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Disputed Gas Fields, Lebanon and Israel – Naharnet

Satterfield Meets Israeli Minister over Gas Row with Lebanon by Naharnet Newsdesk Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz met Sunday with a senior United States official seeking to defuse an escalating oil and gas dispute with Lebanon, his office said. A statement from his spokesman said Steinitz held talks with Acting Assistant Secretary of State David […]

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Could natural gas in the Mediterranean spark the Third Lebanese War? – Jerusalem Post

By ODED ERAN 02/18/2018 “Lebanon will not hesitate to avail itself of its inherent right to self-defence if an armed attack occurs against the economic activities carried out in its maritime areas.” Speaking about border issues between Israel and Lebanon at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) annual conference (January 31, 2018), Defense Minister […]

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Egypt Turkey to explore oil and gas in East Mediterranean, rejecting Egyptian-Cypriot agreement – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm February 6, 2018 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey intends to explore the East Mediterranean for oil and gas, in an interview with Greek newspaper Kathimerini. Cavusoglu considered the 2013 Egyptian-Cypriot agreement on utilization of natural sources in East Mediterranean’s economic zone to be invalid. He explained that his […]

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Family of Iran environmentalist demand post-mortem – Egypt Independent

AFP February 13, 2018 The family of an environmentalist who died in an Iranian prison have called for a post-mortem, their lawyer said Tuesday, rejecting claims by officials that they had accepted the explanation of suicide. “The family has put in a request for a post-mortem,” Arash Keikhosravi, lawyer for the family of Iranian-Canadian Kavous […]

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Cairo among 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water due to pollution: BBC – Egypt Independent

February 12, 2018 Cairo is among 11 cities across the world that are most likely to run out of drinking water due to untreated agricultural and residential waste, according to a BBC report published on Sunday. Citing the World Health Organization (WHO), figures show that Egypt ranks high among lower middle-income countries in the number […]

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Environment Benban’s solar program wins Global Award for Multilateral Project Finance Deal of Year – Egypt Independent

Egypt’s solar power complex Benban, located near Aswan, set to become the largest solar park in the world, won on Wednesday the Thomson Reuters’ project Finance International Award for “Global Multilateral of the Year,” Zulficar & Partners, a law firm that advised the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) on the project agreements, said in a […]

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Government to tackle waste problems by imposing garbage collection fees – Egypt Independent

February 15, 2018 Egypt’s Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy said on Thursday that garbage collection fees, or ‘Service Fees, are to be imposed across Egypt’s governorates following new legislation approved by the cabinet seeking to increase recycling and make garbage disposal more sustainable. Fahmy’s statements came at a press conference held by the cabinet following a […]

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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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