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Archives for May, 2022

‘Earth Has No Climate Problem. We’re the Ones Who Won’t Survive Within Decades’ – Haaretz

Rotem Shtarkman May. 3, 2022 Professor Dan Tchernov does not believe the earth has a climate problem. In fact, “The earth has no problem,” he says. Tchernov is the head of the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel, the scientific director at the Morris Kahn Marine Research Station and the founder of the Leon H. […]

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Israeli company Watergen supplies water to those in need in Syria -Jerusalem Post

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees is using the innovative technology of the Israeli company, Watergen, which supplies fresh and mineral-enriched drinking water from the air. By LIOR NOVIK Published: MAY 10, 2022 Water is a basic and necessary component of life. But for millions of people in Syria, a country that has been torn […]

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Israeli technology helps bring water to rural Africa – YNET

Owini, a subsidiary company of the Mitrelli Group, was able to make water more accessible in more than 200 remote villages across Angola, where locals have to travel for miles in order to access water in order to shower or cook Ynet | Published: 05.10.22 The residents of remote African villages will no longer have […]

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Israel’s Cabinet Endorses Climate-change Bill, Dividing Environmentalists – Haaretz

The bill approved by the ministerial committee is significantly less stringent than an original version that the ministry had sought to advance, creating a difference of opinion among environmental groups Lee Yaron May. 9, 2022 The Ministerial Committee for Legislation gave its unanimous approval to proposed climate change legislation on Sunday, of the kind the […]

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Israel Wants to Become a Petroleum Superpower, and the Climate Crisis Can Wait – Haaretz

A visit to state-owned EAPC facilities in Ashkelon, one of the world’s 20 largest oil storage facilities, make the recent cabinet resolution promising a low-carbon future for the Israeli economy seem like science fiction Zafrir Rinat Aug. 1, 2021 While many states are increasingly switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, the Europe Asia […]

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Micro-algae can be used to produce green fuel, TAU study finds – Jerusalem Post

While most hydrogen is produced from natural gas in a non-sustainable process (gray hydrogen), it can also be produced using renewable energy (green hydrogen). By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Published: APRIL 11, 2022 Hydrogen, the lightest and most abundant element in the world, is – under standard conditions – odorless, colorless, tasteless, non-toxic, but highly combustible. As […]

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Under Pressure, Polluting Company Agrees to Save Unique Palm Trees in Israel’s Negev – Haaretz

The group of palm trees is defined as unique and is said to be a remnant of the first domesticated palms in the Middle East Zafrir Rinat May. 3, 2022 In the wake of pressure from environmental activists, Israel Chemicals has agreed to take emergency measures to save a unique group of palm trees in […]

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UNRWA schoolteacher on mission to instil environmental values in children – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – May 07,2022 Photo by Safa Obeid AMMAN — Safa Obeid, who was selected as the Earth Prize Educator of the Year, said the recognition has helped her acquaint students with their surroundings and the environmental problems they are facing. A teacher at the UNRWA Sweileh Preparatory Girls’ School, Obeid was awarded […]

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Save Soil event leaves positive impression in Jordan – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – May 07,2022 Indian spiritual Sadhguru addresses the Save Soil event in Amman on Wednesday (Photo by Maria Weldali) AMMAN — The Save Soil event, which took place in Amman on Wednesday, has drawn positive reactions from many Jordanians, inspiring them to become advocates for healthy soil. Launched by Indian spiritual leader […]

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Iraq sandstorm sends more than 1,000 to hospital – Al Arabiya

AFP Published: 05 May, 2022 More than 1,000 Iraqis were rushed to hospital with respiratory ailments on Thursday due to a sandstorm, the seventh to hit the country in the past month, state media said. Residents of six of Iraq’s 18 provinces, including Baghdad and the vast western region of al-Anbar, awoke once again to […]

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‘No Way’ Israel Will Meet Its Climate Goals, Treasury Officials Admit – Haaretz

Initially robust climate legislation has been ‘neutered,’ say environmental organizations, as Israel is set to come up short on the goals it committed to at the UN Lee Yaron Apr. 28, 2022 Israel won’t succeed in reaching the carbon-emissions reduction targets the government has set, Finance Ministry officials said in closed discussions in recent weeks, […]

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Editorial | Israel Must Back Environmentalists, Not Polluters – Haaretz

Haaretz Editorial Apr. 28, 2022 Two judicial decisions handed down over the past two weeks strengthen the impression that there is still no recognition in Israel of the seriousness of environmental violations. On the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired, the Be’er Sheva District Court declined to certify a class-action suit against Israel […]

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Israeli Oil Firm Fined $490,000 Decade After Major Spill – Haaretz

Three current and former executives of the Europe Asia Pipeline Company were also penalized for their part in the environmental damage caused to Nahal Zin Nati Yefet Zafrir Rinat Apr. 26, 2022 An Israeli court ruled Tuesday that state-owned Europe Asia Pipeline Company must pay a fine of 1.6 million shekels ($490,000) for polluting a […]

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Jordan’s restoration efforts push back on degrading land – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk 28 April 2022 Efforts to restore damaged but once fertile land in Jordan’s desert is sprouting hope for one of the world’s most water-scarce nations, as a land assessment report Wednesday warned of the growing scale of global degradation. Local organizations believe projects that reintroduce native plants and implement smart water harvesting […]

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Jordan ranks 67.4 out of 100 in UN Sustainable Development Goals report – Jordan Times

Jordan ranks 67.4 out of 100 in UN Sustainable Development Goals report By Rayya Al Muheisen – Mar 31,2022 Jordan tops the six Arab countries that achieved 66 per cent or above in the UN Sustainable Development Goals report (JT file photo) AMMAN — Jordan tops the six Arab countries that achieved 66 per cent […]

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Overuse and climate change kill off Iraq’s Sawa Lake – Al Arabiya

An aerial view shows a pond remaining at the dried-up Sawa Lake in Iraq’s southern province of al-Muthanna on April 19, 2022. (AFP) AFP Published: 27 April ,2022 A “No Fishing” sign on the edge of Iraq’s western desert is one of the few clues that this was once Sawa Lake, a biodiverse wetland and […]

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Parched Iraq’s water resources ‘down 50 percent’ – Al Arabiya

AFP, Baghdad 21 April ,2022 Iraq’s water resources have plunged 50 percent since last year, due to repeated periods of drought, low rainfall and declining river levels, a government official told AFP on Thursday. Oil-rich Iraq, despite its mighty Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is classified as one of the world’s five countries most vulnerable to […]

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Small falcons adopt neighborhood in southern Israel as new home – YNET

Lesser kestrel make Be’er Sheva’s Ramot neighborhood their preferred spot for nesting season, having recovered from the endangered species status caused by habitat destruction, harm to hunting fields and displacement Ilana Curiel | Published: 04.19.22 A rare small falcon species, known as lesser kestrel, have recently surprised the residents of a suburban neighborhood in southern […]

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Israel’s nuclear researchfacility under threat from porcupines – YNET

Ilana Curiel 04.18.22 What was first seen as an innocuous presence of small critters, has become a nuisance and even a danger to staff on campus and porcupines must be removed despite the danger to their lives Israel’s top-secret nuclear research facility in the Negev has come under attack from an unusual adversary, porcupines. After […]

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Abu Dhabi to ban single-use plastic bags from June – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk April 6, 2022 The capital of the United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday it would start banning single-use plastic bags from June, the oil-rich country’s latest move to advance its ambitious carbon reduction goals. The statement from Abu Dhabi’s government-run media office did not specify how the upcoming ban would be enforced, whether […]

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