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Archives for August, 2022

Wildfires and Conspiracy Theories – Environment and Development

Najib Saab 31/7/2022 Some extreme skeptics of environmental devastation and climate change have developed a hobby of seizing opportunities to interpret reports and events to suit their own distorted illusions. Sometimes they do this by attributing fictitious statements to some officials, and other times by interpreting statements in stark contradiction to their actual content. These […]

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Palestinians Could Die of Water Shortage. ‘I Can’t Help. I’m Busy’ – Haaretz

Nir Gontarz Aug 3, 2022 Aug 3, 2022Nir Gontarz Hello, is this the headquarters of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories? Yes. With whom am I speaking? With Nir. Who is Nir? A citizen. Listen, we’re an operational headquarters here at COGAT. We don’t talk with civilians. OK? But you take messages from […]

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Egypt signs 4 million euro grant with EU to support industry – Egypt Independent

August 7, 2022 Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad signed a joint cooperation agreement with the European Union to obtain a four million euro grant million euros to encourage environmental protection and support  Egyptian industry. Fouad confirmed that this grant is part of the financing for the third phase of the implementation of the Environmental Pollution […]

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Two Years After Freak Storm, Eilat’s Red Sea Coral Reef Still Struggling to Recover – Haaretz

The coral reef off Israel’s southern coast has seen a worrying rise in water temperature and a 50 percent drop in sea urchin, which play a key role in its ecosystem, a government report finds Zafrir Rinat Aug 3, 2022 The coral reef off Eilat’s shore is struggling to recover from a storm that damaged […]

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Israeli Planning Board Approves Jerusalem Interchange, Clearing Way for Ecologically Disastrous New Neighborhood – Haaretz

The National Planning and Building Council reversed its subcommittee’s decision to hold the Ora Junction project, which is meant to facilitate the contested construction of a new neighborhood at the Lavan Ridge. Climate activists say the plans spell the destruction of local ecology Nir Hasson Aug 4, 2022 A national planning board gave the go-ahead […]

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Study shows connection between cancer and air pollution in Haifa Bay – Jerusalem Post

The study also underlines the urgency of evacuating the petrochemical industry from the site. By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Published: AUGUST 2, 2022 A new environmental study provides evidence that exposure to industrial air pollution in Haifa Bay at a young age is associated with cancer incidence between 1967 and 2012.  The research was supported and funded […]

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Renewables accounted for 26% country’s energy production in 2021 — Energy Ministry – Jordan Times

By JT – Jul 21,2022 AMMAN — Natural gas accounted for 73 per cent of the Kingdom’s total power output in 2021, down from 80 per cent in 2020, while renewables accounted for 26 per cent of the country’s energy production in 2021, compared to 20 per cent in 2020, according to the Ministry of […]

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Artist turns waste into sculpture in protest of ‘excessive’ plastic use – Jordan Times

By Rayya Al Muheisen – Jul 28,2022 Maria Nissan’s black iris sculpture on display at the Boulevard in Amman (Photo courtesy of Maria Nissan) AMMAN — Environmental artist Maria Nissan is fighting against single-use plastics in Jordan by turning plastic waste into art.  In collaboration with the Amman International Film Festival (AIFF), which concluded on […]

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One of Israel’s Rarest Predators Is at Risk of Extinction. All It Needs Is a Bit of Space – Haaretz

Researchers found that the Negev fox tends to stray away from human activity, and the expansion of cities in southern Israel threatens its survival. Zafrir Rinat Jul 31, 2022 The Negev fox, also known as Ruppell’s fox, is considered to be one of the rarest predators in Israel, and a recent study shows it is […]

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First wild cat sighted at Azraq Wetland Reserve in over 20 years – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Jul 28,2022 An image of the wild cat (Felis silvestris) sighted at Azraq Wetland Reserve (RSCN photo) AMMAN — Staff at Azraq Wetland Reserve recorded the first sighting since 1997 of a wild cat, or Felis silvestris, within the boundaries of the reserve, according to the Royal Society for the Conservation […]

