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Archives for June, 2022

A Deadly Climate Change Effect Isn’t Dangerous Enough for This Israeli Agency – Haaretz

Israel’s emergency management agency doesn’t think preparedness for heatwaves should be an immediate priority, saying it is currently studying how to address the waves which have killed hundreds of Israelis in the last decade Lee Yaron Jun 26, 2022 9:42 PM Officials at Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority will not add heatwaves to the list […]

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Israel has a chance to slow the Dead Sea’s demise. Will big business get in the way? – Times of Israel

With regional politics holding back release of any more water from Sea of Galilee, green groups hope that a revamped mining concession will protect the lake’s future By Sue Surkes 22 June 2022, for full story (very detaile) see: https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-has-a-chance-to-slow-the-dead-seas-demise-will-big-business-get-in-the-way/ See also video: https://www.timesofisrael.com/into-the-land-dead-sea-walking/

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(Copper Mining in Dana Diosphere Reserve) Gov’t to leverage mineral wealth, while preserving environment — Kharabsheh- Jordan Times

Energy, environment ministers visit copper exploration project in Dana Biosphere Reserve By Mays Ibrahim Mustafa – Jun 25,2022 Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al Kharabsheh and Environment Minister Muawieh Radaideh during a visit to a copper exploration project led by the Jordanian Integrated Company in the Dana Biosphere Reserve in Tafileh on Saturday […]

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UAE: 4,000 coral polyps planted off Fujairah coast to regenerate marine ecosystem – Environment and Development

24/6/2022 Emirates Draw recently celebrated a new milestone in its ‘Coral Reef Restoration Programme’ with the planting of over 4,000 coral polyps across various sites. Representatives from the organisation and members of the media toured an existing planting site in Khor Fakkan in Sharjah to learn about its progress as well as a new site […]

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Desertification cannot wait for climate – Envrionment and Development

Najib Saab 19/6/2022 The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, garnered little publicity. Although the UNCCD has been ratified by 196 states, no less than those that signed the Paris Climate Agreement, the world still considers desertification […]

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Environment Ministry campaigns for eco-friendly bags – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Jun 23,2022 Participants pose for a photo during an event at a commercial centre to distribute eco-friendly cotton bags (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Environment) AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment launched an awareness campaign on Tuesday titled “Kisna Akhdar” (Our bag is green) to encourage a shift towards sustainable […]

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Shift to paper bags comes at a price, say shopkeepers – Jordan Times

By Rayya Al Muheisen – Jun 26,2022 Representative image (Photo courtesy of unsplash.com/Dmitry Mashkin) AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment encouraged local retailers to replace plastic bags with paper bags, but some retailers said that the cost of paper bags is “unbearable”. Abu Tarek, who owns a supermarket in Amman, said that he will not […]

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Has Bennett’s government done enough to combat climate change? – poll – Jerusalem Post

Israelis are extremely worried about the climate crisis and think the outgoing government has not done enough to combat it. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Published: JUNE 26, 2022 SOLDIERS CLEAN tar off Palmahim beach on Monday, following an offshore oil spill that drenched most of the Israeli coastline. (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90) Two-thirds (66%) […]

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Israeli Schools to Make Classes on Climate Crisis Mandatory for All Ages – Haaretz

The education and environmental protection ministries say they will begin integrating a climate program, equivalent to one hour per week, into the curriculum for students of all ages in September Youth activists against the climate change in Tel Aviv, in August.Credit: Moti Milrod Lee Yaron Shira Kadari-Ovadia May 30, 2022 Starting next year, Israeli schools […]

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Government approves three billion shekel plan to boost climate technology – Times of Israel

Targets set for 2026 include doubling registered patents, startups, and pilot projects carried out on state infrastructure By Sue Surkes for full story see: https://www.timesofisrael.com/government-approves-three-billion-shekel-plan-to-boost-climate-technology/

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For Iraqis a sweltering summer of ‘hell’ has begun – Naharnet

Umm Mohammed, 74, waves a fan back and forth to cool down, but in the blistering heat of Iraq’s southern city of Basra there is nothing but stiflingly hot air. While Basra is used to scorching summers, this year it has started sooner than expected, bringing misery to residents in a city also plagued by […]

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What is the environmental impact of Israel’s natural gas exploration? -Jerusalem Post

By prioritizing natural gas rather than renewables, Israel is essentially saying that we prefer the comfort and convenience of the present generation over our grandchildren’s future. By ALON TAL Published: JUNE 18, 2022 Golda Meir was a politician who was more known for her common sense than her sense of humor. She did, however, have […]

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Bedouin Face Lockout From Israel’s Solar Energy Industry – Haaretz

The Israel Land Authority is only including land owned by ‘agricultural communities’ – kibbutzim or moshavim – which one critic calls ‘a climatic injustice.’ Efforts are underway for a rethink Lee Yaron Jun 19, 2022 The Israel Land Authority’s exclusion of the Bedouin community from a critical solar energy project might keep it out of […]

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Israel Promotes Giant, Controversial Dead Sea Infrastructure Project – Haaretz

Nir Hasson Jun 22, 2022 A major study released by the Environmental Protection Ministry on Monday is calling on the government to move forward with a giant infrastructure project in the south with the aim of restoring water levels in the Dead Sea. After exploring various alternatives to the problem of the shrinking sea, its […]

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Jordanian farm owner plants seeds of food sustainability using Dutch bucket – Jordan Times

By Rayya Al Muheisen – Jun 15,2022 Abdullah Mahmoud has transformed his father’s abandoned nursery in west Amman into a family-run food sustainability project with the aid of the Dutch bucket system (Photo courtesy of Abdullah Mahmoud) AMMAN — A Jordanian man has transformed his father’s abandoned nursery in west Amman into a family-run food […]

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University of Leeds, Hashemite University to develop project using drone to tackle drought – Jordan Times

by JT – Jun 18,2022b The project team is working to employ a small number of low-cost lightweight drones to harvest real-time wireless data (Photo courtesy of British embassy) AMMAN — In observation of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the UK’s Newton Khalidi-funded project aims to tackle drought in Jordan with drones.  The […]

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KKL-JNF creates academic team to fight the climate crisis – Jerusalem Post

KKL-JNF’s climate scholarship program will promote Israeli researchers and entrepreneurs and will encourage climate research. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Published: JUNE 8, 2022 Thirty-six doctoral students from leading Israeli universities whose doctoral dissertations deal with the climate crisis will each receive a scholarship of NIS 25,000 per year for two years from Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish […]

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Aqaba Container Terminal charts course towards decarbonisation – Jordan Times

By Batool Ghaith – Jun 19,2022 Speakers during a roundtable discussion in Amman with a focus on decarbonisation efforts of Aqaba Container Terminal in Amman on Sunday (Photo courtesy of ACT) AMMAN — Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) announced on Sunday ambitious decarbonisation targets and a detailed roadmap it will follow to reach its net-zero goals […]

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Lebanon signs gas importation deal with Egypt and Syria – Naharnet

An agreement was signed Tuesday in Beirut for importing Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon through Syria. “The importance of this deal… stems from the fact that it will secure an additional four hours of electricity per day following its implementation,” caretaker Energy Minister Walid Fayyad said. “We hope that after today, all hurdles will have […]

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Current water storage in Kingdom’s 14 main dams stands at 74mcm — ministry – Jordan Times

By JT – Jun 15,2022 AMMAN — The total water storage of the Kingdom’s 14 main dams by the end of the rainy season on March 27 reached 90 million cubic metres (mcm) out of the total capacity of dams of 280.759mcm, the Water Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry said that the current storage […]

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