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Israel’s water worries return after 4 years of drought – YNET

Following 4-year drought, Israel at precipice of another water crisis as Kinneret set to reach record low and underground aquifers nearly depleted; additional desalination plant considered to ameliorate crisis, as well as several new reservoirs; facing uncertainty, farmers still vexed at their prospects. Reuters|Published: 29.10.17 , 13:14 It was a source of national pride – […]

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The waterkeeper of Iraq – Al Jazeera

by Kenneth R Rosen 27 Oct 2017 Taqtaq, Iraq – Along the Little Zab River that cuts through the Iraqi town of Taqtaq, families picnicked on a recent weekday afternoon. Children frolicked in stalls overlooking the tributary, while a pair of boats gently bobbed in the rushing current. This spot is popular among Kurds, and […]

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Report Says Rooftop Solar Panels Are Sufficient to Meet Israel’s Energy Goals – Haaretz

Building mass solar fields as the government intends, the report argues, would diminish reserves of open space and cause unnecessary environmental damage Zafrir Rinat Oct 23, 2017 Rooftop solar panels could produce enough energy to fully meet the government’s target for solar energy, so there’s no justification for approving additional plans for ground-based solar facilities, […]

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Water Ministry to cut energy use by half by 2019 – Jordan Times

Hana Namrouqa – Oct 26,201 AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation is scheduled to reduce its energy use, which constitutes 14 per cent of the country’s total energy consumption, by half in early 2019, according to officials. The goal of cutting down 50 million kilowatt hours per year is expected to be attained […]

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12 plants save JD1.6m in energy cost under resource efficiency programme – Jordan Times

Hana Namrouqa – Oct 24,2017 AMMAN — Twelve plants in the food and beverage sector helped save over JD1.6 million in costs related to water, energy, raw materials and solid waste management under a programme promoting resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP), officials said on Tuesday. The 12 companies signed up for the Transfer of […]

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Refugees turn waste into work at Zaatari camp – Jordan Times

Camille Dupire – Oct 23,2017 AMMAN — Despite the national strategy implemented to improve the management of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Jordan continues to suffer from the economic, social and environmental consequences of over 2.5 million tonnes of MSW ending up at dumpsites and landfills each year, according to a Jordan Green Building Council report. […]

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Amman to host regional conference on sustainable tourism – Jordan Times

Fares Al Abed – Oct 26,2017 AMMAN — Tourism Minister Lina Annab on Wednesday announced that the first regional conference on “Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA]: Competitiveness for Sustainable Growth”, will be held on November 13 and 14 at the Grand Hyatt Amman Hotel. The conference, held under the patronage of […]

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NGO raises students to become environmental leaders – Jordan Times

Camille Dupire – Oct 23,2017 AMMAN — “Everyone can be a leader of environmental change, by motivating others and setting an example,” stated Dheaya Alrousan, chairman of Green Generation Foundation (GGF), a non-profit organisation advocating for environment preservation. Registered under the umbrella of the Environment Ministry, the GGF aims to foster a “new green generation” […]

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Beirut school installs largest solar power project on a school campus in Lebanon – Environment and Development

27/10/2017 Beirut.com- On October 13, The American Community School of Beirut officially announced their first day of having fully operational solar PV systems providing renewable energy for the school. Once installed, this became the largest solar project installation on a school campus in Lebanon, one that will generate up to 25% of the school’s energy […]

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ClimaSouth project surveys progress on climate change in each Mediterranean partner country

The EU-funded ClimaSouth project has published a series of interviews with its National Focal Points (NFPs) in the Mediterranean partner countries. The main focus of the interviews is on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) process in each country, what is being done to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and how targets set out in the […]

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New Publication: Hussein, H. (2017) Whose ‘reality’? Discourses and hydropolitics along the Yarmouk River

ABSTRACT: This article investigates Jordanian and Syrian hydropolitical discourses around the bilateral relations along the Yarmouk River, with a focus on the decreased flow of the Yarmouk River reaching the Wahda Dam. The article examines the bilateral agreements, the hydropolitical discourses they generate, and the competing solutions they open. By situating the analysis in the […]

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Commentary: Water as a basic human right within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [by Erika Weinthal]

October 2017 Source: American Diplomacy http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2017/0712/ca/weinthal_water.html In the Middle East, water often crosses political borders; because water is a shared resource, its effective management demands cooperation among different users. In the absence of cooperation, conflict is likely. Indeed, conflict and cooperation over shared water has defined Israeli-Palestinian relations since 1967 when Israel gained full control […]

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Arab Public Opinion and the Environment – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB A public opinion survey carried out by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) in 22 Arab countries revealed that a vast majority, exceeding 60 percent, believes that the environment has deteriorated in their countries over the last ten years. An even bigger majority of 95 percent thinks that their country is […]

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The world’s mightiest river is dying – Environment and Development

16/10/2017 The Nile River, the longest in the world at 4,258 miles (6,853km), is shrinking in the face of several harsh environmental challenges. An exploding human population and continued exploitation of communities and natural resources along the river has put unprecedented strain on the Nile, threatening ecosystems and the long-term economic prospects of the region […]

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Three solar power plants to be established in Aswan worth US200 million – Egypt Independent

October 17, 2017 Prime Minister Sherif Ismail signed an agreement on Tuesday to the establish three solar power plants in the Benban area near Aswan. The signing ceremony was attended by the ministers of electricity, investment and international cooperations. The capacity of each plant will be 50 megawatts at a total of $200 million, funded […]

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Tourist boat operations suspended over coral reef destruction – Egypt Independent

October 9, 2017 Major General Ahmed Abdallah, the governor of the Red Sea, decided Sunday to suspend a tourist boat from operation for a week, and fined its owner LE5,000 for causing damage to coral reefs in the Dair coral reef area, in response to a report published by Al-Masry Al-Youm on Wednesday. A number […]

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Al Ain Oasis saves 75% of resources used in farming – Environment and Development

Al Ain Oasis date plantations, a Unesco World Heritage Site in the UAE, are saving 75 per cent of the natural resources used in date palm farming thanks to sustainable agricultural practices. Covering 3,000 acres and more than 184,000 date palms, the Al Ain Oasis has always been following green practices to preserve a treasured […]

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Environment activist mobilises students for permanent waste exhibition – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Oct 15,2017 MMAN — “My dream was to see my country clean,” explained Amal Madanat, the founder of the “Towards Zero Waste” initiative implemented at the Dahiyat Al Hussein School in Amman. “When I retired, I started taking long walks, mostly early in the morning. This is when I realised how […]

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Merad residents oppose new waste plant’s location – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Oct 15,2017 AMMAN — Residents of Merad Municipality in Jerash Governorate on Sunday urged the government to consider an alternative location for a solid waste transfer and segregation plant scheduled to be built in the area. The residents said that the waste plant will harm Merad Municipality’s tourism, environment and economy, […]

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Workshop maps out streets of Amman to make it ‘accessible and friendly’ – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Oct 10,2017 AMMAN — “If cities spoke, what would your streets tell you?” asked Lebanese architect Grace Aaraj in a workshop organised as part of Amman Design Week 2017 (ADW). Building on her experience as an architect and urbanism professional, Aaraj conducted a workshop titled “DIY: A Pattern Language for Amman’s […]

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