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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Jreissati Launches Campaign to Reduce Plastic Bags – Naharnet

Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati on Tuesday launched a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags to end plastic waste as Lebanon grapples with a trash management crisis. Jreissati said that plastic bags will not be given for free at supermarkets and grocery stores, but will be sold for LBP 100 per bag in a […]

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EBRD allocates 8.4m euros to revamp ‘Pepsi Pool’ – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Oct 02,2019 AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has allocated around 8.4 million euros to develop and improve the cesspit known as the “Pepsi Pool” in Rusaifa, under the supervision of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), with the aim of remedying environmental contamination, according to Rusaifa Mayor […]

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Authorities dismantle illegal pipeline diverting water in Muwaqar – Jordan Times

By JT – Oct 02,2019 AMMAN — Authorities uncovered an alleged major violation against the main water carrier in Muwaqar, from which over 100 cubic metres of freshwater were siphoned off per hour, the Water Ministry said on Tuesday. A two-inch pipeline was installed within the main carrier, which supplies the area with water, diverting […]

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Mayor checks on progress of BRT project – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas AMMAN — Amman Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh on Sunday reviewed the progress of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, according to the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM). Shawarbeh reportedly instructed the removal of all hindrances to the construction of sidewalks on either side of the Sports City intersection and the area […]

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Endangered turtles bred in captivity in Israel to help save species – YNET

Israeli Sea Turtle Rescue Center is running a unique conservation program that provides safe nesting areas and hatcheries, with some 200 baby turtles expected to hatch by the end of breeding season Reuters|Published: 09.28.19 MIKHMORET – On a Mediterranean beach in central Israel, a newly-hatched baby turtle fumbles along the sand, making its way to […]

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Water security expert: Middle East water shortages require regional action – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 09/23/2019 According to hydrologist Prof. Jay Famiglietti, the regional scale of the world’s water scarcity hot-spots requires regional solutions The already hot and arid Middle East is getting dryer, with satellite imagery showing that the region is losing water earlier and faster than previously forecast. The decline is a result of an […]

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Plastic menace chokes Aqaba marine life — report – Jordan Times

By Maram Kayed – Sep 24,2019 AMMAN — Around 60 per cent of waste dumped in Aqaba’s ports and beaches is plastic, according to a report from the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS). In its latest cleaning campaign that targets Aqaba’s portion of the Red Sea — mainly the Aqaba port and a […]

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Israel’s Negev is becoming dumping grounds for household trash – Haaretz

Local regional council expresses concern over enormous environmental damage resulting from waste dumped in open areas from Be’er Sheva, Nazareth and Ashdod Zafrir Rinat | Sep. 22, 2019 Employees of the Bnei Shimon Regional Council in the northern Negev have recently had to develop skills similar to those of policemen from the criminal identification unit. […]

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Offshore gas exploration will harm unique environment, activists say – Haaretz

Group says oil and gas explorations could damage one of Israel’s most ecologically important and unique coastal regions Zafrir Rinat | Sep. 26, 2019 An environmental group is demanding that the state prevent oil and gas explorations which it says could damage one of Israel’s most ecologically important and unique coastal regions. About a year […]

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Starving monkeys and abused lions: Gaza zoo reopens just months after closure – YNET

Owners of the Rafah Zoo, closed for severe animal neglect following an international campaign, say they’ve reopened solely for the enjoyment of locals; critics, meanwhile, say it’s an attempt to bully animal welfare organizations into large donations AFP|Published: 09.22.19 Cubs separated from their parents for the amusement of the local children, abused lionesses, animals in […]

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OECD: Taxes on polluting fuels too low to combat climate change – Haaretz

While Israel imposes the highest taxes on fuels for transportation, according to the organization’s report, there is currently no direct environmental-related carbon tax Zafrir Rinat | Sep. 23, 2019 Taxes on fuels that emit greenhouse gases when burned are too low to encourage changing to more environmentally-friendly alternatives to help combat climate change, the Organization […]

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26,000 households get solar heaters — Energy Ministry – Jordan Times

By JT – Sep 24,2019 AMMAN — A total of 26,000 households were provided with solar heaters through the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF), the Energy Ministry announced on Monday. Households benefitting from Royal makruma (benefaction) received the heaters at a 100 per cent subsidy rate, while other beneficiaries received a 50-per […]

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Eilat’s spectacular coral reef is surprisingly on the mend. Here are its best beaches – Haaretz

Eilat could be a tourism gem if it capitalized on its coral reef. Meanwhile, these are the best beaches to explore it with a snorkel Moshe Gilad | Sep. 21, 2019 Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, has a treasure: it’s known as the world’s most northerly coral reef – and the only one in Israel. There […]

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‘Save our future’: Striking students demand global climate action – Jerusalem Post

By REUTERS 09/20/2019 The demonstrations in Israel took place in Tel Aviv, Beer Sheba, Jerusalem, Haifa and Sakhnin. The global climate strike kicked off in the Pacific islands – some of the nations most threatened by rising sea levels – and followed the rising sun through Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia and into Europe, Africa and […]

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Clean-up initiative to mobilise youth, instil volunteerism – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Sep 25,2019 AMMAN — The Himmeh w Lammeh public initiative will be launched on Saturday in an attempt to foster a culture of volunteerism and promote the cause for a cleaner Jordan. “This is the start of creating an impact and reminding the Jordanian people of the importance of a clean […]

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EU supports hundreds of Palestinian children in joining World Clean-up Day – WAFA

JERUSALEM, Thursday, September 19, 2019 (WAFA) – The European Union joined today over 300 Palestinian students in cleaning the streets of East Jerusalem in conjunction with the International Clean-up Campaign: Let’s Do it! Ten schools from various neighborhoods in East Jerusalem participated in the initiative and joined the world in this international movement. The students […]

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A plastic-free world for this Rosh Hashanah – Jerusalem Post

By YVETTE NAHMIA-MESSINAS 09/19/2019 Let’s turn the page and commit to becoming more conscious of our ways and habits. I stepped into the shower again this morning feeling the bliss toward the water that was to pour over my head and body. Somehow, showering is a door to connecting with one’s self, one’s body and […]

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Israel’s SodaStream to Strike in Solidarity With Global Climate Strike – Ctech

by Nurit Kadosh and Adi Pick / CTech The developer of at-home carbonated beverage makers is known for its somewhat controversial ad campaigns condemning the use of throw-away plastics – Israeli-founded PepsiCo-owned at-home water carbonation company SodaStream International announced it will go on strike on September 20 as part of the Global Climate Strike. The […]

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Time for Israel to go green – YNET

The elections and the establishment of the next government are an excellent opportunity to promote an initiative that the entire political spectrum agrees on: ‘Israel 2048 – A Shared Future’ vision to make the Negev and Galilee Israel’s new centers; party representatives have already signed a pact and pledged to promote it after being elected; […]

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Civil society organisations, activists warm up for Global Climate Strike – Jordan Times

By Johanna Montanari – Sep 17,2019 AMMAN — On the occasion of the upcoming Global Climate Strike week between September 20 and September 27, Jordanian civil society organisations and activists launched a social media campaign and will organise a series of events in Amman. A global mass day of action will take place on Friday, […]

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