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Archives for April, 2024

Region’s looming water crisis demands immediate action – Arab News

DR. MAJID RAFIZADEH. April 25, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/ynump In the not-too-distant future, a pervasive challenge will haunt the entirety of the Middle East and North Africa region: a time when water shortages will reach critical levels. Projections indicate an alarming trajectory whereby each nation within this geographical expanse will grapple with the profound implications […]

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This is how the Gaza war has damaged nature in Israel – YNET

War has presented a myriad of complex environmental and ethical challenges, ranging from the destruction and alteration of natural habitats to the threat of wildfires and the presence of stray dogs from Gaza Ynetnews| April 25, 2024 The war in Israel’s south and north pose significant challenges to nature in Israel and those who safeguard […]

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Tel Aviv temperatures shatter 85-year April record as heatwave scorches country – Times of Israel

By TOI STAFF. 25 April 2024, “The current heat is unusual by any standard,” Dr. Avner Gross of Ben Gurion University’s Department of Environmental Sciences told the Ynet news site. “It’s not that there aren’t heatwaves in April, but the intensity is unusual. It is part of a very heavy heatwave that is affecting the entire […]

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The Dove of Peace Is Ailing. Meet Israel’s Barn Owl of Bonhomie – Haaretz

Israeli project to substitute poisons with owls to control rodents is a stunning success with regional implications, held up only by politics. Such as the Gaza warRuth Schuster. Apr 8, 2024 Apr 8, 2024What inadvertent garnish would you prefer on your food: traces of rodenticide or bird droppings?  Leaving aside the properties of raptor doo, […]

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Clean energy champions assemble: Shape the future at Middle East Clean Energy 2024 – Naharnet

Calling all clean energy specialists! Are you passionate about building a sustainable future powered by innovation? Then mark your calendars for the 3rd edition of Middle East Clean Energy (MECE), the premier clean and renewable energy exhibition & conference in Lebanon, happening from May 8th to 10th, 2024 at the InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut. – Why […]

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Beiruts air pollution crisis: Diesel generators linked to doubling cancer risk, study shows – Environment and Development

The British daily newspaper, The Guardian, published recently a report focusing on the generators’ impact on air quality, affecting the health of Beirut’s residents. “An estimated 8,000 diesel generators have been powering Lebanese cities since the nation’s economic collapse in 2019,” said the newspaper. According to the report, new research to be published by scientists […]

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Study says warmer world likely made deadly Dubai downpours heavier – Naharnet

Circumstantial evidence points to climate change as worsening the deadly deluge that just flooded Dubai and other parts of the Persian Gulf, but scientists didn’t discover the definitive fingerprints of greenhouse gas-triggered warming they have seen in other extreme weather events, a new report found. Between 10% and 40% more rain fell in just one […]

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Record UAE rain a drop in the ocean as region plans for climate change – Environment and Development (the National)

Middle East and East Mediterranean heating faster than global averages, bringing more instability to weather Flooding in the Al Barsha area of Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National Robin Mills Climate change brings the perils of fire and water. The Gulf might have thought extreme heat was its biggest threat, but last week demonstrated that water, […]

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Tadweer Group to develop plastic bottles return programme in Abu Dhabi – Environment and Development (Gulf News)

Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) to be introduced to collect PET, glass bottles and cans  April 24, 2024. Gulf News Report Abu Dhabi: Tadweer Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TOMRA, a leading innovator of reverse vending machines for Clean Loop Recycling, providing tech-led solutions that enable the circular economy.
 The two pioneers […]

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Urban greening begins in Irqah, Riyadh – Arab News

20 April 2024 RIYADH: Urban greening works in the Irqah neighborhood of Riyadh began on April 18, continuing a tree-planting initiative that is part of the Green Riyadh program. Irqah is the eighth residential neighborhood in the capital to become part of the urban greening initiative, following Al-Aziziyah, Al-Naseem, Al-Jazeera, Al-Uraija, Qurtuba, Al-Ghadir, and Al-Nakheel, […]

