Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Forgotten in the gas rush – Haaretz

Israel’s reserves of natural gas and oil shale have the potential to end the country’s dependence on foreign energy sources and, in the case of substituting natural gas for other energy sources, of reducing a number of types of greenhouse gas emissions. By Zafrir Rinat A battle has been raging for several months over the […]

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UN: We will not intervene in maritime gas drilling dispute – Jerusalem Post

Lebanese FM Shami sends letter to Ban Ki-Moon, urging him to “prevent Israel from exploiting Lebanon’s oil and maritime wealth.” The United Nations on Wednesday said it will not determine the maritime border between Israel and Lebanon and will not interfere with gas drilling there, Army Radio reported quoting a UN spokesman. According to the […]

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Unifil says it cannot intervene over maritime border with Israel – Daily Star

U.N. refuses to act on Foreign Ministry request for action to stop Israel exploiting fossil fuels By Patrick Galey Daily Star staff Thursday, January 06, 2011 Listen to the Article – Powered by BEIRUT: The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) said Wednesday it was not responsible for delineating a maritime border in the […]

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UN refuses Lebanon request to intervene in Israel gas drilling – Haaretz

Lebanese FM urged Ban Ki-moon to prevent Israel from exploiting Lebanon’s maritime wealth, but UN spokesman says it won’t demarcate border. The United Nations on Wednesday declined Lebanon’s request to protect the country’s natural gas reserves by demarcating its maritime border with Israel. Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban […]

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Israel confirms major gas find – Al Jazeera

Noble Energy, a US-based oil and gas firm, along with its Israeli exploration partners, have confirmed the discovery of a huge offshore gas field called Leviathan, 130km off the coast of the Mediterranean port of Haifa. Delek Energy, one of the Israeli partners, said on Wednesday that the discovery was the largest deepwater natural gas […]

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Wind, fire and political inertia take toll on environment – Daily Star

By Patrick Galey Friday, December 31, 2010 BEIRUT: Following the damp squib that was the Copenhagen climate change summit last December, Lebanon’s environmentally-minded lurched into 2010 not hoping for much. But even the most pessimistic of green campaigners could not have dared predict the damage the year would bring. Forest fires destroyed more than 2,000 […]

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2010 was hottest year in Israel’s recorded history – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 01/03/2011 Also one of the driest years, with no rainfall in November. The year 2010 was the hottest by a large margin since records began being kept in Israel, with temperatures two to three degrees hotter than the average, according to the Israel Meteorological Service’s year-end summary. What’s more, temperatures were […]

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Miyahuna encourages Amman residents to rethink water from the ground up – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Jordan Water Company (Miyahuna) is calling on residents of hilly neighbourhoods across the capital to install ground-level water tanks to boost their water supply. With the Miyahuna call centre receiving some 545 complaints each week regarding weak water supply, the company has launched an initiative to provide subscribers with […]

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Israel Corp unit inaugurates solar project – YNET

IC Green Projects says 2 megwatt solar energy project – country’s largest private solar field – to supply power to residents of southern Israel Reuters / Published: 01.01.11 A subsidiary of holding company Israel Corp says it has inaugurated a 2 megwatt solar energy project, the country’s largest private solar field, to supply power to […]

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Coping with the curse of natural gas – Jerusalem Post

12/03/2010 14:48 By DAVID ROSENBERG Israel’s reserves aren’t big enough to be a factor on the world energy market, but they are big enough to undermine the rest of our economy. The Chinese are reputed to traditionally offer their enemies the backhanded hope “may you live in interesting times.” They could wish their enemies much […]

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Leviathan Gas Discovery Could be The Mother of All Resource Curses – Green Prophet

Susan Kraemer | December 29th, 2010 | Today’s announcement from Noble Energy of its gigantic Leviathan gas find in disputed territory will exacerbate tensions in region They say that fossil fuel riches become a curse to any country that possess them. Where fossil fuels flow – corruption, reduced democracy and increased inequality follow. It is […]

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Gas royalties’ recommendations softened – YNET

Shishinsky Committee wants to raise royalty rates to 50%, down from earlier recommendation Avital Lahav Published: 01.03.11 Royalty rates to be paid by gas and oil drillers will not exceed 50%, the Shishinsky Committee recommended Monday, down from its earlier proposal of 60% in its interim report. Gas royalties’ recommendations softened Shishinsky Committee wants to […]

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Paz to supply fuel to Palestinians until end of 2012 – YNET

Major energy corporation renews contract following rumors PA considered termination. To date Paz earned $1.29 billion from exclusive deal Lior Gutman Published: 01.02.11, 09:12 / Israel Business Share on TwitterShare on Facebook share Israeli energy company Paz and its owner Zadik Bino renewed their contract with the Palestinian Authority for two more years. The contract […]

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Environmental group proposes e-waste treatment to Knesset – Jerusalem Post

By ANNA RUDNITSKAYA 01/03/2011 13:15 Israelis set to embrace an eco-friendly way of disposing of electronic devices, says Israel Union for Environmental Defense. Every year, Israelis produce dozens of tons of electronic waste – cell phones, computer monitors, fax and copy machines that contain lead, cadmium, mercury and other dangerous toxins. When buried in the […]

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How do we influence people to adopt green habits when no one sees them? – Haaretz

The psychology of inducing environmental consumerism is based not so much on copycats as hitchhikers By Rachel Talshir Three weeks ago, I described the centrality of social pressure in turning people into green consumers. I illustrated the idea with the movement from disposable bags to sustainable baskets and how a major role is played by […]

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Erdan: Climate change poses national security risk – Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN “When we look to the long term, we have to change the way we measure success in protecting national security, environmental protection minister says. In a keynote address to the Conference on Environment and Security, held at Tel Aviv University on Tuesday, Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan warned that Israel was not […]

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Pilot project to rehabilitate pastures, support livestock breeders – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Water, fodder and veterinary services will be provided to herders in the eastern badia under a $2-million agreement signed by the ministries of environment and agriculture on Monday. Several projects will be implemented in the area as part of a pilot project designed to rehabilitate pastures and support livestock breeding […]

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‘Global warming will make Mediterranean less salty’ – Jerusalem Post

by JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Italian expert warns of consequences for the sea; Jerusalem workshop marks decade-long marine life census. The Mediterranean Sea will not become more salty due to the growth of desalination plants that leave salt residue behind, according to an Italian expert who participated in a decade-long census of world marine life. Instead, said […]

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Study: Carmel fire sign of climate change – YNET

Israel’s worst-ever forest fire earlier this month confirms predictions on the impact of global warming in the Mediterranean basin, according to one of Israel’s leading climate experts. “The fire disaster in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa is a taste of the future,” Guy Pe’er, co-author of Israel’s National Report on Climate Change, said on Wednesday. […]

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Leviathan gas well estimated at $45B – YNET

Reservoir located off of Haifa coast said to contain 453 billion cubic meters of natural gas, making it decade’s largest gas discovery Tani Goldstein The Leviathan exploration prospect, which is located northwest of the coast of Haifa, contains 80% more natural gas than the Tamar reservoir, which was previously considered Israel’s largest drilling site, a […]

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