Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Israeli high-tech plant now consumes all of Jerusalem’s garbage – Jerusalem Post

By Max Schindler September 10, 2017 A sizeable chunk of the city’s waste comes from disposable diapers used by large religious families. Garbage doesn’t just stink. It also tells us stories. And at Jerusalem’s Atarot’s hi-tech recycling and waste treatment plant, around 10% of the city’s daily trash consists of disposable baby diapers. “It’s the […]

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Local companies announce end of harming substance use in production lines – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 14,2017 AMMAN — Local companies pioneering in the insulation and cooling industries on Thursday celebrated their shift from using gases that harm the ozone layer to more environment-friendly substances, under an ongoing national project to phase out the use of ozone-depleting substances. The companies announced that they have completely transitioned […]

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‘Environmental education to enter national curricula’ – Jordan Times

Topics like climate change, forest protection, energy consumption, waste management will be taught to schoolchildren — Environment Ministry By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 04,2017 Plans are under way to introduce environmental education to school curricula, with the aim of achieving a higher sense of public awareness towards the environment, according to a government official (Photo […]

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US politicians, European technicians stream toward Israeli-run water technology – Jerusalem Post

ByMax Schindler September 12, 2017 20:32 “We are bringing together the heartland of America with the Holy Land, we are bringing both the Mideast and the Midwest together.” US politicians, European technicians stream toward Israeli-run water technology With nearly 90% of wastewater recycled and reused in agriculture, Israel may be the only mostly desert country […]

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Green dream start-up takes Technion to court over ‘devious behavior’ – Jerusalem Post

By AVI HOFFMANN August 20, 2017 “The Technion’s response to the baseless allegations, leveled against it, is detailed in the defense statement submitted by the Technion as part of the court proceedings.” What started out as the dream of a nonagenarian Jewish philanthropist from Chicago to develop, in partnership with the Technion in Haifa, a […]

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Israeli smart device firm leads to eco-boon for hotels – Jerusalem Post

By Max Schindler September 4, 2017 One Israeli smart device firm’s creative technology is set to save a lot of money as well as make significant changes to the green industry in Israel. Israeli smart-device firm Vortex Energy’s pilot program has led to one hotel cutting its CO2 emissions in half and it accruing savings […]

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Agricultural pest threatens Israeli exports to EU – YNET

The false codling moth, known to attack more than 70 fruit and vegetable species, is threatening Israeli exports to Europe; climate conditions in Israel make the pest hard to kill. TPS|Published: 02.09.17 The European Union has warned Israel that some agricultural exports to Europe will be cut at the beginning of 2018 if measures are […]

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Vulture flies into Syria from Israel, returned by rebel fighters – YNET

One of the few remaining vultures in the Golan Heights flies over border before being returned to Israel following intervention from animal activists as expression of gratitude for Israel’s humanitarian efforts on border. Amir Ben-David|Published: 08.09.17 One of the few vultures still remaining in the Golan Heights Gamla Nature Reserve flew over the border to […]

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Egyptian power lines to southern Gaza resume operation – Maan / YNET

Sept. 6, 2017 GAZA (Ma’an) — One of the Egyptian power lines feeding the Gaza Strip resumed operation on Tuesday after being cut off for about two months, Gaza’s electricity company said. Muhammad Thabet, head of public relations at the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company, said that the ‘Gaza 2’ electricity line that powers districts in […]

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Renewable energy production ‘to be increased five-fold by 2020’ – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Sep 06,2017 AMMAN — Jordan currently produces around 500 megawatts of electricity from solar and wind energy projects, and the volume is expected to increase by around five times by 2020, according to Abdel Fattah Daradkeh, director general of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO). Several solar and wind energy projects […]

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Huge Tunisian solar park hopes to provide Saharan power to Europe – Environment and Development

7/9/2017 An enormous solar park in the Sahara could soon be exporting electricity to Europe if Tunisia’s government approves an energy company’s request to build it. The 4.5GW mega-project planned by TuNur would pipe electricity to Malta, Italy and France using submarine cables in the grandest energy export project since the abandoned Desertec initiative. Kevin […]

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Climate Change Forecast for Jordan: 30% Less Rain, Triple the Droughts by 210 – Haaretz

Recovery by Syrian irrigated farming could make Jordan even thirstier, warn the scientists. Ruth Schuster Aug 31, 2017 The crisis in Syria, now in its seventh year, has stressed Jordan’s resources terribly as civilians fled the country in droves, many seeking shelter in the neighboring country. In a bitter irony, once the war ends and […]

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3-hectare desert farm in Jordan can grow 286,600 pounds of veggies each year – Environment and Development

Vegetables are sprouting in the desert at the Sahara Forest Project’s recently inaugurated launch station in Aqaba, Jordan. The project draws on the sun, saltwater, and carbon dioxide to grow food and generate clean energy and freshwater. The new three-hectare launch station will be able to grow around 286,600 pounds of vegetables a year, and […]

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Israel’s water sources at new low – YNET

Decreased rainfall in the north during winter leads to unprecedented negative August water level records, with a decrease in the Kinneret’s and Dead Sea’s water levels. Ahiya Raved|Published: 04.09.17 These last few years of decreased rainfall have led to record lows of water level measurements in August, the Water Authority reported Monday. One such negative […]

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Climate change, refugees worsen Jordan’s water woes — scientists – Jordan Times

By Thomson Reuters Foundation – Sep 07,2017 By Chris Arsenault TORONTO — Hot, dry Jordan faces severe water shortages due to climate change and a refugee influx from neighbouring Syria, Stanford University scientists said in a recently published study. In a scenario where greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, Jordan is expected to […]

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Authorities uncover three cases of alleged water theft during eid – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 05,2017 AMMAN — Authorities uncovered three cases of alleged water theft during Eid Al Adha holiday, under which over 2,000 cubic metres of water were being diverted daily in south Amman, an official said on Tuesday. Authorities discovered the cases after an individual reported the alleged violations to the emergency […]

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Haifa Chemicals to close down two plants, layoff 800 workers – Jerusalem Post

BySharon Udasin August 2, 2017 10:43 Haifa Chemicals is owned by the American holding company Trance Resource Inc, which is controlled by the Trump Group, where Jules Trump serves as chairman of the board. As the final date for emptying Israel’s disputed ammonia storage tank draws near, Haifa Chemicals has notified some 800 employees of […]

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Study Finds Israeli Power Plants’ Efforts Reduce Number of Deaths From Air Pollution – Haaretz

The Environmental Protection Ministry reports that a change to a cleaner type of fuel led to the reduction in mortalities Zafrir Rinat Aug 17, 2017 There has been a decline in the number of people dying in Israel from diseases related to air pollution over the past decade, according to new data released by the […]

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Groundwater in Israel Contaminated by Gas Stations and Storage Tanks – Haaretz

Three-fourths of 236 monitored sites contained varying levels of pollution from gasoline or fuel additives Zafrir Rinat Aug 22, 2017 The groundwater near three-quarters of Israeli gas stations and storage tanks for which data are available is contaminated. That, according to a report released this week by the Water Authority monitoring 236 fuel facilities. Most […]

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Analysis Why Hasn’t Israel’s Windfall-profit Tax Blown in Yet? – Haaretz

The state was supposed to be reaping billions from a special levy on gas and other natural resources, but to date the take has been just 459m shekels Meirav Arlosoroff Aug 30, 2017 Buried deep inside the government’s annual fiscal report is an interesting comment that appears almost as an afterthought: “Until state revenues from […]

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