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Editorial: Give Them Water – Haaretz

Israel must abide by international law, respect the principles of justice and equality and connect the villages in the Masafer Yatta area to the water infrastructure Haaretz Editorial | Feb. 24, 2019 | 2:37 AM | 3 On February 13, the Israel Defense Forces’ Civil Administration demolished a network of water lines that provided water […]

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Japan funds electricity, water rehabilitation projects in West Bank – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Monday, February 25, 2019 (WAFA) – Japan’s Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine Takeshi Okubo signed Sunday grant contracts for three electricity and water rehabilitation projects across the West Bank. The Representative Office of Japan to Palestine said in a press release that Okubo signed grant contracts for two Grassroots […]

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Report: Russia Offers to Build Power Plant in Lebanon – Naharnet

Lebanon’s problematic electricity file is one of the government’s focal issues amid reports claiming that a Russian proposal to build a power plant could end the suffering of Lebanese, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday. Ministerial sources told the daily, the government is keen on finding a permanent solution and that Lebanon’s various political parties have […]

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Minister Says Metn Foul Odors Problem to End in 3 Days – Naharnet

Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati announced Monday that the problem of the foul odors emanating from the Bourj Hammoud garbage landfill will end in three days. The minister “communicated with the contractor in charge of the Bourj Hammoud landfill after the Environment Ministry received complaints about the spread of odors in the towns of Northern Metn’s […]

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The battle over Tel Aviv’s last green belt – YNET

Local residents are furious at Israel Land Authority plan to build thousands of homes on site of one of Gush Dan region’s unique green lungs, which would destroy the habitat of local wildlife, including rabbits, hedgehogs and even an endangered newt. Ilana Curiel and Gilad Carmeli|Published: 02.25.19 Israel Land Authority is promoting a plan to […]

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Israel Land Authority Promoting Construction on Vital Route for Wildlife – Haaretz

Slated development would shrink width of ecological corridor, essential for passage of gazelles and roe deer, to just 50 meters Zafrir Rinat Feb 10, 2019 The Israel Lands Authority is promoting construction in an area on the slopes of Mount Carmel that is an essential for wildlife, including gazelles and roe deer. According to the […]

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Scientists Surveyed Eilat’s Seabed, and Found More Than Expected – Haaretz

Besides a surprising diversity of marine life, scientists stumbled upon impressive amounts of garbage – from fishing nets to beach chairs By Zafrir Rinat Feb 13, 2019 see Haaretz website for pictures! https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-scientists-surveyed-eilat-s-seabed-and-found-more-than-expected-1.6934906 The first-ever zoological survey conducted in the depths of the Gulf of Aqaba by Eilat this January found a greater diversity of […]

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Gaza to get recycling plant on site of former settlements – YNET

After almost clashing with Hamas over expanding garbage mountain near border, Israel approves construction of recycling facility where Gush Katif settlement bloc once stood. Matan Tzuri|Published: 01.29.19 The Gaza Strip is to receive its first-ever waste recycling facility, which will be situated on the ruins of Gush Katif, the Israeli settlement bloc evacuated in the […]

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UAE’s corals suffer ‘catastrophic’ damage in record summer heat – Environment and Development

Scientists fear the future of the UAE’s reefs is in doubt after research found rising temperatures killed almost three quarters of Abu Dhabi’s coral. Record temperatures in the summer of 2017 left more than 90 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s coral cover bleached and struggling to survive, New York University Abu Dhabi found. Dr John […]

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Israeli scientists say Gulf of Aqaba corals can survive climate change – Jerusalem Post

By YAFIT OVADIA 01/31/2019 Israeli researchers were able to recreate water conditions at a hi-tech aquarium facility in Eilat, imitating oceanic conditions. Gulf of Aqaba corals can adjust themselves to climate conditions, surviving harsh climate change, and their offspring have the same capabilities, Bar-Ilan University researchers revealed. The gulf, located in the Red Sea, is […]

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Waste Site behind Metn Foul Odors to be Closed This Month – Naharnet

A waste storage site behind the foul odors that have engulfed Northern Metn’s coastal areas for the past months will be closed before the end of the month, the new environment minister said on Tuesday. “According to a statement issued by the Council for Development and Reconstruction on 29/1/2019, these odors are caused by piles […]

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‘I Green Beirut’-Phase II Culminates in 3 Winners Presenting Sustainable, Artistic Projects – Naharnet

Under the patronage of the Municipality of Beirut, and in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), Junior Chamber International-Lebanon has organized an award-winning ceremony of phase two of “I Green Beirut” competition in downtown Beirut. The event is a culmination of a green landscape and art competition in Beirut, launched […]

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Agency halts project to maintain Ashkelon cliff after anti-erosion devices damaged – Haaretz

Environmental Protection Ministry says the devices are urgently needed Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 7, 2019 | 12:37 AM A government agency decided this week to halt a project to stop the erosion of the Ashkelon cliff. The project involved laying sand-filled tubes made of a specially engineered fabric in the sea below the cliff to […]

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Israel Opens Way for Boating in Coastal Streams – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat Feb 07, 2019 The Environmental Protection Ministry has issued guidelines that could lead to the resumption of boating in various coastal-area streams that are being rehabilitated. The ministry had received inquiries from Ashdod and Hadera, as well as from the Western Galilee Drainage and Streams Authority regarding the Na’aman Stream. As a result […]

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Population, Water – excerpts from The Middle East economy in the last decade – Moshe Dayan Center

Paul Rivlin Jan 31/19 editor’s note: full article at https://dayan.org/content/middle-east-economy-last-decade. The following are the sections on population, water and the conclusion. The full analysis shows the inter-relations between population growth, unemployment, war, refugees, oil depedence, droughts, increasing water shortages and the by-products of desalination. What has happened to the economies of the Middle East over […]

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‘Private settler farm’: Israeli activists petition High Court to revoke West Bank nature reserve’s status – Haaretz

The petition argues that the area’s designations as a reserve and a firing zone are mere pretexts that allow the state to legally remove Palestinians Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 31, 2019 | 9:53 PM Human rights activists are trying, for the first time, to get a nature reserve’s status revoked on the grounds that its […]

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EcoPeace Peacebuilding Newsletter Februrary 2019

EcoPeace Directors in the News and Abroad EcoPeace’s Jordan director Ms. Yana Abu Taleb visited Washington DC in the beginning of January. During her visit she had the opportunity to be hosted by the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg and meet with many friends of EcoPeace and to present our work to potential supporters […]

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Mega water project in north to be partially operational by end of 2019 – Jordan Times

Jan 24,20190 AMMAN — The Wadi Al Arab Water Conveyance Project must be ready before the end of the year, to be at least partially operational, in order to begin pumping additional supplies of drinkable water to the northern region, Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud underlined on Thursday. Notably, the facility will […]

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Zawati reaffirms freeze on renewable energy projects ‘temporary – Jordan Times

Jan 30,2019 – AMMAN — The government’s decision to freeze renewable energy projects is temporary, pending an awaited National Energy Strategy and a National Electric Power Company study, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said on Wednesday. During the inauguration of a regional workshop on energy held by the University of Jordan, in […]

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Green group wages war for Israel’s endangered species – YNET

Society for Protection of Nature in Israel files official document objecting JNF plan to transform 200 acres in south into farmland, claiming it threatens the country’s rare mammals and reptiles. Ilana Curiel|Published: 01.21.19 , 20:03 Won’t anybody think of the gerbils? The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is battling the Jewish […]

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