Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Nearly 1 million to benefit from upgraded solid waste management facilities in Gaza – World Bank – WAFA

WASHINGTON, Monday, November 23, 2020 (WAFA) — The Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches (GPRBA) and the Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID-MDTF) for the West Bank and Gaza, and the Palestinian National Authority signed a grant agreement providing $3.25 million in additional financing to support the ongoing Gaza Solid Waste Management Project (GSWMP), […]

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How can Israel resolve water scarcity issues with the Palestinians? – Jerusalem Post

Palestinians depend heavily on rain and underground water sources, which Israel controls. By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE   NOVEMBER 21, 2020 16:39 As the world gets hotter, the Middle East’s arid regions are becoming drier, water is disappearing and the prospect for conflict is growing, Palestinians say.Former Palestinian Authority Water Minister Shaddad Attili told The […]

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How is Israel handling growing water scarcity issues in the desert? – Jerusalem Post

“So the wet areas are getting wetter and the dry areas are getting drier.” By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE   NOVEMBER 21, 2020 16:41 Humanity’s most precious resource is becoming scarce. Due to climate change as well as growing populations and poor resource management, whole areas in the Middle East are transforming from once-fertile ground […]

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Water Authority prepares to open Degania Dam amid high hopes for Kinneret – Jerusalem Post

The opening of the dam will likely take place around April 2021 if the water level rises high enough. By TZVI JOFFRE   NOVEMBER 24, 2020 14:34 The Water Authority is preparing for the possibility that it may need to open the Degania Dam for the first time in 25 years as the Kinneret remains […]

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Fondation Diane, Ecoserv Launch Battery Recycling Initiative in Lebanon – Naharnet

Fondation Diane, a Lebanese NGO that works in favor of Civic Awareness and Eco-Sustainable Development, and Ecoserv, its leading partner in the Electronic Waste Recycling field, have launched a program in Lebanon that aims to collect and recycle batteries. “With a growing population, the world’s waste problems are only going to increase, so we, as […]

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Israeli company turns coronavirus masks into recyclable thermoplastic – Jerusalem Post

UBQ Materials converts trash into treasure with patented process it hopes will be adopted worldwide. By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE   NOVEMBER 24, 2020 12:20 An Israeli company has found a creative solution to the mounds of discarded single-use COVID-19 protection gear that is littering beaches, ocean floors and cities around the world. Demonstrating how […]

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Garbage Floods Sidon Streets as Workers Go on Strike – Naharnet

The streets of the southern city of Sidon flooded with garbage on Wednesday as migrant workers went on a strike for the third consecutive day. Garbage piled up on the streets of the city, and in the overcrowded Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh. The workers demand an increase in wages amid a depreciation of […]

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Award winning Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi nature documentaries to be aired on Emirates airline – Environment and Development

23/11/2020 Passengers onboard Emirates flights will arrive at their destination inspired by environmental causes as part of a collaboration with Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD).   Two EAD documentaries – Back to the Wild and Zayed’s Antarctic Lights – have been included in the inflight entertainment package on Emirates flights since October. The documentaries cover such […]

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As Town Near Jerusalem Expands, This Palestinian Village Could Lose Its Spring – Haaretz

The plan to build 570 residential units is being contested in a rare alliance between nature conservationists and the residents of Wadi Fukin Zafrir Rinat 10.11.2020 A plan to build a new neighborhood in the town of Tzur Hadassah, southwest of Jerusalem, is threatening the flow of water into springs used by farmers from the […]

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Desk Study on the Opportunities and Implications of Releasing Treated Effluent in the Lower stretches of the Jordan River and Dead Sea. – Ecopeace

Published in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS – REMENA). full report available at https://old.ecopeaceme.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Desk-Study.pdf extract from the forward: A combination of regional conflict, natural water scarcity, over extraction and now climate change has contributed to the severe demise of much of the basin. From […]

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Invitation to the EcoPeace Annual Conference

