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Archives for June, 2024

Environmental Damage, Gaza – multiple sources

1. Environmental Warfare in Gaza Colonial Violence and New Landscapes of Resistance by Shourideh C. Molavi Published by Pluto Press in Feb 2024  Paperback ISBN: 9780745344577eBook ISBN: 9780745344591 Overview The perimeter around the occupied Gaza Strip is formed by a sophisticated system of fences, forts and surveillance technologies. With each Israeli incursion, a military no-go area, […]

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Environmental Damage, Israel – YNET, WSJ

Nearly 13,000 acres in northern Israel burned by Hezbollah rockets – YNET Ilana Curiel. June 16, 2024 Northern Israel is just as much of a battlefield as the south was after October 7, and perhaps even more so; As skirmishes with Hezbollah intensify, trees, agricultural lands and especially wildlife all end up paying the price; […]

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Environmental Damage, Gaza and Israel – Inside Climate News

As Conflict Rages On, Israel and Gaza’s Environmental Fates May Be Intertwined –  Inside Climate News March 15, 2024 By Kiley Price Sewage from Gaza is inundating the Mediterranean Sea, and may soon flow into Israel, reports say. The Israel-Hamas war has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 people. Like all armed conflicts, it has also […]

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Troubled Waters in Conflict and a Changing Climate: Transboundary Basins Across the Middle East and North Africa – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

By Suad Al-Manji, Mohammad Al-Saidi, Elia J. Ayoub, Fuad Bateh, Muna Dajani, Marwa Daoudy (editor), Sharif S. Elmusa, Rebhy El Sheikh, Mohammed Mahmoud, Zeinab Shuker, and Neda Zawahri Published on February 12, 2024 full downloadable pdf at https://carnegieendowment.org/research/2024/02/troubled-waters-in-conflict-and-a-changing-climate-transboundary-basins-across-the-middle-east-and-north-africa?lang=en Introduction The importance of water increases substantially in arid and semi-arid regions, such as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). North Africa is home to key transboundary water […]

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Even Mother Earth’s fury has failed to awaken us – Arab News

June 14, 2024. HASSAN BIN YOUSSEF YASSIN Short Url https://arab.news/ncp3c Mother Earth has been the archetype of generosity and graciousness for as long as our planet has existed. Like every mother, though, there is a point where we push her too far and she loses her patience. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Mother Earth had […]

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How Saudi Arabia aims to make Hajj 2024 an eco-friendly pilgrimage – Arab News

Short Url https://arab.news/jazf9 NADA HAMEED.  15 June 2024 JEDDAH: Hajj draws about 2 million people each year. However, this monumental event places a significant strain on the environment through waste, water and energy consumption, and carbon emissions.  That is why measures have been put in place to encourage pilgrims to minimize their waste, use resources […]

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IRENA Council Convenes Amidst UN Secretary General’s Call for Urgent Climate Action – Environment and Development

14/6/2024 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2024 – The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) convenes its 27th Council meeting in Abu Dhabi today, just days after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an urgent call for climate action. The two-day meetings gather representatives from 105 countries to discuss critical issues facing the energy transition. […]

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Jordan aims for 50% electricity from renewables by 2030 — EMRC chairman – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – May 29,2024 – AMMAN — Jordan is a favourable environment for investment in renewables, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) Ziad Saideh said on Tuesday. Speaking at the weekly Government Communication Forum, Saideh pointed out that “throughout the past 25 years, Jordan has made notable […]

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Hebrew University launches postgraduate program on green energy – Jerusalem Post

The new program was developed as a response to the critical global challenge of climate change and will be launched in the coming academic year. By JERUSALEM POST STAFFJUNE 12, 202 The Hebrew University announced in May that it launched a new master’s program focused on green energy technology. The program aims to prepare future researchers and […]

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Land degradation and environmental challenges discussed at Riyadh forum – Arab News

Short Url https://arab.news/pyhq3 June 04, 2024 RIYADH: Decision-makers and environmentalists from around the world participated in the Arab Forum for Environment, which began in Riyadh on June 3. The two-day forum was organized by the joint secretariat of the forum, represented by the general secretariat of the League of Arab States and the United Nations […]

