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A Confluence of Crises: On Water, Climate, and Security in the Middle East and North Africa – Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute

Johan Schaar abstract only, full report: https://environmentalpeacebuilding.org/library/show/LibraryItem-4546 Countries: Algeria, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen Topics: Climate Change, Disasters, Economic Recovery , Governance, Land, Peace and Security Operations, Renewable Resources Added: 22/07/2019 The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) […]

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Activists in Uphill Battle against Illegal Quarries in Lebanon – Naharnet

Braving death threats, Abdallah Haddad fought for years to shut down quarries near his village in Lebanon. The 61-year-old said he and fellow activists received “good news” at the end of July about the gutted mountain in Ain Dara they had worked to protect — a Lebanese court ordered 16 quarries out of 17 to […]

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11 tenders floated for 2nd phase of installing solar cells – Jordan Times

Aug 19,2019 AMMAN — The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has floated 11 tenders to implement the second phase of installing solar cells to houses of beneficiaries of the National Aid Fund, which is financed by Fils Al Reef to reduce financial burdens of these families. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Hala Zawati said that […]

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Naharnet: Rising Seas Threaten Egypt’s Fabled Port City of Alexandria – Naharnet

Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and archaeological sites, prompting authorities to erect concrete barriers out at […]

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Climate change will endanger the hajj, new study warns – Haaretz

Extreme weather – including intolerable heat and unexpected cold snaps –could pose extreme dangers for pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia, cautions MIT study Ruth Schuster | Aug. 22, 2019 The Middle East and North Africa will become uninhabitable at some point in the future, according to climate change models. The weather doesn’t have to become intolerable […]

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“village in a box” – no camels

By Klara Strube, NoCamels July 30, 2019 A sustainable village, as imagined by The Sustainable Group. No matter how hard we try, living a sustainable life is a constant uphill battle. We carry around metal straws and reusable bags to cut down on plastic consumption, turn off the water while brushing our teeth to conserve, […]

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GAM keen on climate change action — mayor – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Sep 04,2019 AMMAN — Amman Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh on Wednesday said the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has taken steps to reduce the effects of climate change, highlighting the Amman Plan launched in last June. In a GAM statement sent to The Jordan Times on Wednesday, Shawarbeh said that […]

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UJ goes solar to save on energy bill – Jordan Times

Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Aug 06,2019 AMMAN — The University of Jordan (UJ) is banking on solar power to alleviate its financial problems by 2022-2023. The move will help reduce costs and lower electricity consumption, UJ President Abdul Kareem Qudah told The Jordan Times on Tuesday. The solar power project will save around […]

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Non-native parrots causing substantial damage in Israel – Jerusalem Post

While the birds cause large crop losses in their native areas, in Temperate Europe no comparable widespread and severe damage has been recorded. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF uly 31, 2019 Non-native parrots can cause substantial environmental damage when establishing wild populations in new places, such as Israel, but have failed to do so in Temperate […]

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Settlers plant forest trees in Palestinian land as a prelude for taking it over, says local official- WAFA

BETHLEHEM, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (WAFA) – Jewish settlers planted forest trees in Palestinian land south of the southern West Bank biblical city of Bethlehem as a prelude for taking it over, today said Diab Mashaleh, head of Jabah village council where the targeted land it located. He told WAFA that residents of the village […]

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Heatwaves in the Mediterranean Sea are bigger, hotter and last longer – Haaretz

Water temperature anomalies can cover half the Mediterranean basin and last for weeks, decimating animals and fish – but in deep water, it’s even worse, a new study shows Ruth Schuster | Aug. 28, 2019 Climate change is cooking our fish before they even leave the sea. Marine heatwaves on the surface of the Mediterranean […]

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No-fly zone: For birds, too, the Mideast poses a growing danger – Haaretz

BIRDLIFE report says Israeli conservation policy ‘virtual haven’ for migratory birds, but calls on states in the region to increase enforcement and prevent hunting for sport Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 29, 2019 Around 17 million birds are killed or captured annually in the Middle East, causing great damage to migratory populations in the region and […]

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Israeli researchers are using 3D printing technology to help rebuild coral reefs – Jerusalem Post

By ZACHARY KEYSER 08/25/2019 Coral reef systems are being continuously degraded worldwide. This technology, now being applied off the coast of Eilat, helps rebuild the diversity of the underwater ecosystem. A project to help rebuild coral reef systems around the world has been developed using a 3D printing model to create artificial coral structures, according […]

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‘Alarming’ plastic pollution in Lebanon’s water, seafood – Environment and Development

BEIRUT, The Daily Star- The average Lebanon resident may be eating more than 30,000 small pieces of plastic per year from seafood alone, according to the results of the first study on microplastic particles in the country. The study, which analyzed two marine species widely consumed in Lebanon – the European anchovy, which is commonly […]

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Forests affected by wildfires, illicit logging, climate change – Jordan Times

Aug 22,2019 AMMAN — A total of 33,500 dunums of forest have been damaged in 33 wildfires across the country since the start of the summer, with 1,050 trees burnt completely, while 1,940 trees have been affected partially, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Most of the fires engulfed lands owned by citizens, except for two […]

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Clean energy to cover 20% of power needs by 2022 — Zawati – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Deputising for Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, Energy Minister Hala Zawati on Tuesday inaugurated the sixth international and fifth Arab forum on renewable energy to review the developments of the sector, which is expected to amass $500 billion worth of investments by 2040. Since 2014, Jordan has developed a legislative environment that has facilitated […]

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Water, electricity theft (editorial) – Jordan Times

Aug 24,2019 The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has issued a circular on Thursday notifying many parts of the country, including major areas in Amman, that their water supply will be disrupted for a whole five-day period because someone in the south of the country reportedly attacked the main water supply pipeline of the Disi […]

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Water supply to be disrupted as alleged sabotage hits Disi project – Jordan Times

Pumping of some 350,000 cubic metres of water daily to capital, governorates will be suspended between Sunday and Thursday By Hana Namrouqa – Aug 22,2019 – AMMAN — Pumping from the Disi Water Conveyance Project, one of the Kingdom’s strategic water resources, will be completely halted between Sunday and Thursday. Authorities are scrambling to fix […]

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Plane sunk to enrich marine habitat in Aqaba – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) on Monday sunk a disused commercial TriStar aircraft to Aqaba’s Underwater Military Museum Dive Site with the aim of boosting marine life. HRH Crown Prince Hussein attended the ceremony, after participating in a tactical military exercise at the military training field, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, […]

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Al-Quds University harvests second place in 2019 Asian Science Competition hosted in China – WAFA

CHINA, Sunday, August 25, 2019 (WAFA) – Al-Quds University harvested second place for the best research project on environment at the Asian Science Camp (ASC( that was held in Shantou, China, between July 28th and August 3rd, 2019, according to a university press statement. Selected by Al-Quds University (AQU) from several Palestinian schools, the participants […]

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