Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

A rabbi, a priest and an imam walk into an environmental conference – Jerusalem Post

By SARAH LEVI 03/21/2018 The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development has continued to bring religious leaders together to reveal the connection between religion and ecology and move people to act towards more earth-friendly practices with an emphasis on faith since 2010. The Jerusalem-based center has been addressing the world geological crisis both in Israel and […]

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Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic – YNET

Hoping to make landfills obsolete, UBQ, which has raised $30 million in private investments, says it can take trash and make everyday use of garbage, from recyclable goods, to banana peels and chicken bones. Associated Press|Published: 03.22.18 , 22:43 Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting […]

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‘Owners of lands in Irbid to challenge compensation rates for their properties acquired for gas pipeline ‘ – Jordan Times

by Raed Omari – Mar 15,2018 AMMAN — Expecting “low” compensation rates for the lands the government has recently acquired to build a gas pipeline, lawyer of the land owners said on Wednesday that he will start legal procedures as of next week to claim higher payments. The government has officially acquired lands in the […]

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Israeli Greens Fume as Noble Energy Asks to Block Publication of Leviathan Data – Haaretz

At issue is data meant to be privy to the public under the emissions permit the company will be receiving, which will set the pollution limits allowed during operation of the rigs Zafrir Rinat | Mar. 27, 2018 | 4:20 AM The Noble Energy company has asked to block publication of some of the data […]

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British energy giant scouring Israeli energy tech with £100 million fund – Jerusalem Post

By MAX SCHINDLER 03/25/2018 In a bid to stay competitive, executives from the energy giant toured the country last week, meeting with and looking at investments in several Israeli start-ups. Centrica Innovations – the investment arm of Centrica Plc., Britain’s largest energy and gas supplier – is scouring Israel for energy technology with a £100 […]

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Fight to Save Mediterranean Turtles Successful, but Far From Over – Haaretz

Israel has made headway by tenderly digging up and collecting precious eggs from the beaches to hatch them where it’s safe, but green sea turtles are still critically endangered Zafrir Rinat Apr 05, 2018 In early May, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority inspectors will begin their annual quest for turtle eggs, combing Israel’s beaches […]

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Scientists Mount Emergency Rescue of Ancient Olive Trees in Negev Desert – Haaretz

Mission includes archaeologists fixing up water systems that haven’t been maintained in 1,100 years and trimming wasteful leafage as climate change slams the Middle East By Ruth Schuster Mar 19, 2018 A few olive trees, some possibly over 1,000 years old, cling to life the heart of the barren Negev – barely. After several winters […]

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Yellow, red colored tap water alarms residents of northern Israel – Haaretz

The color is due to use of desalinated water, says the Water Authority, and is not dangerous Zafrir Rinat | Mar. 23, 2018 | 4:44 AM Israel’s Water Authority admitted on Wednesday that the addition of desalinated water to the supply in parts of northern Israel is responsible for what consumers described as yellow and […]

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Kingdom seeks global community’s help to address water crisis – Jordan Times

UN launches 10-year action plan to overcome water scarcity challenge By JT – Mar 24,2018 AMMAN — Jordan has participated in the high-level meeting on water that was held at the UN headquarters in New York, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Saturday. The UN on Thursday launched a 10-year water action plan that […]

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new publication: The Impact of Environmental Cooperation on Peacemaking: Definitions, Mechanisms, and Empirical Evidence – International Studies Review

Tobias Ide March 2018 International Studies Review DOI10.1093/isr/viy014 The literature on environmental peacemaking claims that groups in conflict can put aside their differences and cooperate in the face of shared environmental challenges, thereby facilitating more peaceful relations between them. This study provides the first comprehensive review of the widely dispersed empirical evidence on such environment-peace […]

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Public Event: PROMOTING MIDDLE EAST WATER & ENERGY SECURITY THROUGH INVESTMENT IN A WATER-RENEWABLE ENERGY EXCHANGE FOR PEACE & STABILITY – EcoPeace

Date: Wednesday 11 April 2018 Time:12:00 – 14:00 Venue: Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG RSVP: EcoPeace Middle East in association with Herbert Smith Freehills, theFTWeekend and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cordially invite you to Promoting Middle East Water & Energy Security Through Investment in a Water-Renewable Energy Exchange for Peace & Stability. Water-Energy […]

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Conference Summary: The Water & Sanitation Crisis in Gaza and its Impact on Israel – Ecopeace

EcoPeace Middle East at the Sderot Conference, March 6th, 2018, Israel EcoPeace held a special panel moderated by the journalist Smadar Peri the Middle East Desk Chief of Yediot Ahronot, as part of the Sderot Conference about the Gaza water and sanitation crisis and its impact on Israel. Participants in the panel discussed with residents […]

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Officials: Sewage waste from Israeli settlements destroys Palestinian environment, crops – WAFA

2018/03/24 By Eid Yasin QALQILYA, March 24, 2018 (WAFA) – Israeli settlements in the Qalqilya district, northwest of the West Bank, are the main cause of environmental pollution, which results mainly from wastewater and sewage that flows from these settlements into Palestinian agricultural land nearby. This has destroyed crops and diffused diseases and epidemics in […]

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Amman’s population increased by 1.5 million in ten years — GAM – Jordan Times

Mar 20,2018 AMMAN — The capital’s population stands at 4 million people, up by 1.5 million people compared to 10 years ago, creating greater pressures and challenges for the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) to provide better infrastructure, Deputy Amman Mayor Hazem Neimat said on Tuesday. During a workshop, titled “strategy planning for local economic development”, […]

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Reforestation of 20-dunum Dibeen plot is complete – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 22,2018 AMMAN — A vegetation report on a 20-dunum plot of land which suffered illegal logging and wildfires over the past decade, indicated that its natural regeneration is “very high”, an environmental activist said on Thursday. The report showed that the land, which once enjoyed a thick cover of forest […]

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Community service to replace fines for environment violations – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 21,2018 AMMAN — Under a new municipal initiative, individuals who commit environmental violations will be ordered to do community service to help clean up rubble from Amman’s empty lots rather than paying fines. In accordance with the initiative, truck drivers caught dumping debris in areas undesignated for the disposal of […]

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Man sentenced to one-year jail term for illegal well drilling – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 17,2018 AMMAN — A man was sentenced to one year in prison and fined around JD20,000 for drilling an illegal well in Tafileh, a government official said on Saturday. Following the court ruling, authorities on Saturday sealed the illegal well, the official at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said, […]

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Five illegal wells sealed in Maan Governorate – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 12,2018 AMMAN — Authorities have sealed five illegal wells in one day in the southern Maan Governorate, a government official said on Monday. The emergency unified number 117116 at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation received information from an area resident about the suspected drilling of a well in Athruh […]

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Cairo governor warns against water waste – Egypt Independent

March 14, 2018 initiative to rationalize city residents’ water usage, claiming that inhabitants use too much water in the form of unnecessary spraying of streets and washing cars with excessive amounts of water in addition to ineffective irrigation procedures. In a press statement, Cairo governor Atef Abdel Hamid warned against wasting water, pointing out that […]

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Financing Development by Fighting Corruption – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 2/3/2018 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Arab countries requires an additional $57 billion annually in investments until 2030, according to Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) reports. Countries had agreed on the 2030 deadline to achieve ambitious goals set by the United Nations, including eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring health […]

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