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Waste Incineration ‘Serious Choice’ as Ministerial Panel Holds 1st Meeting – Naharnet

A ministerial committee tasked with devising a new waste management plan on Wednesday held its first meeting at the Grand Serail under Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as a panel member said the incineration waste treatment approach has surfaced as a “serious” alternative to landfills. “Another meeting has been scheduled for February 18 to continue the […]

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Imported Sand to Shore Up Coastal Cliffs at Risk of Collapse – Haaretz

A number of attempts have been made in recent years to supply sand along the cliffs, but embarrassingly, much of what was distributed has already disappeared. Zafrir Rinat Feb 09, 2017 Ships cruising close to the shore and shooting out large quantities of sand from a long pipe will most likely become a common sight […]

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Persepolis: Iran tourism gateway faces climate threats – Al Jazeera

Shrinking land, drought and algae growth put stress on UNESCO site as tourist arrivals grow after lifting of sanctions. Mohammad Ali Najib | 11 Feb 2017 It has been more than a year since international sanctions against Iran were lifted, symbolically reopening the country to the rest of the world. While political tensions between the […]

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Desalination Problems Begin to Rise to the Surface in Israel – Haaretz

A slew of water treatment plants has greatly reduced Israel’s dependence on rainwater. But desalination may also be adversely affecting the environment and people’s health. Zafrir Rinat Feb 06, 2017 Israel has pumped increasing quantities of water from the Mediterranean Sea in recent years. The series of desalination plants built along the coast is supplying […]

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Gaza power crisis: ‘We want to end this nightmare’ – Al Jazeera

Despite improved power supply, Palestinians in besieged strip say durable solutions must be implemented. 01 Feb 2017 Farah Najjar Farah Najjar is an online producer at Al Jazeera English. Despite a temporary improvement in power supply, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip say the lack of consistent access to electricity has made their lives unbearable and […]

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Drones, towers and cameras set to monitor Kingdom’s forests – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 04,2017 AMMAN — Four drones will be released over the forests of the northern governorates in spring to monitor and record violations on trees, according to Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat. The drones will be released in April, Hneifat said, noting that the ministry will purchase them at a cost […]

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Judge Orders Permanent Closure of Costa Brava Dump – Naharnet

Urgent Matters Judge of Baabda Hassan Hamdan ordered the permanent closure of the controversial Costa Brava landfill effective in four months, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday. The judge gave four months time period for the closing date, to pave way for concerned municipalities to find an alternative for the dump that receives the […]

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Aoun: New Waste Management Plan to be Announced Soon – Naharnet

President Michel Aoun revealed Monday that a new waste management plan for the country will be “announced soon.” “A new waste management plan will be devised and its implementation will relieve the Lebanese regions of this crisis,” Aoun told a delegation comprising the heads of Lebanon’s municipal unions. “This plan takes into consideration the interests […]

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More garbage left on capital’s streets amid budget dispute – YNET

Court accepts appeal by Finance Ministry to temporarily ban Jerusalem municipality from staging strike of educational institutions, as residents forced to endure the continuing inconveniences of sanitation strikes, leading to littered streets and a partially crippled light rail. Ynet writers|Published: 30.01.17 , 11:06 Jerusalem’s residents awoke to a partially crippled light rail system caused by […]

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44 establishments closed down or warned over environmental violations – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 05,2017 AMMAN — Forty-four factories and vocational workshops were closed down and received warnings during January for breaching health and environment regulations, an official at the Environment Ministry said on Sunday. In addition, the ministry has referred a scrap warehouse in Zarqa Governorate, around 22km northeast of Amman, to court […]

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‘Goodbye yellow-glow roads’: LEDs to light Amman streets – Jordan Times

By Suzanna Goussous – Jan 26,2017 AMMAN — Following up on its pledge to “turn Amman into an eco-friendly city”, the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will install LED lights on streets around the capital, the municipality’s council said on Thursday. Late last year, the municipality installed several LED lighting units on main roads in the […]

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Dubai to produce bio fuel from leftover food – Environment and Development

There’s money in that half-eaten peanut butter sandwich or leftover pizza now making its way into your kitchen dustbin, says Dubai Carbon. Wet organic waste such as leftover household food or restaurant waste can be converted using heat and spinning technology to create what are called biosolid fuels. And those environmentally friendly fuels can be […]

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Morocco harnesses the power of the sun – Al Jazeera

03 Feb 2017 07:23 GMT | Danielle Douglas Ouarzazate, Morocco – The southern sun bakes down upon Morocco’s 580-megawatt solar plant, in line to be the largest in the world upon its completion in 2018. This $9bn plant, known as Noor – “light” in Arabic – positions Morocco as a global leader in sustainable energy […]

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Gaza’s water shortage worsening, no easy solutions seen – Al Arabiya

Reuters, Gaza Thursday, 26 January 2017 Marwan An-Najar, a Palestinian from the south of the Gaza Strip, says he has not tasted sweet tap water in 10 years. Every day, he travels four kilometers (2.5 miles) to fill a 20-litre plastic jerrycan at a local desalination station. Gaza has long suffered severe water problems, with […]

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Israel gives Pal. Authority limited water autonomy in West Bank – Jerusalem Post

ByAdam Rasgon, Tovah Lazaroff, Sharon Udasin 17 January 2017 97 suspended projects for Palestinians can now move forward. The Palestinian Authority now has autonomy over water projects in Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank, a Palestinian official told The Jerusalem Post. Dib Abdel Ghafour, a top official at the PA Water Authority, announced […]

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Alternative farming on the rise in besieged Gaza – Al Jazeera

As fertile land shrinks and water crisis deepens, Palestinians are searching for different ways to feed their families. 28 Jan 2017 12:29 GMT | Mersiha Gadzo Gaza Strip – January is usually a busy month for farmers in Gaza, as it marks the wheat planting season, but so far, Jaber Abu Rejela has had little […]

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What happened to claims of ‘arson terror attacks’? – YNET

The right wing claimed the recent spate of fires that plagued Israel was the result of arson, while the left called these claims incitement. A report by the Fire & Rescue Authority released two months later indicates that even when fires were labeled as arson, the evidence was not always sufficiently established. On the other […]

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Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy – Environment and Development

A new flapping wind turbine from Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, scientists have been limited in their ability to apply new understandings of animal and human motion to machines, according to Tyer Wind. In the wind energy sector, this limitation has resulted in fairly simple and relatively inefficient […]

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IDF’s solar farm to provide half of Ramon Airbase’s electricity – YNET

The huge solar farm is part of an ongoing project to vary the military’s power sources; the army promises to ‘invest tens of millions of shekels in the field.’ Ilana Curiel|Published: 28.01.17 , The IDF is about to inaugurate its largest solar project yet when it begins running a solar farm at the Ramon Airbase, […]

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UAE to invest $163bn in renewable-energy projects – Al Jazeera

Oil-rich Gulf state aims to meet almost half of its power needs from green sources and reduce fossil-fuel use. The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to invest $163bn in projects in a bid to generate almost half the country’s power needs from renewable sources. The UAE is a top oil exporter, but has taken […]

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