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RSS, UN agency sign environmental technical cooperation agreement – Jordan Times

MMAN — The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has signed an agreement to implement the second phase of “transfer of environmentally sound technology” project. According to an RSS statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Tuesday, the EU-funded project aims at improving the Kingdom’s industrial sector […]

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Military equipment scuttled in Aqaba for museum – Jordan Times

Jul 24,2019 AMMAN — An underwater museum, comprising 19 military relics, has officially launched in Aqaba. Aqaba’s Underwater Military Museum Dive Site has opened for divers and snorkellers to explore military machines stationed along coral reefs imitating a tactical formation, according to an Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) statement. After 30 days of scanning, […]

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Industry Ministry to Shut Down Factories Polluting Litani – Naharnet

Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour declared in a press conference on Tuesday that the ministry is going to shut down 14 factories located around the Litani river and basin for failing to comply with the ministry’s environmental instructions. “Only 49 factories out of 63 have corrected their environmental violations. Those who failed to comply will […]

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Authorities uncover water theft in Muwaqqar, Qatrana – Jordan Times

Authorities face stone pelting during raid in Muwaqqar By JT – Jul 24,2019 In this undated photo, a tractor fills in an illegal well. The Ministry of Water and Irrigation’s Water Authority announced on Tuesday it had found violations in Muwaqqar and Qatrana (Photo courtesy of Water Ministry) AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and […]

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USAID committed to Jordan water sector amid increases in floods, droughts — official – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 21,2019 WASHINGTON, DC — USAID’s current allocation to support Jordan’s water sector stands at around $80 million per year, according to a senior USAID official, who said that the agency is now working with the Kingdom in two main areas: source water and non-revenue water. A major priority of the […]

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Overpopulation remains one of the greatest threats to global stability – Arab News

Arab News (Jeddah), July 12, 2019 Sinem Cengiz Thursday was World Population Day. It has been celebrated on July 11 every year since 1989, when it was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program. The day was adopted by the international community to focus attention on and raise awareness of the […]

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“Green Palestine” (thematic edition) – This Week in Palestine, July

Multiple articles of interest, linked to URL at bottom Table of Contents: Article: A Green Oasis in Increasingly Urbanized Palestine | By: Mazin Qumsieh Newly Released: Acamar Book of the Month 2: Bethlehem Record 366 Book of the Month: Companions in Conflict Article: Ecotech Recycling | By: Anton Hallak Where to Go?: Faqu’a Iris (Prickly […]

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Record Heat Wave – Haaretz / ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT / YNET

July on course to be hottest month ever, say climate scientists – ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOMPMENT Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists. The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in […]

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Karak part of study to grow climate change resistant grains – Jordan Times

By Johanna Montanari – Jul 16,2019 AMMAN — A research team from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in Germany has recently bred a new line of barley that achieves good crop yields even under harsh heat and drought conditions. Their study was originally published in “Scientific Reports” in April, and further advertised in a press […]

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Court halts Afula park entry ban deemed racist by Israeli Arabs – YNET

The judge rejects the edict by Afula Municipality which prohibits all non-residents from entering the part, effectively cutting off access to the area to residents of nearby Arab villages; the lawyers for the 50,000 city deny the decision was racially motivated Reuters|Published: 07.14.19 A court on Sunday ordered a predominantly Jewish town in northern Israel […]

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Beirut’s last public beach faces creeping privatisation – Al Jazeera

After losing a large chunk of seafront to a five-star resort, activists fear further encroachment at Ramlet el-Bayda. by Kareem Chehayeb & Lara Bitar 9 Jul 2019 Beirut, Lebanon – In mid-June, along the coast of Beirut’s last public beach, municipality workers destroyed all informal structures deemed illegal by the Lebanese authorities. This comes exactly […]

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Cairo governor discusses rooftop cultivation with activists – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm July 15, 2019 Major General Khaled Abdel Aal, Governor of Cairo, met Sunday with young activists to discuss rooftop cultivation. Abdel Aal met with representatives from “Sustainable Development Initiatives” and “Realizing 2030 Vision”, established to support the state strategy for sustainable development. The young representatives discussed with Abdel Aal the initiative to decorate […]

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Minister: Egypt’s Environment Ministry seeks to replace plastic bags – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad announced on Sunday that the ministry has begun work on phasing out plastic bags due to the environmental danger they pose, adding that hypermarkets have already begun replacing plastic bags with eco-friendly and biodegradable alternatives. Fouad said that the Energy and Environment Committee in House of Representatives […]

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Campaign Continues in Lebanon to Remove Illegal Electricity Connections – Naharnet

Energy Minister Nada al-Bustani on Saturday said the ministry is completing its campaign to remove all encroachments on the power grid that continues in Baalbek on Saturday. “It is an ongoing campaign that will cover Lebanon entirely. There are no restricted areas,” she said. Bustani was asked about a decision taken by the Cabinet to […]

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Plan to tow iceberg to UAE ‘not science fiction’, claims businessman – Environment and Development

An Emirati businessman who wants to bring an iceberg to UAE waters has insisted his proposal is “not science fiction” as he defended his ambitious goal in the face of skepticism. Abdulla Alshehi, 40, attracted global attention after he gave a broadcast interview this week setting out further details of his scheme to spend tens […]

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Revealed: Israel is dangerously unprepared for global food shortages – Haaretz

As climate change hits world crops, Israel’s stocks are based on war breaking out and governed by the policy: In God we trust Ruth Schuster | Jul. 11, 2019 As extreme weather lashes the world and average temperatures rise, the world’s food security is in acute danger — and not by the year 2100. Just […]

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decentralised solar energy – Jordan Times

Time to shift focus to decentralised solar energy, report urges gov’t: Conference hears of untapped potential of small-scale solar installations By Elizabeth Turnbull – Jul 09,2019 AMMAN — While Jordan ranked one of the top three emerging markets in terms of clean energy investment in 2018, according to Bloomberg rankings, it needs to shift its […]

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Palestinians report hundreds of olive trees destroyed in West Bank overnight – Haaretz

No Hebrew graffiti was found at the groves where the trees were damaged, unlike previous such attacks on Palestinian agriculture Yotam Berger | Jul. 11, 2019 Palestinians from two West Bank towns reported that dozens of olive trees in their groves were cut down Wednesday overnight. In the area of the southern Hebron Hills, near […]

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Israeli forces seize garbage truck in West Bank – WAFA

NABLUS, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces seized today a garbage truck owned by Beit Fourik village council in the north to the West Bank, according to a village official. Ata Samara, health inspector at Beit Fourik village council, told WAFA that soldiers seized a car and the garbage truck when they were […]

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Israeli forces demolish southern Hebron hills nature reserve – WAFA

HEBRON, Thursday, July 04, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday demolished al-Daqiqa nature reserve to the east of Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. Mayor of al-Ka ‘abneh Village Council Odeh al-Najada told WAFA that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers into al-Daqiqa nature reserve, in the Masafer Yatta area, where the bulldozers razed […]

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