Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Is Iran Is Behind Major Oil Spill? – Haaretz / Greenpeace /YNET / Jerusalem Post / Naharnet

Israel Says Iran Is Behind Major Oil Spill, Accusing Tehran of ‘Environmental Terrorism’ – Haaretz Israeli minister claims Libyan-owned tanker that sailed out of Iran is responsible for massive pollution of Mediterranean coastline, while Israeli intel officials say statement caught them by surprise Zafrir Rinat Mar. 3, 2021 Israel on Wednesday accused Iran of “environmental […]

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Ship accused of Israel oil spill shown anchored off Iran coast – In pictures – Jerusalem Post

Photographs of the vessel, which Israel has accused of ‘eco-terrorism’, show the ship anchored off the Iranian coast. By ALEX WINSTON, LAHAV HARKOV   MARCH 4, 2021 Israel has named Libyan-owned Emerald as the ship that caused a huge oil spill that severely damaged the coastline and its environment, in what it described as an […]

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Israel Says It Has ‘Caught’ the Ship Responsible for Country’s Worst Oil Disaster – Haaretz / Jerusalem Post

Israel Says It Has ‘Caught’ the Ship Responsible for Country’s Worst Oil Disaster – Haaretz Zafrir Rinat Mar. 3, 2021 Israel’s ‘long arm will reach’ all those who ‘harmed our nature, beaches and coasts,’ environmental protection minister says Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said on Wednesday that Israel caught the ship behind the worst oil […]

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Lebanon Seeks U.N. Help over Mediterranean Oil Spill Pollution – Naharnet

Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday moved to file a report with the U.N. in which it asked for technical assistance in the face of a Mediterranean oil spill that has contaminated at least half of coastline. The report, prepared by the National Council for Scientific Research at the request of caretaker PM Hassan Diab, highlights […]

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Two Weeks After Major Oil Spill, Israel Continues Search for Its Source – Haaretz

Israel has a list of 23 ships it thinks might be responsible for the unreported spill that has caused its worst maritime pollution in decades Zafrir Rinat Mar. 1, 2021 The Environmental Protection Ministry has set out to look at 23 ships in the search for the source of the oil spill that poured tons […]

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IRENA Report Identifies Policy Measures to Advance Jordan’s Transition to Renewables – Environment and Development

23/2/2021 A new report published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has identified a series of policy measures that can help advance the energy transition towards renewable energy in Jordan.   The “Renewables Readiness Assessment: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” – developed in co-operation with Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, suggests […]

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Study gives impetus to Jordan’s renewable energy drive – JordanTimes

Kingdom aims to reach a 31% contribution of renewable energy in electricity generation — Zawati By Maria Weldali – Feb 23,2021 Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati attends the virtual launch of a study on renewable energy on Monday (Petra photo) AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources together with the […]

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New water resource and irrigation law sets penalties for cutting trees – Egypt Independent

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm The Egyptian House of Representatives will issue next week a new water resource and irrigation law that sets penalties for cutting or uprooting trees on public land. The law stipulates that anyone who violates the provisions of Article No. 9 concerning the disposal of trees and palms on publicly owned lands, […]

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Israeli Natural Gas Royalties Top 1 Billion Shekels in 2020 – Haaretz

The Energy Ministry said that the increase was due to a 48.4% increase in natural gas production from Israel’s large offshore gas reserves, after the Leviathan reserve came online at the end of 2019 Israel Fisher Mar. 1, 2021 Israel’s state coffers received more than 1 billion shekels ($303 million) in fees and royalties from […]

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Gas to Gaza? The pipeline that might provide a lifeline – Jerusalem Post / Haaretz

For years the project was a distant prospect because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By REUTERS   FEBRUARY 23, 2021 Talks on a gas pipeline that would cross political faultlines and deliver reliable energy to the impoverished Gaza Strip have moved from the abstract to the concrete in recent weeks, three officials with knowledge of the […]

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Israel to link Leviathan gas field to Egyptian LNG plants, says Steinitz – Al-Ahram/ Jerusalem Post / YNET

