Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

new publication: H.Hussein (2017), Dynamic political contexts and power asymmetries: the cases of the Blue Nile and the Yarmouk Rivers – International Environmental Agreements

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10784-017-9364-y open access Abstract This paper explores the evolving patterns of hydropolitical relations in the dynamic contexts of Yarmouk and Blue Nile Rivers in comparison. The analysis aims at shedding light over the complex implications that recent political and social changes have aroused for the water disputes between Jordan and Syria on the one hand, […]

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new publication: Tal, A., 2017, “Will Demography Defeat River Restoration? The Case of the Jordan River?” The Journal of Water Research

Highlights • Given its unique historic stature, restoring the Jordan River is enjoying renewed attention. • Reduced desalinated water prices creates optimism about the potential to restore the Jordan River. • Population increases in the region undermine the ability to provide minimal environmental flow. • Climate change will continue to diminish the natural supply of […]

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new publication: H.Hussein (2017), “Politics of the Dead Sea Canal: a historical review of the evolving discourses, interests, and plans”, Water International

H.Hussein (2017), “Politics of the Dead Sea Canal: a historical review of the evolving discourses, interests, and plans”, Water International http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02508060.2017.1344817 ABSTRACT This article explores how the idea of a canal connecting the Dead Sea with either the Red Sea or the Mediterranean Sea has evolved. It analyzes the proposals, the official interests, and the […]

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new publication Tal, A. 2017. Will We Always Have Paris? Israel’s Tepid Climate Change Strategy – Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

Pages 405-421 | Published online: 05 Jan 2017 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23739770.2016.1265821 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23739770.2016.1265821 full text https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312101312_Will_We_Always_Have_Paris_Israel%27s_Tepid_Climate_Change_Strategy

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Netherlands outraged after Israel seizes Dutch-funded solar panels in West Bank – Maan / Haaretz

Netherlands outraged after Israel seizes Dutch-funded solar panels in West Bank – Maan July 3, 2017 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Netherlands has reacted with outrage after Israeli authorities seized dozens of solar panels in a remote occupied West Bank village that were donated by the Dutch government. Israeli forces confiscated the solar panels in the […]

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Tafileh Wind Farm a leading example in renewable energy — IFC – Jordan Times

Jun 29,2017 AMMAN — The spectre of climate change looms large over Jordan, as it does for many other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Mouayed Makhlouf, International Finance Corporation (IFC) regional director for MENA, said on Wednesday. “Large-scale renewable energy projects such as the one in Tafileh are crucial for lowering greenhouse […]

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Man sentenced to one year in prison, JD2,000 fine for water theft – Jordan Times

Ministry hails decision as ‘another victory’ in campaign against water violations By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 01,2017 Tanks allegedly containing stolen water hidden in the backyard of a building in a north Amman neighbourhood (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation) AMMAN — A man caught last year for stealing over 1,200 cubic […]

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13 facilities referred to prosecutor for environmental breaches in June – Jordan Times

Environment Ministry also closed down one agricultural and nine vocational facilities By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 03,2017 AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment in June referred 13 facilities to the general prosecutor for breaches of environmental regulations, according to a government official. The facilities are part of the industrial, vocational, service and agricultural sectors, ministry’s […]

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Two Israeli Beaches Are Spared Destruction, but Others Still at Risk From Developers – Haaretz

Planning council to start discussing master plan to shield beaches from developers, party animals Zafrir Rinat Jul 07, 2017 The perennial struggle to keep the nation’s beaches open to the public chalked up two successes this week. In Eilat, the municipality regained control of a beach that Trans-Israel Pipeline had held for decades. Further north, […]

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Gaza power plant resumes operations with Egyptian fuel – Al Arabiya

The Associated Press, Gaza City, Gaza Strip Thursday, 22 June 2017 The sole power plant in electricity-starved Gaza Strip sputtered back to life on Thursday after receiving fuel from Egypt — a shipment that resulted from a surprising alliance between bitter ex-rivals, including the territory’s ruling Hamas and an exiled former Gaza strongman. Egypt’s shipment […]

