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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

new publication: Conflict Versus Consensus Strategic Orientations Among Environmental NGOs: An Empirical Evaluation – VOLUNTAS

VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations Shira Leon Zchout, Ecopeace Middle EastTel Aviv Israel Alon Tal, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Beersheba Israel http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11266-016-9723-2?wt_mc=alerts.TOCjournals First Online: 12 May 2016 DOI: 10.1007/s11266-016-9723-2 Cite this article as: Zchout, S.L. & Tal, A. Voluntas (2017) 28: 1110. doi:10.1007/s11266-016-9723-2 Abstract Israeli environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs) are […]

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Jordan hopes to ‘go green’ with National Green Growth Plan – Jordan Times

Plan, to be shared with Arab League, seeks to boost implementation of green growth projects By Hana Namrouqa – May 25,2017 AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment on Wednesday launched the National Green Growth Plan (NGGP) to guide green-growth projects and align relevant policies and investments with national development goals. The NGGP lists 24 projects […]

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RSCN confiscates 280 illegally hunted, kept animals last year – Jordann Times

Snakes, lions, hyenas, wolves, porcupines, monkeys, lynxes, among animals seized and confiscated by nature inspectors By Hana Namrouqa – May 20,2017 The Nubian ibex is among the animals confiscated from violators by nature inspectors in 2016 (Photo courtesy of the RSCN) AMMAN — Nature inspectors recorded 280 cases of illegal hunting, possession and trade of […]

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Israeli Bees Being Exposed to Dangerous Pesticides – Haaretz

Twenty-four different pesticides were found in the bodies of local honey bees as well as in the honey and pollen in the hives Zafrir Rinat May 29, 2017 A new study shows that Israeli bees are being exposed to dangerous pesticides originating from agricultural areas adjacent to their hives, some of which are highly toxic […]

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Refuge for Wild Plants Tries to Save Nature That’s Disappearing Around Israel – Haaretz

Almost a fifth of Israel’s wildflower species are endangered. The Nebi Samuel refuge opened in hopes of preserving these plans – and maybe even restoring them to nature someday Zafrir Rinat May 19, 2017 Until a few decades ago, the Jerusalem hills were a paradise for wildflower lovers. Hundreds of plant species covered the area […]

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Hitching a Ride From the Red Sea To the Med Sea Inside a Fish’s Guts – Haaretz

Israeli study shows the variety of ways in which invasive species can reach the Mediterranean By Zafrir Rinat May 16, 2017 For years, scientists have been wondering how marine animals with limited mobility nonetheless manage to end up thousands of kilometers from their natural habitats. An Israeli study published this week shows that they use […]

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Nasser urges summer 2017 water funding plan for refugees, host communities – Jordan Times

Ministry to start ‘urgent’ coordination with UNICEF to respond to additional water challenges By JT – May 25,2017 Water Ministry highlighted the urgent need to find solutions to water-related issues and endorse a clear plan for projects (Photo by Amjad Ghsoun) AMMAN — Water Minister Hazem Nasser on Wednesday called for drafting a funding plan […]

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Picnickers urged against lighting fires in forests – Jordan Times

Recent wildfire in Ajloun reminds of danger of summer picnickers’ fires — Agriculture Ministry By Hana Namrouqa – May 25,2017 AMMAN — As firefighters and rangers extinguished a wild fire on Thursday dawn that engulfed 12 dunnums of dry grass, officials urged picnickers to stop lighting fires in forests to prevent wildfires. Picnickers should realise […]

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Mafraq water networks to be renovated as demand rises by 40 per cent since 2011 – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Main and tertiary water pipes will be renovated in five towns in Mafraq Governorate, which has seen a 40 per cent rise in demand for water since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, according to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Under the project, the ministry will replace deteriorated water networks […]

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Aqaba Marine Park to be listed as first marine nature reserve – Jordan Times

