Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Israel Approves New Treatment Plan for Polluted Yarkon River – Haaretz

The Yarkon is the largest river in Israel that flows into the Mediterranean; a rehab plan designed by the Water Authority is set to save it from running out of natural water resources Zafrir Rinat Feb 18, 2018 A project to rehabilitate the Yarkon River is approaching its final stage, after the Israel Water Authority […]

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Widespread Water Treatment Hasn’t Lifted Threat to Natural Sources – Haaretz

A report by the Environmental Protection Ministry also warns that Israel’s coastal waters are being used for energy production and infrastructure, which could damage the ecology of the Sea of Galilee Zafrir Rinat Feb 13, 2018 Israel’s natural water sources remain under threat despite the increased use of desalinated water and purified sewage, a new […]

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Despite some improvement, Israel’s estuaries remain seriously polluted – Haaretz

Increased levels of pollution reported in the Poleg and Alexander rivers from sewage and agricultural fertilizer Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 9, 2018 | 2:06 AM The pollution in Israel’s rivers has been decreasing overall, but many coastal estuaries are polluted by flows of sewage and agricultural fertilizer, according to national monitoring reports of Israel’s coastal […]

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New Research: Tobias Ide, “Does environmental peacemaking between states work? Insights on cooperative environmental agreements and reconciliation in international rivalries” – Journal of Peace Research

February 2018 Journal of Peace Research Abstract The literature on environmental peacemaking argues that cooperation in the face of shared environmental challenges can facilitate further cooperation, trust building, and eventually peace between states in conflict. Empirical research on environmental peacemaking, predominantly conducted in the form of single case studies, has so far been inconclusive. This […]

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Policy Paper: “Israeli Water Diplomacy and National Security Concerns” – EcoPeace & The Institute for National Security Studies

This paper reflects on the concepts of water security and water diplomacy, describes the state of water security in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories, and presents a set of recommendations to decision makers designed to advance Israeli Palestinian water security and shared national security concerns. The paper contends that water security plays a fundamental […]

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Hezbollah threatens Israel’s offshore gas rigs with missiles – YNET

Hezbollah publishes flyers, video staking claim to contested marine border territory, threatens Israel’s natural gas drilling rigs with missiles; terror group’s combative words came following statements by Lebanese politicians iterating similar position, objection to construction of border fence. Liad Osmo|Published: 02.06.18 Hezbollah began disseminating flyers Tuesday quoting a recent speech by the Lebanese terrorist group’s […]

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Israel, Lebanon clash over offshore energy, raising tensions – YNET

Israel describes as ‘very provocative’ a Lebanese offshore oil and gas exploration tender in disputed territory on the countries’ maritime border, saying it was a mistake for international firms to participate; Lebanese PM says Israel sending ‘threatening messages.’ Reuters|Published: 02.01.18 Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, whose country considers Israel an enemy state, said the comments […]

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Lebanese Criticism of Israel’s Natural Gas Field Plans – Naharnet

Mustaqbal Rejects Israeli ‘Blackmail’ on Offshore Gas Block – Naharnet Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday stressed “Lebanon’s ultimate right to sign an agreement for exploration and drilling in Block 9,” describing the offshore gas block as “an inseparable part of Lebanon’s Exclusive Economic Zone.” “Lebanon had long ago and according to norms informed the U.N. […]

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Opinion The Fate of the Arabs: Like Drugged Cockroaches in a Bottle – Haaretz

Arabs are part of nature, too, but today Arabs are the object of abuse by none other than the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel Odeh Bisharat Feb 06, 2018 According to an Arab proverb, “Michael’s farts don’t bother anybody.” Michael was the village dignitary, and some of those in his presence would […]

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Op Ed: The World Bank’s Red-Dead Sea gamble – Jerusalem Post

By MOSHE DANN 02/06/2018 A water pipeline from Turkey to Jordan would relieve their water shortage and turn the country’s vast uninhabited desert into an oasis, providing homes and employment for millions of refugees. Almost two decades ago, facing severe water shortages, Israel began to plan for an alternative: desalination. Amidst one of the most […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter – EcoPeace

February 2018 Dear Friends, January was another month of strong visibility for our issues. Yesterday, Reuters published this op-ed by EcoPeace’s Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli co-directors, which joins other recent advocacy efforts, such as the INNS-EcoPeace conference and discussion paper and presentation at the Wilson Center, making the case that water can restore hope for […]

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Israeli researcher uses satellite data to identify contaminated soil – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 02/01/2018 The satellite found significantly high levels of lead in various places in Israel. A young researcher who has tested samples of soil in various parts of the country and abroad to measure high levels of heavy metals has developed a method to monitor pollution from space. The satellite found significantly high […]

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Tu B’Shevat plantings aim to save honeybees – YNET

The Jewish New Year for plants and trees will be celebrated Wednesday with traditional plantings; this year will see concerted efforts to save rapidly dwindling honeybee population from extinction; ‘Plant nectar sources,’ says head of Honey Production and Marketing Board. Yedioth writers|Published: 01.30.18 Thousands of Israelis will be planting trees in forests and urban spaces […]

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Endless Drought Predicted for the Mediterranean in a Warmer World – Haaretz

Mega-droughts caused by long-term climate cycles devastated the Levant 120,000 and 10,000 years ago, research shows. Now scientists predict it’s going to happen again By Ruth Schuster Jan 21, 2018 Around 120,000 years ago, droughts began to strike the eastern Mediterranean. They would last for thousands of years. Storms from the tropics would briefly flood […]

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The – urgent – environmental agenda for the Jewish people – Jerusalem Post

By YOSEF I. ABRAMOWITZ 01/28/2018 ‘Sustainability is a Jewish value.’ When God created Adam, He led him around all of the trees in the Garden of Eden and told him, “See how beautiful and praiseworthy all of my works are. Everything I have created has been created for your sake. Think of this and do […]

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Study ranks Jordan 80th in world, 5th in region in SDG index – Jordan Times

Kingdom obtains best results in its performance on SDG No. 1: No poverty By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto – Jan 25,2018 AMMAN — Jordan has ranked 80th worldwide and 5th in the Arab world in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index and Dashboards Report recently issued by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which analyses the […]

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Jordan 3rd in region in renewable energy capacity — FES – Jordan Times

Kingdom has highest photovoltaic capacity in region By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto – Jan 23,2018 AMMAN — Jordan is the 3rd country in the Arab world in renewable energy capacity, according to an infographic on the state of sustainable energy capacities in the region recently issued by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). The Kingdom showed […]

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No ‘worrying pollutants’ found in Lahtha spring — Environment Ministry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jan 24,2018 AMMAN — Lab tests showed that water of the Lahtha spring in Tafileh does not contain “worrying pollutants”, dismissing local residents’ claims that “the poisonous water killed their sheep.” Results of lab tests conducted by the Royal Scientific Society and the Ministry of Health on samples from the spring […]

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Cleaning Starts after Garbage Accumulates on Keserewan Beach – Naharnet

Under the supervision of the High Relief Committee and at PM Saad Hariri’s orders, trucks have started Tuesday removing the trash that accumulated on the Keserewan shore after rough waves broke down a faulty retaining wall around a coastal dump just east of Beirut, spilling the trash into the sea. Maj. Gen Mohammed Kheir, the […]

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Garbage on the beach: Flood of waste stirs uproar in Lebanon – Naharnet

By PHILIP ISSA Associated Press Jan 23, 2018 ZOUQ MOSBEH, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon’s festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a few minutes’ drive north of the capital, Beirut. The scenes were a […]

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