Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Sea, Sun, and Peace? – Wilson Quarterly

By Naomi Zeveloff An environmental group wants to unite Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians behind the idea that water can bring peace in the Middle East. In the Middle East, water has been a source of conflict since ancient times. In the Book of Chronicles, King Hezekiah of Judah stops the flow of a spring and […]

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Israel’s air pollution among OECD highest: How do we reduce exposure? – YNET

The figures are troubling and undeniable – Israel is ranked very high in the air pollution index, which results in thousands of deaths each year. It is a phenomenon that must be monitored and calls for appropriate action. But how do we do that? Kobi Libermann, in collaboration with Dyson|Published: 08.04.19 The state of air […]

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Lebanese Kick Up Stink over Smell Fix for Garbage Woes – Naharnet

Sitting at a plastic table outside her flatbread sandwich shop in the Lebanese capital, Nadime Yazbeck says she wishes the government would deal with the stench from the local trash dump. “They really need to find a solution to these smells,” said the 66-year-old Beirut resident, in a spotless white t-shirt and hair net. Four […]

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Environment Ministry announces huge foreign-funded project to reduce Egypt’s pollution – Egypt Independent

August 7, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad announced that the Ministry is currently implementing a huge project aimed at reducing Egypt’s pollution, achieving cleaner production through the use of agricultural and municipal waste as an alternate fuel for industrial purposes or through energy efficiency projects. The Ministry plans to focus on the […]

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Environmental Agency files complaint against petroleum company due to Red Sea oil pollution – Egypt Independent

August 7, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm The Environmental Affairs Agency decided to file a complaint against the General Petroleum Company (GPC) in Ras Ghareb of the Red Sea governorate after the company’s work caused oil pollution to spread over a distance of 150 meters in the Dai al-Qamr area amid warnings of the spots extending to […]

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Jellyfish finally leave Israel’s beaches, but there was something unusual about this summer’s swarm – Haaretz

Stinging cells they emit in the water make jellyfish showing up on the Mediterranean shores a threat to swimmers, in addition to clogging infrastructure outlets Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 3, 2019 The swarm of jellyfish that arrived to Israel’s beaches last month has finally moved on. What was special about this summer’s swarm was an […]

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Egypt devises plan to rationalize water consumption – Egypt Independent

August 4, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm Egyptian Minister of Housing Assem al-Gazzar announced on Sunday that his ministry has set up a plan to rationalize water consumption and maximize the use of available water resources, as part of government efforts to preserve Egypt’s drinking water. The minister explained that the plan includes the provision of alternative […]

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Egypt to establish its first-ever vertical forest project in New Administrative Capital – Egypt Independent

August 4, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm Misr Italia Properties signed a cooperation agreement with the Stefano Boeri Architetti Company on Saturday to establish the Vertical Forest Project in 2020 on 10,000 acres, as part of the IL Bosco project in the New Administrative Capital. The company’s Deputy Chairman Mohammed Khaled al-Assal said in a press conference […]

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Tel Aviv’s iconic river faces murky future despite rehabilitation attempts – Haaretz

Up until about five years ago there was steady improvement in the quality of the Yarkon River water, but since then the situation has become problematic Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 30, 2019 The rehabilitation of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv has suffered badly in recent years due to a series of mishaps in the […]

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Oil spill across 150 meters of Ras Ghareb amid oil pollution warnings – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm Oil stains covered a distance of 150 meters in the Dai al-Qamr area of Ras Ghareb in the Red Sea governorate on Tuesday amid warnings of the spots extending to other areas and impacting beaches and maritime life on the Red Sea. The Operations Room in the Ministry of Environment decided to form […]

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VeryNile announces competition to stop plastic usage – Egypt Independent

Mira Maged July 30, 2019 Following various efforts put into place to transform Egypt into an environmentally friendly country, VeryNile in collaboration with UN Environment has launched a competition encouraging users to put forward alternatives to single-use plastics. Applicants are only required to submit two preliminary ideas or project plans through which society can stop […]

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Jreissati: Sorting Waste at Source Compulsory to Resolve Crisis – Naharnet

Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati on Wednesday stressed the need to sort garbage at source in order to resolve the waste management crisis, as he blamed the state for a looming crisis as the Jdeideh landfill is nearing full capacity. “Without sorting waste at source there can be no solution for the crisis,” said Jreissati during […]

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Do Israel’s congested roads increase cancer risks? – Jerusalem Post

By SONIA EPSTEIN 08/01/2019 Those with high exposure to nitrogen oxide concentrations (above 25 parts per billion) had a significant increase — up to 1.56 times — in their risk of prostate, breast and lung cancer. High exposure to air pollution from transportation vehicles is correlated with a 50% increase in prostate, breast and lung […]

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Israeli transportation minister proposes roads through Jerusalem Forest to ease traffic – Haaretz

Environmental authorities seek to halt plan, arguing that it would seriously harm the landscape, including ancient agricultural sites Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 1, 2019 Plans now under discussion to ease Jerusalem’s traffic jams would cause significant harm to the Jerusalem Forest, one of the city’s most important “green lungs.” Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich recently ordered […]

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Egypt considers transforming Sharm el-Sheikh into green, eco-friendly city – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad met on Tuesday the Governor of South Sinai Khaled Foda to discuss the ministry’s plan to develop South Sinai’s nature reserves, especially the Blue Hole and Ras Abu Galoum protectorates. Fouad said that the ministry supports the governorate’s initiative to transform Sharm el-Sheikh into a sustainable, green, […]

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Gaza’s sea water desalination plant project completed, says official – WAFA

GAZA, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (WAFA) – The head of the Water Authority, Mazen Ghoneim, announced today the completion of the sea water desalination plant project in Gaza City. Ghoneim said in a press release that the experimental operation of the station, which has a capacity of producing 10,000 cubic meters per day, will serve […]

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Woman bets on Moringa tree to become Jordan’s next ‘superfood’ – Jordan Times

By Johanna Montanari – Jul 24,2019 AMMAN — Entrepreneur Arwa Salem Almaqableh said she hopes a regional tree will help her grow her business in Jordan, and eventually “reach the world”. Her business “Jordanian Moringa” recently took part in the Bint Bladi Expo, a four-day exhibition held in Amman to support entrepreneurial Jordanian women. Women […]

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Israeli scientist figures out how to stop cows from killing the planet – Jerusalem Post

By REBECCA ARATEN 07/11/2019 Studies have shown that dairy cows contribute large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, caused by the organisms living in their microbiomes. Genetically modifying cows may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and feed world populations, a study led by Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and of the National […]

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Grand Serail Meeting Tackles Waste Dumping at Costa Brava – Naharnet

Prime Minister Saad Hariri chaired a meeting at the Grand Serail on Wednesday with several ministers and heads of municipalities where discussions focused on the options available as concerns emerge over a new garbage crisis after the closure of Costa Brava landfill. “The meeting was good and productive. Closure of the Costa Brava landfill is […]

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Lawmakers Mobilize to Address Waste Crisis in the North – Naharnet

A meeting was held at the Environment Ministry to address the problematic waste crisis that emerged in some northern districts following the closure of a local dump in Dinnieh earlier this year, LBCI TV station said on Wednesday. MPs from the northern regions of Zgharta, Dinnieh and the Governor of the North, and the local […]

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