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Climate change threatens olive trees across Mediterranean – Al Jazeera

by Imtiaz Tyab 27 Nov 2017 video report at: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/climate-change-threatens-olive-trees-mediterranean-171127124901517.html Environmental groups have warned that the olive oil industry across the Mediterranean, worth billions of dollars, is under threat due to climate change. From Italy to Tunisia, and Lebanon to Greece, increasingly hot summers and unpredictable winters have seen yields decline by as much as […]

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Israel Eases Rules on Household Solar Panels – Haaretz

The move intends to generate an additional 1,600 megawatts of electricity and help Israel move toward its goal to produce 10% of its power from alternative sources Ora Cohen Nov 27, 2017 5:07 AM The Energy Ministry and Electricity Authority on Sunday unveiled a new program aimed at making it easier for Israeli households and […]

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Energy Policy Formulation in Israel Following its Recent Gas Discoveries – International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy

International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 2017, 7(1), 19-30 Athanasios Dagoumas. Energy and Environmental Policy laboratory, School of Economics, Business and International Studies, University of Piraeus, 126, Gr. Lambraki Street, PC 18532 Piraeus, Greece *, Floros Flouros Energy and Environmental Policy laboratory, School of Economics, Business and International Studies, University of Piraeus, 126, Gr. […]

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Clean-Up Dives, Recycling: Lebanese Respond to Garbage Crisis – Naharnet

The Lebanese divers plunge below the surface, scuba tanks on their backs and nets in hand. But what they’re looking for under the ocean surface is not treasure, it’s trash. The group is conducting a clean-up below the waves, one of many initiatives emerging from Lebanon’s civil society and private sector in response to the […]

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Israeli researchers: Poop from the coop can produce heat and electricity – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 11/20/2017 Treated excrement from turkeys, chickens and other poultry could provide an alternative energy source. While it is generally accepted that gas from cows is responsible for a quarter of global warming, manure from poultry can reduce that effect by providing biofuel to replace 10% of the coal used to produce electricity. […]

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Dubai Municipality collects one million plastic bottles – Environment and Development

Dubai Municipality managed to collect nearly one million plastic bottles in five days as part of an initiative involving the community. The drinking water bottles, collected by the Waste Management Department of the municipality from the public, amounted to about 2,000 kilograms of waste. The move was part of the “Giant Bag” initiative implemented at […]

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AUC at the forefront of sustainable ‘green’ colleges: Princeton Review Guide – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm The American University in Cairo (AUC) was the only higher education institution outside of United States and Canada, to be listed by the Princeton Review’s 2017 Green Colleges Guide, for the third year in a row, cementing its status among the most environmentally-friendly ‘green’ colleges worldwide. The Princeton Review Guide listed 375 out […]

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New initiative to plant one million trees by 2018 – Egypt Independent

Farah Tawfeek In a new initiative, Egypt’s Rotary Club, together with the Ministry of Education and Cairo’s city administration, announced plans to plant more than one million trees over the next five months. Head of communications at the Rotary Club Nagwa Abdul-Moneim El-Zayadi said that the initiative reflects the club’s responsibility towards society and the […]

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Cleaning and sewing up eastern Jerusalem – Jerusalem Post

By DAVID M. WEINBERG 11/16/2017 Jerusalem municipal workers hauled-off abandoned vehicles, accumulated piles of garbage, and rubble from ruined buildings. Earlier this week, Jerusalem municipal officials and workers swept overnight into a-Tur on the Mount of Olives to clean up the neighborhood. Under police protection, they hauled-off abandoned vehicles, accumulated piles of garbage, and rubble […]

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World’s largest solar plant built in a refugee camp launched in Zaatari – Jordan Times

12.9-megawatt solar facility will bring free and clean electricity to over 80,000 camp residents By Mina Mohit – Nov 13,2017 ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP — After six months of construction that saw the sprawling of some 40,000 solar panels over “the size of 33 football fields” in southern Mafraq, the world’s largest solar power plant built […]

