Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Israel’s environment minister calls environmental activists ignorant charlatans – Haaretz

Speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv, Zeev Elkin says environmental groups have unjustifiably sown public fear and distrust Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 8, 2020 Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin launched an unprecedented attack on environmental activists on Tuesday, accusing them of being ignorant charlatans who are trying to mislead the public. In addition, he […]

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Steinitz: Leviathan supplying gas to Jordan, locals’ pollution fears ‘hysterical’ – YNET

Energy minister says newly opened field will also be delivering gas to Egypt within days, Israel will soon see closure of two coal power stations and begin to enjoy millions of dollars in revenue from exports Ilana Curiel | Published: 01.01.20 Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Wednesday that Israel’s newly online Leviathan field is now […]

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Industrial sector to benefit from solar energy scheme / Jordan to harness solar energy to power street lights — Zawati- Jordan Times

Project aims at providing electricity to factories at preferential prices — ACI By JT – Jan 06,2020 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s chambers of industry will soon float an executive tender for a solar energy project allocated to the industrial sector, President of the Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) Fathi Jaghbir said on Monday. Jaghbir said […]

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Heavily-polluting Hadera power plant to be converted to natural gas – Jerusalem Post

The use of coal for electricity production has been increasingly replaced by natural gas in recent years. By EYTAN HALON JANUARY 7, 2020 The country’s largest power plant, the heavily-polluting Orot Rabin station near Hadera, will be largely converted to natural gas production by mid-2022, according to a decision reached by the National Planning and […]

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Leaders of Israel, Greece and Cyprus sign gas pipeline deal – YNET

The EastMed pipeline, which will run from Israel’s Leviathan field to Cyprus and the Greek mainland, is set to provide an alternative gas source for energy-hungry Europe; move set to aggravate Turkey that’s also laying claim to gas resources in the area Associated Press | Published: 01.02.20 The leaders of Israel, Greece and Cyprus on […]

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Lower House to take up Israeli gas deal again on January 19 – Jordan Times

Razzaz says gov’t will review all energy deals Jordan signed By Raed Omari – Jan 06,2020 AMMAN — The Lower House on Sunday announced that it will hold a monitoring session on January 19 to discuss the controversial deal between the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and Noble Energy to import natural gas from Israel. […]

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Jordanians come out in droves to protest gas import from Israel – YNET

Jordanians come out in droves to protest gas import from Israel – YNET Protesters in the Jordanian capital chant ‘no to normalization’ after Israel announces the country’s newly opened Leviathan field is now supplying gas to the Hashemite Kingdom Daniel Salami, Itamar Eichner | Published: 01.05.20 Hundreds of locals in the Jordanian capital of Amman […]

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Giant solar park in the desert jump starts Egypt’s renewables push – Environment and Developmente

18/12/2019 Near the southern Egyptian city of Aswan, a swathe of photovoltaic solar panels spreads over an area of desert so large it is clearly visible from space. They are part of the Benban plant, one of the world’s largest solar parks following completion last month of a second phase of the estimated $2.1 billion […]

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Inside the world’s first all-solar powered village – Environment and Development

19/12/2019 This month, a small Moroccan village earned the distinction of becoming Africa’s first fully solar powered village. 32 solar panels were brought online and connected to a mini-grid system that delivers electricity to around 50 residents of Id Mjahdi, a small village near the seaside town of Essaouira. The project cost just $188,000 to […]

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Risha solar plant to power 12,000 households annually – Jordan Times

By JT – Dec 12,2019 AMMAN — ACWA Power and the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) in Jordan officially announced on Wednesday that the 50-megawatt Risha Solar PV Independent Power Plant (IPP) commenced commercial operations on December 1, after completing all the required commissioning and start-up tests. According to an ACWA Power statement, the power […]

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The climate decade in Israel and everywhere (editorial) – Haaretz

Jan. 1, 2020 | The last day of 2019 epitomized the entire year. In Australia, thousands of people were trapped on the beach after fleeing enormous fires that surrounded them. In Moscow, the municipality had to bring in truckloads of artificial snow to decorate the city, whose residents, even the oldest, say they can’t remember […]

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Fearing pollution, Israelis leave homes as offshore gas production begins – Haaretz / YNET / Jerusalem Post

Officials have cautioned that the processing platform off the Carmel Coast will emit carcinogenic benzene, but insist the situation is being monitored to minimize risks. Noa Shpigel, Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 31, 2019 Texas-based Noble Energy began natural gas production at its Leviathan processing platform off Israel’s Mediterranean coast on Tuesday. As processing of the […]

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Netanyahu to depart to Athens to sign gas pipeline deal with Greece and Cyprus – Haaretz

The ambitious project to export Israeli and Cypriot gas to Europe has recently been challenged by the signing of a Turkey-Libya maritime deal Noa Landau | Jan. 1, 2020 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to visit Athens on Thursday in order to formally move ahead with the construction of the EastMed pipeline that will bring […]

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Nuclear energy vital in Jordan energy strategy — IAG report – Jordan Times

Dec 29,2019 AMMAN — Jordan must retain nuclear energy in its energy strategy for the mid- and long-term, the International Advisory Group (IAG) “strongly” recommended in a summary report of its fourth meeting. Nuclear energy is low-carbon and an important component of energy security and long-term price stability for any nation. For nuclear energy, long-term […]

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Burning waste making life hell in Israel’s suburbs – YNET

Garbage collectors prefer to discharge their loads at unauthorized dumping grounds to avoid prices charged at official sites, leaving entire neighborhoods choking on smoke and understaffed authorities struggling to enforce the law Ilana Curiel | Published: 12.21.19 Illegal garbage burning has destroyed the quality of life for residents in the city of Rosh Ha’ayin, with […]

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Residents protest Israeli government’s waste-to-energy incinerator plan – Haaretz

Incinerator is part of larger plan aiming to have a quarter of the country’s waste to be used for generating energy by 2030 Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 22, 2019 The Environmental Protection Ministry is promoting a plan to build a waste-to-energy incinerator just southeast of Tel Aviv, sparking fierce opposition among locals concerned about the […]

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Galilee wind farms approved despite environmental, Arab residents’ concerns – Haaretz / Jerusalem Post

Northern district planning committee ignores expert’s objections that the installations will be noisy and block views of historic Jezreel Valley farmland – Haaretz Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 31, 2019 Israeli authorities have approved the construction of over a dozen wind turbines in the Jezreel Valley, even though a committee-appointed investigator recommended rejecting the plan due […]

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Best renewable energy graduation projects honoured – Jordan Times

Dec 19,2019 AMMAN — The winners of the “Best Graduation Projects in Renewable Energy” contest were honoured in a ceremony this week. Deputising for Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati, Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Amani Al Azzam attended the event. The contest was organised by the Jordanian-German […]

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BIRD Energy to fund 7 Israel-US clean energy projects – Jerusalem Post

Each project is conducted by a US-Israeli partnership, and the selected projects address energy challenges and opportunities, focusing on commercializing clean energy technologies. By AARON REICH DECEMBER 24, 2019 Seven new, innovative, clean energy projects were selected by the US Energy Department, Israel’s Energy Ministry and the Israel Innovation Authority to receive $6.4 million through […]

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Leviathan gas field pollution – Haaretz/ Jerusalem Post

Israeli court allows Leviathan gas rig to run test emitting cancerous pollutants – HAARETZ Drilling, which was supposed to commence on Tuesday, is expected to emit large quantities of pollutants including benzene, a carcinogen Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 19, 2019 | 9:29 AM An Israeli court overturned Thursday the temporary interim order that halted the […]

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