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High-speed Jerusalem railway link ‘expected’ to reach Tel Aviv this year – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 03/18/2019 Originally due to open in 2008, Israel’s flagship infrastructure project has been plagued by repeated lengthy delays and soaring costs. The severely delayed high-speed railway set to shuttle commuters from around the country to Jerusalem is “expected” to reach Tel Aviv’s Hagana Railway Station later this year, according to Israel Railways. […]

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Egypt to implement €32 mn climate change plan – Egypt Independent

Mira Maged March 15, 2019 During her visit to Kafr al-Sheikh governorate last week, Minister Yasmine Fouad presented a national plan that aims to curtail the negative impact of rising sea levels on Egyptian coasts. In October 2018, the Egyptian government signed a climate change adaptation project with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The […]

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Lebanon warns neighbours against using disputed territory for Israel’s EastMed gas pipeline – YNET

In letter to UN head, EU foreign policy chief, and Italy, Greece and Cyprus, Beirut asks for them to honor country’s exclusive economic zone, tells Greek FM it will not allow its sovereignty to be breached Reuters|Published: 03.07.19 Lebanon on Thursday warned its Mediterranean neighbours that a planned EastMed gas pipeline from Israel to the […]

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Demo Outside World Bank Offices in Beirut over Dam Project – Naharnet

Demonstrators staged a protest outside World Bank offices in Lebanon’s capital Monday over its key role in financing a controversial dam project that environmentalists say will destroy a valley rich in biodiversity. “Bisri Dam = Destruction, Pollution, Earthquakes” and “Save The Bisri Valley”, read banners and posters carried by the dozens of demonstrators gathered in […]

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Jordan Willing to Exchange Lebanese Water for Electricity – Naharnet

Speaker Nabih Berri met on Sunday in Amman with Jordanian King Abdullah on the sidelines of the 29th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (APU), where discussions touched on a number of issues including Jordan’s willingness to exchange water for electricity with Lebanon, the National News Agency reported Monday. The two men discussed a joint […]

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Jordan, ICRC sign $25m deal to rehabilitate water infrastructure in host communities – Jordan Times

Mar 05,2019 AMMAN — The Water Ministry and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday signed an agreement and a memorandum of understanding to rehabilitate the infrastructure in refugee-hosting communities. The $25-million memo was signed by Water Minister Raed Abul Saud and head of the ICRC delegation in Jordan, Jurg Montani, the […]

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Meeting at Environment Ministry Tackles Garbage Management in Metn – Naharnet

Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati held a meeting at the ministry’s premises in the presence of Metn lawmakers where discussions tackled measures to avoid a garbage crisis as the Jdeideh-Bourj Hammoud landfill is nearing full capacity, the National News Agency reported on Monday. The meeting was held in the presence of MPs Hagop Pakradounian, Eddy Abillama, […]

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UAE launches 12-year plan to restore fish populations – Environment and Development

The UAE has launched a 12-year plan to protect and revive the country’s dwindling fish stocks. The plan, launched by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi on the second day of the World Ocean Summit, calls for stronger management of commercial and recreational fishing, increased aquaculture research […]

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Abu Dhabi to ban traditional fishing cages that target threatened species – Environment and Development

A traditional fishing cage known to target hammour and other vulnerable species will be banned in Abu Dhabi in an attempt to save them from extinction. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment issued a resolution banning the use of gargoor cages, which are dome-shaped metal traps, following a survey that discovered a “significant decline” […]

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Study: Dire Gaza sanitary conditions could trigger Israel border crisis – YNET

Research by academics at Ben-Gurion and Tel Aviv universities, in cooperation with EcoPeace Middle East NGO, shows poor infrastructure in the Strip could trigger an outbreak of diseases that would send Gazans clamoring for help from Israeli authorities. Matan Tzuri|Published: 02.26.19 The dire sanitary conditions in the Gaza Strip might have a direct impact on […]

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Where Jesus once preached, the holy waters are draining away – Guardian

Climate change and conflict have left the river Jordan a stagnant stream and the Sea of Galilee critically low If Jesus were alive today, he might reconsider a baptism in the river Jordan; there’s a good chance he’d pick up an eye infection. Faecal bacteria in the pungent, murky waters have risen in recent years […]

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Diplomatic Affairs: The anti-terrorism price tag – Jerusalem Post

Clean water and Israeli-Palestinian coexistence efforts become collateral damage of new Trump administration legislation. By Tovah Lazaroff February 7, 2019 With one email, EcoPeace Middle East lost a $1.2 million grant that had been pledged to aid it in its fight for clean water for Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians. “It came as a complete surprise,” […]

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The dogs of war make headlines, the lions of peace make…peace – Arava Institute

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen, blog in Times of Israel For years Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel have been locked in a Kabuki dance of violence and quiet. At times they inch towards each other only to push the other away as they purposely or inadvertently step on each other’s toes. Recent weeks saw hopeful […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter February 2019

EcoPeace in the News After a tour around the Sea of Galilea and the Jordan River with EcoPeace, The Guardian published an in-depth article this month on how ongoing conflict and drought have led to the dire situation of the Sea of Galilea and the Jordan River. EcoPeace was quoted in the article and we […]

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Amman launches Green City Action Plan, becoming first in region to do so – Jordan Times

MMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Monday inaugurated the Amman Green City Action Plan (GCAP), making the city one of 20 worldwide now taking part in the greening project. Amman is the first city in the southern and eastern Mediterranean to sign up for the EBRD Green Cities project, according […]

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Aqaba forestation project finds support at London initiative – Jordan Times

By Jassar Al Tahat – Mar 02,2019 AMMAN — The Sahara Forest Project (SFP), Bellona Foundation and Ernst & Young (EY) signed a new partnership agreement during the London initiative to boost climate-smart food production and a desert greening project in Jordan using sunlight and seawater. “We are proud to be invited to this important […]

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Record number of sea turtles hatch in Israel, showing success of rescue efforts – Haaretz

13,000 sea turtle eggs hatched in 2018, breaking a record Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 24, 2019 13,000 sea turtles hatched along Israel’s coastline in 2018, making it a record-breaking year for the reptile’s reproduction in the country. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center, whose employees collect eggs laid on the beach […]

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Climate change, conflict: Strategic risks for 2019 – Arab Federation for Environment and Development

Amal Al Mosharrafieh 11/02/2019 Climate-fueled security risks will overwhelm the Middle East in 2019, while enmity and hostility rather than unity will characterize Europe; the U.S. will tumble in its war on terrorism, and an unsustainable future will daunt Russia. These are some of the global security challenges anticipated in a report entitled “Strategic Outlook […]

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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 | Feb. 19, 2019 | 2:39 PM When the 21st century winds down and the world warms, storms in the Mediterranean basin are going to become less frequent — but also […]

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Under Israeli occupation, water is a luxury – Haaretz

Of all the methods Israel uses to expel Palestinians from their land, the deprivation of water is the most cruel. And so the Palestinians are forced to buy water that Israel stole from them Amira Hass | Feb. 24, 2019 | 9:45 PM | 2 When I wrote my questions and asked the spokesperson’s office […]

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