Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

AI to help Abu Dhabi residents reduce water, power waste – Environment and Development

15/10/2018 Abu Dhabi residents will soon be able to tell where exactly water and electricity are wasted in their house, which will prompt them to minimise resource consumption and save money, a senior official said. “If you know who in which room consumes more electricity, who is wasting water and how domestic waste is generated, […]

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S. Arabia Backs Down from Blocking UN Climate Report – Naharnet

Oil giant Saudi Arabia backed down at the last minute Saturday from obstructing the adoption of a major report by the UN’s climate science panel, sources told AFP. With the threat removed, the meeting of the 195-nation panel in Incheon, South Korea — deep into overtime — swiftly approved the report on how to cap […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter October 2018

EcoPeace at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum An EcoPeace delegation comprising; Dalit Wolf Golan, Mahmoud Driaat and Baker Barakat participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, MN, hosted by Augsburg University. The representatives from our three offices presented a panel on Water Diplomacy in the Middle East, moderated by Professor Nicholas Hayes, and […]

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incendiary balloon fires – YNET / MAAN

Suspected incendiary balloon causes large fire in Ein HaBesor YNET 10.06.18 Residents report seeing balloons coming out of Gaza minutes before massive fire breaks out in moshav in the Eshkol Regional Council; firefighters, security personnel and farmers work to keep flames away from greenhouses. Matan Tzuri One of the largest fires over the past six […]

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Israeli settlers flood Khan al-Ahmar with wastewater – Maan

Oct. 2, 2018 ERUSALEM (Ma’an) — As Israel threatened to raid and demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar at any moment since the evacuation period ended, Israeli settlers stormed the village and flooded the area with wastewater, on Tuesday afternoon. Locals said that Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim […]

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Water scarcity discourse at heart of internal and regional politics — scholar – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – Oct 01,2018 AMMAN — While water scarcity in Jordan has been widely researched, mainly from an engineering perspective, less is known from the water politics angle, a Jordanian scholar said. During a lecture titled “Water scarcity discourses and hydro-politics in the case of Jordan”, held at the CBRL British Institute in […]

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Dead trees and dry springs: Impact of drought felt in Israel

Climate change and increased water use is harming Israeli flora and fauna – and making it impossible for nature to survive without some help from humans Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 2, 2018 The Banias Stream in the Golan Heights, whose cold waters have refreshed generations of hikers, is finding it difficult to do just that […]

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Israel significantly lowers its polluting emissions since 2012 – Haaretz

Emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur per capita are down as much as 60 percent as power plants shift to natural gas, though EU countries are still doing better Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 3, 2018 | 12:55 AM Over the past six years Israel has seen a considerable drop in polluting emissions from industry and […]

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Israeli minister permits culling rock hyraxes to prevent leishmania spreading – Haaretz

Israel’s environmental protection minister Zeev Elkin has issued a permit that allows shooting and trapping the animals up to 500 meters from homes Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 5, 2018 | 8:35 PM Environmental Protection Minister and Jerusalem mayoral candidate Zeev Elkin on Wednesday moved to allow selected killing of rock hyraxes to curb the spread […]

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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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