Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Israeli CO2-eating bacteria could help save the planet – Israel21C

cientists’ new cultured bacteria may lead to net-zero fuels, alternative food production and other green technologies to conquer climate change. By Abigail Klein Leichman December 2, 2019 Israeli scientists have revealed a potential weapon in the battles against air pollution, deforestation and climate change: bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide (CO2) from the environment. Prof. […]

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A super-rare storm just smashed into Israel. Expect more – Haaretz

Global warming is exacerbating atmospheric chaos in unpredictable ways, science warns, and Tel Aviv just bore the brunt Ruth Schuster | Jan. 7, 2020 The 2020s is shaping up to be the decade of climate change impact, and Israel began it with a bang – of thunder. The nation was shocked when two adults drowned […]

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Conservation Saved Israel’s Ibex, but Created New Dangers – Haaretz

A newly published book describes the protection of the Nubian ibex, an endangered animal usually found at Ein Gedi nature reserve, as a great success story for preserving nature in Israel Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 20, 2019 | 6:11 AM Drivers on the road to Mitzpe Ramon can stop to view the Ramon crater from […]

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Egypt announces hotline ‘19808’ to report animal poaching – Egypt Independent

December 31, 2019 Egypt’s Environment Ministry on Monday announced that its “19808” hotline is available to report any attempts to illegally trade in, fish, and hunt endangered wildlife species. Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said that the ministry will hold a series of seminars and workshops across the various governorates to help raise awareness on endangered […]

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What’s bringing a sharp rise in sea turtles to the rescue center? – Haaretz

45 sea turtles were treated at the National Sea Turtle Rescue Center for plastic-related injuries this year, as opposed to single-digit numbers just a few years ago Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 24, 2019 The National Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Mikhmoret has seen a sharp increase in the number of animals being brought in for […]

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Public transport: A nation’s lifeline (editorial) – Jordan Times

Dec 29,2019 At the recent launch of the fourth executive package to improve the national economy, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz revealed the government’s plans to improve the public transport sector with the ultimate goal of encouraging all segments of society, “not only those without cars”, to use the system. It is about time for Jordan […]

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King Ghazi Street turns pedestrian-friendly after GAM renovation – Jordan Times

Transformation aims to stimulate trade and tourism activity By Maram Kayed – Nov 24,2019 Tourists and locals stroll along King Ghazi Street, which used to accommodate around 220 shared taxis, but is now pedestrian-only following renovation work by the Greater Amman Municipality (Al Rai photo) AMMAN — King Ghazi Street, in the centre of downtown […]

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GAM planted 25,000 trees in 2019 — official – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Jan 04,2020 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) planted around 25,000 trees in 2019, compared with 23,000 in 2018, a municipality statement cited a GAM official as saying on Saturday. Head of GAM’s agriculture department Muein Zreigat said that 60 per cent of the trees were planted […]

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Israel’s UBQ’s recycled plastic comes to South American McDonald’s – Jerusalem Post

UBQ, based in Kibbutz Tze’elim, emerged last year to unveil its solution of converting unsorted household waste into a sustainable, bio-based, climate-positive thermoplastic material. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF DECEMBER 8, 2019 22:13 An Israeli project will provide plastic-like products to McDonald’s restaurants in South and Central America made of household waste of Israeli residents. UBQ, […]

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IKEA to axe disposable plastic products in its Israel stores – YNET

Swedish chain to halt use of single-use items such as cutlery and straws in its cafeterias, introduce new line of environmentally friendly products made from recycled plastic, including curtains, kitchen facades, carpets and bottles i24NEWS|Published: 10.24.19 , 22:57 The popular Swedish retail furniture chain IKEA will be discontinuing sales and use of disposable plastic in […]

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Israel, energy and the Eastern Mediterranean – Jerusalem Post

For years, Israeli officials reiterated that regional energy cooperation was not designed to exclude any other state By GABRIEL MITCHELL JANUARY 6, 2020 On January 2, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement to export Israel’s natural gas via the proposed EastMed pipeline via Cyprus and Greece to Europe. The accord, co-signed by Greek Prime […]

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Researchers split water into hydrogen and oxygen using solar energy – Jerusalem Post

The hydrogen produced by the Technion’s research could replace fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas By ILANIT CHERNICK JANUARY 6, 2020 Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa have developed an innovative prototype system for the efficient, safe production of hydrogen using only solar energy. The system contains a two-layer solar […]

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Encountering Peace: The next disruptive technology – Jerusalem Post

By GERSHON BASKIN JANUARY 7, 2020 It is impossible to predict what will be the next disruptive innovation or technology. Good old Wikipedia defines disruptive innovation “as one that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market-leading firms, products, and alliances.” The iPhone was […]

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Report calls for urgent action to address carbon emissions from construction sector – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Jan 07,2020 AMMAN — With the aim to take a lifecycle approach in minimising environmental risks posed by the carbon footprint of energy use by the construction sector, the 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction called for taking appropriate action towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The […]

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Authorities uncover water theft from Disi pipeline – Jordan Times

Dec 24,2019 AMMAN — Authorities have uncovered illegal water diversion into tankers from the Disi Water Conveyance Project’s supply pipeline, according to a statement from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Tuesday. The violation was reported in the Qatraneh area, the statement said, adding that this form of theft puts the pumping of water […]

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Azraq wastewater treatment project to transform environmental hazard into irrigation source – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Dec 26,2019 AMMAN — With the goal of channelling Azraq’s used water back into its bionetworks, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has laid the foundation for a wastewater treatment plant project titled “Innovative Sanitation Solutions and Reuse in Arid Regions” (ISSRAR), to be launched in the first half of 2020. […]

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Cairo is Egypt’s most noise polluted city: Environment Minister – Egypt Independent

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad in a Saturday statement said that noise pollution poses a significant problem, and that noise monitoring devices show that Cairo is the most noise-polluted city in Egypt due to its high population density. She explained that her ministry is preparing a database and map of the noise levels across Egypt, to […]

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Hundreds in Istanbul sign petitions against Erdogan’s canal project – Environment and Development

Hundreds of people in Istanbul have signed petitions in the past two days opposing a massive canal project championed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, which they say will wreak environmental havoc in the city. The proposed 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul on the western fringes of Turkey’s largest city would connect the Black Sea to the […]

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Israel is losing its green areas faster than ever, ‘state of the nature’ report finds – Haaretz

Within three years, 107 square kilometers of open land were taken over by construction or agriculture, dealing a harsh blow to plant and animal life Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 30, 2019 The pace at which undeveloped land has been diminishing in Israel accelerated in the years 2014 to 2017 to its highest in 20 years, […]

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Mortifying: Israel announces new hotel construction at dying Dead Sea – Haaretz

The four new hotels will line the pockets of billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva. But how much will the government spend to save the sea itself? Moshe Gilad | Dec. 23, 2019 According to the festive announcement by the Tourism Ministry and the Israel Lands Authority: “Huge momentum for the Dead Sea: Four hotels are to be […]

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