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Egypt’s Rebounding Tourism Threatens Red Sea Corals – Naharnet

In serene turquoise waters off Egypt’s Red Sea coast, scuba divers ease among delicate pink jellyfish and admire coral — yet a rebounding tourism sector threatens the fragile marine ecosystem. The Red Sea is a top scuba diving destination, but Egypt’s tourism sector was buffeted by a wave of security shocks through much of this […]

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Three hawksbill sea turtles beheaded in Hurghada: activist – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm Three hawksbill sea turtles were beheaded on the beach of Juzur Abu Minqar in the city of Hurghada in violation of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), said a marine activist Zakaria Mohieddin. Mohieddin clarified that the turtles’ shields were taken off for manufacturing of black glasses […]

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Israel orders stop-construction of solar panels in Jordan Valley – Maan

TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities delivered a stop-construction notice to solar panels, in the northern Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank, ordering halt of construction, on Monday. Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley’s Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that the Israeli authorities raided the area and […]

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Britain to contribute 9 million pounds for Gaza’s water desalination plant – WAFA

BRUSSELS, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (WAFA) – Britain announced today a contribution of 9 million pounds for the Gaza water desalination plant, said Mazen Ghneim, head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA). This came during the opening of an international conference on the water desalination project in the Gaza Strip attended by 31 countries and […]

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Lebanon ready to determine maritime border with Israel – YNET

Talk of the demarcation of a maritime border gathered steam with the visit to Beirut last month by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 04.29.19 The speaker of Lebanon’s parliament indicated Lebanon was prepared to set a maritime border with Israel under the supervision of the United Nations. During an April 23 meeting in Beirut […]

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Wettest winter in a generation: Iraq is tested in era of climate change – Haaretz

The rains have restored the freshwater marshes of southern Iraq, a region some scholars see as the biblical Garden of Eden transforming lands once parched for water into fields of grain and cereal The Associated Press | May 2, 2019 | 12:58 PM After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in […]

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As Israel grows more crowded, state plans incentives for more underground building – Haaretz

Officials plan regulations to make it more financially viable to build below the surface in what is the third most densely populated developed country in the world Adi Cohen May 2, 2019 | 5:25 AM Already crowded, Israel’s population density is destined to grow in the decades ahead. That’s led to developers building ever taller […]

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Bustani Says Ending Power Tapping Allows Better Distribution – Naharnet

Energy Minister Nada al-Bustani launched a campaign on Saturday to remove infringements on the crumbling electricity grid as part of fixing the electricity sector that has cost state coffers about $2 billion annually. “Removing electricity violations will allow a reduction in wasted energy and provide a better distribution,” said Bustani as she accompanied the campaign […]

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Samples Collected from Oil Spill Offshore Jiyeh – Naharnet

Research teams from the Lebanese Army, Civil Defense and the Environment Ministry collected samples on Thursday from the oil leak spotted a day earlier offshore the Jiyeh coastal area, LBCI TV station. Residents of Jiyeh and Jadra posted photos of sheen offshore. The sheen was reportedly the result of either a leak from one of […]

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Jordan, Germany explore prospects of joint energy academy to serve as regional hub – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati on Tuesday called for creating a new Jordanian-German energy academy to serve as a regional technical support hub. The minister held a meeting with a German delegation headed by President of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry Peter Ramsauer, former federal minister of transport, […]

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Electric car sales drop by 70% as new tax goes into effect – Jordan Times

Association president fears levy would bring sector ‘to halt’ By Maram Kayed – May 01,2019 AMMAN — Electric car sales went down by 70 per cent in April as a 25 per cent tax hike on the vehicles went into effect, the Jordanian Free Zones Investors Association (JFZIA) announced on Tuesday. According to JFZIA President […]

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Israeli startup aims to save the planet from thirst using algae – Haaretz

Pampering the bacteria needed to treat sewage is costly and just replaces one planetary blight with another. Enter Aqwind and its algae. Ruth Schuster | Apr. 22, 2019 Imagine if showering was a luxury, washing your floors a dirty secret, and shampooing the dog was illegal. It isn’t unthinkable that within our lifetimes, bath will […]

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Israel turns hundreds of dunams into nature reserve near Nablus – Maan

pril 17, 2019 NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities turned hundreds of dunams of Palestinian-owned agricultural lands into a nature reserve in the eastern area of Khirbet Yanoun south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Tuesday. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an […]

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This is the last climate change story you will ever read — if you take Christiana Figueres’ advice – Haaretz

It takes a world, not a village, to fix the problem we created, but the technology (mostly) already exists, says the architect of the Paris Agreement and co-winner of this year’s Dan David Prize Ruth Schuster | Apr. 22, 2019 Yes, we can fix the planet, insists Christiana Figueres, the doyenne of climate change and […]

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Pesticides Ban Reduces Toxins in Pregnant Women – Haaretz

The Israeli government’s ban on several varieties of pesticides led to a 40 percent drop in concentrations of toxins in pregnant women, research shows Zafrir Rinat | Apr. 17, 2019 The government’s decision to ban the use of a few types of pesticides seven years ago has led to a significant decline in concentrations of […]

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‘Investment in renewable energy to exceed $4b mark’ – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 22,2019 Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati on Sunday poses with representatives, experts and officials of Arab countries during a workshop on sustainably integrating renewable energy into regional power grids (Petra photo) AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati on Sunday launched a pan-Arab workshop on […]

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Electric company produces record amount of green energy – Jerusalem Post

By TZVI JOFFRE 04/24/2019 The production capacity was 1,326 megawatts, accounting for 19.3% of the total energy production. At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the Israeli Electric Company announced that they had broken their all-time record for energy produced from renewable resources, Ynet reported. The production capacity, meaning the maximum electric output under the specific conditions […]

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Tadweer opens region’s first battery solar system at landfill – Environment and Development

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) opened the first battery solar system in the region at its Al Dhafra Landfill on Wednesday. A solar-plus-storage plant is an energy storage system charged by a connected solar power plant. The facility at Al Dhafra Landfill has minimal operation and maintenance costs compared to conventional plants, and utilises […]

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Egypt establishes waste management factory for alternative fuel in Ain Sokhna – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm April 18, 2019 Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmeen Fouad opened on Thursday a factory of waste management solutions by provider Geocycle Egypt Company in Suez’s Ain Sokhna city. Fouad clarified that the factory is equipped with modern technological devices summing LE200 million in investments and will be the largest factory in the Middle […]

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There’s a way to save Jordan. But it might kill the Dead Sea – Haaretz

Water crisis in the Hashemite kingdom can be eased by desalinating water from the Red Sea, with brine waste used to replenish the vanishing Dead Sea — but experts don’t agree if it will succeed Ruth Schuster, Avner Tavori | Apr. 18, 2019 The Dead Sea is slowly dying. For tens of thousands of years, […]

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