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IRENA Assembly Centre-Stages COP28 Outcome of Tripling Renewable Power Capacity by 2030 – Environment and Development

17/4/2024 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 16, 2024 – The International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) 14th Assembly kicks off in Abu Dhabi, from 17-18 April 2024. The meetings, presided over by Rwanda, will gather more than 1,300 participants from 144 countries, including Ministers, industry leaders, and CEOs to chart a strategic way forward across countries, regions, […]

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What caused Dubai floods? Experts cite climate change, not cloud seeding – Environment and Development (Reuters)

DUBAI, April 17 (Reuters) – A storm hit the United Arab Emirates and Oman this week bringing record rainfall that flooded highways, inundated houses, grid-locked traffic and trapped people in their homes. At least 20 people were reported to have died in the deluge in Oman while another person was said to have died in floods in […]

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Photos: Dubai reels from flood chaos as record rains lash UAE – Al Jazeera / Naharnet

Storm dumps heaviest rain ever recorded in desert nation, flooding roads and Dubai’s international airport. Climatologist Friederike Otto, a specialist in assessing the role of climate change on extreme weather events, said it was “highly likely” that global warming had worsened the storms. Published On 17 Apr 2024 A torrential downpour has left Dubai’s highways clogged […]

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Lebanon poised for a clean energy revolution: Don’t miss Middle East Clean Energy 2024! – Naharnet

Lebanon is at a crossroads. With a growing demand for clean energy solutions and a booming clean energy sector, the country is primed to lead the way in a sustainable future. At the heart of this movement is the Middle East Clean Energy exhibition & conference, returning for its much-anticipated 3rd edition on May 8th […]

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Aqaba is Plastic Free’ campaign launched during Eid Al Fitr – Jordan Times

by Maria Weldali – Apr 16,2024 The campaign titled ‘Aqaba is Plastic Free’ is committed to address environmental concerns and reduce plastic waste through distributing environmentally friendly tote bags (Photo courtesy of ASEZA) AMMAN — Aiming to encourage a positive shift towards environmentally positive practices, a recent campaign in Aqaba has focused its efforts on the adoption […]

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Greenpeace MENA Reveals North Africa’s Polluters – Greenpeace

Greenpeace Middle East and North Africa. (press release) March 28, 2024  Beirut – March 28, 2024 – significant number of premature deaths occur annually due to exposure to air pollution in North African countries, as revealed in a report jointly prepared by Greenpeace MENA and Greenpeace Africa. The report, titled “Major Air Polluters in Africa […]

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Navigating Jordan’s sustainable development challenges – Jordan Times

Asyaf Nasser Al Zaben. Apr 14,2024 s a young Jordanian, I am deeply concerned about the future facing my generation due to the challenges brought about by climate change. In Jordan, we are confronted with three critical challenges: water scarcity, threats to food security and the urgent need for a shift towards renewable energy. These […]

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Morocco drought: Satellite images show vital Al Massira reservoir is shrinking – Environment and Development (BBC)

By Sophie Abdulla,BBC News AFPMuch of the reservoir bed is now just cracked earth Morocco’s second-largest reservoir that serves some of its major cities and has been central to farm irrigation is drying up, according to satellite images analysed by the BBC. Al Massira Dam, which sits around halfway between Casablanca and Marrakesh, contains just […]

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Food waste in Kingdom could feed 1.5 million people – agriculture minister

By JT – Apr 01,2024 Minister of Agriculture Khaled Huneifat says that the annual per capita food waste in Jordan is 101 kilogrammes, approximately 1.136 million tonnes of food squandered each year (JT file photo) AMMAN — The annual per capita food waste in Jordan is 101 kilogrammes,  approximately 1.136 million tonnes of food squandered each year, […]

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Monthly Solar Briefing: MESIA

Experiencing WFES with MESIAGet ready, only 15 days left for MESIA’s exciting cocktail soiree on the 16th April, 2024 at the World Future Energy Summit! Don’t miss out on the exciting opportunity to connect with over 200 solar professionals from the entire region and beyond for cocktails, canapes & industry driven conversations.MESIA members looking to promote their case studies, […]

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