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Palestinians strive to stop Gaza shore erosion with concrete and rubble – Environment and Development

28/7/2022 Authorities in Gaza have ordered giant concrete blocks to be dropped along the shoreline as increasingly heavy seas eat into beaches that provide residents of the densely populated strip with a rare public space for relaxation. The blocks, placed on beaches and offshore, are aimed at countering waves that have grown in force, eating […]

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Dryland mechanisms will take over ecosystems as the planet gets drier – study – Jerusalem Post

70% of topsoil will likely see a reduction in water content over the next 100 years. By ALDEN TABAC Published: JULY 26, 2022 As the planet warms, mechanisms underlying ecosystems will change to be more like dryland areas, according to a new study published Thursday. Led by Prof. José Grünzweig of the Hebrew University of […]

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Olives wither as climate change takes root — expert – Jordan Times

By Rayya Al Muheisen – Jul 31,2022 In this combo image, olives are seen before and after the recent heatwave (Photo courtesy of Murad Maitah) AMMAN — Climate change and elevated temperatures impact the growth and development of olives and threaten olive oil quality, according to an agriculture researcher. “Olive fruits are forecasted to wrinkle […]

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Israel to Greenlight Jordan River Facelift to Cut Pollution- Haaretz

The plan approved last year by Israel’s Water Authority Council will direct water for farming through to the southern Jordan River Zafrir Rinat Jul 23, 2022 The government is expected on Sunday to approve a plan to restore the southern part of the Jordan River, between the Kinneret and the Naharayim site, in what will […]

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How is Jerusalem’s sewage regulated? – new report – Jerusalem Post

The goal was to restore its natural resources, a task estimated at 1 billion shekels. For the first time, the regulation of sewage from eastern Jerusalem is nearing completion. By LIOR NOVICK/MAARIV Published: JULY 18, 2022 The Kidron Valley rehabilitation project is three years in the works. A recent meeting between a number of government […]

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High temperatures unleash marine heatwave in Mediterranean Sea – Environment and Development

1/8/2022 High temperatures across Europe this month have unleashed a prolonged marine heatwave in the Mediterranean Sea that could ravage ecosystems and kill off several species in the coming weeks, scientists have warned. The extreme heat in recent weeks has already sparked wildfires and led to thousands of heat-related deaths in Europe, but that warmth […]

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Coral reproduction decreases in deep water, Israeli study shows – YNET

Findings contradict popular belief deep reefs can serve as ‘lifeline’ for degraded shallow reefs in bid to fend off effects of climate change on marine life i24NEWS | 07.31.22 A new study conducted by Tel Aviv University shows that corals in deeper water are reproducing less than their shallow-water peers. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, […]

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Initiative launched to protect sea turtles in Gulf of Aqaba – Jordan Times

ny JT – Jul 27,202 AMMAN — The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan has launched an initiative to oversee and protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Aqaba and joined national efforts to preserve sea wealth in Aqaba, Society Acting CEO Mohammed Tawaha said on Wednesday.   Tawaha said that the society provided a special […]

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Israeli start-up develops environmentally-friendly plant protein extraction process – Jerusalem Post

The sustainability-based corporation found that lentils could be converted into nutritious, neutral-flavored, non-gluten flour. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Published: JULY 27, 2022 Israeli start-up company Gavan Technologies developed a new environmentally-friendly plant protein extraction process, the company announced on Tuesday.  The sustainability-based corporation found that lentils could be converted into nutritious, neutral-flavored, non-gluten flour, according […]

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Israeli food tech startup launches ‘hybrid meat’ revolution in Tel Aviv -= YNET

Mush Foods’ founder and CEO says hybrid hamburgers contain 50% less meat, as well as cholesterol, and 20% less calories, while maintaining high level of protein, fiber, and more; mycelium-based product is animal-free and can be added to meat for leaner, healthier alternative The Media Line | 07.28.22 An Israeli food tech startup is preparing […]

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