until July 9. Head of the Northern Nature Reserves Directorate with the ministry, Mohamed al-Eisawy, said that they formed a team of researchers from the ministry one […]

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Watch: Hundreds of jellyfish threaten to clog up Israeli power plant – Jerusalem Post

By REUTERS June 27, 2017 Swarms of jelly fish washed up from the Mediterranean Sea threatened to clog one of Israel’s main power stations on Tuesday during hot summer days, its chief engineer told Reuters. Located north of Tel Aviv and near the coastal Israeli town of Hadera, the coal-fired power station, “Orot Rabin”, uses […]

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Masdar Institute develops high performance solar absorber – Environment and Development

18/7/2017 In a continued drive towards harnessing the sun as a source of energy, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology on Monday announced that they have developed a high performance solar absorber, making the use of solar thermal applications more efficient. The solar absorber was developed with the partnership of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology […]

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Jordan, Kazakhstan urged to increase cooperation in ‘energy of peace’ – Jordan Times

Astana EXPO 2017 provides Kingdom with other platform to share ‘story of success’ with host, other countries By Mohammad Ghazal – Jun 29,2017 AMMAN — Jordan and Kazakhstan enjoy a huge potential for increased cooperation in the field of renewable energy especially since the two countries stand out in pursuit of schemes in this field, […]

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new report: “Decoupling National Water Needs for National Water Supplies: Insights and Potential for Countries in the Jordan Basin” – EcoPeace

From EcoPeace: EcoPeace Middle East (www.ecopeaceme.org), a unique environmental organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israelis, with the primary objective of promoting cooperative efforts to protect the region’s shared environmental heritage, recently published a new report entitled “Decoupling National Water Needs for National Water Supplies: Insights and Potential for Countries in the Jordan Basin” […]

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new publication: H.Hussein (2017), Dynamic political contexts and power asymmetries: the cases of the Blue Nile and the Yarmouk Rivers – International Environmental Agreements

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10784-017-9364-y open access Abstract This paper explores the evolving patterns of hydropolitical relations in the dynamic contexts of Yarmouk and Blue Nile Rivers in comparison. The analysis aims at shedding light over the complex implications that recent political and social changes have aroused for the water disputes between Jordan and Syria on the one hand, […]

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new publication: Tal, A., 2017, “Will Demography Defeat River Restoration? The Case of the Jordan River?” The Journal of Water Research

Highlights • Given its unique historic stature, restoring the Jordan River is enjoying renewed attention. • Reduced desalinated water prices creates optimism about the potential to restore the Jordan River. • Population increases in the region undermine the ability to provide minimal environmental flow. • Climate change will continue to diminish the natural supply of […]

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new publication: H.Hussein (2017), “Politics of the Dead Sea Canal: a historical review of the evolving discourses, interests, and plans”, Water International

H.Hussein (2017), “Politics of the Dead Sea Canal: a historical review of the evolving discourses, interests, and plans”, Water International http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02508060.2017.1344817 ABSTRACT This article explores how the idea of a canal connecting the Dead Sea with either the Red Sea or the Mediterranean Sea has evolved. It analyzes the proposals, the official interests, and the […]

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new publication Tal, A. 2017. Will We Always Have Paris? Israel’s Tepid Climate Change Strategy – Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

Pages 405-421 | Published online: 05 Jan 2017 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23739770.2016.1265821 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23739770.2016.1265821 full text https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312101312_Will_We_Always_Have_Paris_Israel%27s_Tepid_Climate_Change_Strategy

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Netherlands outraged after Israel seizes Dutch-funded solar panels in West Bank – Maan / Haaretz

Netherlands outraged after Israel seizes Dutch-funded solar panels in West Bank – Maan July 3, 2017 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Netherlands has reacted with outrage after Israeli authorities seized dozens of solar panels in a remote occupied West Bank village that were donated by the Dutch government. Israeli forces confiscated the solar panels in the […]

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Tafileh Wind Farm a leading example in renewable energy — IFC – Jordan Times

Jun 29,2017 AMMAN — The spectre of climate change looms large over Jordan, as it does for many other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Mouayed Makhlouf, International Finance Corporation (IFC) regional director for MENA, said on Wednesday. “Large-scale renewable energy projects such as the one in Tafileh are crucial for lowering greenhouse […]

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Man sentenced to one year in prison, JD2,000 fine for water theft – Jordan Times

Ministry hails decision as ‘another victory’ in campaign against water violations By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 01,2017 Tanks allegedly containing stolen water hidden in the backyard of a building in a north Amman neighbourhood (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation) AMMAN — A man caught last year for stealing over 1,200 cubic […]

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13 facilities referred to prosecutor for environmental breaches in June – Jordan Times

Environment Ministry also closed down one agricultural and nine vocational facilities By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 03,2017 AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment in June referred 13 facilities to the general prosecutor for breaches of environmental regulations, according to a government official. The facilities are part of the industrial, vocational, service and agricultural sectors, ministry’s […]

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Two Israeli Beaches Are Spared Destruction, but Others Still at Risk From Developers – Haaretz

Planning council to start discussing master plan to shield beaches from developers, party animals Zafrir Rinat Jul 07, 2017 The perennial struggle to keep the nation’s beaches open to the public chalked up two successes this week. In Eilat, the municipality regained control of a beach that Trans-Israel Pipeline had held for decades. Further north, […]

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