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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

‘Mediterranean region could dry up in decades’ – Jordan Times

by Raed Omari AMMAN – The Middle East is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change, threatening Jordan’s development, a senior development economist has warned. Delivering a public lecture on Sunday, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, highlighted recent indicators of ecosystem change and its consequences […]

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Jordan helps Lebanon fight forest fires – Jordan Times

AMMAN – His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday issued instructions to send the necessary equipment to assist in extinguishing fires that broke out in various forest areas in Lebanon, a Royal Court statement said. The King issued the instructions after receiving a telephone call from Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, asking for help to put […]

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Jordanian firefighters assisting in putting out Israeli forest blaze – Jordan Times

AMMAN/ISFIYA, Israel (Agencies) –– Jordan’s civil defence teams have joined firefighters from several countries that rushed to help Israel fight a huge forest fire. The Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted an official source as saying Saturday that the government received an official request from the Israeli government a day earlier to take part in efforts […]

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Gaza Hamas leader: Carmel fires are Israel’s divine punishment – Haaretz

Ismail Haniyeh says Allah is punishing Israelis for ‘what they did,’ during emergency prayers in Gaza City to ask for rain. The de-facto Palestinian prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that the massive forest fires in northern Israel served as a “strike from Allah [God].” Commenting on the fires in Israel, which killed […]

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Analysis: Time to stop waiting for wake-up calls – Jerusalem Post

By YAAKOV KATZ 12/05/2010 03:04 Israel can expect devastation, not only in its cities, but in its forests as well, in a future war with Hamas and Hizbullah. Imagine a future war with Hizbullah and Hamas. If we believe the recent predictions of outgoing head of Military Intelligence Maj.- Gen. Amos Yadlin, Israel will face […]

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Ministry could not handle chemical spill in Haifa bay – Haaretz

The next disaster: a massive toxic spill. By Zafrir Rinat The Environmental Protection Ministry is ill-prepared to deal with an accident at an industrial plant holding hazardous materials, Minister Gilad Erdan acknowledged yesterday. It is his ministry that is responsible for directives dealing with the storage of hazardous materials, but as ministry professionals have long […]

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Burning the land we live on – Jerusalem Post

There is a disturbing phenomenon of homegrown terrorism that has contaminated a small but violent minority. One of the few positive developments to emerge in the wake of Israel’s worst-ever inferno has been the tremendous outpouring of international aid, including from the Muslim world. Both Egypt and Jordan have reached out, sending firefighters and equipment. […]

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Peres: Carmel fire disaster proves Jews, Arabs share the same fate – Haaretz

Speaking at the funeral of a teenage fire-fighting volunteer, President says that while Israel missed firefighting equipment, it made up for that lack with courage and a volunteering spirit. The worst wildfire in Israel’s history teaches Israelis that Jews and Arabs share the same fate, President Shimon Peres said on Sunday while attending the funeral […]

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Firefighters’ prayers answered, as forecasts predict longed-for rain – Haaretz

Expected light rain comes after what many consider as Israel’s driest autumn in recorded history. By Asaf Shtull-Trauring A slight sign of optimism and hope in the fight against the wildfire that has been ravaging Israel’s north since Thursday is expected later Sunday, as forecasts say rain is expected to fall on large parts of […]

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Rain helps douse fires across country – Daily Star

Hariri presides over emergency meeting to discuss management of similar crises BEIRUT: Showers that poured heavily Monday morning after a month of drought helped contain fires that raged across Lebanon over the weekend. Rains put out a major fire in the Jbeil town of Fitri, which came over swathes of woodland and threatened residences. The […]

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Rain falls on forest after devastating blaze – Maan

BEIT OREN, Israel (AFP) — A fine rain fell Monday morning on the forests of Mount Carmel, near the northern Israel city of Haifa, where a the country’s worst forest fire raged for four days, killing 42 people. Around five millimetres of rain had already fallen on the area, dampening the ground, and another 10 […]

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Wildfire spreads towards Haifa University, Denya neighborhood – Haaretz

Operations of firefighting aircraft have been called off until Saturday morning, leaving ground crews with the task of battling the blaze overnight. By Yaniv Kubovich, Fadi Eyadat and Anshel Pfeffer The wildfire in the Carmel hills continued to spread on Friday evening, approaching Haifa University, the Denya neighborhood of Haifa and the Carmel Forest Hotel […]

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Carmel fire approaches Haifa University, burns uncontrolled – Jerusalem Post

By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM STAFF Fire crews fighting blaze’s spread towards Denya neighborhood of Haifa; 8,600 acres scorched in Carmel; planes forced to stop flying for the night; forest fires burn in lower Galilee near Tal-El, Kfar Mashad. Over 8,600 acres (35,000 dunams) had burned in the Carmel fire, as of Friday evening. Firefighters […]

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Netanyahu seeks help from more European countries – Jerusalem Post

PM thanks Erdogan for airplanes to battle Carmel fire, praises Israeli rescue workers; firefighting plane lands from Russia. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday evening carried out telephone conversations with leaders from Norway, Finland, Belgium, Holland and Germany in an attempt to secure additional firefighting planes. A firefighting plane landed in Israel from Russia to […]

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Wildfire spreads towards Haifa University, Denya neighborhood – Haaretz

The lives of hundreds of rare animals are threatened as flames spread towards the Hai-Bar nature reserve. By Zafrir Rinat The Hai-Bar nature reserve is again under threat from the wildfire that is blazing in the Carmel hills. Earlier Friday, the nature reserve appeared to be safe after firefighters had contained the blaze in the […]

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Huge Israel forest fire kills dozens – rescue services – Daily Star / Reuters

Friday, December 03, 2010 Rami Amichai HAIFA, Israel: A huge fire swept through a forest in northern Israel Thursday, killing up to 40 people, many of them prison guards who were trapped in a bus trying to flee the flames, security services said. Israel called on Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Russia to send aircraft to […]

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Palestinian firefighters join efforts to control blaze – Maan

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian firefighters are aiding efforts to control a forest fire which has spread across northern Israel, Palestinian civil defense officials said. The blaze, which has killed at least 41 people and devastated more than 10,000 acres of land, was still burning out of control 24 hours after it started in the Carmel […]

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UNEP AND AFED ORGANISE REGIONAL CONSULTATION MEETING FOR CIVIL SOCIETY IN WEST ASIA – AFED

Manama-Beirut, 25 November 2010 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a regional consultation meeting for civil society organizations in West Asia region, to be held in Beirut on 30 November and 1 December, in cooperation with the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). The meeting will group some 35 representatives of civil […]

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Dolphins spotted near Rishon Letzion coast – Haaretz

Researchers observe five dolphins swimming 5 kilometers from the shore. By Zafrir Rinat Researchers observed Saturday a group of five dolphins near the Rishon Letzion coastline. In a survey carried out by members of the Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Center, five dolphins of the species Tursiops truncates, were found swimming 5 kilometers from […]

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New bird research fund to take flight next week – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/29/2010 05:00 Hi-tech millionaire Moshe Yanai has decided to contribute NIS 1 million a year over the next 10 years for research, habitat preservation, bird rescue. Israel’s national bird – the hoopoe – will now have a generous fund named after it that will promote bird research and education. Hi-tech millionaire […]

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