Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Climate change, natural resources and conflicts in Arab countries – AFED

The Netherlands, 9/2/2017 Najib Saab, secretary-general of Arab Forum for Environment & Development, presented this keynote speech at the Future Force Conference, hosted in The Hague on 9-10 February by the Dutch Minister of Defense and the Chief of the Armed Forces of the Netherlands. Was the chaos in the Arab region instigated by the […]

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Cooperation centred on water, environment imperative for regional stability — experts – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 25,2017 AMMAN — Frontline states with Syria should find ways to engage in practical cooperation on essential issues, including water, refugees and social justice to pave the way for a new humanitarian order in the Middle East, experts and policy makers have suggested. As the current war in Syria prevents […]

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Oil Rich Middle East Countries labelled “most toxic” local environments – EcoExperts

Data for this research was obtained from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization. Each country’s performance was ranked on five factors: Energy consumption, per capita Carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion, per capita Air pollution Deaths attributable to air pollution, per 100,00 capita Renewable energy production The ranks for each country were then […]

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Oil exporter Saudi Arabia starts hunt for solar, wind firms – Al Arabiya

AFP, Riyadh Monday, 20 February 2017 The world’s biggest oil exporter on Monday took the first step towards a goal of generating 9.5 GW of energy through solar and other renewable means. It invited local and international firms to try to qualify for bidding on two projects. One is for 300 MW of solar energy […]

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Eilat / Eilot Reneable enegry Newsletter, January 2017

Summary of the Eilat-Eilot 7th International Conference for Renewable and Clean Energy The 7th Conference ended just over a month ago. The Conference’s greatest success was, first and foremost, the fact that it was attended by 500 guests from Israel and abroad, who came despite the difficult years experienced by the industry. Their attendance demonstrated […]

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Assessment identifies steps to mitigate wind farms’ risks to wildlife – Jordan Times

By Dana Al Emam – Feb 23,2017 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on Thursday released a study on reducing risks posed by wind farms to wildlife in Jordan. The study, described as the first of its kind in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, seeks to […]

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Electricity company contributes to solar projects at mosques – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) has contributed to financing a solar cell installation project for electricity generation at several mosques across the Kingdom in collaboration with the Awqaf Ministry, as well as the committees of the chosen mosques, the company said in a statement released on Sunday. The step “corresponds” with CEGCO’s “belief […]

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Israel is first in wastewater reuse, but Palestinians are last – Jerualem Post

By CLIVE LIPCHIN February 19, 2017 [editor’s note: the headline the Post put on this article does note reflect the autho’s tone.] Water and wastewater management cannot and need not wait for a political settlement, and the public, must demand from our governments to act now. At international water conferences, Israeli participants always make a […]

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Authorities thwart attempt to smuggle live songbirds into Gaza – Jerusalem Post

By Sharon Udasin February 15, 2017 Goldfinches are considered a rare and highly sought-after animal in the Arab sector. Defense officials thwarted an attempt on Wednesday morning to smuggle thousands of shekels worth of live songbirds from Gaza to Israel. Inspectors at the Erez crossing to the northern Gaza Strip confiscated some 30 goldfinches from […]

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Israeli firm to build second sewage treatment plant in Ethiopia – Jerusalem Post

BySharon Udasin February 13, 2017 The Caesarea-based firm is teaming up with partner TodayTomorrow Ventures Inc. in a $400,000 deal to construct a wastewater treatment facility at the EPRI 1 condominium complex in Addis Ababa. Aiming to provide a more efficient and reliable alternative to the aging septic systems of Addis Ababa, Israeli company Emefcy […]

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Now companies can buy documented green power in the Gulf – Environment and Development

17/2/2017 For the first time, companies operating in the Gulf can purchase documented renewable energy. ECOHZ now offers green power documented by the International REC Standard. By buying I-RECs companies can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve their sustainability rating. “Corporations all over the world are increasingly demanding renewable energy for their global operations. […]

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Honey of an idea – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL February 1, 2017 Students develop autonomous pollination device Students from Modi’in’s ORT Ironi Daled High School may have found a way to circumvent the threat to agricultural production posed by declining bee populations worldwide. As part of a project for science engineering class, students developed an autonomous pollination device . The mini […]

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RTA (Dubai) buys 200 electric cars from Tesla – Environment and Development

15/2/2017 The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has signed an agreement with Tesla to buy 200 electric-powered cars. The vehicles will be Model S sedans and Model X SUVs to be added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s fleet of limousines. The cars are equipped with a “semi-autonomous” autopilot option, reducing the driver’s work and improving safety. […]

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new publications “Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future” – Ecopeace

EcoPeace Middle East would like to share with you several new publications that were recently distributed during our Regional Annual Water Conference. The conference, entitled “Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future” brought together 300 high level national decision makers from Jordan, Israel and Palestine, residents and mayors from cross-border communities, international stakeholders […]

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Environmental Peacemaking, February 2017 – Ecopeace,

Israel and the Palestinian Authority Re-establish Joint Water Committee As many of our supporters may know, we have spent the past few years, via our Water Cannot Wait campaign, highlighting the lose–lose implications of prevailing water arrangements between Israelis and Palestinians. Though all the details have yet to be made public, the Joint Water Committee […]

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‘Water scarcity, urban expansion among challenges to Kingdom’s food security’ – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi – Feb 06,2017 AMMAN — Jordan imports food products worth $3.8 billion annually, in addition to wheat products not included in this amount, a senior official said on Monday. Hayel Obeidat, director of the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), said that despite large imports of food products, the administration is focused […]

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Immediate closure order for Haifa ammonia tank – YNET

A court orders that Haifa Chemicals ammonia tank begin shutting operations, after Haifa City Council files request, citing possible large-scale disaster due to current tank conditions; ‘There is a real danger for civilian lives,’ says Judge. Ahiya Raved|Published: 08.02.17 Haifa Chemicals was ordered to begin shutting down their ammonia tank operations by the Haifa Court […]

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Building frustration in the wild, wild east – Jerusalem Post

By ORRI J. AVRAHAM 02/10/2017 Construction in the Eila Valley is trampling the public will and destroying a priceless green lung. Those of us living in the Land of Milk and Honey can count many blessings, but as far as sheer size and spaciousness go, our slender country seems to have been somewhat left out […]

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Jordan’s clean energy sector attracts global investments / Energy fund signs deals with charities to install photovoltaic systems – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 09,2017 AMMAN — Jordan’s clean energy sector is witnessing “great momentum” and attracting world-renowned companies with decades of experience to invest in green technology projects in the Kingdom, a recent report indicated. Jordan Clean Technology Sector Report 2016, released by EDAMA Association, showed that Jordan ranks second in the region […]

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GAM signs deal to replace 119,000 street lights with LED units – Jordan Times

Feb 11,2017 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and Khaled Bin Alwaleed Investment Group (KBW Investments) on Saturday signed an agreement to implement the Amman lighting project to replace 119,000 light bulbs with energy-saving LED units, which is expected to reduce street lighting costs by half. Amman Mayor Aqel Biltaji and Saudi Prince Khaled […]

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