Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

A deadly trash trade is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank – Times of Israel

Burning Israeli scrap for valuable raw metals is a lethal livelihood for thousands of Palestinians, sending cancer rates skyrocketing in villages near Hebron By Aaron Boxerman 10 January 2022 lead: BEIT AWWA, West Bank — When Israa’s four-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia, she spent little time wondering why. The answer was all around her: […]

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25,000 tons of old batteries in Gaza pose risk to health, environment – Times of Israel

lead: With no option of exporting or safely disposing of the power units, relied upon due to chronic power cuts, officials warn they could leak sulfuric acid into soil and water supply By Agencies 22 December 2021 Virtually every household in the Gaza Strip relies on batteries to keep their home running — a result […]

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Police Deploy as Bedouin Protest JNF Forestation Work in Israel’s South – Haaretz

United Arab List leader threatens to boycott Knesset deliberations on Jewish National Fund work on land used by locals for agriculture Jack Khoury Deiaa Haj Yahia Nati Yefet Jan. 10, 2022 Hundreds of police officers were deployed to guard Jewish National Fund workers preparing land for forestation near the Bedouin town of Hura in the Negev […]

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Opinion | Drought in Iran Could Push It to Reach a Nuclear Deal – Haaretz

Climate change is slamming Iran especially hard, but to do anything about it, Tehran needs the sanctions to cease David Rosenberg Dec. 28, 2021 We now know that sanctions haven’t forced Iran to come on hands and knees to the negotiating table begging to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement. Could the country’s environmental crisis, and […]

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Iran Says only 12 Asiatic Cheetahs Left in the Country – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk Iran is now home to only a dozen Asiatic cheetahs, the deputy environment minister has said, describing the situation for the endangered species as “extremely critical”. “The measures we have taken to increase protection, reproduction, and the installation of road signs have not been enough to save this species,” Hassan Akbari told […]

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Reducing food waste in Israel requires national effort, year-end report says – YNET

According to Leket report, estimated cost of food waste in 2020 in Israel stood at $6 billion, with a total of 2.5 million tons food, of which about half could have been saved, were thrown away The Media Line, Ynet | Published: 12.31.21, Israelis waste enormous amounts of food every year and reducing those figures […]

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USAID Recycling in Jordan signs joint action plan with Organic Fertilisers Eco Systems Association

By JT – Jan 06,2022 Participants pose for a group photo during the signing of a joint action plan between the USAID Recycling in Jordan activity and the Organic Fertilisers Eco Systems Association on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of USAID) AMMAN — The USAID Recycling in Jordan activity on Wednesday signed a joint action plan with […]

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National programme to reduce energy costs – Jordan Times

Third National Energy Efficiency Plan on the anvil — Kharabsheh By JT – Jan 03,2022 Saleh Kharabsheh AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, under the National Energy Efficiency Plan, seeks to provide an empowering environment that improves energy efficiency in various sectors, Minister Saleh Kharabsheh said on Monday. During a meeting with […]

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Oil Firm Consultant Infiltrates Israeli Teen Climate Activists’ Online Meeting – Haaretz

‘If we’ve managed to get a state-owned company to fear for its future and monitor us, we can certainly get the EAPC agreement canceled immediately,’ says activist protesting Israel’s UAE pipeline deal Lee Yaron Dec. 23, 2021 A consultant to the Europe Asia Pipeline Company infiltrated a Zoom meeting of teenage climate activists who were […]

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Lebanon to Start Pipeline Renovation to Import Egyptian Gas – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk 29 December 2021 Energy minister Walid Fayad has launched two projects in the country’s north to facilitate the flow of natural gas from Egypt. The move aims to improve electricity production and expand the country’s tanks to increase oil reserves. The revival of the Arab Gas Pipeline to deliver Egyptian gas to […]

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Israel’s environment ministry blocks oil pipeline deal with UAE – Jerusalem Post / YNET / Haaretz

