Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

What did they tell us about green energy? – Haaretz

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. Even bad economic decisions may stem from a surplus of good intentions. By Doron Tsur A few years ago I wrote several articles on the folly of producing corn-based ethanol as fuel for cars. At the time the United States was encouraging ethanol use […]

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‘Huge demand for energy engineers expected’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/21/2010 03:12 Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineers chairman says only engineers can solve tomorrow’s problems. The world needs engineers to solve tomorrow’s problems, just as they have been solving today’s problems, according to Emil Koifman, chairman of The Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in Israel. The engineering organization held […]

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Gazprom wants to buy into Israeli offshore gas exploration – Haaretz

Russians looking for more Israeli economic cooperation. By TheMarker and Agencies re Russian-Israeli economic ties picking up steam? Russian natural gas giant Gazprom plans to buy into an Israeli offshore gas project this year, Russian media outlets yesterday. Also, the joint Russian-Israeli intergovernmental committee of economic cooperation, headed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Russian […]

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Gas owners get private talk with Steinitz – Haaretz

Steinitz agrees to hold the meeting even though there will be an official hearing process for the gas companies, scheduled for next month. By Avi Bar-Eli Delek Group controlling shareholder Yitzhak Tshuva, Delek Energy CEO Gideon Tadmor and Isramco controlling shareholder Kobi Maimon met with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and treasury Director General Haim Shani […]

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Call for particpants: the Middle East Institute (MEI) project Crossing Borders 2010-2011

The project is intended to bring to light how ordinary people and key stakeholders can, do, and should cooperate to address “human security” challenges in four areas of critical importance to the future of the region: 1) migration, 2) higher education, 3) environment, and 4) public health. During the third stage of the project — […]

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Sustaining Earth’s ‘neshama’ – Jerusalem Post

As it enters its second decade, the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership looks to create a critical mass of ‘change agents.’ There’s a gathering buzz if you listen closely enough. People are talking about environmental and social change in a similar way across an array of professions. You can hear it in the […]

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Arab World ‘among most vulnerable’ to climate change – Arab Environment Watch / Reuters

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Dust storms scour Iraq. Freak floods wreak havoc in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Rising sea levels erode Egypt’s coast. Hotter, drier weather worsens water scarcity in the Middle East, already the world’s most water-short region. The Arab world is already suffering impacts consistent with climate change predictions. Although scientists are wary […]

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‘Climate change may be to blame for delayed rains’ – Jordan Times

By Raed Omari AMMAN – By virtue of its geographical location, Jordan is probably experiencing negative effects of climate change, although it is too early to be absolutely sure, environmental experts said. Commenting on the delay in rainfall the Kingdom is currently experiencing, Jawad Bakri, a professor in environmental remote sensing at the University of […]

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Settlers make water sources a tourist site and bar Palestinians from entering – Haaretz

West Bank Jews are making tourism sites of water sources that Palestinians use for agriculture. By Zafrir Rinat Springwater continues to be vital to Palestinian farmers, but recently, at the settlers’ initiative, many springs on the other side of the Green Line have been turned into tourism sites from which the Palestinians are barred. Hebrew-language […]

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Stakeholders to review progress – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Stakeholders of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Programme (Red-Dead project) are scheduled to convene in Israel later this month to review progress, a government official said Saturday. Representatives of the three beneficiary governments (Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel,) as well as World Bank experts, are expected to […]

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‘Domestic water supply to remain unchanged despite lack of rainfall’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Water supply to the public will remain unchanged, while irrigation water for farmers in the Jordan Valley will be reduced due to the lack of rainfall, government officials said on Monday. Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said the ministry is drawing up plans to address the water shortage […]

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Southerners sell ancient olive trees for use as decorative pieces – Daily Star

Locals angered as private firms convince grove owners to part with specimens as old as 1,000 years By Mohammed Zaatari Saturday, November 20, 2010 Southerners sell ancient olive trees for use as decorative pieces HASBAYA: For the past three years, ancient olive trees have been growing in popularity, not as a target of preserving the […]

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Gamla vultures to be released into the wild – Haaretz

Rangers in Gamla National Park in the Golan Heights attempt to revive vulture population, badly damaged by mass poisoning. By Eli Ashkenazi Gamla National Park rangers will release Sunday vultures into the wild, as part of Israel Nature and Parks Authority to increase the population of the vulture population in the area. The project began […]

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Mediterranean summit canceled again due to Arab threat to boycott over Israel – Haaretz

Some 50 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers were due to attend the summit, which now has been canceled for the third time. By Barak Ravid An international summit of Mediterranean leaders has been canceled for the third time because Arab states threatened to boycott if Israel was invited. French national security adviser Jean-David Levitte […]

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Local firm gets European grant for hydro-electric power – Jerusalem Post

by EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/16/2010 04:08 Hydro-electric power is one of the “baseline” energy sources used to power electricity grids. Leviathan Energy Hydroelectric Ltd. has announced it was awarded a EUREKA grant of over €1 million to continue to develop and test its Benkatina in-pipe turbine. Leviathan said last week that it has partnered with […]

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State of Denial – Syria Today

By Abdulhamid Qabbani Although the effects of climate change are obvious in Syria, awareness of it remains low and programmes to combat it are nascent. On August 18, the temperature in Syria reached 47 degrees, 8 degrees hotter than the annual average, according to local records. Despite acknowledgement that heat, desertification, sand storms and drought […]

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Fires rage across country amid warm weather – Daily Star

Saturday, November 13, 2010 BEIRUT: Dozens of fires have erupted across Lebanon over recent days and the country is expected to face even higher, unseasonably warm, temperatures over the weekend. Meanwhile, a toxic fire that occurred in Beirut earlier in the week involved illegally stored chemicals, according to the governor of Mount Lebanon. A fire […]

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Arid Israel recycles waste water on grand scale – Haaretz

Due to water scarcity in the region, Israel has become a global leader in water reuse technologies; more than 80 percent of household waste water is recycled. By Reuters Thirty years ago, Israeli farmers faced a daunting choice – find a new water source or go under. Their solution was waste water recycling. Now climate […]

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Incinerators are a mistake, Lebanon needs a strong Waste Management Law – IndyAct

Today the global league of activists, IndyACT, launched its “Zero Waste” exhibition which will tour the Lebanese territories to recommend the principle of “Zero Waste” as a solution to Lebanon’s waste problem. The exhibit also displays the possible risks of incineration technologies that the Lebanese government is planning to establish. The exhibition will visit several […]

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When the beach is in the developer’s way – Haaretz

Instead of adhering to the master plan, which forbids construction on the narrow strip around the Kinneret, the authorities are bypassing the ban, flouting the law in addition to the environmental damage they are expected to cause. Haaretz Editorial The Kinneret is a unique natural resource in the Israeli landscape, whose preservation is at constant […]

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