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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Firefighters battle Jordan’s biggest wildfire ever – Jordan Times

More than 800 dunums of centennial forest trees in Jerash’s Thaghret Asfour burned By Hana Namrouqa – May 31,2019 AMMAN — Hundreds of firefighters and security personnel from different state agencies on Thursday battled the blaze that burned through wooded mountains in Jerash Governorate, in what authorities described as the country’s biggest wildfire ever. Early […]

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What do closer Lebanon-Cyprus energy ties mean for Israel? – Jerusalem Post

By MICHAEL HARARI 06/06/2019 The Lebanese are clearly interested in speedy progress on the issue, realizing that their country is lagging behind in developing its energy potential, compared to Israel and Cyprus. Interesting developments have occurred recently in the Mediterranean Basin. On April 11, the foreign and energy ministers of Cyprus and Lebanon met in […]

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Israel expects U.S.-mediated Lebanese sea border talks in weeks – YNET

Formally at war since 1948, the neighbors have long disagreed on border demarcations in the eastern Mediterranean, an issue that gained prominence in the past decade when large deposits of natural gas were found there Israel expects to launch U.S.-mediated talks within weeks with Lebanon on setting their maritime border, a senior Israeli official said […]

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Israeli scientists join colleagues from Sudan, Saudi Arabia to save Red Sea corals – Haaretz / Jerusalem Post

The new center located in Bern, Switzerland, will study the Red Sea corals’ resistance to both global and local threats Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 6, 2019 | 9:42 AM Israeli researchers have joined a cooperative regional venture aimed at saving the corals in the Red Sea. The venture will be led by a research center […]

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Marine conservationists issue first guide to Aqaba’s hard corals – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 03,2019 AMMAN — The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) has released the first field guide on Jordan’s hard corals, which provides comprehensive review and details on hard corals at the Gulf of Aqaba. The 432-page field guide lists hard corals species and provides notes on their taxonomy, distribution […]

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Israel rejects plan for holiday village at Betzet Beach – Haaretz

New master plan removes Betzet Beach’s designation as tourism zone Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 6, 2019 | 1:54 PM A planning agency has nixed plans to build a holiday village on a Galilee beach, thereby ensuring that Betzet Beach is preserved in its natural state. In a decision issued on Monday, the northern region’s planning […]

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Alternatives to plastic bags provided in Hurghada – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm June 3, 2019 The Red Sea Governorate has begun using eco-friendly alternative bags made of paper, cloth and other materials. The use of plastic bags was banned in Hurghada. Major General Ahmad Abdallah, Governor of the Red Sea governorate, held a meeting with a number of officials of the executive authorities to follow […]

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Collapsing environmental state of Gaza poses threat to Israel’s national security, report warns – Haaretz

Sewage dumping and air pollution could severely effect desalination plants and smog levels, experts say, warning none of Gaza’s groundwater will be fit for human use by next year Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 3, 2019 The collapsing water, sewage and electricity infrastructure in the Gaza Strip pose material danger to Israel’s groundwater, seawater, beaches and […]

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Remove water from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, urges EcoPeace – Jerusalem Post

By TOVAH LAZAROFF 05/02/2019 “Let us set water free to give life and hope to our region,” Israeli co-director of the organization Gideon Bromberg told United Nations Security Council on Monday. Technology has transformed water from one of the most divisive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a vehicle that can now be used to […]

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Civil society can play key role in peacebuilding – Arab News

Witnessing a Jordanian, a Palestinian and an Israeli appearing in front of the UN Security Council and speaking in complete agreement is not an everyday occurrence. Yet this happened toward the end of last month, when three representatives of the nongovernmental organization (NGO) EcoPeace Middle East — a unique group that brings together environmentalists from […]

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Energy sector is the biggest source of emissions in Palestine, says statistics bureau – Maan

RAMALLAH, Thursday, May 30, 2019 (WAFA) – Energy sector accounted for the biggest source of emissions in Palestine, said the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) today. PCBS said in a report marking World Environment Day, energy sector share was 71% of the total emissions, whereas solid waste sector share was 19%, and the rest […]

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Watchdog okays building greenhouses on rare dunes next to Israel’s border with Gaza – Haaretz

The dunes near Netiv Ha’asara, which cover some 6,000 dunams, is one of the last large dune areas in the coastal plain region Zafrir Rinat | May 29, 2019 The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has dropped its objection to allowing ecologically significant dunes near Moshav Netiv Ha’asara in the northwestern Negev to be used […]

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In first for Israel, two seaside cities ban plastic disposables on beaches – Haaretz

Move is part of a greater attempt to reduce use of single-use plastic in Eilat, Herzliya Almog Ben Zikri, Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 3, 2019 The Israeli seaside cities of Eilat and Herzliya have announced that they will ban the use and sale of disposable plastic bags on their beaches in an effort to reduce […]

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Nile neighbors’ relations return to normal – Arab News

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Sudan’s hostility toward Egypt, which lasted more than 20 years, has finally ended. During these years, Cairo and Khartoum were estranged and differences dominated their relations, with each capital being an axis against the other. The visit of Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s ruling interim military council, to Cairo is an […]

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Marine ecosystems endangered by tanker sabotage in the Gulf – Arab News

DUBAI: Sabotage attacks targeting four oil tankers off the coast of the UAE’s Fujairah port earlier this month not only highlighted a new threat to maritime traffic but also prompted a more immediate concern for environmentalists — the damage to marine ecosystems. The warning comes after satellite imagery from the US-based Planet Labs and Finnish […]

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Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes – Arab News

CHIBAYISH, Iraq: Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends. A one-room home made of elaborately woven palm reeds floats on the river surface. Near it, a soft plume of smoke curls up […]

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Bustani Resumes Campaign to Remove Violations on Power Grid – Naharnet

Energy Minister Nada al-Bustani announced on Saturday that teams of the ministry have launched a campaign to remove the violations on the electricity grid in the area of Ain al-Rummaneh. “Today, we have started removing violations on the electricity grid in Ain al-Rummaneh. We remind the citizens that a number of measures have been taken […]

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Fires across Israel – Haaretz / YNET

Fires across Israel come under control; thousands evacuated – Haaretz Josh Breiner, Aaron Rabinowitz, Nir Hasson, Almog Ben Zikri, Yotam Berger, Zafrir Rinat, Noa Landau | May 23, 2019 Some 3,500 people have been evacuated from their homes throughout central Israel on Thursday due to fires that started as a result of a heavy heat […]

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‘Renewable energy development projects to achieve goals ahead of schedule’ – Jordan Times

by JT – May 22,2011 AMMAN — Renewable energy projects under construction and development are expected to conclude in 2021 with a combined power generating capacity of some 1,270 megawatts (MW), Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said on Tuesday. Overall renewable energy contributions to the national power mix will increase to 20 […]

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Palestine’s first solar power station getting ready to produce electricity – WAFA

JERICHO, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (WAFA) – Palestine’s first ever solar power station is getting ready to produce 7.5 megawatt (MW) of electricity setting the ground for the construction of many other solar power stations throughout Palestine. The Noor (light) Jericho Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Park, the largest so far solar park in Palestine built on […]

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