Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Huge Tunisian solar park hopes to provide Saharan power to Europe – Environment and Development

7/9/2017 An enormous solar park in the Sahara could soon be exporting electricity to Europe if Tunisia’s government approves an energy company’s request to build it. The 4.5GW mega-project planned by TuNur would pipe electricity to Malta, Italy and France using submarine cables in the grandest energy export project since the abandoned Desertec initiative. Kevin […]

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Climate Change Forecast for Jordan: 30% Less Rain, Triple the Droughts by 210 – Haaretz

Recovery by Syrian irrigated farming could make Jordan even thirstier, warn the scientists. Ruth Schuster Aug 31, 2017 The crisis in Syria, now in its seventh year, has stressed Jordan’s resources terribly as civilians fled the country in droves, many seeking shelter in the neighboring country. In a bitter irony, once the war ends and […]

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3-hectare desert farm in Jordan can grow 286,600 pounds of veggies each year – Environment and Development

Vegetables are sprouting in the desert at the Sahara Forest Project’s recently inaugurated launch station in Aqaba, Jordan. The project draws on the sun, saltwater, and carbon dioxide to grow food and generate clean energy and freshwater. The new three-hectare launch station will be able to grow around 286,600 pounds of vegetables a year, and […]

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Israel’s water sources at new low – YNET

Decreased rainfall in the north during winter leads to unprecedented negative August water level records, with a decrease in the Kinneret’s and Dead Sea’s water levels. Ahiya Raved|Published: 04.09.17 These last few years of decreased rainfall have led to record lows of water level measurements in August, the Water Authority reported Monday. One such negative […]

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Climate change, refugees worsen Jordan’s water woes — scientists – Jordan Times

By Thomson Reuters Foundation – Sep 07,2017 By Chris Arsenault TORONTO — Hot, dry Jordan faces severe water shortages due to climate change and a refugee influx from neighbouring Syria, Stanford University scientists said in a recently published study. In a scenario where greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, Jordan is expected to […]

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Authorities uncover three cases of alleged water theft during eid – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 05,2017 AMMAN — Authorities uncovered three cases of alleged water theft during Eid Al Adha holiday, under which over 2,000 cubic metres of water were being diverted daily in south Amman, an official said on Tuesday. Authorities discovered the cases after an individual reported the alleged violations to the emergency […]

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Haifa Chemicals to close down two plants, layoff 800 workers – Jerusalem Post

BySharon Udasin August 2, 2017 10:43 Haifa Chemicals is owned by the American holding company Trance Resource Inc, which is controlled by the Trump Group, where Jules Trump serves as chairman of the board. As the final date for emptying Israel’s disputed ammonia storage tank draws near, Haifa Chemicals has notified some 800 employees of […]

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Study Finds Israeli Power Plants’ Efforts Reduce Number of Deaths From Air Pollution – Haaretz

The Environmental Protection Ministry reports that a change to a cleaner type of fuel led to the reduction in mortalities Zafrir Rinat Aug 17, 2017 There has been a decline in the number of people dying in Israel from diseases related to air pollution over the past decade, according to new data released by the […]

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Groundwater in Israel Contaminated by Gas Stations and Storage Tanks – Haaretz

Three-fourths of 236 monitored sites contained varying levels of pollution from gasoline or fuel additives Zafrir Rinat Aug 22, 2017 The groundwater near three-quarters of Israeli gas stations and storage tanks for which data are available is contaminated. That, according to a report released this week by the Water Authority monitoring 236 fuel facilities. Most […]

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Analysis Why Hasn’t Israel’s Windfall-profit Tax Blown in Yet? – Haaretz

The state was supposed to be reaping billions from a special levy on gas and other natural resources, but to date the take has been just 459m shekels Meirav Arlosoroff Aug 30, 2017 Buried deep inside the government’s annual fiscal report is an interesting comment that appears almost as an afterthought: “Until state revenues from […]