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Give us our sons back, and we’ll restore your power supply – YNET

Op-ed: When the Goldin family asked the government to pressure Hamas to return the bodies of soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, they were warned that any pressure would lead to war. But when Abbas asked Israel to cut electricity supplies to Gaza, the government approved it right away. Now, Goldin’s father and brother write, […]

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Electricity Shortages in Gaza Lead to Beach Pollution Just Over the Border in Israel – Haaretz

The Israeli Health Ministry believes that the shutdown of a Gaza sewage plant due to power shortages led to pollution at Zikim beach and Ashkelon National Park, which have been closed to swimmers Almog Ben Zikri Jul 06, 2017 Beaches in southern Israel were closed to swimmers on Wednesday due to pollution, after power shortages […]

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Israel to build pipeline to absorb sewage from Gaza – YNET

Due to the reduction of electricity to Gaza, the wastewater facility in the Gaza Strip has been shut down, causing overflow into Israel; Israel’s Water Authority instructs Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev to absorb the sewage of Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanun. Matan Tzuri|Published: 01.07.17 Israel will build a pipeline to absorb sewage from neighborhoods […]

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First in Palestine – Electricity generated from sewage – WAFA

By Bassam Abu al-Rub NABLUS, July 6, 2017 (WAFA) – To the west of Nablus, a sewage treatment plant was built. The land around it is planted with trees and other crops. Sewage and waste water coming from the western sections of Nablus, as well as from five villages, are collected at this station, which […]

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U.N. Rejects Israeli Accusations of Hizbullah Posing as Green NGO / Israel Accuses Hizbullah of ‘Dangerous Provocation’ – Naharnet

23 June 2017 The United Nations on Friday rejected Israeli claims that Hizbullah militants were establishing observation posts along the border under the cover of an environmental NGO. The Israeli military on Thursday published pictures of a building near the Israeli-Lebanese border supposedly controlled by an organization called Green Without Borders. The U.N. peacekeeping mission […]

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Industrial waste water leaks from Israeli chemical plant – Jerusalem Post / Environmental Protection Ministry mulls criminal probe into Ashalim acid spill – YNET

Industrial waste water leaks from Israeli chemical plant – Jerusalem Post By JPOST.COM STAFF 06/30/2017 The public is asked to avoid Ashalim and nearby routes until further notice. A leakage of industrial waste water with high acidity occurred on Friday afternoon at the Rotem Amfert plant, causing acidic water to flow into the Ashalim area […]

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Israel pulls research into Haifa pollution and high cancer rates – YNET

After no clear link was found between the studies and Haifa’s high morbidity rates, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environmental Protection call for a halt to the current research and a focus instead on biological monitoring, a methodology that was able to find a connection. Ilana Curiel|Published: 25.06.17 , 20:38 The Ministry of […]

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Lebanon dam planned over fault line stirs controversy – Egypt Independent

Lebanon dam planned atop fault line stirs fears among local residents June 29, 2017 Lebanon’s government says a dam planned for a valley near Beirut is vital to tackle chronic water shortages, but the location on a seismic fault line has raised fears among residents. “How can you build a dam in an earthquake zone? […]

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Ending the sewage—Israel and PA combine efforts to save Kidron Valley – YNET

After decades of foot dragging, it appears that a solution for one of the biggest pollution hazards in Israel, the Kidron Valley, has been found, as a combined initiative with the Palestinian Authority may restore the valley to its natural, non-polluted beauty. Amir Ben-David|Published: 09.06.17 Over the years, huge amounts of raw sewage from southeast […]

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Garbage Dumped in Sea Off Lebanese Coast Sparks Outrage – Naharnet

A “mountain of garbage” dumped at sea off Beirut under a deal between the government and a company has sparked outrage in Lebanon, two years after mass protests over a waste crisis. For the past 10 days, civil society groups have shared images of trucks carrying rubbish and tipping it into the Mediterranean, a process […]

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