Green Blue Deal for the Middle East  November 30th to December 2nd 2020 We cordially invite you to participate in EcoPeace’s Annual Conference taking place from Monday 30th November to Wednesday 2nd December 2020. EcoPeace Middle East is a unique Jordanian-Palestinian-Israeli organization that seeks to advance cooperative efforts in our region to protect our shared environment, promote sustainable regional development, and create necessary […]

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‘Red-Dead project vital for maintaining Dead Sea water levels’ – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – Nov 12,2020 A sinkhole near the Dead Sea (Photo courtesy of Nizar Abu-Jaber) AMMAN — Is the Dead Sea going to be really dead? According to a Jordanian geologist, the water levels of the Dead Sea are decreasing between one and one metre- and-a-half annually. “The current level of the Dead […]

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Are Israel’s cities ready for the climate crisis? – Jerusalemm Post

A study conducted in Haifa found that the city is not sufficiently prepared to deal with the effects of the climate crisis. What are the implications for the rest of the country? By RACHELI WACKS, ZAVIT/SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY   NOVEMBER 1, 2020 The agonizing heat wave that caused September 2020 to become the hottest […]

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Israel Throws Away a Third of Its Food, and the Environmental Damage Is Enormous – Haaretz

New report finds wasted food is responsible for 6 percent of the country’s greenhouse gases emissions, and causes nearly $1 billion worth of environmental damage every year Zafrir Rinat 09.11.2020 Food that is allowed to go to waste is responsible for 6 percent of Israel’s greenhouse gas emissions, and also accounts for 3.2 billion shekels […]

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MIRRA seeks to expand ultra-low energy drip irrigation system in Jordan- Jordan Times

By MIRRA – Nov 16,2020 AMMAN —  From 2016 to 2019, the project “Ultra-Low Energy Drip Irrigation for MENA Countries”, implemented by Jordanian NGO, Methods for Irrigation and Agriculture (MIRRA), addresses challenges regarding water scarcity, irrigation efficiencies, and energy use in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through the utilisation and piloting of […]

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MIRRA project plants seeds of sustainable agriculture in Azraq basin – Jordan Times

Oct 13,2020 An Azraq farmer taking a soil sample after the implementation of the ‘sustainable package solution’ (Photo courtesy of MIRRA) AMMAN —  Azraq is a small town in northeastern Jordan characterised by hot, arid summers and cold, dry winters. Due to these climate conditions and a growing demand for water resources, farmers in the […]

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Gaza power plan could electrify Mideast peace efforts – YNET

Analysis: The immense project to convert plant to modern standards and supply Hamas-run enclave with Israeli gas is becoming reality, thanks to unprecedented coordination between Israel, Egypt, Qatar, Hamas, PA and Quartet Alex Fishman | Published: 10.30.20 The outline that would see Israel transfer gas from the Leviathan gas field to the power station in […]

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This Year, Israeli Energy Finally Went Green. But the Revolution Is Just Beginning – Haaretz

With strong support from the government and the stock market, and not to mention the coronavirus economy, the industry has taken off in 2020Send in e-mailSend in e-mail Eran Azran Published on 06.10.2020 Israel underwent one energy revolution a decade ago, when the first natural gas from offshore reserves began to flow. It is undergoing […]

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Wind Turbine Plan in Northern Israel Rejected Over Environmental Impact – Haaretz

Plan to build nine large wind turbines with an electricity producing capacity of 32 megawatts scrapped due to damage to the landscape, risk to several rare birds and possible noise hazardsSend in e-mailSend in e-mail Zafrir Rinat 12.10.2020 A national committee has decided to reject an appeal that the entrepreneurs behind a wind turbine plan […]

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Scaling Up Climate-Resilient Agriculture – This Week in Palestine

Enhancing Local Food Production, Livelihoods, and the Resilience of Poor and Food-Insecure Palestinians By: Sandra Milkovic and Salah Lahham From July 2019 to March 2020, the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Office in Palestine ran the first round of experiments on climate resilience for food security by providing some of the poorest and severely food-insecure […]

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