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Israeli scientist figures out how to stop cows from killing the planet – Jerusalem Post

By REBECCA ARATEN 07/09/2019 Studies have shown that dairy cows contribute large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, caused by the organisms living in their microbiomes. Genetically modifying cows may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and feed world populations, a new study led by Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev suggests. “Our findings […]

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Israeli firm truly reinvents the wheel to power electric vehicle future – Jerusalem Post

see link for illustrations https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-firm-truly-reinvents-the-wheel-to-power-electric-vehicle-future-595083 By EYTAN HALON 07/09/2019 REE places the motor, steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensors, brakes, thermal systems and electronics into the vehicle’s wheels, creating a flat platform. Aspiring entrepreneurs are often advised that they don’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to be successful. Yet reinventing the wheel is exactly what […]

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The Israeli startup that sees a big future in little drips – Haaretz

N-Drip says its technology will make drip irrigation financially viable for many more of the world’s farmers Ora Coren | Jul. 9, 2019 Drip irrigation, a farming technology that saves water and nutrients by enabling water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, is one of the biggest success stories in the history of […]

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Electricity generation project inaugurated at Ghabawi landfill – Jordan Times

Mayor says project to eventually fuel city’s entire electricity needs By JT – Jul 02,2019 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) on Monday launched a bio-gas electricity-generating project at the Ghabawi landfill in celebration of the 20th anniversary of His Majesty King Abdullah’s Accession to the Throne. Amman Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh, during the opening […]

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Flow from Disi water supply halted after facility stolen, torched – Jordan Times

Amman, Zarqa to be ‘greatly affected’ by pumping suspension By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 04,2019 AMMAN — Pumping from the Disi Water Conveyance Project, one of the Kingdom’s strategic water resources, was partially suspended on Wednesday after a group of unknown vandals sabotaged a facility that stores water from the project’s wells in Mudawarrah, Maan […]

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Researchers: Gazan children face dangerous levels of lead – Haaretz

Some children living near pollution sources were found to have such high levels of the toxic substance that they were prescribed medication for lead poisoning Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 25, 2019 | 11:21 PM High concentrations of poisonous lead have been found in the blood of children in the Gaza Strip by researchers working for […]

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After a poisoning spree, health ministry declares water source in West Bank village clean – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, July 02, 2019 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed today that laboratory tests have determined that water sources in Marda village in the north of West Bank is now clean, a week after over 800 of the village residents suffered symptoms of poisoning that turned out to be from polluted water. The […]

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Swarms of Jellyfish Invade Power Plant in Southern Israel – Haaretz

Influx could block plant’s cooling water filters and halt operations, amid concern the creatures could be significantly harming local fish life Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 4, 2019 A power station in southern Israel has been dealing with a wave of thousands of jellyfish that could affect its output, the Israel Electric Company said Thursday. The […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter July 2019

Hebrew University Student’s Tour Emek Heffer and Baqa al-Gharbiyye On 11th June Water Officer and Jordan Valley Field Coordinator, Nadav Tal, and Project and Education Officer for Young Professionals, Yaara Kassner, both from the Israel office, led a group of Hebrew University students on a tour of Emek Heffer and Baqa al-Gharbiyye. Applications are now […]

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UN chief António Guterres tours Abu Dhabi’s huge solar plant by helicopter – Environment and Development

1/7/2019 United Nations Secretary General António Guterres took a helicopter tour over the 3.2 million solar panels that form one of the world’s largest solar projects. Mr Guterres flew over Noor Abu Dhabi as the solar plant commenced commercial operation for the first time. With a production capacity of nearly 1,177 MW, Noor Abu Dhabi […]

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Beirut Municipality Postpones Waste Incinerator Decision amid Protest – Naharnet

A protest was staged Thursday outside the headquarters of Beirut Municipality in the center of the capital ahead of a session for discussing and approving the terms of reference for setting up a controversial waste incinerator in the city. The decision on the move was however postponed amid reservations voiced by council members belonging to […]

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Trump is transient coincidence, climate change is lasting reality – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 17/6/2019 When I first met him 20 years ago, I did not notice that the veteran international banker had a particular interest in environment and climate change. Following 25 years in leadership positions at global banks, he was then appointed to head a regulatory body, charged with monitoring banks to ensure compliance with […]

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Israel planning 2,500 electric car charging stations from north to south – YNET

Energy Ministry publishes series of tenders to provide facilities across Israel by mid-2020; Steinitz hails ‘comprehensive and important step that matches vision to Israel’s dependency on polluting energy sources by 2030’ Lior Gutman|Published: 06.26.19 The Ministry of Energy is planning to have at least 2,500 charging stations for electric vehicles stretching across the entire country […]

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Dahab (Egypt) launches wide-scale initiative to tackle plastic use – Egypt Independent

Mira Maged July 3, 2019 President of the City Council of Dahab Tarak El-Baz announced yesterday, July 2 the launch of the “Bela Plastic” (Without Plastic) campaign, spearheaded in an effort to protect the environment, specifically marine life, according to an official statement. Additionally, El-Baz added that several trainings were held addressing Dahab’s hotel and […]

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Israel’s Interior Ministry advancing plan to let cities charge admission to parks – Haaretz

Physicians’ groups, environmentalists oppose program, say it will hurt poor people Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 3, 2019 The Interior Ministry is working toward approving regulations that would allow municipalities to charge entrance fees to city parks if certain conditions are met, among them the existence of facilities or attractions that require extra maintenance. The regulations […]

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World Health Organization brings solar energy to health sector in Gaza – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Thursday, June 20, 2019 (WAFA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) and implementing partners inaugurated the newly installed solar power plant at Nasser hospital in the Gaza Strip. Funded by the Government of Japan, the solar plant as a source of alternative energy will reduce the reliance of the hospital on donated fuel for […]

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With funds from Japan, UNDP supports harnessing of solar power to treat wastewater in Gaza – WAFA

GAZA, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 (WAFA) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan, in partnership with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PENRA) and the Costal Municipalities Water Utility inaugurated the Photo Voltaic Solar System for the Rafah Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Plants project. The […]

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Israel to build new sewage pipeline to divert waste from Gaza – YNET

For two years, the residents of Sderot and the rest of the Negev have been dealing with a grim environmental hazard: waste water from Gaza flowing into the region; the solution – a new underground sewage pipeline costing NIS 15 million – will trap the waste water and prevent contamination Matan Tzuri The solution to […]

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Minister of Local Government, EU & World Bank inaugurate Al-Fukhari landfill in Gaza – WAFA

GAZA, Friday, June 14, 2019 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Minister of Local Government Majdi al-Saleh and representatives of the European Union, France and the World Bank inaugurated on Wednesday the Al-Fukhari (Sofa) sanitary landfill site near the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. This strategic infrastructure project is the second largest landfill in […]

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Israel saw significant rise in temperature in recent decades, study shows – Haaretz

Research notes increase in frequency of especially hot nights in past 30 years, as well as a decline in number of days with precipitation of 10 millimeters or more Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 25, 2019 | 9:09 PM A new study points at a warming trend in Israel over the past 70 years, which has […]

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