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The Jordan Valley springs: Between the rock of the occupation and the hard place of settlers – WAFA

By Al Harith Al Hasni THE JORDAN VALLEY, Thursday, October 10, 2019 (WAFA) – Muheeb Fathi Abu Mohsen, a resident of Ein el-Helweh in the northern Jordan Valley, brings his cows twice a day to the water spring of Ein el-Helweh to drink from it – once before he goes to the pastures, and in […]

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Authorities dismantle illegal pipeline diverting water in Muwaqar – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Authorities uncovered an alleged major violation against the main water carrier in Muwaqar, from which over 100 cubic metres of freshwater were siphoned off per hour, the Water Ministry said on Tuesday. A two-inch pipeline was installed within the main carrier, which supplies the area with water, diverting water to a number of […]

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Government report: 28% increase in cancer-linked air pollution in 2018 – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 10/07/2019 Caused by burning of landfill waste, according to the report. However, emissions from the industrial Haifa Bay area – traditionally a major source of pollution – continued to decrease. Emissions of suspected or recognized carcinogenic substances in Israel increased by 28% in 2018 due to the burning of landfill waste, according […]

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Emissions free and pollution free: Israel unveils massive solar power plant – YNET

Ashalim power station, located in the Negev Desert near the city of Be’er Sheva, consists of 360photovoltaic solar panels – which operate without generating harmful substances – making it Israel’s biggest photovoltaic-based power plant Ynet|Published: 10.19.19 Israel has taken another step in moving from fossil fuels to environmentally friendly renewable energy, approving its biggest plant […]

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Eyes skyward: Sunlight for powering all of Israel – Jerusalem Post

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE 10/20/2019 Yosef Abramowitz, Dorit Banet see strides in southern Arava as model for rest of country The Arava region of southern Israel, which includes the city of Eilat, will reach its goal of being 100-percent reliant on solar energy during the daytime by next year, placing the area light years […]

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Eilat cleans up its coast in bid to save coral reef – YNET

Tons of waste are removed from 2-kilometer ecologically sensitive strip of sand as local official warns of damage caused by human presence at Israel’s popular southernmost resort city Ilana Curiel|Published: 10.05.19 Eilat municipality recently completed a coastal cleanup operation, evacuating all buildings and clearing tons of waste and debris from the Red Sea coastline. The […]

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Red Sea Chamber of Diving joins Greenfins initiative – Egypt Independent

October 3, 2019 The Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS) of Egypt’s Red Sea announced in collaboration with The Reef-World Foundation that it will join the Greenfins program to reduce the impact of diving and marine activities on the environment, preserve the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba coral reefs, and achieve sustainable ecotourism. The […]

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Interspecies coexistence: Israeli farmers being trained to get along better with birds – Haaretz

Agriculture Ministry, nature groups fight extinction threats by teaching humans how to treat their feathered friends Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 18, 2019 Farmers and birds are often connected to the same piece of territory, though usually the birds defer to the humans and tend to stay away whenever people are around. But Israeli nature conservation […]

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NGOs Warn Lebanon Skies a Death Trap for Migratory Birds – Naharnet

Bird protection groups called Tuesday for urgent action to save endangered migratory species that are being decimated by illegal hunters over Lebanon. For the 41 species in Lebanon listed as particularly endangered, “the situation is really critical,” said Fouad Itani, president of the Association for Bird Conservation in Lebanon. “If nothing is done, their numbers […]

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In Israel, the struggle for nature preservation may do more harm – Haaretz

Efforts to preserve natural habitats often intervene in existing ecological systems Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 3, 2019 Two weeks ago hikers found three dead ibexes in a cistern in a Negev streambed. Several weeks earlier, the ibexes had been rescued from the same cistern. One of their rescuers had at the time suggested to the […]

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ISF Says Beaten Man in Video Not Involved in Wildfires – Naharenet

The Internal Security Forces on Wednesday denied reports claiming that an arson suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with the massive wildfires that engulfed the country. “A video showing a municipal policeman beating up a person has been circulated on social media and reports said that the beaten person was setting up fires,” the ISF […]

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Polluting and laughing – Haaretz

Netta Ahituv | Oct. 17, 2019 | 4:05 AM Last week the scientists from the Climate Accountability Institute in the United States published an in-depth study they had conducted in the past year. Its results, published in newspapers worldwide, reveal an infuriating picture of egregious injustice toward us, the inhabitants of the Earth. Their calculations […]

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Global climate change crisis: Best thing to ever happen to Israeli hasbara – Haaretz

Greta Thunberg is in. Ahed Tamimi is out. Let the great greenwashing begin Anshel Pfeffer | Oct. 4, 2019 In a radio interview last week, Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, summed up the just-ended annual UN General Assembly. Asked about the intensified focus this year on the climate crisis, Danon answered, “It’s […]

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Environmentalists Slam Banks over Aramco IPO Support – Naharnet

Banks aiding a stock market float for Saudi oil giant Aramco will be “devoid of all sincerity” regarding environmental and social concerns, green and rights groups jointly said Thursday. Addressing directly chief executives of Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley — all reportedly involved in the mammoth […]

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Nothing new under the sun: As the world turns to solar energy, Israel falls behind – Haaretz

The sun may be shining, but Israel is far from reaching its goals of harnessing this powerful energy resource Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 12, 2019 | 7:05 PM | 3 In a documentary about his family’s immigration to Israel from Poland, director Igal Bursztyn recalls that his mother always said that Israel was good for […]

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Siemens Gamesa starts building 250MW wind farm in Egypt – Egypt Independent

October 15, 2019 2:49 pm Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) started building on Tuesday the 250MW West Bakr wind farm, 30km north-west of Ras Gharib in the Gulf of Suez. Under a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contract, Siemens Gamesa will deploy its 96 SG 2.6-114 turbines. It will also offer maintenance services as part […]

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U.N. Calls for Greater Heat Protection for Workers in Qatar – Naharnet

Improved safeguards and working hours are needed to protect laborers in Qatar from the effects of heat and humidity, the United Nations said Friday, as it published new research. The desert monarchy has come under fire for conditions faced by its hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, as it prepares to host the 2022 World […]

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DEWA connects 1,354 solar installations with grid – Environment and Development5

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has connected 1,354 photovoltaic installations on residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Dubai, with a total capacity of 125 megawatts (MW). This is due to its Shams Dubai initiative to encourage customers to install solar panels at their premises to generate electricity from solar power and export any excess […]

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Burning garbage a major cause of Israeli air pollution – Haaretz

Garbage fires were source of 60 percent of all emitted substances known or suspected to be carcinogens in 2018 Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 8, 2019 Garbage fires have become one of the main causes of air pollution in Israel, and last year they were the source of 60 percent of all emitted substances known or […]

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Ghabawi landfill turns waste into bio-gas – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Oct 10,2019 AMMAN — Ghabawi landfill project has been generating electricity since the end of May by converting waste into bio-gas, according to an official at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM). The “non-hazardous” Ghabawi landfill, located some 25km east of Amman, was established in 2003 and is expected to operate until […]

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