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Israeli Startup Finds Holy Grail of Garbage Disposal – Haaretz

UBQ invented a patented new composite material based on trash that actually decarbonizes the atmosphere in net terms, and uses no water in the process Ruth Schuster | Apr. 16, 2019 Garbage is a blight. It gets collected by the city — or in some cases even by the mafia —, which pile it up, […]

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Passover one of the ‘most wasteful’ times of the year – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 04/18/2019 “Part of the answer is that children are at home and not at school, where some of them have a lunch program. At home, they have to find some kind of sustenance, so the family needs more food.” The festival of Passover, a celebration of the timeless tale of Jewish freedom […]

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Aoun Tells Pavlopoulos Lebanon Won’t Join Gas Forum Comprising Israel – Naharnet

President Michel Aoun on Thursday said he told visiting Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos that Lebanon will not accept to join any Mediterranean gas consortium comprising Israel. “I thanked the president for his country’s stance on Jerusalem and its stance on the Syrian Golan. I also stressed that the U.S. president’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty […]

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Bassil Says Lebanon to Strengthen Oil and Gas Cooperation with Cyprus – Naharnet

The top diplomats of Lebanon and neighboring island nation Cyprus said Thursday they were working together towards a deal over adjacent oil and gas exploration zones in the Mediterranean. Both countries hope to exploit resources on either side of their shared maritime border, and Lebanon this month opened tenders for three of its four blocks […]

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Parliament Approves Amendments to Implement Electricity Plan – Naharnet

The Parliament passed on Wednesday amendments necessary to implement an ambitious plan to restructure the country’s crumbling electricity sector. Restructuring the power sector, dysfunctional since Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war, has been among key demands for reforms by the World Bank and international donors. Lawmakers have turned down a proposal submitted by Lebanese Forces MP George […]

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Ministry of Environment prepares for nationwide cleaning campaign on Saturday – Jordan Times

Clean-up efforts to target parks, tourist attractions and sites along Jordan Trail By JT – Apr 17,2019 AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment is preparing to launch a nationwide cleaning campaign on Saturday, to mark the 25th anniversary of His Majesty King Abdullah’s Ascension to the Throne. The campaign, aside from the clean-up effort, will […]

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Iran leader approves tapping sovereign fund for flood relief – Environment and Development

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved drawing up to $2 billion from the country’s sovereign wealth fund for relief and reconstruction after devastating floods, state media reported on Monday. On Sunday, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said the weeks of heavy rain across the country had caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage […]

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Historic Water Levels at Iraq Reservoirs and Dams – Naharnet

Water levels in Iraq’s reservoirs and dams have reached historic heights, officials have told AFP, with thousands of families facing possible displacement by more flooding. Weeks of rain compounded by melting snowcaps in neighboring Turkey and Iran have almost filled Iraq’s four main reservoirs and swelled the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. In Samarra, north of […]

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Butterflies swarm Lebanon’s meadows in numbers unseen for 100 years – Jerusalem Post

By REUTERS 04/18/2019 “The last time this migration happened in this way was back in 1917,” said Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, a professor in plant genetics in Lebanon. ZAAROUR, Lebanon (Reuters) – A vast number of migrating butterflies have swarmed across Lebanon this year after heavy winter rain in the Middle East led to an […]

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Volunteers take to southern Jordan to plant trees – Jordan Times

JT – Apr 15,2019 AMMAN — The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) on Friday sent a convoy to the south of Jordan to plant trees and support farmers through various agricultural activities. The initiative brought together 150 volunteers of all ages, an APN statement said. The convoy operated under the banner of […]

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Climate change-driven flooding has become Trump’s ally in his war on Iran – Haaretz

The extensive flooding in Iran shows that climate change is real and wreaks real economic havoc, too, even if Trump doesn’t believe in it. And, it’s going to grow worse David Rosenberg | Apr. 8, 2019 Donald Trump doesn’t believe in climate change, but he can thank his lucky stars that he’s wrong. Just as […]

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Arab states face water emergency, urgent action needed: U.N. – Environment and Development

Arab states are facing a water supply emergency they need to coordinate an urgent response to, with per capita resources expected to fall by 50 percent by 2050, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday. The Middle East and North Africa have suffered more than any other region from water scarcity and […]

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Electricity is a prerequisite for electric cars – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB In an attempt to reduce pollution caused by the transport sector, the Lebanese government recently announced incentives to promote electric and hybrid cars. The measures comprised full tax and tariff exemption for vehicles fully running on electric motors, and a slightly lower reduction in fees on hybrid cars running on both electricity and […]

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Gaza animals find new home following deaths at zoo – Environment and Development / Maan

Gaza animals find new home following deaths at zoo – Environment and Development Five lions, five monkeys, four ostriches, three peacocks, two wolves and a hyena departed Gaza for Jordan on Sunday, after being rescued from a Gaza zoo where many animals died of starvation and lack of care. The animal welfare group Four Paws […]

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The central problem – YNET

In its centennial year, Israel will have 17 million residents. According to the current distribution, most of them will live in the center of the country, and the overcrowding will be unbearable. The “Israel 2048 – Shared Future” Initiative promotes a national campaign to eventually turn the Negev and the Galilee into independent, prosperous and […]

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Controversial hotel plan nixed in favor of nature reserve in Israel’s Arava desert – Haaretz

The Southern District Planning Committee is supporting a plan to have the hotel built at a nearby site adjacent to the southern entrance to Timna Park Zafrir Rinat | Apr. 8, 2019 The Southern District Planning Committee decided last week to advance a plan that would deny approval for construction of a hotel in the […]

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The Middle East’s Authoritarians Have Come for Conservationists – The Atlantic

Environmental activists pushing for clean water, restrictions on poaching, and action on climate change have faced prison—or worse. Peter Schwartzstein Mar 30, 2019 Amirhossein Khaleghi thought he knew danger. For much of the past 12 years, he had tracked Persian leopards and Asiatic cheetahs across the rugged splendor of Iran’s national parks. He would spend […]

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Is renewable energy in Jordan victim of its success? – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 27/3/2019 “A victim of its own success? Jordan re-evaluates its power generation strategy,” was the title of an article in The National Law Review, following the Jordanian government’s decision to withhold licenses for new renewable energy projects. The sudden move came at a time when the Jordanian renewable energy sector had reached advanced […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, April 2019 – EcoPeace

EcoPeace International Advisory Committee Member Presents at the Vatican Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith, a member of EcoPeace’s International Advisory Committee (IAC), recently represented EcoPeace Middle East at the March 7-9, 2019, Vatican conference in Rome on “Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals: Listening to the cry of the earth and of the poor.” Rabbi Dabba […]

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‘Iraq ready to embark on Basra-Aqaba oil pipeline’ – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Iraq on Thursday announced the completion of the technical preparations of the extension of the Iraqi oil pipeline, to run through the Kingdom with a capacity of 1 million barrels per day. Iraqi Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban voiced his country’s hope that 1 million barrels would be exported per day through the Basra-Aqaba […]

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