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Eight percent of Israel’s coastal groundwater unfit for consumption – Haaretz

The largest pollution site is in the northern Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon, where Israel Military Industries has been the major source of groundwater pollution Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 12, 2018 | 1:44 PM About 8 percent of the water in Israel’s coastal aquifer, which supplies drinking water for residents of the country’s highly […]

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Incendiary devices burned half of forests near Gaza, data shows – Jerusalem Post

Despite a late-summer lull in the number of incendiary devices launched, the amount sent into Israeli territory has steadily increased again in October. By Avraham Gold, Tovah Lazaroff October 17, 2018 03:05 Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman pushed for a military solution to the Gaza conflict on Tuesday, as a study shows that Palestinian-launched incendiary devices […]

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Thousands of young people participate to clean Egypt’s streets – Egypt Independent

October 14, 2018 Thousands of young people participated on Saturday in the “Share and Clean” initiative, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, to help clean up Egypt’s streets and take care of the environment. The initiative comes as part of government plans to motivate young people to participate in tackling issues facing society, […]

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OPEC Secretary-General questions ‘misguided’ renewables debate after climate report – Environment and Development

12/10/2018 OPEC’s Secretary-General on Thursday criticized a report calling for radical action to fight climate change, saying the idea that renewable energy was the world’s only future was misguided and that a “bombardment” of green advocacy could be harmful. A U.N. panel this week called for unprecedented changes in how the world consumes energy and […]

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Qabalan Says ‘Ruling Class’ Fighting over Oil ‘Spoils’ – Naharnet

Grand Jaafarite Shiite Mufti Sheikh Ahmed Qabalan urged the “ruling class” in Lebanon to end wrangling over the country’s oil and gas wealth, asking them to focus instead on the people’s concerns and livelihood matters. “It is painful to see the people in power trying to secretly put their hand on the oil wealth, while […]

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Abi Khalil, Siemens Representative Agree to Cooperate on Electricity Sector – Naharnet

08 October 2018 Caretaker Energy and Water Resources Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced on Monday that an agreement has been reached with representative of Siemens company to coordinate efforts in a bid to find a solution for the electricity crisis in Lebanon. “An agreement on bilateral cooperation between the Ministry and the company has been […]

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Abu Dhabi explores possibilities to convert waste into jet fuel – Environment and Development

17/10/2018 An estimated 700,000 tonnes per annum of municipal waste in Abu Dhabi, could potentially be converted into jet fuel or other energy sources, Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi announced on Tuesday. Etihad Airways and Tadweer are set to collaborate on a landmark research project to explore how municipal waste can […]

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AI to help Abu Dhabi residents reduce water, power waste – Environment and Development

15/10/2018 Abu Dhabi residents will soon be able to tell where exactly water and electricity are wasted in their house, which will prompt them to minimise resource consumption and save money, a senior official said. “If you know who in which room consumes more electricity, who is wasting water and how domestic waste is generated, […]

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S. Arabia Backs Down from Blocking UN Climate Report – Naharnet

Oil giant Saudi Arabia backed down at the last minute Saturday from obstructing the adoption of a major report by the UN’s climate science panel, sources told AFP. With the threat removed, the meeting of the 195-nation panel in Incheon, South Korea — deep into overtime — swiftly approved the report on how to cap […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter October 2018

EcoPeace at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum An EcoPeace delegation comprising; Dalit Wolf Golan, Mahmoud Driaat and Baker Barakat participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, MN, hosted by Augsburg University. The representatives from our three offices presented a panel on Water Diplomacy in the Middle East, moderated by Professor Nicholas Hayes, and […]

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incendiary balloon fires – YNET / MAAN

Suspected incendiary balloon causes large fire in Ein HaBesor YNET 10.06.18 Residents report seeing balloons coming out of Gaza minutes before massive fire breaks out in moshav in the Eshkol Regional Council; firefighters, security personnel and farmers work to keep flames away from greenhouses. Matan Tzuri One of the largest fires over the past six […]

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Israeli settlers flood Khan al-Ahmar with wastewater – Maan

Oct. 2, 2018 ERUSALEM (Ma’an) — As Israel threatened to raid and demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar at any moment since the evacuation period ended, Israeli settlers stormed the village and flooded the area with wastewater, on Tuesday afternoon. Locals said that Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim […]

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Water scarcity discourse at heart of internal and regional politics — scholar – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – Oct 01,2018 AMMAN — While water scarcity in Jordan has been widely researched, mainly from an engineering perspective, less is known from the water politics angle, a Jordanian scholar said. During a lecture titled “Water scarcity discourses and hydro-politics in the case of Jordan”, held at the CBRL British Institute in […]

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Dead trees and dry springs: Impact of drought felt in Israel

Climate change and increased water use is harming Israeli flora and fauna – and making it impossible for nature to survive without some help from humans Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 2, 2018 The Banias Stream in the Golan Heights, whose cold waters have refreshed generations of hikers, is finding it difficult to do just that […]

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Israel significantly lowers its polluting emissions since 2012 – Haaretz

Emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur per capita are down as much as 60 percent as power plants shift to natural gas, though EU countries are still doing better Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 3, 2018 | 12:55 AM Over the past six years Israel has seen a considerable drop in polluting emissions from industry and […]

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Israeli minister permits culling rock hyraxes to prevent leishmania spreading – Haaretz

Israel’s environmental protection minister Zeev Elkin has issued a permit that allows shooting and trapping the animals up to 500 meters from homes Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 5, 2018 | 8:35 PM Environmental Protection Minister and Jerusalem mayoral candidate Zeev Elkin on Wednesday moved to allow selected killing of rock hyraxes to curb the spread […]

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Conservationists in final push to save wildlife on site of former Israeli arms plant – Haaretz

The state wants to put housing on a valuable parcel in Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv, but residents are insisting an ecological park be established instead Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 2, 2018 | 11:42 PM It’s not unusual for one-time military installations to become ad hoc nature reserves as a result of a ban […]

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Parasitic crabs may reduce amount of jellyfish off Israel’s coast

To predict whether beaches will have fewer jellyfish, researchers still need to know how many crabs live on each creature and how fast it can heal, not to mention its nutritional value Zafrir Rinat | Sep. 24, 2018 | 8:59 PM The nomad jellyfish arrives on the Israeli coast every summer and proliferates like mad. […]

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Is it too late to save Lebanon’s environment? – Environment and Development

5/9/2018 NAJIB SAAB In 2000, the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri invited me to introduce environmental dimensions into his parliamentary elections platform, while the economic and social aspects were assigned to Bassel Fleihan. Upon being appointed prime minister following his election victory, Hariri included this environmental program in the Cabinet statement, which was consequently approved […]

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Parliament OKs Waste Law as Protesters, 2 MPs Warn of Incinerators – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk 24 September 2018, 16:28 The parliament on Monday approved a controversial waste management law amid an outcry from civil society groups and the two lawmakers Paula Yacoubian and Osama Saad. “In its legislative session held under the chairmanship of Speaker Nabih Berri, the parliament approved today the draft law included in the […]

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