Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Archives for July, 2022

Mideast nations wake up to damage from climate change – Naharnet / Haaretz / YNET / Ahram online

(widely posted, 4 versions below – ed.) Mideast nations wake up to damage from climate change – by Naharnet Newsdesk Temperatures in the Middle East have risen far faster than the world’s average in the past three decades. Precipitation has been decreasing, and experts predict droughts will come with greater frequency and severity. The Middle […]

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Egypt leads Arab states in generating solar and wind power, set to raise capacity to 6.8 GW by 2024: GEM – Ahram Online

Amr Kandil , Monday 25 Jul 2022 Egypt is at the top of the Arab region’s countries in combined utility-scale solar and wind generation at 3.5 GW in total, the Egyptian Cabinet said on Monday, citing a June report by the US-based Global Energy Monitor (GEM). File Photo: Workers walk between photovoltaic panels at the […]

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Israel skeptical about its wind farms due to ecological risks – YNET

Environment Minister Zandberg recommends suspending developments in country’s wind power generation, citing ‘negligible contribution’ to power production compared to severe toll on environment Ilana Curiel | Published: 07.18.22, Israel would reconsider expanding its use of wind power facilities due to the risk turbines pose to populations of migratory birds, the country’s Environmental Protection Ministry said […]

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Jordan-Iraq power project step towards ‘Arab energy market’ — NEPCO – Jordan Times

16,2022 Representative image (File photo) AMMAN — The tender to implement the first phase of the Jordan-Iraq power grid project will end on Monday, where the project, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022, will supply Iraq with 400 kilovolts of electricity from Jordan. Jordan and Iraq seek to build their electrical interconnection, […]

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ZINC launches Climate Change Hackathon – Jordan Times

Jul 17,2022  0 0googleplus0 0 0 AMMAN — The Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), launched the Climate Change Hackathon, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.  The hackathon aims to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges facing Jordan and the world, […]

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Two ministries to fund establishment of national knowledge center in climate change field – Jerusalem Post

DeserTech is an innovation community that promotes the development, adaptation and commercialization of technologies that enable sustainable living in arid climates. By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Published: JULY 12, 2022 The Innovation, Science and Technology Ministry and the Environmental Protection Ministry have published a call for the establishment of a “DeserTech” national knowledge center in the field […]

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UAE’s desert-grown plant burger arrives on menus – Environment and Development

14/7/2022 A hardy plant grown using salt water is thriving in the UAE’s desert farms and helping to create “healthy” burgers, showing sustainable agriculture’s potential in the toughest conditions. Salicornia, a succulent, is already being used as a salt replacement in burger patties — a farming success in the UAE, which imports nearly all of […]

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Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi launches ‘Clean Your Perimeter’ campaign – Environment and Development

15/7/2022 The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently collaborated with AD Ports Group in launching its new ‘Clean Your Perimeter’ campaign, as part of the Green Business Network initiative. The initiative empowers industrial entities to adopt more sustainable waste management practices and minimise single-use plastics consumption. The ‘Clean your Perimeter’ campaign started this May and will […]

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State-owned pipeline to pay NIS 250,000 for damaging corals, won’t admit liability – Times of Israel

By Sue Surkes 13 June 2022 Court approves settlement deal between EAPC and parks authority for damage caused in 2016 to over 2,600 corals and other creatures in Red Sea The Europe Asia Pipeline Company will pay NIS 250,000 (just under $74,000) for damage caused to corals, fish, invertebrates and other marine creatures, according to […]

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Jordanian researchers partake in sea expedition in Aqaba – Jordan Times

Jul 14,2022 Coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba (Photo courtesy of Aqaba Marine Park) AMMAN — A joint operation between the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and OceanX, an international organisation specialised in the scientific exploration of oceans and marine life, brought together 16 researchers from six Jordanian universities to participate in global […]

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Nearly empty dams foretell a worrying year for Jordan’s water sector – Jordan Times

