Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Earth Day and the US Climate Summit

Multiple reports related to Earth Day and the climate summit convened by President Biden are collected below. Some notable elements on the Earth Day / climate summit reports:  Israeli agencies prepared two somewhat contrasting climate change plans for the summit.  The speech that Prime Minister Netanyahu gave diverged from both of them.  Despite promoting climate […]

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Lebanese-Israeli maritime boundary dispute – multiple sources

Multiple reports on the Lebanese-Israeli maritime boundary dispute are collected together below. Reports: Sea Border Talks to Restart Monday, U.S. Pushed for Resumption – Naharnet by Naharnet Newsdesk April 30, 2021. The suspended negotiations between Lebanon and Israel over the demarcation of their maritime border will resume next week following the arrival in Beirut of […]

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Opinion | Israeli-Arab Energy Deals Are Dramatic, but They Aren’t the Future – Haaretz

Abu Dhabi buying a stake in the Israeli gas field Tamar is less important than high-tech deals David Rosenberg Apr. 26, 2021 4:46 PM From Theodor Herzl forward, few Zionist visionaries didn’t dream of economic cooperation between Zionists/Israelis and the Arabs. “The Jews have made us rich. Why should we scorn them?” says the one […]

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Israel advised to remove petrochemical plant in Haifa within 10 years – Jerusalem Post

The recommendations of the committee, headed by Prof. Avi Simhon, Head of the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister’s Office, would end Bazan Group’s oil refinery operations in Haifa. By ZEV STUB   APRIL 26, 2021 Israel must remove the petrochemical chemical plants in Haifa within 10 years, according to a new target set […]

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Squabbling Among Water Officials Imperils Jordan River Rehabilitation – Haaretz

The water of the southern Jordan River is currently not of sufficient quality to rehabilitate the ecological system in the area. Implementing the Water Authority’s plan would change that, but Mekorot has other ideas Zafrir Rinat Apr. 22, 2021 The Water Authority Commission is slated to discuss Thursday a proposal that could significantly improve the […]

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Polluted Lake Qaraoun Spews Out Tons of Dead Fish – Naharnet

April 29, 2021 Tonnes of dead fish have washed up on the shore of a highly polluted lake in eastern Lebanon in the past few days, an official said Thursday. It was not immediately clear what caused the fish kill in Lake Qaraoun on the Litani river, which several local fisherman said was unprecedented in […]

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Lebanon Launches First Electric Car despite Crisis – Naharnet

A Lebanon-made electric car has been launched, the first time the small country has manufactured an automobile, despite struggling amid a dire economic crisis with frequent power cuts. The red sports car — named “Quds Rise”, using the Arabic name of Jerusalem — is the project of Lebanese-born Palestinian businessman Jihad Mohammed. It’s the “first […]

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Israel’s State-owned Water Company to Provide Consulting Services to Bahrain – Haaretz

$3 million pact may grow as Gulf emirate faces growing water shortages Israel Fisher Michael Rochvarger Mar. 29, 2021 Mekorot, the Israeli state-owned water company, has signed an agreement to provide $3 million in consulting services to Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority in the first-ever agreement between an Israeli government company and the Gulf emirate. […]

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Good energies: Firm that reinvented the engine starts new funding round – Jerusalem Post

MayMaan has developed an internal combustion engine operating on a mixture of water and ethanol. They are in the 1st phase of sparking a revolution in the automotive and green energy markets. By LIOR NOVIK   APRIL 26, 2021 The green energy market is in an unprecedented momentum, and not by chance. After catastrophic years […]

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PWA condemns vandalism of water reservoir in Nablus-district village – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Monday, April 19, 2021 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Water Authority today condemned the vandalism of the main water reservoir in Asira al-Qibliya village, southwest of Nablus city. During an inspection visit to the site of the vandalized reservoir, head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), Mazen Ghneim, decried the sabotage by Israeli settlers of […]

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Gulf, Middle East nations agree on ‘climate action’ after meeting with US envoy Kerry – Al Arabiya

Joseph Haboush, Al Arabiya English Published: 05 April ,2021 Countries from the Gulf and the Middle East gathered in the United Arab Emirates and released a statement Monday committing to “accelerate climate action.” “We will work together to ensure the success of the Paris Agreement and will cooperate with our global partners to strengthen climate […]

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Israeli Ministries Compose Plan to Fight Climate Change Days Before U.S. Summit – Haaretz

Amid disagreements and lack of cooperation both ministries formulate a draft to radically reduce global warming only days before the Leaders Summit on Climate begins Zafrir Rinat Apr. 19, 2021 The Environmental Protection Ministry and the National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Ministry put forward plans to drastically reduce greenhouse gases in Israel just days prior […]

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Saudi Arabia and the green era – Al Arabiya

Green mountains in Saudi Arabia. (Supplied) Emile Amin Published: 31 March ,2021: At the initiative of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced two initiatives that will serve as the cornerstone for efforts aimed at protecting Earth and nature in the Kingdom and the region respectively. These initiatives, which will be […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince announces opening of Sakaka power plant – Al Arabiya

Tamara Abueish, Al Arabiya English Published: 08 April ,2021: 06:27 PM GST Updated: 09 April ,2021: 02:27 PM GST Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the opening of the Sakaka IPP PV power plant, the Kingdom’s first renewable energy project, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday. The launch of the Sakaka […]

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Nuclear energy: Why the Arab world should lead in delivering clean energy – Al Arabiya

The first unit at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Al-Dafrah in Abu Dhabi, UAE. (File photo: WAM/AFP) Nuclear Nuclear energy: Why the Arab world should lead in delivering clean energy Mohamed Al Hammadi 18 April ,2021 The Arab world, and those nations located along the same lines of latitude, should move to embrace and […]

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Why Does Jerusalem Need Three New Access Roads? Haaretz

Major new projects will increase traffic congestion, cost billions and destroy one of the last open areas in central Israel Osnat Zamir Apr. 20, 2021 Government companies and agencies subordinate to Israel’s Transportation Ministry are advancing plans for three massive access roads to Jerusalem, despite widespread acknowledgement that the solution to Israel’s transport morass lies […]

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Huge groups of migratory birds flock to Eilat for annual visit – Jerusalem Post / Haaretz

The feathered guests come to Eilat every year as an important stop on their migration patterns, but their numbers are in sharp decline in recent years. By AARON REICH   APRIL 19, 2021 Israel is seeing a huge influx of new feathered guests flying into the country, as huge flocks of birds returned to Eilat […]

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Warm waters draw sharks off Israel’s Mediterranean coast – Al Arabiya

Dozens of sharks gathered Tuesday in warm waters of the Mediterranean near an Israeli power plant, drawing sightseers in what has become an annual occurence. The sharks’ fins sliced through the swallow waters just meters (yards) away from bathers eager to take photos of them near the city of Hadera. Sandbar and dusky sharks, which […]

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Weird Scorpions and Crabs at Israeli Cave Are Desperately Seeking a Nature Reserve – Haaretz

The little creatures have been found nowhere else in the world and show how their ancestors looked millions of years ago Zafrir Rinat Apr. 16, 2021 A cave in central Israel boasts “living fossils” of species that went extinct millions of years ago, but scientists fear that invasive species and a plan to turn the […]

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Red Sea on the brink of environmental catastrophe – Jerusalem Post

Abandoned, rebel-held Yemeni tanker could spill four times as much oil as Exxon Valdez By MINA NADER / THE MEDIA LINE   APRIL 5, 2021 The Red Sea has been flirting with environmental disaster for six years, ever since Houthi rebels seized control of the FSO Safer, a floating storage and offloading vessel for petroleum […]

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