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Gaza to get recycling plant on site of former settlements – YNET

After almost clashing with Hamas over expanding garbage mountain near border, Israel approves construction of recycling facility where Gush Katif settlement bloc once stood. Matan Tzuri|Published: 01.29.19 The Gaza Strip is to receive its first-ever waste recycling facility, which will be situated on the ruins of Gush Katif, the Israeli settlement bloc evacuated in the […]

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UAE’s corals suffer ‘catastrophic’ damage in record summer heat – Environment and Development

Scientists fear the future of the UAE’s reefs is in doubt after research found rising temperatures killed almost three quarters of Abu Dhabi’s coral. Record temperatures in the summer of 2017 left more than 90 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s coral cover bleached and struggling to survive, New York University Abu Dhabi found. Dr John […]

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Israeli scientists say Gulf of Aqaba corals can survive climate change – Jerusalem Post

By YAFIT OVADIA 01/31/2019 Israeli researchers were able to recreate water conditions at a hi-tech aquarium facility in Eilat, imitating oceanic conditions. Gulf of Aqaba corals can adjust themselves to climate conditions, surviving harsh climate change, and their offspring have the same capabilities, Bar-Ilan University researchers revealed. The gulf, located in the Red Sea, is […]

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Waste Site behind Metn Foul Odors to be Closed This Month – Naharnet

A waste storage site behind the foul odors that have engulfed Northern Metn’s coastal areas for the past months will be closed before the end of the month, the new environment minister said on Tuesday. “According to a statement issued by the Council for Development and Reconstruction on 29/1/2019, these odors are caused by piles […]

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‘I Green Beirut’-Phase II Culminates in 3 Winners Presenting Sustainable, Artistic Projects – Naharnet

Under the patronage of the Municipality of Beirut, and in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), Junior Chamber International-Lebanon has organized an award-winning ceremony of phase two of “I Green Beirut” competition in downtown Beirut. The event is a culmination of a green landscape and art competition in Beirut, launched […]

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Agency halts project to maintain Ashkelon cliff after anti-erosion devices damaged – Haaretz

Environmental Protection Ministry says the devices are urgently needed Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 7, 2019 | 12:37 AM A government agency decided this week to halt a project to stop the erosion of the Ashkelon cliff. The project involved laying sand-filled tubes made of a specially engineered fabric in the sea below the cliff to […]

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Israel Opens Way for Boating in Coastal Streams – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat Feb 07, 2019 The Environmental Protection Ministry has issued guidelines that could lead to the resumption of boating in various coastal-area streams that are being rehabilitated. The ministry had received inquiries from Ashdod and Hadera, as well as from the Western Galilee Drainage and Streams Authority regarding the Na’aman Stream. As a result […]

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Population, Water – excerpts from The Middle East economy in the last decade – Moshe Dayan Center

Paul Rivlin Jan 31/19 editor’s note: full article at https://dayan.org/content/middle-east-economy-last-decade. The following are the sections on population, water and the conclusion. The full analysis shows the inter-relations between population growth, unemployment, war, refugees, oil depedence, droughts, increasing water shortages and the by-products of desalination. What has happened to the economies of the Middle East over […]

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‘Private settler farm’: Israeli activists petition High Court to revoke West Bank nature reserve’s status – Haaretz

The petition argues that the area’s designations as a reserve and a firing zone are mere pretexts that allow the state to legally remove Palestinians Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 31, 2019 | 9:53 PM Human rights activists are trying, for the first time, to get a nature reserve’s status revoked on the grounds that its […]

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EcoPeace Peacebuilding Newsletter Februrary 2019

EcoPeace Directors in the News and Abroad EcoPeace’s Jordan director Ms. Yana Abu Taleb visited Washington DC in the beginning of January. During her visit she had the opportunity to be hosted by the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg and meet with many friends of EcoPeace and to present our work to potential supporters […]

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Mega water project in north to be partially operational by end of 2019 – Jordan Times

Jan 24,20190 AMMAN — The Wadi Al Arab Water Conveyance Project must be ready before the end of the year, to be at least partially operational, in order to begin pumping additional supplies of drinkable water to the northern region, Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud underlined on Thursday. Notably, the facility will […]

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Zawati reaffirms freeze on renewable energy projects ‘temporary – Jordan Times

Jan 30,2019 – AMMAN — The government’s decision to freeze renewable energy projects is temporary, pending an awaited National Energy Strategy and a National Electric Power Company study, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said on Wednesday. During the inauguration of a regional workshop on energy held by the University of Jordan, in […]

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Green group wages war for Israel’s endangered species – YNET

Society for Protection of Nature in Israel files official document objecting JNF plan to transform 200 acres in south into farmland, claiming it threatens the country’s rare mammals and reptiles. Ilana Curiel|Published: 01.21.19 , 20:03 Won’t anybody think of the gerbils? The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is battling the Jewish […]

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Despite salvation efforts, northern Israeli shoreline continues to decline – Haaretz

Construction in Haifa Bay has disrupted the natural flow of sand, but replenishing the sand on the beach has not solved the problem Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 23, 2019 The shoreline at Kiryat Haim, a Haifa suburb, has suffered extensive damage in recent weeks due to the erosion of sand on the beach in the […]

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Egypt, EBRD sign agreement to depollute Kitchener Drain – Egypt Independent

January 9, 2019 Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly witnessed on Wednesday the signing of an agreement for the integrated depollution project of the Kitchener Drain, developing a sustainable system for solid waste management and rehabilitation of the drain’s infrastructure at a cost of 148.3 million euros. The signings occurred in the presence of the Minister […]

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King, Queen join forestation efforts on Arbour Day – Jordan Times

Their Majesties briefed on rehabilitation measures after fire By JT – Jan 15,2019 AMMAN — Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Tuesday joined Jordan’s youth in planting trees at the Kamalieh Forest on the occasion of Arbour Day. King Abdullah and Queen Rania listened to a briefing from Royal Court Chief Yousef Issawi […]

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New book: The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress

Harvey Molotch NYU/UCSB and Davide Ponzini Politecnico di Milano, have published The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress (NYU Press, 2019). abstract: Thanks in part to their spectacle and authoritarian rule, cities of the Arabian Peninsula reveal contradictions of contemporary urbanization. When money is plentiful, regulation weak, and labor conditions severe, […]

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After oil: Mideast states developing renewable energy – YNET

Wind turbines, hydroelectricity and solar power are on the agenda in Morocco, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but experts say region still lags far behind Europe and North America, despite growing investments The Media Line|Published: 01.17.19 The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt are leading the charge in the Middle East to adopt […]

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Jordan ‘third best host of green energy projects worldwide’ – Jordan Times

Jan 22,2019 AMMAN — Jordan has ranked third as the best investment environment in the field of renewable energy, according to the Bloomberg’s Climatescope 2018 Index, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said. The index announced Jordan, among 103 countries, taking the third slot after Chile and India, in attracting investments into its […]

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Ministry plans to funnel ‘Fils Al Reef’ fee into solar panels for underprivileged households – Jordan Times

Maram Kayed – Jan 24,2019 Now that 99.9 per cent of Jordanian households have electricity, the Energy Ministry announced that the “Fils Al Reef” fee will be channelled into installing solar panels for underprivileged families. According to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Spokesperson Mashhour Abu Eid, Fils Al Reef, which is a fee added […]

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