Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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‘Japan could play role in Red-Dead project’ – Jordan Times

by Mohammad Ghazal TOKYO – Several Japanese technology firms have expressed interest in assisting in the implementation of the Red-Dead canal project, according to a Japanese official. Japanese water and energy firms would consider assisting the transfer of water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea should the project be deemed feasible, said Koichi […]

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EGYPT: Black cloud season sees rise in health problems- IRIN

CAIRO, 7 November 2010 (IRIN) – Every year a noxious black smog hangs over Egypt as the seasonal burning of rice straw by farmers begins, and with it comes a surge in allergic reactions and lung infections. The inky haze lasts from October to November; it is a time when hospitals see a rise in […]

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Sustainable Engineering in the Eastern Mediterranean

We missed noting this event when it was held in March! March 3-6, 2010 Meeting, Larnaca, Cyprus Palm Beach Hotel and Bungalows Background Development in the Eastern Mediterranean region that does not take into account delicate environmental and geopolitical constraints may contribute to further problems that cross national borders. Engineers Without Borders International (EWB-I) in […]

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AL-BIA WAL TANMIA / ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT Volume 15, No.151, October 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS Volume 15, No.151, October 2010 CONTENTS 4 The road to Cancun (editorial by Najib Saab) 16 Poisons in your cosmetics (cover story) 24 Parting the waters conflicts on Jordan River 28 Sand storms in the Arabian Peninsula ROPME Report 32 Sports for life activities of Qatar’s Olympic committee 34 Impact of global […]

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FoEME wins ARISTOTLE ONASSIS PRIZE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT – FOEME

The Aristotle Onassis International Prize for the Protection of the Environment 2010 awarded to “Friends of the Earth Middle East“ November 4, 2010 Tel Aviv / Amman / Bethlehem “Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)” is the recipient of the first Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment. The official award ceremony will […]

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AFED Launches its Annual Conference Tomorrow – AFED

Beirut, 3-11-2010 500 Participants from 52 Countries AFED Launches its Annual Conference Tomorrow Beirut,3/11/2010 The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) announced the participation of more than 500 delegates from 52 countries, among them 30 ministers and presidents of regional and international organizations, as well as 20 foreign correspondents and 50 reporters from Arab […]

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New publication: Water Governance in the Middle East and North Africa: An Unfinished Agenda. By Eglal Rached & David B. Brooks

Water Resources Development, Vol. 26, No. 2, 141–155, June 2010. ABSTRACT. All aspects of the fresh water situation in the Middle East and North Africa are underlain by the scarcity of fresh water in the region compared with the demands for it. However, physical scarcity has been worsened by institutions that may once have been […]

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New jellyfish seen as evidence of troubled local waters – Haaretz

DNA tests confirm that the species is of a type not previously known to science. By Zafrir Rinat A hitherto unknown species of jellyfish has been sighted off Israel’s Mediterranean cost and is being studied by Israeli and Australian scientists. While the sting of the new visitor is less painful than that of the type […]

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Cratering fortunes at Makhteshim-Agan – Haaretz

How protracted mismanagement reduced the pesticides maker touted as the second coming of Teva to heavy layoffs and, possibly, its sale to a Chinese firm. By Yoram Gabison Just four years ago, tycoon Nochi Dankner put his chips on Makhteshim-Agan Industries, the biggest maker of generic pesticides in the world. Today the company is in […]

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Murderous planning – Haaretz

Poor planning and a lack of investment by the government are the responsible for the grim situation that the city of Lod finds itself in. By Hillel Schocken The government is looking for the solution to the problem of Lod under a street lamp. After a handful of Border Policemen, who were brought there in […]

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‘Any malfunctions could cause water shortages’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/02/2010 23:38 Water Authority spokesman tells ‘Post’ if each individual cuts back on household use even minimally, public can save equivalent of two large desalination plants. As another month has passed with little to no rainfall, the water situation is becoming increasingly perilous. “There’s no room for error,” Water Authority spokesman […]

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Irani sworn in as minister of energy, environment – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – A Royal Decree was issued on Tuesday appointing Khalid Irani as minister of energy and mineral resources and minister of environment as of October 26, 2010. Irani was sworn in before His Majesty King Abdullah yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Samir Rifai and King’s Adviser Ayman Safadi, the Jordan News […]

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Environment minister resigns over ‘offensive’ remarks – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni and Petra AMMAN – A Royal Decree was issued Monday accepting the resignation of Minister of Environment Hazem Malhas, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, said. Malhas had earlier in the day submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Samir Rifai, Petra quoted Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communication Ali Ayed as […]

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Arab Water Week to focus on cost recovery – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – More than 400 water experts and decision makers from 17 Arab and foreign countries are expected to take part in the first Arab Water Week, slated for December. Organised by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the event will focus […]

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Expected showers won’t alleviate Kinneret water crisis – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/29/2010 03:30 Lake level set to drop to historic minimum next month… and keep on falling; Water Authority told to prepare emergency plans. Although showers are expected on Friday, the Water Authority continues to issue dire warnings on the state of Lake Kinneret. After six years of below average rainfall, there […]

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‘Jordan looking to ink new gas deal with Egypt’ – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The government is looking to sign an agreement with Egypt to boost natural gas supplies to the Kingdom, an official said on Wednesday. At a press conference at the Prime Ministry yesterday, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Minister of Environment Khalid Irani said officials have been in close […]

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New jellyfish tells tale of global warming – Jerusalem Post

By BY BENJAMIN PEIM / THE MEDIA LINE 10/25/2010 20:32 The new species doesn’t sting but is symptomatic of the environmental woes facing the Mediterranean Sea. A new species of jellyfish found off Israel’s coast this summer poses no threat to bathers but should serve warning to the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea about the […]

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Take a deep breath: Air pollution is on the way down – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/22/2010 04:39 Unprecedented gov’t environmental survey brings some encouraging news on cleaner air and water reuse, but it’s not all happy reading. The Environmental Protection Ministry released the first summary of Israel’s environmental issues by the numbers late Wednesday night – and it makes for a mixed read of improvements and […]

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Officers’ training center to be flagship ‘green’ base – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/26/2010 06:08 Ashkenazi will also announce a NIS one billion program called “The IDF protects the environment.” The IDF will inaugurate Bahad 1, its officers’ training base near Mitzpe Ramon, as a “green” base on Tuesday in the presence of Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and other top brass. […]

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LEBANON: Top five environmental threats – IRIN

BEIRUT, 14 September 2010 (IRIN) – Lebanon faces a number of environmental threats, including air and water pollution, risks associated with climate change, and the impact of the 2006 war with Israel. IRIN takes a look at the top five. The Mediterranean Habitat destruction is putting Lebanon’s fishing industry, which according to the UN Food […]

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