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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Dubai’s crazy rotating wind-powered skyscraper is actually being built – Environment and Development

The modern world is full of unique, eye-catching buildings – but an upcoming Dubai skyscraper is about to put a new spin on the field of architecture. We’ve reported before on architect David Fisher‘s crazy rotating Dynamic Tower – and now it looks like the 1,375-foot-tall high-rise is finally becoming a reality. Solar panels will […]

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First look: Dubai’s ‘smartflower’ blooms to harvest power from the sun – Environment and Development

A flower-shaped solar power generator that re-orients itself to catch the sun’s rays through the day was unveiled in front of Dubai Municipality headquarters on Wednesday. The solar power generating ‘flower’, a first of its kind initiative in the region. Developed by an Austrian firm, it is considered to be a ground-breaking and innovative solar […]

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Al-Naimi: From Oil to Sun – Environment and Development

For 2 decades, the oil market hung to every word Ali al-Naimi said. The veteran Saudi oil minister between 1995-2016 is considered a true oil leader, having started his career with Saudi Aramco before leading Saudi Arabia’s oil policies as minister. At a ceremony to launch his book “Out of the Desert: My Journey From […]

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Israel bolsters navy to protect offshore oil and gas zone – YNET

With Israel reviewing and accepting bids on 24 new exploration blocks in offshore oil and gas deposits, the Ministry of Defense is investing in new warships and defense systems to defend rigs. Reuters|Published: 19.01.17 , 17:55 Israel is boosting spending on its navy to better protect offshore oil and gas deposits and secure a large […]

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Climate change, natural resources and conflicts in Arab countries – AFED

The Netherlands, 9/2/2017 Najib Saab, secretary-general of Arab Forum for Environment & Development, presented this keynote speech at the Future Force Conference, hosted in The Hague on 9-10 February by the Dutch Minister of Defense and the Chief of the Armed Forces of the Netherlands. Was the chaos in the Arab region instigated by the […]

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Cooperation centred on water, environment imperative for regional stability — experts – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 25,2017 AMMAN — Frontline states with Syria should find ways to engage in practical cooperation on essential issues, including water, refugees and social justice to pave the way for a new humanitarian order in the Middle East, experts and policy makers have suggested. As the current war in Syria prevents […]

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Oil Rich Middle East Countries labelled “most toxic” local environments – EcoExperts

Data for this research was obtained from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization. Each country’s performance was ranked on five factors: Energy consumption, per capita Carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion, per capita Air pollution Deaths attributable to air pollution, per 100,00 capita Renewable energy production The ranks for each country were then […]

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Oil exporter Saudi Arabia starts hunt for solar, wind firms – Al Arabiya

AFP, Riyadh Monday, 20 February 2017 The world’s biggest oil exporter on Monday took the first step towards a goal of generating 9.5 GW of energy through solar and other renewable means. It invited local and international firms to try to qualify for bidding on two projects. One is for 300 MW of solar energy […]

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Eilat / Eilot Reneable enegry Newsletter, January 2017

Summary of the Eilat-Eilot 7th International Conference for Renewable and Clean Energy The 7th Conference ended just over a month ago. The Conference’s greatest success was, first and foremost, the fact that it was attended by 500 guests from Israel and abroad, who came despite the difficult years experienced by the industry. Their attendance demonstrated […]

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Assessment identifies steps to mitigate wind farms’ risks to wildlife – Jordan Times

By Dana Al Emam – Feb 23,2017 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on Thursday released a study on reducing risks posed by wind farms to wildlife in Jordan. The study, described as the first of its kind in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, seeks to […]

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Electricity company contributes to solar projects at mosques – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) has contributed to financing a solar cell installation project for electricity generation at several mosques across the Kingdom in collaboration with the Awqaf Ministry, as well as the committees of the chosen mosques, the company said in a statement released on Sunday. The step “corresponds” with CEGCO’s “belief […]

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Israel is first in wastewater reuse, but Palestinians are last – Jerualem Post

By CLIVE LIPCHIN February 19, 2017 [editor’s note: the headline the Post put on this article does note reflect the autho’s tone.] Water and wastewater management cannot and need not wait for a political settlement, and the public, must demand from our governments to act now. At international water conferences, Israeli participants always make a […]

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Authorities thwart attempt to smuggle live songbirds into Gaza – Jerusalem Post

By Sharon Udasin February 15, 2017 Goldfinches are considered a rare and highly sought-after animal in the Arab sector. Defense officials thwarted an attempt on Wednesday morning to smuggle thousands of shekels worth of live songbirds from Gaza to Israel. Inspectors at the Erez crossing to the northern Gaza Strip confiscated some 30 goldfinches from […]

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Israeli firm to build second sewage treatment plant in Ethiopia – Jerusalem Post

BySharon Udasin February 13, 2017 The Caesarea-based firm is teaming up with partner TodayTomorrow Ventures Inc. in a $400,000 deal to construct a wastewater treatment facility at the EPRI 1 condominium complex in Addis Ababa. Aiming to provide a more efficient and reliable alternative to the aging septic systems of Addis Ababa, Israeli company Emefcy […]

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Now companies can buy documented green power in the Gulf – Environment and Development

17/2/2017 For the first time, companies operating in the Gulf can purchase documented renewable energy. ECOHZ now offers green power documented by the International REC Standard. By buying I-RECs companies can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve their sustainability rating. “Corporations all over the world are increasingly demanding renewable energy for their global operations. […]

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Honey of an idea – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL February 1, 2017 Students develop autonomous pollination device Students from Modi’in’s ORT Ironi Daled High School may have found a way to circumvent the threat to agricultural production posed by declining bee populations worldwide. As part of a project for science engineering class, students developed an autonomous pollination device . The mini […]

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RTA (Dubai) buys 200 electric cars from Tesla – Environment and Development

15/2/2017 The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has signed an agreement with Tesla to buy 200 electric-powered cars. The vehicles will be Model S sedans and Model X SUVs to be added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s fleet of limousines. The cars are equipped with a “semi-autonomous” autopilot option, reducing the driver’s work and improving safety. […]

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new publications “Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future” – Ecopeace

EcoPeace Middle East would like to share with you several new publications that were recently distributed during our Regional Annual Water Conference. The conference, entitled “Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future” brought together 300 high level national decision makers from Jordan, Israel and Palestine, residents and mayors from cross-border communities, international stakeholders […]

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Environmental Peacemaking, February 2017 – Ecopeace,

Israel and the Palestinian Authority Re-establish Joint Water Committee As many of our supporters may know, we have spent the past few years, via our Water Cannot Wait campaign, highlighting the lose–lose implications of prevailing water arrangements between Israelis and Palestinians. Though all the details have yet to be made public, the Joint Water Committee […]

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‘Water scarcity, urban expansion among challenges to Kingdom’s food security’ – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi – Feb 06,2017 AMMAN — Jordan imports food products worth $3.8 billion annually, in addition to wheat products not included in this amount, a senior official said on Monday. Hayel Obeidat, director of the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), said that despite large imports of food products, the administration is focused […]

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