“We blocked the entry of dozens of oil tankers into the Gulf of Eilat,” Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg said in a statement. By REUTERS Published: DECEMBER 16, 2021 Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry said on Thursday that it had blocked a deal with partners from the United Arab Emirates to transport oil from the Gulf […]

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Winners and losers as energy minister halts gas exploration – Jerusalem Post

Energy Minister Karin Elharrar’s announcement that her ministry will not award licenses for natural gas exploration in Israel’s Economic Zone in 2022 set off a storm.  By GUY LIEBERMAN/GLOBES/TNS Published: DECEMBER 17, 2021 The announcement by Energy Minister Karin Elharrar yesterday that her ministry will not award licenses for natural gas exploration in Israel’s Economic […]

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Locations for solar, desalination plants not determined in declaration of intent — gov’t – Jordan Times

By JT – Dec 14,2021 AMMAN — Locations for desalination and solar power stations, part of the declaration of intent between Jordan, UAE and Israel for a project to exchange energy and water, have not yet been determined, the Ministry of Water said on Tuesday. The ministry said that the project is merely about exchanging […]

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‘Unprecedented water poverty’ facing Kingdom — Khasawneh – Jordan Times

National Water Carrier project ‘irreversible’, but ‘not sufficient’ to meet growing water needs — PM By JT – Dec 15,2021 The annual all-use per capita share of water in Jordan is nearly 90 cubic metres, while the global water poverty line is 500 cubic metres, Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh said on Wednesday (JT file […]

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Kingdom’s drinking water consumption stands at 1.1bcm, deficit to hit 60mcm in 2022 — Najjar – Jordan Times

By JT – Dec 15,2021 AMMAN — The drinking water deficit in the Kingdom is projected to hit 60 million cubic metres (mcm) in 2022, Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said on Wednesday. Speaking during a Lower House session dedicated to discuss the declaration of intent related to a water-energy project, Najjar said […]

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Request for proposals to build 450km water carrier sent to bidders — ministry – Jordan Times

JT – Dec 16,2021 AMMAN — The Water Ministry on Thursday sent a request for proposals (RFP) to pre-qualified consortiums to build a 450km water carrier, which will be the largest ever for the Kingdom in the water sector, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The step is part of the ministry’s commitment to the […]

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5-million-euro agreement signed to initiate rainwater harvesting project in Kingdom – Jordan Times

5-million-euro agreement signed to initiate rainwater harvesting project in Kingdom Dutch embassy, INWRDAM to implement 3-year project in Azraq, Mafraq and North Jordan Valley By JT – Dec 12,2021 Dutch Ambassador Harry Verweij and Executive Director of INWRDAM Marwan Al Raggad sign an agreement on Sunday (Photo courtesy of the Dutch embassy) AMMAN — The […]

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FAO launches project to formulate sustainable aquaculture strategy in Jordan – Jordan Times

By JT – Dec 14,2021 Participants during the launch of a project funded by FAO to formulate a sustainable aquaculture strategy in Jordan on Monday (Photo courtesy of FAO) AMMAN — The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) and Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority […]

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Israel to Debate Harsher Penalties for Wildlife Poisoning – Haaretz

Every year there are hundreds of poisoning attempts, some harming many forms of wildlife including large mammals such as jackals, foxes, and deer Zafrir Rinat Dec. 12, 2021 An amendment to a law that would help combat wildlife poisoning will be discussed Sunday by the ministerial legislative committee in the wake of severe attacks on […]

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Bleak outlook for drought-hit Iraqis– study – Jordan Times

By AFP – Dec 16,2021 An Iraqi family cultivates farmland near the town of Al Kahla in Iraq’s south-eastern Maysan province on March 19 (AFP photo) 

BAGHDAD — Half of the families living in drought-affected areas of Iraq need humanitarian food aid, the Norwegian Refugee Council(NRC) said in a study released on Thursday. Experts have […]

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