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Conservationists in final push to save wildlife on site of former Israeli arms plant – Haaretz

The state wants to put housing on a valuable parcel in Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv, but residents are insisting an ecological park be established instead Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 2, 2018 | 11:42 PM It’s not unusual for one-time military installations to become ad hoc nature reserves as a result of a ban […]

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Parasitic crabs may reduce amount of jellyfish off Israel’s coast

To predict whether beaches will have fewer jellyfish, researchers still need to know how many crabs live on each creature and how fast it can heal, not to mention its nutritional value Zafrir Rinat | Sep. 24, 2018 | 8:59 PM The nomad jellyfish arrives on the Israeli coast every summer and proliferates like mad. […]

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Is it too late to save Lebanon’s environment? – Environment and Development

5/9/2018 NAJIB SAAB In 2000, the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri invited me to introduce environmental dimensions into his parliamentary elections platform, while the economic and social aspects were assigned to Bassel Fleihan. Upon being appointed prime minister following his election victory, Hariri included this environmental program in the Cabinet statement, which was consequently approved […]

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Parliament OKs Waste Law as Protesters, 2 MPs Warn of Incinerators – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk 24 September 2018, 16:28 The parliament on Monday approved a controversial waste management law amid an outcry from civil society groups and the two lawmakers Paula Yacoubian and Osama Saad. “In its legislative session held under the chairmanship of Speaker Nabih Berri, the parliament approved today the draft law included in the […]

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Khoury Tells ‘Angry’ Generator Owners: Meters Will Be Installed – Naharnet

Khoury Tells ‘Angry’ Generator Owners: Meters Will Be Installed by Naharnet Newsdesk As the government puts into effect a consumer protection measure pressing private generator owners to install electricity meters, caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury emphasized on Tuesday that there will be “no backing down on the decision.” “Private generator owners have no reason to […]

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Solar cells expected to save UJ JD8-JD10 million in electricity expenses – Jordan Times

By Renad Aljadid – Sep 24,2018 The University of Jordan says it will implement a solar cells project within the coming few weeks with expectations that it will save JD8 to 10 million of the academic institution’s electricity bill on annual basis (Photo courtesy of UJ) AMMAN — The University of Jordan (UJ) will implement […]

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When it comes to climate change, the rich are the culprit – but they won’t pay the price – Haaretz

An oligarch does as much damage to the climate in a day as an average person does in five years, according to a leading anthropologist and environmental researcher. Nevertheless, he remains hopeful Ayelett Shani | Sep. 20, 2018 interview with Prof. Dan Rabinowitz. By chance, the timing of my call was good. Indeed. I’ve just […]

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New documentary depicts water struggles of Al Karamah village – Jordan Times

A new documentary on the water shortages of Al Karamah debuted on Wednesday at the Royal Scientific Society, according to a statement released by the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA). The documentary titled, “Al-Karamah… Karameh”, and made in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, depicts the daily struggles of local families with water, electricity and other issues. […]

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‘Jordan will not be storing Israeli gas’ – Jordan Times

Mohammad Ghazal – Sep 19,2018 AMMAN — Jordan’s imports of natural gas from Israel will be used for daily production of electricity and will not be stored, Amani Azzam, secretary general of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, said on Tuesday. Under a deal between Jordan and Noble Energy, the Kingdom will import around […]

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Arson at Dead Sea Nature Reserve – Haaretz / YNET

Israeli police arrest three Palestinians suspected of arson in Dead Sea blazes – Haaretz The fire caused damage to 125 acres of vegetation was contained after hours of efforts by 16 firefighting crews Yotam Berger, Zafrir Rinat | Sep. 11, 2018 Israeli police arrested three Palestinians for suspected arson in the blazes that broke out […]

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USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation Program Cancelled – YNET

Report: US to halt Last source of American aid to the Palestinians After strings of actions taken by the Trump administration against the Palestinians, white House will cut the last funding channel aiding them, as reported by the New York Times; Conflict Management and Mitigation Program to be denied access of $10 million in funds. […]

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Iran and Turkey Divert Iraq’s River Waters, Leaving Iraq on the Brink of Catastrophe – Jerusalem Center for Public Affiars

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, September 6, 2018 The failing water infrastructure in Basra, Iraq, is causing plague-like conditions in the local population. Some 500 to 600 individuals are admitted to emergency rooms daily because of water poisoning accompanied by skin diseases. The Tigris River, which crosses the city and used to be the main […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter September 2018

Dear Friends, We are thrilled to share with you the news that EcoPeace Middle East was selected to receive the 2018 Stanford Bright Award. This annual $100,000 award recognizes exceptional contributions to global sustainability and is given to an organization in one of 10 rotating regions each year. EcoPeace’s Co-Founders, Gidon Bromberg and Munqeth Mehyar, […]

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Publication of Report on the Status of the Hebron-Besor-Wadi Gaza Basin – Ecopeace

Report on the Status of the Hebron-Besor-Wadi Gaza Basin EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report presents the current state of the freshwater and wastewater conditions in the Hebron-Besor-Wadi Gaza Basin Current challenges and risks to water security, public health, and environment are highlighted with further exploration of impacts within the context of gender. This drainage basin originates […]

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Red Sea’s coral reefs are in serious trouble: Environmental NGO – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm The HEPCA (Hurghada Environmental Protection & Conservation Association) NGO warned on Sunday that coral reefs in Hurghada, Red Sea are in serious danger as a result of fishing with explosives and throwing waste in the sea, according to a recent statement. The statement added that coral reefs are some of the richest natural […]

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Jumblat Lashes Out at EDL, Environment Ministry Officials – Naharnet

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Tuesday launched a blistering verbal attack on the “owners” of both the country’s private power generators and the Turkish power ships as well as some officials at state-run Electricité Du Liban and the Environment Ministry. “As the country drowns in floods, rivers of garbage, a polluted Litani River […]

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Report: Lebanon’s Oil Wealth Under Israeli Threats – Naharnet

Speaker Nabih Berri raised with the French ambassador Bruno Foucher the file of Lebanon’s maritime oil from the perspective of Israel’s attempt to explore within the Lebanese sea waters, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday. Berri had pointed to the “seriousness of this Israeli attack,” stressing that “Lebanon can not accept this, nor abandon its right […]

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Israel’s SodaStream drowns Statue of Liberty replica in plastic to protest waste – Haaretz

Company’s goal is to raise awareness of the negative consequences of single-use plastic (and drum up business for the company while they’re at it) JTA | Sep. 8, 2018 | 9:17 PM Tourists and locals wandering around Flatiron Plaza in downtown Manhattan were met with an unusual sight: a 20-foot replica of the Statue of […]

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Israel’s groundwater levels dropping to dangerous lows – Haaretz

As main aquifers near their red line, the amount of water in the streams feeding the Jordan River continues to drop Zafrir Rinat | Sep. 4, 2018 | 2:26 AM | 1 Israel’s main aquifers are nearing their red lines, or are even below them now, as the end of the summer approaches. At the […]

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With ongoing drought, Israel Water Authority to bring water from Lower Galilee to Lake Kinneret – Haaretz

Water Authority chief Giora Shaham says Israel suffering longest drought in a century and that water consumption will have to be limited if another dry year follows Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 26, 2018 | 9:01 PM | 1 Israel has been experiencing the most consecutive drought years in more than a century, Israel Water Authority […]

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