Egyptian, Israeli ministers mull boosting energy cooperation – Al Ahram The ministers reaffirmed their support for the establishment of a coherent and strong energy infrastructure in the East Mediterranean to maximise the region’s natural gas resources and reserves Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz discussed on […]

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Israel: Greek Tanker Ruled Out as Source of Massive Oil Spill – Haaretz / YNET

The Environment Ministry cleared the Miinerva Helen of blame for the worst oil spill in the country’s history following a ‘professional and comprehensive inspection’ Zafrir Rinat Nir Hasson Feb. 28, 2021 The Minerva Helen, a Greek tanker, has been cleared of suspicion for the oil spill that polluted large stretches of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in […]

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Israel oil spill: How did it happen and what will we do going forward? – Jerusalem Post

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS: ‘We need to draw a line in the sand’ By MAX KAPLAN-ZANTOPP   FEBRUARY 25, 2021  The scene at Hof Hasharon beach on Tuesday was nothing short of heartbreaking. A beautiful landscape tarnished with countless dark bits of tar scattered across the sand and rocky shore.“ I’m really trying to get my head […]

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Israel must increase its maritime awareness in light of recent oil spill – Jerusalem Post

Much of Israel’s approximately 200-km. (125-mile) Mediterranean coastline has been contaminated with thick tarballs, and Israelis have been warned to stay away from beaches. By SHAUL CHOREV   MARCH 1, 2021 Massive maritime oil spills have a way of searing our collective memory. For Americans, this trauma was instilled by two incidents: the Exxon Valdez […]

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Satellite footage points to another oil slick making its way to Israel – Jerusalem Post

The Environmental Protection Ministry is investigating the report and its credibility. By YUVAL BAGNO/MAARIV   FEBRUARY 27, 2021 Satellite footage obtained on Friday morning points to a possible new oil slick in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea that may reach Israel’s shores.The Environmental Protection Ministry has announced that it is investigating the report and its credibility.  “Whenever the […]

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MP Says South Beaches Polluted by Around 2 Tons of Tar – Naharnet

February 28, 2021 The amount of tar that has polluted the sand beaches of south Lebanon in recent days has been estimated to be at around two tons, a Lebanese MP said. “The cleaning process will be arduous and painstaking and it requires followup and cooperation between municipalities, scout associations and local, national and international […]

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Greenpeace warns against importing highly polluting Iraqi fuel – Give our lungs a break! – Greenpeace

February 8, 2021 Following reports indicating that Lebanon has reached an agreement to import Iraqi crude oil, The Programme director of Greenpeace MENA Julien Jreissati commented: “Iraqi oil has a high sulfur content and using it for power generation will worsen the air pollution in Lebanon that has already reached an alarming level”. Greenpeace has […]

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Israel Bans Sale of Fish as Search for Source of Mediterranean Oil Pollution Narrows Down – Haaretz

Environmental protection minister says tar on Israel’s beaches that caused the country’s worst case of sea pollution in decades came from a single scofflaw ship Zafrir Rinat Feb. 24, 2021 The oil pollution over the past week along the length of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline was caused by a single ship, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel […]

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Greek tanker is main suspect in disastrous Mediterranean oil spill – Jerusalem Post

Tar washing up along 90% of Israel’s coastline could take years to clean up, experts warn By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE   FEBRUARY 24, 2021 President Reuven Rivlin visits cleanup efforts at Herziliya beach after oil spill (photo credit: AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO) A Greek-owned and flagged oil tanker has been named as the main suspect in […]

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Court Partially Lifts Gag Order on Probe Into Worst Oil Spill in Israel’s History – Haaretz

Minerva Helen, a Greek tanker, was mentioned by several Israeli media outlets as responsible for the leak ■ Company denies all allegations Almog Ben Zikri Zafrir Rinat Feb. 23, 2021 An Israeli court partially lifted on Tuesday the gag order placed on the details pertaining to an oil spill off the country’s coast that led […]

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