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Half of industrial city factories pollute air: Environment Ministry – Egypt Independent

Half of the factories in the industrial cities are “air polluting,” Egypt’s Ministry of Environment said on Sunday, adding that 20 percent of the vehicles whose emissions have been measured are “violators,” as well as 59 percent of the public buses belonging to the Public Transport Authority (PTA). The Ministry of Environment has received about […]

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Environmental NGO purchases land with endangered wildlife – Jerusalem Post

By ALON EINHORN 01/07/2019 This time, 20 acres filled with coral reefs located at a strategic point in the Carribeans. TiME (This is My Earth) managed, for a third year in a row, to raise enough money in order to purchase land containing endangered wildlife and declare it as a nature reserve, and this time […]

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New Report: Climate Change, Water Security, and National Security for Jordan, Palestine, and Israel – Ecopeace

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is considered a climate hotspot due to its natural water scarcity, low levels of socio-ecological resilience, social tensions and political conflicts, and ongoing immigration crisis. Over the course of the century, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel are projected to experience an average temperature rise over the […]

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Prince Hassan attends seminar on water challenges in Jordan – Jordan Times

Jan 10,2019 – AMMAN — HRH Prince Hassan, chairman of the Royal Scientific Society’s Board of Trustees, on Wednesday attended a seminar on “The Water Situation in Jordan and the Challenges Facing the Sector”. The seminar was organised by the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies and was attended by numerous experts who shed […]

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Preparatory meetings for environment conference kick off at Dead Sea – Jordan Times

Jan 09,2019 AMMAN — Preparatory meetings for the extraordinary session of the Arab Environment Ministers Council kicked off on Wednesday at the Dead Sea, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The extraordinary session, due to take place on January 9-10 in Jordan, will feature the participation of 18 Arab countries at the ministerial level. The […]

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Saving the Dead Sea (editorial) – Jordan Times

Jan 06,2019 Scientists, environmentalists, ecologists and others are all sounding the alarm, once again, that the Dead Sea is fast shrinking, and that at this rate it will become a tiny pool by the middle of this century. Experts say that the level of the Dead Sea is receding by 1.5 metres per year! One […]

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Solar power converted into electricity will be distributed soon – Jerusalem Post

By YAFIT OVADIA 01/01/2019 The projects are expected to generate revenues of NIS 20 million per year. The Israel Electric Company is set to work with start-up Enlight Renewable Energy to convert solar energy to electricity on a massive scale. Enlight CEO Gilad Yavetz said: “We can see the importance of the company’s continued expansion […]

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Renewable sources contribute ‘8% of 2018 energy mix’ – Jordan Times

Jan 10,2019 AMMAN — The combined total capacity of power generation projects from renewable resources in the Kingdom reached 1,090 megawatts (MW) by the end of 2018, the Energy Ministry said on Thursday. This includes projects to reduce consumption through the net index and energy transit with a total capacity of 330MW, according to a […]

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Overconsumption or climate change? Experts debate cause of drop in Sea of Galilee levels – Haaretz

Water Authority researchers say water supply to Israel’s only fresh water lake will decline by at least 12 percent over the next century, but experts fail to agree why Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 3, 2019 | 7:25 PM The question of why the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s only major fresh water lake, has fallen to […]

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Water sent to Israel’s north in bid to save drying Upper Galilee stream – Haaretz

In an attempt to keep the stream in Nahal Betzet from drying up, a pipe will be attached to several sections which may also reduce the use of groundwater, restoring flow to springs in the area Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 2, 2019 | 12:36 AM The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has begun introducing water […]

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Egypt, EBRD sign agreement to depollute Kitchener Drain – Egpyt Independent

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly witnessed on Wednesday the signing of an agreement for the integrated depollution project of the Kitchener Drain, developing a sustainable system for solid waste management and rehabilitation of the drain’s infrastructure at a cost of 148.3 million euros. The signings occurred in the presence of the Minister of Investment and […]

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Friendly words but no change on the ground – Al Ahram

Doaa El-Bey reviews another year of inconclusive meetings to determine the workings of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam More than three years have passed since Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed the Khartoum Declaration — the Declaration of Principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) — in March 2015, yet there has been little progress […]

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US, Saudi Arabia Back-of-the-Pack on Curbing Climate Change – Naharnet

The United States and Saudi Arabia rank last when it comes to curbing climate change among the 56 nations accounting for 90 percent of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said Monday. A large number of laggards means the world is dangerously off-track which it comes to slashing the carbon pollution that has already amplified droughts, […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter December 2018

The EcoPeace Middle East team would like to wish Happy Holidays to all of our friends and supporters who are celebrating. With the help of supporters like you we have achieved great things in the last year. Our advocacy and community based efforts include: Helped to reach the completion of the new North Gaza Wastewater […]

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Egypt’s Fertile Nile Delta Threatened by Climate Change – Naharnet

07 December 2018, Lush green fields blanket northern Egypt’s Nile Delta, but the country’s agricultural heartland and its vital freshwater resources are under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped basin is home to nearly half the country’s population, and the river that feeds it provides Egypt with 90 percent of its water needs. […]

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New pipeline will bring desalinated water to Israel’s only freshwater lake – Haaretz

A new pipeline and additional desalination plants will introduce fresh water into Lake Kinneret — in order to meet Israel’s commitments to Jordan, which suffers from a dire water shortage Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 2, 2018 | 12:54 AM Israel’s National Water Carrier has an outsize place in the national consciousness. The formidable system of […]

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Advancing science one gust at a time: Israel’s largest wind tunnel – Jerusalem Post

By MAYA PELACH ZAVIT 12/09/2018 New facility serves as a platform for conducting a variety of environmental experiments, without ever leaving the laboratory. It can affect planes in flight and ships at sea, accelerate the spread of wildfires, cause road closures and even lead to loss of lives. It’s the wind, and while we may […]

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Rate of asthma cases in Haifa’s children more than double Israeli average – Haaretz

Researchers suggest air pollution has led to higher rate ■ In vicinity of Sea of Galilee, it’s four times as high allegedly due to shortage of specialists, Health Ministry finds Ido Efrati | Dec. 14, 2018 The rate of hospitalization of Haifa’s children for asthma is 2.32 times higher than the national average, according to […]

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Haifa residents can die of pollution, as long as there’s no Arab deputy mayor (editorial) – Haaretz

Never mind the frenetic development of the Oil Refineries and the petrochemical industries, for the government the worst thing happening in Israel right now is the appointment of Raja Zaatry as deputy mayor Gila Livni Zamir Dec. 11, 2018 For many years, Haifa residents have been protesting conduct of the polluting petrochemical industries in their […]

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“Verynile” initiative to clean Nile water launched: Irrigation Ministry – Egypt Independent

December 12, 2018 Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation on Wednesday launched the “Verynile” initiative, which aims to clean the Nile river’s water daily and increase awareness for environmental preservation, in cooperation with the “Baseta” company. The initiative joins fishermen and special teams under the motto “clean the Nile water…one kilo every time.” Head of the central […]

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