Dwindling water supplies, refugee influxes, erratic rainfall draw a grim picture By Mohammad Ghazal – JJul 18,2022 Water situation ‘critical’, says minister  National Water Carrier project, still in pipeline, offers glimmer of hope amid rising needs Change in water consumption habits necessary AMMAN — The negative impacts of climate change are snowballing, taking a heavy […]

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Upcoming conference: Renewable Energy in the Middle East & Africa – the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)

CALL FOR SPEAKERS/PRESENTERS MESIA (Middle East Solar Industry Association ) has the opportunity to host a dedicated half day session on how solar power plays an integral part in the sustainability and energy transition vision for the upcoming conference on Renewable Energy in the Middle East & Africa hosted by the European Association of Geoscientists and […]

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SOLAR OUTLOOK REPORT 2022 – Middle East Solar Industry Association

January, 2022 full report Research Papers & Reports Table of Contents below About MesiaForeword Introduction 09 Global Investment In Renewable Energy 11 Pv Module Developments 15 Solar Trends 22 Energy Management Technologies – Ai And Iot 35 Hot Topics 44 Green Hydrogen 55 Energy Storage 59 Solar Projects 2021 – 2023 64 Highlights In Mena’s […]

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Israel to be 1st in world to pipe desalinated water into a natural lake, the Galilee – Times of Israel

Underground channel set to start operating in spring; Sea of Galilee expert says tests indicate more pros than cons, but full effect on ecosystems will only emerge with monitoring By Sue Surkes 28 June 2022 full story: https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-be-1st-in-world-to-pipe-desalinated-water-into-a-natural-lake-the-galilee/

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TAU partners with major Canadian foundation to produce clean water – Jerusalem Post

TAU researchers said they plan to use the Asper Foundation’s gift to further expand the capabilities of their LED lighting and solar energy water disinfecting device. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Published: JUNE 16, 2022 Inauguration of the Asper Clean Water Fund (photo credit: Rafael Ben-Menashe /TAU) Tel Aviv University and the Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv […]

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Iraq asks Turkey to release more water along Tigris, Euphrates – Jordan Times

By AFP – Jul 16,2022 The Euphrates River in Hindiya, Iraq (AFP photo) BAGHDAD — Iraq on Saturday asked Ankara to increase the flow of water downstream along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, as both countries face droughts and tensions over resource management. Baghdad regularly complains that dams constructed in neighbouring countries impact its river […]

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Egypt, Britain agree to cooperate on climate change adaptation initiatives – Egypt Independent

July 3, 2022 Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad on Saturday met with British Lord Zac Goldsmith, on the sidelines of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference –  held in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon – to discuss different environmental issues and preparations for the COP27 climate conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh. Fouad stressed the importance of working […]

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Forty Percent of Israel’s Rural Fires Occur in Areas Under Army Purview – Haaretz

The ecosystems most impacted by repeated wildfires are also in military firing zones, Israel’s latest annual State of Nature report finds Nir Hasson Jul 7, 2022 Almost 40 percent of the wilderness areas ravaged by brush fires in the past six years in Israel are firing zones under military management, according to the latest annual […]

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NIS one billion Kidron Valley rehabilitation project progresses – Jerusalem Post

Since the establishment of the State of Israel, no solution has been found for the Kidron valley stream, the largest and most impressive of the Judean Desert streams. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF JULY 6, 2022 After three years of planning and more than two and a half years of infrastructure work, the Hagihon group of […]

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Climate Bill Passes Knesset Hurdle Just Before Israel’s Parliament Dissolves – Haaretz

Even though the bill constitutes a significant development in Israel’s commitment to combating climate change, this is a softened bill compared to the one originally prepared by the Environmental Protection Ministry Lee Yaron Jun 28, 2022 A bill intended to set up a binding framework for Israel’s efforts to combat climate change passed a first […]

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