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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Widely-used herbicide in Israel linked to Parkinson’s stirs debate – Haaretz

The Ministry of Agriculture opposes a ban on the pesticide, paraquat, because they consider it crucial to farming Zafrir Rinat | Apr. 30, 2018 | 1:58 AM A pesticide, suspected of increasing the risk of Parkinson’s disease, is widely used in Israel despite the fact that the health and environmental protection ministries have recommended halting […]

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Experts call for independent study into environmental impact of copper mining in Dana – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – May 14,2018 AMMAN — Conducting comprehensive and independent studies to determine the economic feasibility and the environmental and ecological impact on mining copper in Dana area is key to making a decision on whether to go ahead with the projects, experts said on Monday. They stressed that any copper mining activities […]

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EU, EBRD to improve wastewater services for over 105,000 people – Jordan Times

53 million euros financing package to connect 15 towns to sewage networks leading to Wadi Al Arab wastewater treatment plant By JT – May 10,2018 AMMAN — The EU through its Regional Trust Fund “Madad” on Thursday signed a grant agreement to provide 20 million euros to co-finance a 25 million euros European Bank for […]

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EBRD, UK to provide JD22m to cut Amman’s solid waste – Jordan Times

By JT – May 09,2018 AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Kingdom are providing a financing package equivalent to JD22 million to the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) to help improve solid waste operations in the capital and at Al Ghabawi, Amman’s only sanitary landfill facility, which also serves […]

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Amman joins EBRD’s Green Cities programme – Jordan Times

By JT – May 09,2018 DEAD SEA — Jordan has become the first country in the SEMED region to join the EBRD’s Green Cities Framework, planning and investing in its future green development. Amman’s Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh and EBRD director for municipal and environmental infrastructure, Susan Goeransson, on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to […]

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Egypt gears up efforts to expand ‘Enough Plastic Bags’ national initiative – Egypt Independent

Hend El-Behary May 10, 2018 The Ministry of Environment (MOE) distributed at least 4500 environmentally-friendly bags to replace the traditional plastic ones as a part of its ‘enough Plastic Bags’ national Initiative that aims to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags, according to a press statement. The initiative has been officially announced on June […]

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Can climate change bring Israel and Jordan closer together? – Jerusalem Post

By DAVID HARARY AND BRIAN MALCZYK 05/16/2018 If Israel and Jordan do decide to further their trading relationship, the two countries will have much to benefit. The economic effects of climate change are geographically uneven and variant across the globe. The Middle East’s political landscape is similarly in constant turbulence. Fortunately, the region’s climate is […]

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Additional water to supply ‘struggling’ northern governorates – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 17,2018 AMMAN — The northern governorates, where water demand increased by 40 per cent over the past seven years, are set to receive additional water to ease an expected surge in demand during the holy month of Ramadan and the hot season, government officials said on Thursday. New water resources […]

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Weizmann Institute research: Large semi-arid forests could cool the planet – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 01/31/2018 Planting the “right kinds” of forests extensively in areas that have mostly been neglected in forestation efforts − semi-arid regions in Africa and Australia − could have a measurably positive influence on the climate and help offset a significant portion of human-induced global warming. This was discovered recently by Weizmann Institute […]

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Innovation, better water management needed to address climate change impact – Jordan Times

by Mohammad Ghazal – May 09,2018 Jordan, which counts around 9.5 million people, has enough water for two million persons (File photo) DEAD SEA — With temperatures are expected to increase in Jordan by 2050 as a result of climate change and growing demand on scarce water resources, innovative solutions and better water management are […]

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Bad trend: Home water use up 10% in last two years – Haaretz

Reversal undermines Water Authority’s reduction of home water consumption in face of country’s long dry spell Zafrir Rinat | May 1, 2018 | 2:46 AM A decade after the Water Authority managed to bring about a significant drop in household water usage in Israel, its achievement has eroded and during the past two years household […]

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JOHUD’s ‘Water Wise Women’ wins best water conservation project – Jordan Times

By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto – May 09,2018 AMMAN — The Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) on Monday was awarded the first place at the Best Water Conservation Project category in the Arab Youth Forum in Kuwait for its “Water Wise Women” initiative, aimed at raising community awareness on water security. With youth […]

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The Alternative Investment – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 3/5/2018 According to a report recently released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Bloomberg, the sun has become the most attractive source for new investments in global energy production. Investments in solar energy reached $161 billion last year, producing 98 gigawatts of electricity. This goes far […]

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Egypt signs MOU with China’s GCL for $2 billion solar panel factory – Environment and Development

China’s GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Egypt’s ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2 billion, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Under the MOU, which was signed on Wednesday, the facility will manufacture panels capable of producing 5 gigawatts (GW) […]

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Giving gas for bilateral relations in the Middle East – Jerualem Post

By AMIR FOSTER 05/06/2018 Within a short space of time, natural gas reserves on a scale of over 1,000 BCM were found in Israel’s economic waters alone. The historic gas export agreement reported in February by the Tamar and Leviathan gas partnerships for exporting 64 BCM natural gas to Egypt is in the clear geopolitical […]

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Mulki inaugurates Qweirah solar energy station – Jordan Times

Biggest photovoltaic energy station in country will have capacity to serve 51,000 residential units By JT – Apr 26,2018 Prime Minister Hani Mulki and Director of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Adel Hosani visit the Qweirah solar energy station on Thursday (Petra photo) AMMAN — Prime Minister Hani Mulki on Thursday inaugurated the Qweirah […]

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13 per cent decrease in electricity theft cases since January – Jordan Times

Drop attributed to strict measures against violators, enhanced inspection campaigns — EMRC By JT – May 05,2018 AMMAN — Electricity theft cases in the first four months of 2018 declined by 13 per cent, compared with the same period of 2017, thanks to strict measures against violators, Farouq Hiyari, chief commissioner of the Energy and […]

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War on electricity, water theft nowhere over, editorial – Jordan Times

May 10,2018 Chief Commissioner of the Energy and Minerals Regularity Commission (EMRC) Farouq Hiyari told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, recently that the war against electricity theft is being won, as the first four months of 2018 witnessed a decline in electricity theft cases by 13 per cent compared with the same period last year. […]

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Rising energy prices, editorial – Jordan Times

May 08,2018 The National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) said on Friday that imported natural gas, through Aqaba Port, accounts for generating 93 per cent of the county’s energy needs and the rest is being produced by renewable energy, namely solar and wind. NEPCO signed in 2014 an agreement with Shell International, under which the compnay […]

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Construction contractors boycott gas deal project – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Apr 24,2018 AMMAN — The Jordanian Construction Contractors Association (JCCA) will not compete for any tenders floated by the government to build a gas pipeline to bring gas from Israel into the Kingdom, Ahmad Yacoub, the syndicate’s president, said on Tuesday. The association, which groups some 3,000 construction contractors firms, sent […]

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