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Vulnerable groups in Arab world ‘most at risk’ of climate change impact — experts – Jordan Times

Climate change also threatens to ‘derail development results’ By Hana Namrouqa – Nov 15,2017 BONN — Experts on environment and sustainable development on Wednesday warned that climate change is increasingly becoming a root cause for displacement in the Arab region, urging more attention to the impact of climate change on vulnerable groups. The Arab region […]

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Jordan to go ahead with Red Sea-Dead Sea project despite Israel’s withdrawal threat – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Nov 15,2017 AMMAN—Jordan on Tuesday said it was going ahead with the Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyance project with or without Israel, which threatened on Tuesday to withdraw from the project until it is staff are allowed to return to the Israeli embassy in Amman. “We are going ahead with the […]

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Jordan Outdoor Association puts a cap on illegal fishing – Jordan Times

By Ahmed Bani Mustafa – Nov 09,2017 AMMAN — The Jordan Outdoor Association has contributed to three arrests related to illegal fishing at freshwater bodies in the Kingdom, an activist said. The society, which has 535 members from various countries, has volunteers who monitor water bodies and report illegal fishing to the rangers at the […]

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1,400 trees planted to revive Amman’s greenery – Jordan Times

By Muath Freij – Nov 11,2017 AMMAN — The small number of green spaces in the capital prompted 14-year-old Reem Hamadah to participate in a one-day planting tree activity in Amman on Saturday. Hamadah said that she is forced to visit malls in the upscale neighbourhoods of Amman whenever she wants to enjoy some leisure […]

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Experts discuss impact of tourism on sustainable development – Jordan Times

By Fares Al Abed – Nov 13,2017 AMMAN — The relationship between tourism and sustainable growth was the focus of a regional conference that began in Amman on Monday. Titled “Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA]: Competitiveness for Sustainable Growth”, the two-day meeting aims at developing sustainable urban tourism in the region. […]

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Prayer for rain to be held Friday – Jordan Times

by Muath Freij – Nov 16,2017 – AMMAN — Istisqaa prayer will be held across the Kingdom on Friday, following calls made by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs urging Jordanians to participate in the prayer. A statement posted on the ministry’s website said that Awqaf Minister Wael Arabiyat notified heads of Awqaf directorates […]

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Iran-Iraq quake damages Iraq’s Diyala River dam – Al Jazeera

15 Nov 2017 Engineers in northern Iraq are carrying out repairs on a vital dam damaged by the earthquake that also devastated areas in neighbouring Iran. The dam, which provides water and electricity to about two million people, risks breaking and unleashing disastrous flooding. More than 500 people were killed and about 70,000 were displaced […]

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After ‘Sea of Plastic’ found in Caribbean, one Israeli firm is off to the rescue – Jerusalem Post

By MAX SCHINDLER 11/06/2017 Kibbutz-based Infimer seeks to alleviate $40 billion-a-year cost of plastics pollution. A colossal “sea of plastic” was discovered last month in the Caribbean, with bunched-up bottles and bags stretching for miles. It reminded one Israeli environmental entrepreneur of the polluted Haifa Bay and Kishon River — with all of its petrochemicals. […]

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Annual Cross-Border Environmental Cooperation Conference – Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

On September 13th-14th, 2017, the second annual Track II Environmental Conference was held at the Arava Institute. The conference, entitled “Promoting environmental agreements between Jordan, Israel and Palestine, to improve lives, protect the environment, and support sustainable resolution of conflict”, aimed to highlight the progress of the Track II working groups launched at last year’s […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, November 2017

Diplomat Tour “Gaza on the Edge” On October 24th, EcoPeace staff led a group of representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations on a study tour of the Israeli areas neighboring the Gaza Strip. The tour “Gaza on the Edge” showed the transboundary implications of the Gaza water and sanitation crisis on the Israeli communities, […]

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