Park aims to protect Aqaba marine environment from rising pollution and environmental damage By Hana Namrouqa – May 24,2017 The Aqaba Marine Park is located in the Gulf of Aqaba, a semi-enclosed water basin attached to the semi-enclosed Red Sea (Photo courtesy of the Aqaba Marine Park website) AMMAN — The Aqaba Marine Park (AMP) […]

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Consumers buy and waste ‘more than usual’ at Ramadan start – Jordan Times

There was a 500-tonne increase in the volume of waste collected from the capital and the central region on the first two days of Ramadan, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Monday. Basem Tarawneh, deputy director for districts and environmental affairs at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), said that the municipality’s workers on Sunday […]

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Vegan campaign puts a damper on dairy ahead of Shavuot – Jerusalem Post

By JPOST.COM STAFF 05/29/2017 “For decades the dairy industry has brainwashed the public with billion-shekel ad campaigns,” says organizer. Report finds Israeli cows are most productive in the world. A huge billboard featuring a cow and its calf has popped up on Tel Aviv’s main Ayalon highway this week, just in time for the Jewish […]

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Government approves plan to overhaul east Jerusalem sewage, waste systems – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 05/29/2017 Jerusalem residents suffer from some of the worst air pollution levels in the country. Aiming to significantly curb the environmental hazards plaguing the capital city’s Arab neighborhoods, the government has approved a NIS 177 million plan to upgrade waste and sewage infrastructure in east Jerusalem. The Environmental Protection Ministry program, approved […]

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Gaza power authority says it has receive no reply from PA over electricity crisis – Maan

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Strip’s power authority said on Sunday that it had met all of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) stipulations to end the electricity crisis in the besieged coastal enclave, but that the governing body in the occupied West Bank had yet to respond. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories […]

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Energy Authority says no agreement on ending Gaza electricity crisis – WAFA

RAMALLAH, May 29, 2017 (WAFA) – Responding to reports by the Hamas-run energy authority in Gaza regarding an agreement reached between Gaza and Ramallah to solve Gaza’s worsening electricity crisis, the Ramallah-based Energy and Natural Resources Authority denied Monday reaching any such agreement. It said in a statement that “after reviewing the proposal submitted by […]

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Israel to cut over a quarter of electricity provided to Gaza – YNET

As part of a power struggle between the PA and Hamas, Abbas decides to cut down the amount of money the PA pays for Gaza’s electricity, leading Israel to reduce the electricity to the strip accordingly. Elior Levy|Published: 25.05.17 , 17:09 In two weeks’ time, Israel will cut over a quarter of the electricity it […]

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Hamas warns Israel of ‘consequences’ if electricity supply is reduced – Maan

GAZA (Ma’an) — One day after an Israeli official announced in a BBC Arabic interview that Israel would be reducing its electricity supply to the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement released a statement on Friday warning the Israeli government of unspecified “consequences,” should the reductions be implemented. Hamas, the de facto ruling party of the […]

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Upon PA request, Israel to reduce electricity supply to Gaza Strip amid deepening crisis – Maan

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) — the agency responsible for implementing the Israeli government’s policies in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip — Yoav Mordechai said in an interview on Thursday with BBC Arabic that Israel plans on reducing its electricity supply to Gaza, […]

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Syrian refugees help solve Jordan’s rubbish crisis (video link) – Al Jazeera

video link http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/syrian-refugees-solve-jordans-rubbish-crisis-170529050535108.html The Jordanian government is struggling to contain a mounting rubbish crisis as dumps across the country start to reach capacity. A new initiative to encourage recycling is looking to Syrian refugees to help lead the way out of the problem. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from Mufraq in northern Jordan. Imtiaz Tyab

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US CONGRESS MEMBERS LOBBY TRUMP ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN WATER ISSUES – Jerusalem Post

BY SHARON UDASIN MAY 21, 2017 02:37 “In your effort to build peace between Israelis and Palestinians… we urge you to prioritize the issue of water,” the lawmakers wrote Trump in an official letter. Ahead of Donald Trump’s trip to Israel this week, a bipartisan group of congressmen and women called upon the president to […]

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