Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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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In Brief: Egypt’s “hottest summer in years” drives up food prices -IRIN

CAIRO, 17 October 2010 (IRIN) – Small farmer Abdelrazek Basiony, 43, was hoping to use a bountiful tomato harvest to pay off his debts, but his crop was decimated by exceptionally hot summer weather: he got only three tons, compared to 20 tons in a good year. “This year, Egypt had its hottest summer in […]

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‘Citrus fruits affected by heatwaves, water situation’ – Jordan Times

By Raed Omari AMMAN – This season’s production of citrus fruits will be lower than last year and “government policies” will determine prices, a senior Jordanian Farmers Union (JFU) official said on Saturday. JFU President Ahmad Faour told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday that the recent “unprecedented” heatwaves along with the already “difficult” […]

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‘Kingdom should capitalise on green water’ – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – The main challenge facing Jordan in the water sector is a distortion in the market, an expert said on Saturday. In a lecture at Al Rai Centre for Research on the Kingdom’s strategic challenges and opportunities in the water and energy fields, former minister of water and irrigation Munther Had-dadin […]

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Jordan, US sign $275m deal to fund Zarqa water projects – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – Jordan on Monday signed a $275 million grant agreement with the US to fund water projects in the Kingdom, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. During the signing ceremony, which took place at the US Department of State headquarters in Washington, Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar and CEO of the […]

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Cabinet approves measures to streamline water issues – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/25/2010 04:36 Move pushes forward processes already in works, such as master plan for water economy and slight reorganization of Water Authority’s responsibilities. The cabinet during its weekly meeting on Sunday agreed to adopt the recommendations of the Bein Commission, which examined the handling of water in Israel. The Bein Commission […]

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Penalties rise for illegal dumping of construction debris – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/25/2010 04:46 Ministerial Committee on Legislation approves revision to existing regulations. Penalties have been sharply increased for the illegal dumping of construction and demolition waste. Offenders will now have their trucks confiscated, pay double the current fine, and serve triple the time in jail. The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved on […]

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Project seeks to reduce ozone-depleting substances – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Two-and-a-half tonnes of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), will be collected and recycled from four private and public institutions before the end of the year, officials said on Thursday. Under an agreement signed yesterday between the Ministry of Environment and the National Halons Company Limited, an affiliate of the King Abdullah […]

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Wild animals can relax as hunting may soon be prohibited – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/25/2010 03:41 As part of new bill nearly all animals in Israel would be accorded protected species status instead of just some animals. While fewer and fewer hunting licenses have been renewed each year for the past 10 years and no new licenses are granted at all, the sport could disappear […]

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Hikes mark launch of Jabal Musa biosphere reserve – Daily Star

Monday, October 25, 2010 BEIRUT: A biosphere reserve was inaugurated in Jabal Musa, Kesrouan, over the weekend as part of a program to promote ecotourism and to preserve biodiversity in the area. The Jabal Musa biosphere reserve was set up by the Association of the Protection of Jabal Musa with the cooperation of the Italian […]

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Tel Aviv residents balk as winter pruning leaves city trees nearly bald – Haaretz

City says recent poll of Tel Aviv and Jaffa residents finds that 68% approve of the city’s pruning and 24% want the trees to be trimmed more than they already are. By Noah Kosharek Anyone who regularly walks on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street between the Habima theater and the Dizengoff Center mall can’t help but […]

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Academic Position: Middle East Environment Policy

Asst Prof – International Studies/Middle East; Environment/Policy; North Carolina State, Nov 1 deadline Reply-To: dsethmurray@gmail.com *Assistant Professor- International Studies/Middle East* The College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position in International Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor with research focusing on Energy and/or Environment in the Middle East. The position […]

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France Provides €4 million for Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant – WAFA

Date : 19/10/2010 Time : 18:45 JERUSALEM, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- On Sunday 17 of October 2010, at Ministry of Planning, Mr Dov Zerah, CEO of the French Development Agency (AFD), Dr Ali Jarbawi, Minister of Planning and Administration Development (MOPAD) and Mr Frederic Desagneaux, French Consul General in Jerusalem, signed a new financial agreement […]

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Green OECD tourism conference set to open in J’lem – Jerusalem Post

By MELANIE LIDMAN 10/20/2010 05:18 Delegations from 26 of 33 OECD member states will take part in summit focused on sustainable, environmentally-friendly tourism. Delegations from 26 of the 33 OECD member states began arriving on Tuesday evening for a OECD tourism conference in Jerusalem with a special focus on sustainable, environmentally- friendly tourism. The Australians […]

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Water: The defining factor for development and peace in the Middle East – Arab Environment Watch

Friday, October 15, 2010 It is interesting that the Blog Action day (October 15th) coincides with the Arab Environment day (October 14th), and as this year’s topic is water it is highly relevant to blog about water challenges in the Arab world, considered to be one of the most water scarce regions in the world. […]

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New plan aims at Mediterranean biodiversity ‘hotspots’ – Arab Environment Watch

Monday, October 18, 2010 Source: Middle East Online PARIS – An alliance of conservationists and international donors unveiled a map of six areas on the Mediterranean rim aimed at guiding policy for preserving precious habitats and threatened species. The 251-page “ecosystem profile” was launched by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, including the US-based NGO Conservation International, […]

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Water-saving devices in public buildings held up – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/13/2010 03:31 10m. cubic meters being wasted as a result, says Society for Protection of Nature. The Water Authority has yet to publish guidelines for installing water-saving devices in public buildings despite the fact that the timetable in the law states that it should have done so by April. After the […]

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