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Jordan wins anti-desertification policy award – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Aug 27,2017 Rangelands are a defining ecosystem for Jordan and take up the vast majority of the Kingdom’s land area AMMAN — The World Future Council (WFC) has awarded Jordan the bronze Future Policy Award 2017 for its Updated Rangeland Strategy that enshrines the Middle East’s most widespread and longstanding indigenous […]

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Green resistance: Lebanese plant trees near border mocking Israel – YNET

After Hezbollah leader’s derisory remark that ‘Israel is afraid of trees’ following complaint made to UN over their uses for intel gathering, 2 Lebanese men begin planting on Israeli-Lebanese border in plain view of IDF soldiers, hold up sign praising Nasrallah. Roi Kais|Published: 23.08.17 A resident of southern Lebanon appears to have taken seriously a […]

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Silent drilling rig allegedly used for digging illegal well confiscated – Jordan Times

‘Electric rig had dug up 30-metre-deep hole to extract underground water in Pella District in Northern Ghor’ By Hana Namrouqa – Aug 21,2017 The silent drilling rig was allegedly used to dig an illegal well to extract underground water, according to an official (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Water and Irrigation) AMMAN — Authorities on […]

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Dibbeen forest fire act of arson — official – Jordan Times

Blaze engulfed trees over a 10-dunnum area By Hana Namrouqa – Aug 23,2017 AMMAN — Initial results of an investigation into a wildfire that erupted on Monday in Dibbeen Forest Reserve indicated that it was caused by an act of arson, a government official said on Wednesday. Authorities have no suspects yet, according to Bassam […]

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Korean agency organises cleaning day at Dibbeen forest – Jordan Times

By JT – Aug 27,2017 A team of volunteers on Saturday organised a cleaning day at the Dibbeen forest, with the participation of 122 orphan girls from Jerash and Sakib areas, according to the organisers (Photo courtesy of Korea International Cooperation Agency) AMMAN — A team of volunteers on Saturday organised a cleaning day at […]

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UN gives Gaza $2.5m. in humanitarian aid for water and fuel crisis – Jerusalem Post

By TOVAH LAZAROFF 08/27/2017 The United Nations has provided the Gaza Strip with $2.5 million in humanitarian aid to help with its water, electricity and fuel crisis. The funds come as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatens to gradually cut funding to Gaza if Hamas does not allow Fatah to return to the Strip. Some […]

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Lebanon’s Power Crisis Sees No Progress – Naharnet

18 August 2017 Lebanon, a country plagued with power rationing, seems to find no solution for its longtime crisis in light of disagreements among political parties over the means to tackle the problem. The government has canceled on Thursday a previous bid to lease Turkish power generating vessels to improve power supply, and has therefore […]

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Does gas bonanza spell paradise lost for Israel’s north? – Jerusalem Post

ByPAUL ALSTER August 19, 2017 05:00 Citizens of northern Israel campaign against the proximity of natural gas facilities to the coastline. A fierce battle is being waged in the north of Israel. It’s a battle that has been joined late ‒ possibly too late, say some ‒ by residents of the beautiful Carmel coast and […]

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Green dream start-up takes Technion to court over ‘devious behavior’ – Jerusalem Post

ByAVI HOFFMANN August 20, 2017 18:22 What started out as the dream of a nonagenarian Jewish philanthropist from Chicago to develop, in partnership with the Technion in Haifa, a groundbreaking source of green energy, has turned into a multimillion- dollar lawsuit against Israel’s vaunted institute of technology by the philanthropist’s heirs. The saga began on […]

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Saudi Arabia to exceed renewable energy targets – Al Arabiya

Reuters, Jeddah Thursday, 24 August 2017 Saudi Arabia aims to exceed its target to generate 9.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy annually, to highlight its long-term commitment to green energy, a senior government official said. “We plan to exceed 9.5 gigawatts,” Turki al-Shehri, head of the energy ministry’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) […]

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