Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Wettest winter in a generation: Iraq is tested in era of climate change – Haaretz

The rains have restored the freshwater marshes of southern Iraq, a region some scholars see as the biblical Garden of Eden transforming lands once parched for water into fields of grain and cereal The Associated Press | May 2, 2019 | 12:58 PM After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in […]

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As Israel grows more crowded, state plans incentives for more underground building – Haaretz

Officials plan regulations to make it more financially viable to build below the surface in what is the third most densely populated developed country in the world Adi Cohen May 2, 2019 | 5:25 AM Already crowded, Israel’s population density is destined to grow in the decades ahead. That’s led to developers building ever taller […]

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Bustani Says Ending Power Tapping Allows Better Distribution – Naharnet

Energy Minister Nada al-Bustani launched a campaign on Saturday to remove infringements on the crumbling electricity grid as part of fixing the electricity sector that has cost state coffers about $2 billion annually. “Removing electricity violations will allow a reduction in wasted energy and provide a better distribution,” said Bustani as she accompanied the campaign […]

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Samples Collected from Oil Spill Offshore Jiyeh – Naharnet

Research teams from the Lebanese Army, Civil Defense and the Environment Ministry collected samples on Thursday from the oil leak spotted a day earlier offshore the Jiyeh coastal area, LBCI TV station. Residents of Jiyeh and Jadra posted photos of sheen offshore. The sheen was reportedly the result of either a leak from one of […]

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Jordan, Germany explore prospects of joint energy academy to serve as regional hub – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati on Tuesday called for creating a new Jordanian-German energy academy to serve as a regional technical support hub. The minister held a meeting with a German delegation headed by President of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry Peter Ramsauer, former federal minister of transport, […]

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Electric car sales drop by 70% as new tax goes into effect – Jordan Times

Association president fears levy would bring sector ‘to halt’ By Maram Kayed – May 01,2019 AMMAN — Electric car sales went down by 70 per cent in April as a 25 per cent tax hike on the vehicles went into effect, the Jordanian Free Zones Investors Association (JFZIA) announced on Tuesday. According to JFZIA President […]

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Israeli startup aims to save the planet from thirst using algae – Haaretz

Pampering the bacteria needed to treat sewage is costly and just replaces one planetary blight with another. Enter Aqwind and its algae. Ruth Schuster | Apr. 22, 2019 Imagine if showering was a luxury, washing your floors a dirty secret, and shampooing the dog was illegal. It isn’t unthinkable that within our lifetimes, bath will […]

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Israel turns hundreds of dunams into nature reserve near Nablus – Maan

pril 17, 2019 NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities turned hundreds of dunams of Palestinian-owned agricultural lands into a nature reserve in the eastern area of Khirbet Yanoun south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Tuesday. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an […]

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This is the last climate change story you will ever read — if you take Christiana Figueres’ advice – Haaretz

It takes a world, not a village, to fix the problem we created, but the technology (mostly) already exists, says the architect of the Paris Agreement and co-winner of this year’s Dan David Prize Ruth Schuster | Apr. 22, 2019 Yes, we can fix the planet, insists Christiana Figueres, the doyenne of climate change and […]

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Pesticides Ban Reduces Toxins in Pregnant Women – Haaretz

The Israeli government’s ban on several varieties of pesticides led to a 40 percent drop in concentrations of toxins in pregnant women, research shows Zafrir Rinat | Apr. 17, 2019 The government’s decision to ban the use of a few types of pesticides seven years ago has led to a significant decline in concentrations of […]

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‘Investment in renewable energy to exceed $4b mark’ – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 22,2019 Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati on Sunday poses with representatives, experts and officials of Arab countries during a workshop on sustainably integrating renewable energy into regional power grids (Petra photo) AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati on Sunday launched a pan-Arab workshop on […]

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Electric company produces record amount of green energy – Jerusalem Post

By TZVI JOFFRE 04/24/2019 The production capacity was 1,326 megawatts, accounting for 19.3% of the total energy production. At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the Israeli Electric Company announced that they had broken their all-time record for energy produced from renewable resources, Ynet reported. The production capacity, meaning the maximum electric output under the specific conditions […]

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Tadweer opens region’s first battery solar system at landfill – Environment and Development

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) opened the first battery solar system in the region at its Al Dhafra Landfill on Wednesday. A solar-plus-storage plant is an energy storage system charged by a connected solar power plant. The facility at Al Dhafra Landfill has minimal operation and maintenance costs compared to conventional plants, and utilises […]

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Egypt establishes waste management factory for alternative fuel in Ain Sokhna – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm April 18, 2019 Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmeen Fouad opened on Thursday a factory of waste management solutions by provider Geocycle Egypt Company in Suez’s Ain Sokhna city. Fouad clarified that the factory is equipped with modern technological devices summing LE200 million in investments and will be the largest factory in the Middle […]

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There’s a way to save Jordan. But it might kill the Dead Sea – Haaretz

Water crisis in the Hashemite kingdom can be eased by desalinating water from the Red Sea, with brine waste used to replenish the vanishing Dead Sea — but experts don’t agree if it will succeed Ruth Schuster, Avner Tavori | Apr. 18, 2019 The Dead Sea is slowly dying. For tens of thousands of years, […]

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‘MENA region has only 1 per cent of world’s freshwater’ – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 22,2019 AMMAN — An exhibition on “Water in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA]” was opened at The Roman Theatre in Amman on Monday, sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Greater Amman Municipality and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Water and Irrigation Minister Raed Abul Saud […]

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National clean-up campaign draws in thousands as gov’t seeks to ‘combat littering’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN — Several thousands of people from all walks of life joined a cross-country clean-up campaign to curb littering and spread the word on the need to protect forests and parks on Saturday. Twelve locations, including forests, parks, beaches and tourist and archaeological sites, welcomed up to 40,000 people from schools, youth […]

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Israeli Startup Finds Holy Grail of Garbage Disposal – Haaretz

UBQ invented a patented new composite material based on trash that actually decarbonizes the atmosphere in net terms, and uses no water in the process Ruth Schuster | Apr. 16, 2019 Garbage is a blight. It gets collected by the city — or in some cases even by the mafia —, which pile it up, […]

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Passover one of the ‘most wasteful’ times of the year – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 04/18/2019 “Part of the answer is that children are at home and not at school, where some of them have a lunch program. At home, they have to find some kind of sustenance, so the family needs more food.” The festival of Passover, a celebration of the timeless tale of Jewish freedom […]

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Aoun Tells Pavlopoulos Lebanon Won’t Join Gas Forum Comprising Israel – Naharnet

President Michel Aoun on Thursday said he told visiting Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos that Lebanon will not accept to join any Mediterranean gas consortium comprising Israel. “I thanked the president for his country’s stance on Jerusalem and its stance on the Syrian Golan. I also stressed that the U.S. president’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty […]

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