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Rekindling Hope in Gaza – Alliance for Peace in the Middle East

June 4, 2024 The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, in partnership with Damour for Community Development, is launching a project on June 7 geared toward the day after in Gaza. Taking the essential need for water, sanitation, and hygiene (abbreviated WASH), as well as energy services, that currently exists and will continue to exist in […]

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UN biodiversity summit chief: Make peace with nature or risk more war – Environment and Development (Reuters)

By Jake Spring. May 31, 2024 The world must make peace with nature or risk fueling more global conflicts like the war in Gaza, the president of the upcoming United Nations COP16 biodiversity summit said on Friday. The October summit in Colombia is charged with negotiating next steps to implement the landmark 2022 Kunming-Montreal accord – likened to the Paris […]

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Flood of sewage forces displaced Gazans out of tents – Ahram online (AFP)

AFP , Monday 3 Jun 2024 Displaced Gazans had to use empty plastic bottles on Monday to try to remove sewage from their tents after a pipeline burst in the main southern city of Khan Yunis. Palestinians shop at a makeshift market near heavily damaged buildings in Khan Yunis. AFP “All the tents were flooded with […]

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Vast Areas of Northern Israel’s Forests, Burned in the 2006 Lebanon War, Burn Again – Haaretz

‘We’re now in summer and every piece of shrapnel that falls in the forests starts a fire,’ says the JNF Upper Galilee Region director. According to JNF data, at least twice the area in the north has burned in the past few days than in the entire Second Lebanon War Zafrir Rinat Adi Hashmonai. Jun […]

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Forest fires blaze in north Israel after rockets launched from Lebanon – Naharnet / Haaretz

Naharnet Israeli authorities were on alert for new brush fires Tuesday, after munitions fired from Lebanon by Hezbollah the previous evening ignited several across northern Israel. The Israel Fire and Rescue Service said that dozens of firefighting teams worked through the night along with teams from the Nature and Park Service, army, police and other […]

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As Northern Israel Burns, Residents Know the State Won’t Save Them – Haaretz

As flames engulfed communities in Israel’s north following Hezbollah rockets, brave local citizens and volunteers moved quickly and worked tirelessly to extinguish them. Meanwhile, the government was nowhere to be found Allison Kaplan Sommer. Jun 4, 2024 As flames and fires engulfed communities in Israel’s north on Sunday and Monday after Hezbollah rockets fired from […]

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Israel aims to boost Red Sea oil deliveries despite environmental risks – Al Arabiya (Reuters)

 30 May ,2024 Israel plans to allow more oil tankers to dock at a Red Sea port in Eilat despite environmental risks, as it strives to maintain energy security amid conflict on multiple fronts, according to Israeli officials and government documents. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office wants to revoke restrictions on the amount of oil […]

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Salam says Doha offer to build 3 power plants has been blocked – Naharnet

Lebanon’s political class, fuel companies and private electricity providers blocked an offer by gas-rich Qatar to build three renewable energy power plants to ease the crisis-hit nation’s decades-old electricity crisis, Lebanon’s caretaker economy minister said Thursday. Lebanon’s electricity crisis worsened after the country’s historic economic meltdown began in October 2019. Power cuts often last for […]

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Jordan Valley authority urges citizens to avoid water bodies in Jordan Valley amid rising temperatures – Jordan Times / Fananews

By JT – Jun 03,2024 AMMAN — Secretary General of the Jordan Valley Authority Hisham Hisa, has urged citizens and farmers living near water bodies, dams, and the King Abdullah Canal in the Jordan Valley not to approach or swim in these non-designated areas. The warning came due to the noticeable rise in temperatures, as it poses […]

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Saudi Arabia, UNEP to host World Environment Day on June 5 – Arab News

 02 June 2024. Short Url https://arab.news/wcf6y RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the UN Environment Programme will mark World Environment Day on June 5, to be held this year under the theme “Our Land, Our Future.” The ceremony will be at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh, and will be attended by dignitaries, officials, as […]

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