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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Global climate change crisis: Best thing to ever happen to Israeli hasbara – Haaretz

Greta Thunberg is in. Ahed Tamimi is out. Let the great greenwashing begin Anshel Pfeffer | Oct. 4, 2019 In a radio interview last week, Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, summed up the just-ended annual UN General Assembly. Asked about the intensified focus this year on the climate crisis, Danon answered, “It’s […]

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Environmentalists Slam Banks over Aramco IPO Support – Naharnet

Banks aiding a stock market float for Saudi oil giant Aramco will be “devoid of all sincerity” regarding environmental and social concerns, green and rights groups jointly said Thursday. Addressing directly chief executives of Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley — all reportedly involved in the mammoth […]

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Nothing new under the sun: As the world turns to solar energy, Israel falls behind – Haaretz

The sun may be shining, but Israel is far from reaching its goals of harnessing this powerful energy resource Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 12, 2019 | 7:05 PM | 3 In a documentary about his family’s immigration to Israel from Poland, director Igal Bursztyn recalls that his mother always said that Israel was good for […]

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Siemens Gamesa starts building 250MW wind farm in Egypt – Egypt Independent

October 15, 2019 2:49 pm Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) started building on Tuesday the 250MW West Bakr wind farm, 30km north-west of Ras Gharib in the Gulf of Suez. Under a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contract, Siemens Gamesa will deploy its 96 SG 2.6-114 turbines. It will also offer maintenance services as part […]

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U.N. Calls for Greater Heat Protection for Workers in Qatar – Naharnet

Improved safeguards and working hours are needed to protect laborers in Qatar from the effects of heat and humidity, the United Nations said Friday, as it published new research. The desert monarchy has come under fire for conditions faced by its hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, as it prepares to host the 2022 World […]

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DEWA connects 1,354 solar installations with grid – Environment and Development5

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has connected 1,354 photovoltaic installations on residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Dubai, with a total capacity of 125 megawatts (MW). This is due to its Shams Dubai initiative to encourage customers to install solar panels at their premises to generate electricity from solar power and export any excess […]

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Burning garbage a major cause of Israeli air pollution – Haaretz

Garbage fires were source of 60 percent of all emitted substances known or suspected to be carcinogens in 2018 Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 8, 2019 Garbage fires have become one of the main causes of air pollution in Israel, and last year they were the source of 60 percent of all emitted substances known or […]

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Ghabawi landfill turns waste into bio-gas – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Oct 10,2019 AMMAN — Ghabawi landfill project has been generating electricity since the end of May by converting waste into bio-gas, according to an official at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM). The “non-hazardous” Ghabawi landfill, located some 25km east of Amman, was established in 2003 and is expected to operate until […]

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Jreissati Replies to Criticism over Trash Sorting Plants – Naharnet

Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati on Thursday responded to criticism after telling citizens not to complain if they do not embark on sorting waste at home. “Sorting from source has become a law according to law 80 and is enshrined by decree 5605/2019 like the traffic law,” said Jreissati in a televised press conference. The Minister […]

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UJ joins EU waste management project – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The University of Jordan (UJ) has announced that it will participate in the co-financed EU project CEOMED, which is working towards the sustainable management of open market waste. The project, which involves six partners from five different countries — Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and Tunisia — with a total budget of 3.1 million […]

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DAWAR: Waste collection app allows citizens to manage and report trash – Egypt Independent

Mira Maged October 1, 2019 In a collaboration between the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and the Egyptian company Environ Adapt, the first waste collection app in Egypt, called DAWAR (recycle), launched in Cairo to facilitate garbage tracking across governorates, according to a statement issued by Minister of Environmental Affairs Yasmine Fouad on Sunday, September 29 […]

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13,747 electricity theft cases detected in first 9 months of 2019 — EMRC – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) on Wednesday said that it has document a total of 13,747 electricity theft cases during the first nine months of this year. EMRC Chief Commissioner Farouq Hiyari said that 2,636 electricity theft lawsuits were filed during the January-September period, with courts issuing final rulings on 1,323 […]

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State panel rejects wind turbine project in Israel’s Lower Galilee – Haaretz

It is the first time since the committee’s inception 17 years ago that it turned down a plan submitted for its approval Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 2, 2019 National Infrastructure Committee last week rejected a plan to install 20 wind turbines at Ramat Sirin in northern Israel’s Lower Galilee region. It was the first time […]

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Israel’s Golan Druze see a blow in wind energy plan – YNET

Israel has made it goal to veer its energy production increasingly toward clean means, but turbines present slew of concerns for local Druze population Associated Press|Published: 10.04.19 Towering wind turbines may soon jut up from the picturesque patchwork of Druze farmland on the Golan Heights, angering villagers who see the project as a threat to […]

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‘Shapes of Water’ exhibit traces flow of precious resource in different cultures – Jordan Times

By Johanna Montanari – Oct 08,2019 AMMAN — As part of Amman Design Week’s 2019 events, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts on Monday opened an exhibition titled “Shapes of Water” showcasing social design projects and products related to the use of water. The exhibition, run in cooperation with the Italian embassy, is an […]

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‘Adaptability, creativity key to surmounting climate change’ – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The significance of the environment lies in its connection to human security and the socio-economic development of Islamic peoples, HRH Princess Sumaya stated. Princess Sumaya made these remarks while participating in the eighth edition of the Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers on behalf of HRH Prince Hassan, ISESCO goodwill ambassador, which was launched […]

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The Heschel Center Sustainability Updates, September 2019

Israel at 2050 The Ministry of Environmental Protection in conjunction with an inter-ministerial committee has embarked upon an ambitious process for a low-carbon economy for Israel 2050, in compliance with its obligation to the Paris agreement. Towards this goal, the Ministry has partnered with the Heschel Center and the Israel Democracy Institute to design a […]

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Ecopeace Peacebuilding Newsletter , September 2019

EcoPeace in the Media: September 7, 2019, Morocco World News The Climate Crisis Could Help Fuel Peace in the MENA Region by Perri Huggins September 12, 2019, MENAFN – The Peninsula Advocates propose solutions to water scarcity crisis in Cape Town edition of Doha Debates September 15, 2019, The Times of Israel Annexing the Jordan […]

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1st phase of solar project to power 2,213 homes — Zawati – Jordan Times

By JT – Sep 29,2019 AMMAN — Seven local companies have begun implementation of the first phase in a project to instal solar cells on the houses of 2,213 families benefitting from the National Aid Fund (NAF), financed by Fils Al Reef to reduce financial burdens on the underprivileged. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Hala […]

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DEWA joins Nestlé in inauguration of UAE’s largest ground-mounted private solar plant – Environment and Development

The UAE’s largest ground-mounted private solar plant was launched at Nestlé Middle East’s Al Maha factory in Dubai. The plant entails installing nearly 28,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels at the company’s three manufacturing sites, that will generate 10GWh of electricity per year – eliminating at least six million kilograms of CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent of […]

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