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Cairo governor discusses rooftop cultivation with activists – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm July 15, 2019 Major General Khaled Abdel Aal, Governor of Cairo, met Sunday with young activists to discuss rooftop cultivation. Abdel Aal met with representatives from “Sustainable Development Initiatives” and “Realizing 2030 Vision”, established to support the state strategy for sustainable development. The young representatives discussed with Abdel Aal the initiative to decorate […]

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Minister: Egypt’s Environment Ministry seeks to replace plastic bags – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad announced on Sunday that the ministry has begun work on phasing out plastic bags due to the environmental danger they pose, adding that hypermarkets have already begun replacing plastic bags with eco-friendly and biodegradable alternatives. Fouad said that the Energy and Environment Committee in House of Representatives […]

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Campaign Continues in Lebanon to Remove Illegal Electricity Connections – Naharnet

Energy Minister Nada al-Bustani on Saturday said the ministry is completing its campaign to remove all encroachments on the power grid that continues in Baalbek on Saturday. “It is an ongoing campaign that will cover Lebanon entirely. There are no restricted areas,” she said. Bustani was asked about a decision taken by the Cabinet to […]

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Plan to tow iceberg to UAE ‘not science fiction’, claims businessman – Environment and Development

An Emirati businessman who wants to bring an iceberg to UAE waters has insisted his proposal is “not science fiction” as he defended his ambitious goal in the face of skepticism. Abdulla Alshehi, 40, attracted global attention after he gave a broadcast interview this week setting out further details of his scheme to spend tens […]

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Revealed: Israel is dangerously unprepared for global food shortages – Haaretz

As climate change hits world crops, Israel’s stocks are based on war breaking out and governed by the policy: In God we trust Ruth Schuster | Jul. 11, 2019 As extreme weather lashes the world and average temperatures rise, the world’s food security is in acute danger — and not by the year 2100. Just […]

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decentralised solar energy – Jordan Times

Time to shift focus to decentralised solar energy, report urges gov’t: Conference hears of untapped potential of small-scale solar installations By Elizabeth Turnbull – Jul 09,2019 AMMAN — While Jordan ranked one of the top three emerging markets in terms of clean energy investment in 2018, according to Bloomberg rankings, it needs to shift its […]

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Palestinians report hundreds of olive trees destroyed in West Bank overnight – Haaretz

No Hebrew graffiti was found at the groves where the trees were damaged, unlike previous such attacks on Palestinian agriculture Yotam Berger | Jul. 11, 2019 Palestinians from two West Bank towns reported that dozens of olive trees in their groves were cut down Wednesday overnight. In the area of the southern Hebron Hills, near […]

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Israeli forces seize garbage truck in West Bank – WAFA

NABLUS, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces seized today a garbage truck owned by Beit Fourik village council in the north to the West Bank, according to a village official. Ata Samara, health inspector at Beit Fourik village council, told WAFA that soldiers seized a car and the garbage truck when they were […]

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Israeli forces demolish southern Hebron hills nature reserve – WAFA

HEBRON, Thursday, July 04, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday demolished al-Daqiqa nature reserve to the east of Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. Mayor of al-Ka ‘abneh Village Council Odeh al-Najada told WAFA that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers into al-Daqiqa nature reserve, in the Masafer Yatta area, where the bulldozers razed […]

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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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