Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Climate change: An existential threat to Israel, the US and the world – Jerusalem Post

ByRICHARD H. SCHWARTZ May 2, 2017 21:23 Averting a potential climate catastrophe should be a central focus of civilization today, in order to leave a livable world for future generations. I generally find articles by Jerusalem Post op-ed editor Seth Frantzman to be well-reasoned, insightful and informative. So I was disappointed and saddened to read […]

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Terra Incognita: Plan for, don’t gripe about, climate change – Jerusalem Post

BySeth J. Frantzman April 24, 2017 21:28 You can’t keep back the ocean. Instead of whining and griping about storm surges, why not plan for ocean levels rising several inches? There are over 5,000 km. of ice roads in Canada, according to a recent report in The New York Times. And all is not well […]

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Israel officially in drought year – YNET

For the fourth year in a row, Israel’s northern region is suffering from drought, and the state of the Kinneret, which was once the main source of drinkable water in the country, is only getting drier; Water Authority mulls plan to pump desalinated water in an effort to save the lake. Amir Ben-David|Published: 04.05.17 , […]

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Israeli Firm Looking to Help Solve $40-billion Plastics Problem – Haaretz

InfiMer Technologies is leading Israeli efforts to increase ability to recycle plastics and reduce waste that pollutes the planet Zafrir Rinat Apr 21, 2017 12:31 AM To paraphrase “The Graduate,” the Israeli company InfiMer Technologies is aiming to prove there’s a great future in recycled plastics. Plastics pollutes almost the entire planet, including the oceans, […]

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Israeli Experts Fear Invasion of Yellow Crazy Ant That Wreaks Havoc on Crops – Haaretz

Environmentalists cite the East Asian insect as one of eight invasive species Israel must defend itself against Zafrir Rinat May 03, 2017 2:20 AM A small ant from East Asia, dubbed “nature’s bully,” is keeping Israeli environmental groups awake at night. The ant, whose official name is the yellow crazy ant, has in recent years […]

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Bedouin community gets its Japanese funded solar panel system – WAFA

BETHLEHEM, May 4, 2017 (WAFA) – Ceremonies were held on Thursday marking the completion of the installation of a solar panel system in al-Rawaein Bedouin community in the Bethlehem government funded by the government of Japan, according to a press release. Japan’s Representative to Palestine, Takeshi Okubo, visited al-Rawaein to celebrate the completion of the […]

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Second phase of Ruseifa water networks’ renovation project launched – Jordan Times

By JT – May 05,2017 – AMMAN — Water Minister Hazem Nasser on Thursday inaugurated the second phase of a project to renovate water networks in Ruseifa, 12km east of Amman, in Zarqa Governorate. Conducted in cooperation with the Chinese government, the project aims to instal carriers to enhance water provision to Ruseifa at a […]

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Bike-Sharing Launched in Congested Beirut – Naharnet

Lebanon launched a bike-sharing program in its capital Beirut on Sunday, hoping to cut down on the congested city’s notorious traffic and pollution. The scheme aims to eventually allow users to rent and return bicycles at 25 automated stations distributed across the city. For now, a single station is operating in central Beirut, with limited […]

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Israeli-American Group Invents Breakthrough Way to Really Clean Viruses From Wastewater – Haaretz/ Jerusalem Post

HAARETZ Special hydrogel could bring the answer to thirsty cities in a warming world Ruth Schuster Apr 20, 2017 Reusing wastewater is key to survival in a warming, urbanized world. Now a group of Israeli and American scientists have put together their knowledge of chemistry and microbiology to invent a membrane ultra-filtration technique that weeds […]

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Six arrested for illegal well drilling in Irbid – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 18,2017 AMMAN — Authorities have arrested six people for drilling an illegal well at night in Ramtha, in Irbid Governorate, a government official said on Tuesday. Following reports on “suspicious activities” on Monday night in downtown Ramtha, 90km north of Amman, a team from the Water Authority of Jordan, the […]

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Five water pumping stations to operate on solar power — Water Ministry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 21,2017 AMMAN — Five of the Kingdom’s main water pumping stations will operate on solar power by next year to reduce the water sector’s energy consumption, officials announced on Thursday. Solar power plants will be built at the site of five major pumping stations, officials said, indicating that installation of […]

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‘GAM plans to transform challenges into investment opportunities – Jordan Times

Every service needed in Amman is a ‘window of investment opportunity’ — Shawarbeh By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 19,2017 AMMAN — The absence of a proper public transport system and sound management of waste are two of the major problems Greater Amman Municipality’s (GAM) can turn into investment opportunities for the private sector, a senior […]

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Towards a green Jordan (editorial) – Jordan Times

Apr 23,2017 Ali Kassay A good book that I read some time ago was “Collapse”, by Jarred Diamond, whose main argument was that communities which overexploit their environment tend to collapse as their territory becomes uninhabitable. Diamond did not focus on Jordan, but he mentioned that the Petra region was verdant when the Nabataeans first […]

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Environmental destruction poses ‘threats to survival of humankind’ — Sharia scholars – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 23,2017 AMMAN — Global warming, climate change, desertification, pollution and the exploitation of natural resources all constitute growing threats to the survival of humankind, Sharia (Islamic law) scholars said on Sunday. Speaking during a two-day conference on Islamic Sharia perspective on water and the environment, the scholars expressed their religious […]

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Haifa to Get ‘Green Lung’ With Approval for Kishon Stream Park – Haaretz

Park, to be about 600 dunams (148 acres), will preserve the last open spaces in the area Zafrir Rinat Apr 26, 2017 The establishment of a park on the banks of the Kishon Stream near Haifa was approved Tuesday by planning authorities. The park, to be about 600 dunams (148 acres), will preserve the last […]

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150km of bike lanes to connect central cities – YNET

As part of a plan by the government and local authorities, 150km of interurban bicycle lanes will be built at an investment of NIS 620 million and are expected to be completed by 2019. Asaf Zagrizak|Published: 17.04.17 Two large scale projects to be undertaken by the government and local authorities are expected to add hundreds […]

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Egyptian power line feeding southern Gaza back in operation – Maan

April 22, 2017 On Thursday, it was announced that a power line feeding Gaza from Egypt had been damaged, a few days following an announcement that another Egyptian power line had been disconnected. Head of the public relations department of Gaza’s power company in Rafah Abdullah al-Najili said that the Egyptian power line was fixed […]

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Palestinian family makes use of unique power house – Jordan Times

DAHRIYA, Palestinian Territories — Power comes in many forms, but Kamal Al Jebrini’s family looked to where others may fear to tread for a new source of it: cow dung. The family has begun recycling waste from its cows to produce electricity for one of the largest Palestinian dairy plants and even to provide power […]

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Israel to open Kerem Shalom crossing on Friday to allow fuel into Gaza -Maan

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities announced on Thursday that the Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing between Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip would be opened for Friday in order to allow fuel to enter the small Palestinian territory. Gaza’s borders committee reported that Israeli authorities had said that the crossing would be opened to […]

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Gaza’s power authority cuts off electricity to all districts amid deepening crisis – Maan

GAZA (Ma’an) — Gaza’s power authority on Friday temporarily cut off electricity to all districts of the besieged Gaza Strip in protest of “unfair measures” imposed on the coastal enclave, as Hamas and the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority (PA) have continued to blame each other for a deepening crisis in the small Palestinian territory. The authority […]

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