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Israeli forces seize garbage truck in West Bank village – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces seized today a garbage truck that belongs to the village of Rujeib, east of the occupied northern West Bank city of Nablus, local witnesses said. They told WAFA that the soldiers claimed the truck, which was emptying its load in a dumpster, was too close to […]

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Berri Hails ‘Victory’ in Border Demarcation Talks – Naharnet

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday described the outcome of the U.S.-mediated talks over the demarcation of the southern territorial and maritime borders as a “victory for the Lebanese stance.” “He is optimistic and he considers what has happened so far as a victory for the official and popular Lebanese stance in terms of preserving […]

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First nest in the world of captive-bred Egyptian vulture found in Israel – Haaretz

Two birds spotted years after their start at a nearby incubation center in the north of the country Zafrir Rinat | May 23, 2019 The first nest in the world of an Egyptian vulture raised in an egg incubation center and released to the wild was recently found in the Carmel region in the north. […]

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EcoPeace’s participation at the United Nations Security Council – EcoPeace

highlights from EcoPeace’s participation at the United Nations Security Council session on the Middle East in New York last month. EcoPeace’s Co-Directors emphasized the urgency to advance large-scale action on cross border water and environmental issues, highlighting the potential impact this could have on regional security. See for full presentation: The overwhelmingly positive feedback we […]

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First Mesopotamian Water Forum addresses key challenges to regional water management – Fanack:water

By: Juliane Schillinger The Mesopotamian Water Forum was held for the first time in Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan from 6-8 April 2019. It brought together civil society actors from across the region to discuss key challenges along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers and sought to promote water as a tool for sustainable peace. 2 April […]

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Timid Arab response to climate crisis – Environment and Development

9/5/2019 NAJIB SAAB The global youth climate movement, which stormed the world over the last months, did not resonate in Arab countries. School strikes or public vigils didn’t happen, and the response was limited to general support statements, issued by individuals and associations largely representing an older generation. Although they likely acted with good intentions, […]

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Make Jordan cleaner and greener (editorial) – Jordan Times

May 12,2019 HRH Crown Prince Hussein has shown the way for other young people on how to keep the country clean and environment friendly, by personally taking part on Saturday in the cleaning up of Husban Forest as part of a national campaign to clean up public parks and touristic and archaeological sites from trash […]

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UAE to export local plants and animals in conservation plan – Environment and Development

An initiative to preserve the UAE’s biodiversity by exporting flora and fauna, like the endangered Arabian Oryx, abroad has launched. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi teamed up to launch the joint Al Maha Diplomacy initiative, which will introduce local plants […]

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Energy saving project tenders for vulnerable families being assessed – Jordan Times

Ministry says 2,805 houses to be covered during project’s first phase By JT – May 15,2019 The energy saving project will target underprivileged families in remote areas across the Kingdom (JT file photo) AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ tenders committee on Tuesday began assessing the technical specifications of 12 tenders, which […]

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‘Kingdom will start generating power from oil shale next year’ – Jordan Times

Maaytah says oil shale to generate 15% of Jordan’s electric power By JT – May 13,2019 Attarat Power Company board member Muhammad Maaytah says on Monday that the Kingdom will start generating power from oil shale by the middle of next year to contribute to 15 per cent of the total power energy generated in […]

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‘Maan’s second solar complex is 60% complete’ – Jordan Times

Kreishan says mega project to be completed by November this year By JT – May 12,2019 AMMAN — Maan Development Company (MDC) CEO Hussein Kreishan on Saturday said that the construction of Maan’s second solar complex is 60 per cent complete. The project, founded by the MDC, will be fully completed by November, Kreishan said […]

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Report: Maritime Demarcation Talks with Satterfield Reflect ‘Positive’ Atmosphere – Naharnet

Diplomatic sources confirmed that the maritime border talks between State Department’s acting assistant secretary for near eastern affairs, David Satterfeld with Lebanese officials reflected a “very positive” atmosphere paving way for a real opportunity to restore Lebanon’s full sovereign rights and provide suitable conditions for extracting energy, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Thursday. […]

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Vulture Poisoning, Golan Heights – Haaretz

Vulture severely hurt in Golan poisoning released back to nature Eight vultures, two jackals and a fox were found dead in the Golan Heights after eating poison spread illegally over the weekend. Only 12 vultures remain in the Golan Zafrir Rinat | May 16, 2019 The Nature and Parks Authority released back to nature on […]

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Climate change: The imminent threat to human existence – Jordan Times

Apr 30,2019 I would like to dwell with you into the damage issue caused by humans to their environment, and the continuous negligence by the concerned officials and stakeholders in curbing practices that compounded to threaten our existence on this globe. I refer here to the global warming and the ongoing rise on average temperatures […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter May 2019

EcoPeace at the United Nations Security Council On April 29th EcoPeace Middle East Palestinian and Israeli Co-Directors, Nada Majdalani and Gidon Bromberg, accompanied by Jordanian Co-Director, Yana Abu Taleb, had the incredible opportunity of presenting at the 8517th UN Security Council session on the Middle East. Together, they delivered a message of environmental peacebuilding, calling […]

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Hurricanes to slam Mediterranean as global warming ramps up – Haaretz

Storms in the Mediterranean basin will be rarer but stronger as the effects of warming become more severe, a new study predicts Ruth Schuster | May 5, 2019 When the 21st century winds down and the world warms, storms in the Mediterranean basin are going to become less frequent — but also more violent and […]

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Initial digging results show potential for increased gas production at Risha Field – Jordan Times

NPC’s output of 22 years barely covers Jordan’s power generation needs for two years By JT – May 08,2019 AMMAN — Initial digging results at Well 48 in the Risha Field, eastern Jordan, show potential for increased production, the National Petroleum Company (NPC) announced on Tuesday. Final results will be announced in May after a […]

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Egypt Expects Solar Park to be Fully Operational this Year – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Egypt expects the 1.6 gigawatt solar park it is building in the south of the country to be operating at full capacity in 2019, the investment ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The $2 billion project, set to be the world’s largest solar installation, has been partly funded by the World Bank, which invested […]

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Lebanon: Mansourieh Residents Reject Installation of High-Voltage Power Lines – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Beirut – Sanaa Al-Jack Wednesday’s Lebanese Cabinet session saw talks on the recent clash between residents of the Metn town of Mansourieh and security forces over the installation of high-voltage power lines, which protesters say can cause cancerous diseases. On the sidelines of the session, Information Minister Jamal al-Jarrah said: “Studies have proved that no […]

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Despite Full Reservoirs, Iraq Water Woes Far from Over – Naharnet

After plentiful winter rains, Iraq is heading into summer with overflowing reservoirs and lush marshes. But don’t be fooled, observers warn: its water woes and related protests are not over. Far from last year’s shortages, “the land between the two rivers” is expected to hold 42 billion cubic metres (1.48 trillion cubic feet) in its […]

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