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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Do Israeli coffee machines contain lead? – Jerusalem Post

ByJudy Siegel-Itzkovich, Eliyahu Kamisher 18 January 2017 18:01 Gov’t says certain models could be harmful to health, warns pregnant women to avoid them After receiving information that institutional coffee machines – at work, cafes, restaurants and hotels – could be emitting higher-than-permissible levels of lead, the government will soon begin a comprehensive sampling of models […]

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4,000 Israelis die annually due to lack of magnesium – Jerusalem Post

ByJudy Siegel-Itzkovich 21 January 2017 22:17 Bureaucracy delays supplementation to desalinated water • Plan’s cost has been debated for 8 years. An estimated 4,000 Israelis die in an average year due to an inadequate amount of magnesium in their bodies – and the amount they get from natural potable water sources is increasingly declining due […]

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Jordanian-Egyptian firm to supply two local factories with natural gas – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Jan 12,2017 AMMAN — In “a first move of its kind in the Kingdom’s energy sector”, the Jordanian-Egyptian FAJR for Natural Gas Transmission and Supply Company on Thursday signed an agreement with Fine Hygienic Holding to provide two of its factories with natural gas. Under the agreement, which followed the government’s […]

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The West Bank has become Israel’s garbage can – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 01/12/2017 Civil Administration: Environmental improvements on the horizon in the West Bank. While green groups warned on Thursday that the West Bank’s ecosystem is reaching a point of no return, the Civil Administration stressed that improvements are on the horizon for the region. Environmentalists came together on Thursday at Tel Aviv University’s […]

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EU inaugurates Gaza seawater desalination plant and landfill site – WAFA

GAZA, January 19, 2017 (WAFA) – The Director for the Neighborhood South at the European Commission, Michael Köhler Thursday inaugurated the first phase of a new desalination plant in Khan Younis that will provide immediately fresh water to 75,000 Palestinians in Gaza and attended the first digging at Sufa (Al-Fukhari) landfill site. This infrastructure project […]

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Egyptian electricity lines in Gaza back in operation – Maan

Jan. 23, 2017 GAZA (Ma’an) — Egyptian power lines feeding the southern Gaza Strip were operating normally again as of late Sunday evening, after several hours of being out of operation. Gaza’s electricity company said that the Egyptian lines were disconnected for several hours due to damages, but were later repaired, noting that Egyptian lines […]

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Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark – Jordan Times

By AP – Jan 18,2017 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness — the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars. The power shortages are the worst to hit Gaza […]

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Protests erupt in Gaza as electricity crisis deepens – Al Jazeera

In many areas, Palestinians received only three hours of electricity at a time, punctuated by 12-hour blackouts. Ezz Zanoun | 21 Jan 2017 Gaza Strip – Anger is growing among Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip as the narrow coastal enclave’s electricity crisis deepens. An estimated 10,000 Palestinians flooded the streets in Jabaliya refugee camp […]

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Egyptian sources: Islamic State militants blow up transmission towers in Sinai – Maan

Jan. 22, 2017 12:18 P.M. CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that militants connected to the so-called Islamic State under the local affiliate group the Sinai Province blew up two transmission towers in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday evening, while in northern Sinai two Egyptian policemen were reportedly injured during clashes with unidentified […]

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IFC to oversee funding of Jordan’s largest solar power project – Jordan Times

By JT – Jan 18,2017 AMMAN — Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, said on Wednesday it has selected International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to oversee the funding of the largest solar power plant in Jordan. At Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in the UAE, Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al […]

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Phase 3 of world’s largest solar park slated to begin this month – Environment and Development

Work on the world’s largest solar park is set to move forward this month. Phase 3 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will add 800 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to the enormous solar park. The project could be a big win for the environment, expected as it is to […]

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Saudi to launch $30-50 billion renewable energy program soon: minister – Environment and Development

Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by 2023, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday. Falih, speaking at an energy industry event in Abu Dhabi, said Riyadh would in the next few weeks start the first […]

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250 workers in food industry receive training to prevent waste – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi – Jan 18,2017 AMMAN — More than 250 workers in food cultivation, handling and retailing in Jordan have been trained on reducing food loss throughout the supply chain. The training was part of a two-year project implemented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture with the […]

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Hamas forces break up Gaza electricity crisis protest – Al Arabiya / Maan / WAFA

Newspapers Review: Gaza protests against deepening electricity crisis focus of dailies WAFA RAMALLAH, January 14, 2017 (WAFA) – Protests against weeks of deepening electricity crisis which left many of besieged Gaza’s two million population with less than three hours of electricity a day hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Saturday. Al-Ayyam said […]

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Power authority: Turkey offers to send fuel to run Gaza power plant – Maan

Jan. 14, 2017 GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The deputy president of Gaza’s power authority said Saturday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered to ship fuel to the Gaza Strip to run the besieged coastal enclave’s sole power plant, in order to help lighten the crippling electricity crisis that has sparked widespread protests in […]

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Syria: Deal reached to repair Wadi Barada water supply – Al Jazeera / Al Arabiya

Syria: Deal reached to repair Wadi Barada water supply AL JAZEERA Deal reached after damaged water infrastructure in Wadi Barada left 5.5 million in Damascus area enduring shortages. Syrian government workers have entered a formerly rebel-held area near Damascus to begin restoring water to the capital after weeks of shortages, state media reported. The engineers […]

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UN Warns of Oil Spill South of Iraqi City of Mosul – Naharnet

The United Nations has warned of an oil spill south of the Iraqi city of Mosul, near the town of Qayara that was retaken from Islamic State militants some four months ago. The warnings came in a report released this week on environmental damages caused by oil fires intentionally started by retreating IS militants. U.N. […]

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ISIL’s ‘scorched earth policy’ creating environmental and health havoc in Mosul, warns UN

27 October 2016 – Environmental pollution is adding “complexity and danger” to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive in Mosul, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today, warning that fumes from burning stockpiles of sulphur dioxide, and oil wells that have been set ablaze, have led to further suffering for civilians in […]

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Attacks on ISIS Oil fields – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Inside the Economic War against ISIS Joby Warrick January 4, 2017, 9:33 am Washington- ISIS starts the new year with a drastically depleted bank account, counterterrorism officials say, following months of intensified efforts to deprive the jihadists of oil profits and other revenue used to finance military operations and terrorist attacks abroad. Coalition aircraft in […]

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Report: Birds Threatening Flights Safety, Hunted Down – Naharnet

Following the latest warnings that flights in and out of Lebanon’s Beirut airport are at risk because of the large number of birds flying over a nearby garbage dump, reports said Saturday that hunters are shooting down the seagulls which angered environmentalist movements in Lebanon. A Lebanese environmental movement condemned in a statement on Saturday […]

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