Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

West Bank: a concert to draw attention to the region’s threatened environmental heritage

Source: EU News Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) organized a concert this week in the Palestinian village of Battir to raise awareness about the route of the Separation Barrier due to be built in this area of tremendous ecological and cultural significance to all the people of the region. The event was supported […]

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New article: The nexus between life, business, and climate from an Islamic perspective (IJCSL)

THE NEXUS BETWEEN LIFE, BUSINESS, AND CLIMATE FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE OF JUSTICE AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST by Anowar Zahid. Source: International Journal of Civil Society Law, Volume X, Issue IV. Can be found: http://www.iccsl.org/pubs/index_journal.html The concluding paragraph: From the above discourse it is found that greenhouse effect or climate change is a threat to […]

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Gazans produce fish and vegetables in tiny rooftop spaces [Your Middle East]

by Sara Hussein, October 26, 2012 Abu Ahmed looks out over a sea of grey, empty Gaza rooftops, and smiles as he looks back at the lush greenery sprouting in tubs and pipes on top of his apartment building. He is part of a United Nations agency project to introduce cutting-edge urban agriculture to Gaza […]

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EU project to present innovative technologies for treatment of olive mill wastewater at olive oil fair

13-11-2012 Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorisation of Olive Mill Wastewater (MEDOLICO), an EU-Med Cross-Border Cooperation project, will be presented during the twelfth edition of “OLIOLIVA”, a fair dedicated to the olive oil sector to take place in Imperia (Italy) from 16 to 18 November. During a workshop scheduled on the first day of […]

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Kuwait’s desert: From burning war zone to blooming nature reserve [CNN]

by Zain Verjee, Source: CNN, November 12, 2012 Kuwait (CNN) — A former military bunker in the desert is one of the last places you might expect to find nature bloom. But above a maze of abandoned foxholes to the north of Kuwait’s capital lies a landscape that shimmers green and purple with vegetation, attracting […]

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The Dirty Weather Report – 24 Hours of Reality – Middle East

The Dirty Weather Report is featuring a 24-hour program about climate change between November 14-15.  Segment 5 hour 16 is about the Middle East. http://climaterealityproject.org/. segment 5 / hour 16: 14:00 November 15, 2012: Middle East http://climaterealityproject.org/24hours2012/live-broadcast/hour-16-middle-east/ Overview: Throughout the Middle East, access to freshwater and drought are creating flashpoints for conflict between governments and […]

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Ballast Water Management in focus at Safemed seminar in Israel

12-11-2012. Source: EU Neighbourhood Info Centre Around thirty representatives from Israel’s Administration of Shipping and Ports, Ministry of Environment, shipping companies and commercial ports attended a seminar organised by the Safemed II project held in Acre, Israel last month on the environmental importance of effective Ballast Water Management (BWM). The BWM Convention is an international […]

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UfM supports the development of a Mediterranean water data system

Barcelona, 6th November, 2012. Union for the Mediterranean This potential project, which responds to the need for reliable shared data and free flow of information, is a necessary basic tool for the integrated management and planning of Mediterranean water resources at a national or international level. Bringing together promoters and water experts form the initial […]

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UfM and Turkey discuss concrete ways to support the Gaza Desalination Facility project

2-11-2012 The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Secretariat, the Palestinian Water Authority and the Government of Turkey recently held talks on the technical and financial aspects of the Gaza Desalination Facility project which will require an investment of €310 Million. Turkey expressed its strong interest to support the project and a financial commitment will be […]

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Impact of climate change on water resources in focus at Amman workshop [EU info centre]

23-10-2012 A three-day regional training to develop the capacity of national and local water practitioners from the southern Mediterranean to undertake immediate precautionary measures towards the adaptation of the water sector to potential negative impacts of climate change, was recently conducted by the EU-funded project ‘Sustainable Water Integrated Management – Support Mechanism (SWIM‐SM)’ in Amman, […]

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A hospital powered by wind – EU Neighbourhood Info Centre

Spreading the word about renewable energy is one thing, but who would have thought that you could run a hospital on wind power? Well, you can and the proof is in Hebron, where the Al Ahli Hospital plans to use wind power to cover about 40% of its energy needs. The project, which is the […]

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Foreign fish threaten Israeli marine life in Eastern Mediterranean sea – Haaretz

Newcomers from Indian Ocean, Red Sea migrate via Suez Canal, threatening Israeli fishing industry. By Zafrir Rinat | Sep.19, 2012 An invasion of fish species into the eastern Mediterranean Sea has brought about dramatic changes in the fishing industry and threatens local species, new Israeli research indicates. The scope of the fish invasion is the […]

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The hunger claims – Haaretz

If we want proof of how extreme weather conditions can effect political change, Prof. Ronnie Ellenblum says we just need to look to the Mediterranean Basin a thousand or so years ago. By Asaf Shtull-Trauring | Oct.06, 2012 Nothing like it had been seen in Egypt for centuries. “The city is paralyzed, there are no […]

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Israel’s Tent-City Movement Promotes Social Justice, but is it Green? – GZA

By Sarah Friedman, Tel Aviv, Sept. 13, 2012 Source: Green Zionist Alliance It began with exorbitantly expensive cottage cheese and unaffordable rent. As more people joined together, united by disaffection with their economic status and lack of opportunities, the grievances of the Israeli masses gradually coalesced into the agenda of the social-justice movement that reached […]

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Fields of Heaven – Huffington Post

Fields of Heaven: A Joint Israeli-Palestinian Farm May Take Root in West Bank by Harvey Stein. Posted: 08/22/2012 For the last year or so, I’ve been spending time with unlikely friends: a loose group of West Bank Palestinians and Jewish settlers, most of them neighbors, living within a few miles of each other. The mainstreams […]

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Yemen allocates $200 million USD for irrigation, food security [OOSKAnews]

28 Sep 2012 – 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent YEMEN, SANAA — The Yemeni government this week announced it was allocating $200 million USD for projects to improve irrigation and food security. The funding is part of the Phasal Program for Development and Stability, adopted by the government for the period of 2012 to 2014. The […]

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Waste and water in focus as Palestinian officials and professionals meet in three-day workshop

19-09-2012 by the EU Working Book.   Twenty decision makers from more than a dozen Palestinian municipalities and central government recently took part in a three-day workshop in Ramallah on “Developing Sustainable Pro-poor Financing Strategies for Municipalities”, organised in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP). The course, also […]

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Egypt: €10 million in new EU support for improving access to clean water and sanitation [EU info centre]

20-09-2012 by EU Neighborhood info centre The European Commission has approved new funding of €10 million to improve access to drinking water and sanitation for over 15 million people in Egypt. This comes as a first contribution from the €303 million European Water Initiative led by top European Financial Institutions to support Egypt’s water supply […]

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Saudi water sector set for huge near-term growth [utilities-me]

by Adam Lane, published on Sep 20, 2012 source: http://www.utilities-me.com/article-2113-saudi-water-sector-set-for-huge-near-term-growth/ New research by Frost & Sullivan has found that market earned revenues from Saudi Arabia’s water and wastewater sector were US $1.94 billion in 2011, and have forecast that this will grow to $3.66 billion by 2015. Saudi Arabia is currently considering substantial investments to meet […]

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Palestinians blame Israeli settlements for deadlocked Joint Water Committee [OOSKA News]

20 Sep 2012 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Israel, JERUSALEM — Palestinians say that the Joint Water Committee (JWC) is at an impasse, and that international funders of Palestinian water projects are now starting to shift their funds to other missions. The claim was made by Palestinian Water Minister and head of the Palestinian Water Authority Dr. […]

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