Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Will Politics Kill a ‘Win-win’ Deal to Swap Israeli Water for Jordanian Solar Power? Haaretz

While Israel is swimming in desalinated water, its eastern neighbor is desperate for more H2O, as are the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. The hope is that necessity will dampen any political opposition to the deal David Rosenberg Nov 30, 2022 On paper, it’s a win-win situation. The kingdom of Jordan is desperately […]

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Gaza beekeepers who survived blockade struggle with unstable climate – YNET

With cold spells and massive rainstorms keeping the bees from pollinating, Gazan apiculturists see honey production plummet to previously unseen lows Reuters|11.22.22 This time, it wasn’t the bulldozers or the bullets, but the rain and the wind. Weather kept the bees confined to their hives in the spring, when they should have been out foraging […]

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Study shows Eilat’s Red Sea waters absorbs much greenhouse gas -YNET

With the help of a ‘biological pump’, carbon is transformed by photosynthesis into solid organic matter that sinks to the seafloor and is eliminated from the ecologic system – this could help commercial companies reduce carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere Ynet|11.10.22 The Red Sea in the Gulf of Eilat absorbs greenhouse gases from the […]

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Israel considers technical means to save birds from electrocution – YNET

Studies show birds collide with high voltage wires in Israel at rate of no less than 200 incidents per kilometer every year; drone efficacy being tested to install devices able to warn birds of danger Noa Fisher|11.28.22 | Israel’s Electric corporation, the Society for the Protection of Nature and the Environmental Protection Ministry have launched […]

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Salt, drought decimate buffaloes in Iraq’s southern marshes – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk 25 November 2022, Abbas Hashem fixed his worried gaze on the horizon — the day was almost gone and still, there was no sign of the last of his water buffaloes. He knows that when his animals don’t come back from roaming the marshes of this part of Iraq, they must be […]

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Energy-rich Qatar faces fast-rising climate risks at home – Naharnet

The small park with air-conditioned paths is an apt illustration of World Cup host Qatar’s answers, so far, to the rising temperatures its people face. The wealthy Gulf Arab nation has been able to pay for extreme adaptive measures like this thanks to the natural gas it exports to the world. A small peninsula that […]

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Turkey revises carbon cutting pledges at COP27 – Naharnet

15 November 2022 Turkey on Tuesday unveiled at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh a revised plan for cutting its carbon emissions that was immediately criticized by analysts as insufficiently ambitious. “We have updated our nationally determined contribution (NDC),” Turkey’s environment minister, Murat Kurum, told the U.N. climate conference, referring to the national […]

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World Cup frenzy puts strain on Qatar’s camels – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk Shaheen stretched out on the sand and closed his eyes, but there was little time to rest for the camel. World Cup fans coming in droves to the desert outside Doha were ready for their perfect Instagram moment: riding a camel on the rolling dunes. As Qatar welcomes more than a million […]

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– Jerusalem Posterusalem Council Member Yovav Tzur praises launch of citywide recycling – Jerusalem Post

It took an intense legal battle with the Environmental Protection Ministry to get the Municipality of Jerusalem to implement citywide recycling bins. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF NOVEMBER 27, 2022 08:30 Jerusalem began placing orange recycling bins around the city on Thursday over four years after City Council Member Yovav Tzur started advocating for the rollout. […]

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Abu Dhabi reduces single-use plastic bag use by over 90% – Ahram online

Mohamed Hatem , Sunday 27 Nov 2022 The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) has reported a 90 percent reduction in the consumption of single-use plastic bags, as the 3-million-resident emirate continues to phase out the use of plastic products. Reusable canvas and jute bags on display at Carrefour in Mall of the Emirates. Photo courtesy […]

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Israel, Jordan sign deal to restore polluted Jordan River at COP27 – Jerusalem Post / Naharnet

The ecological restoration of the Jordan River “requires transboundary action,” Israel and Jordan agreed in a joint declaration signed in Sharm El Shiekh. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF NOVEMBER 17, 2022 Israel and Jordan will cooperate on the ecological rehabilitation, restoration and sustainable development of the Jordan River, it was announced Thursday at COP27 in Sharm […]

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Politics, climate conspire as Tigris and Euphrates dwindle – Naharnet

Next year, the water will come. The pipes have been laid to Ata Yigit’s sprawling farm in Turkey’s southeast connecting it to a dam on the Euphrates River. A dream, soon to become a reality, he says. He’s already grown a small corn patch on some of the water. The golden stalks are tall and […]

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Economists see renewables as new source for jobs – Jordan Times

By Rayya Al Muheisen – Nov 21,2022 Representative image (Photo courtesy of unsplash.com/ HYPERLINK “https://unsplash.com/@karsten_wuerth” Karsten Würth) AMMAN — Beyond its environmental impact, renewable energy represents an effective way to achieve economic sustainability, economists suggest. Jordan had the highest share of renewable energy contribution in the Arab region in 2021, excluding hydropower, according to the […]

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Aqaba oil spill case reaches JD1m settlement — ASEZA – Jordan Times

JT – Nov 21,2022 An oil spill resulting from a Palauan merchant vessel polluted the water surrounding Aqaba’s coastline in August and the cleanup took 16 days (Petra photo) AMMAN — The “Floor of Sea” vessel has left Jordan’s territorial waters after the company that owns the ship committed to paying JD1 million following the […]

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Gaza’s chicken farmers rejoice in recycled egg trays – YNET

Akram Al-Amour began recycling paper waste to try to reduce the emissions caused by burning it, and found an alternative to plastic that could contribute to improving economic conditions Reuters|11.15.22 Cheaper, stronger, available and environmental – for Gaza chicken farmers seeking to deliver eggs unbroken, there is everything to like about trays made from recycled […]

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Food waste cost Israel NIS 21.3 billion in 2021 – YNET

Annual report says a total of 2.6 tons of food, of which about half could have been saved, was thrown away at an estimated cost of 2.19 billion USD; Israel is ranked last among OCED countries in number of policies implemented to tackle phenomenon 11.14.22 The total cost of food waste in Israel in 2021 […]

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UBQ Materials’ VP explains potential of climate-tech sector could help the world – Jerusalem Post

For the first time, a delegation from Israel representing the nation’s climate-tech innovations and its advancements in the field attended the COP27. By ZACHY HENNESSEY Published: NOVEMBER 20, 2022 The United Nations annual Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt came to a close last week, concluding two weeks of dialogue, information sharing […]

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Oil pollution: Investigation reveals Egypt’s ‘super coral’ at risk – Environment and Development

18/11/2022 As Egypt hosts world leaders at COP27 to discuss action over climate change, an oil terminal is dumping toxic wastewater on the country’s Red Sea coast, an investigation by BBC News Arabic has found. A rare form of coral, that offers hope for preserving ocean life as the planet warms, could be a casualty. […]

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Israeli activist smashes climate change 10 commandments atop Mt. Sinai – Jerusalem Post

Yosef Abramowitz imitated Moses’s smashing of the 10 biblical commandments in a demonstration against climate change. By SAM HALPERN Published: NOVEMBER 21, 2022 An Israeli climate activist smashed tablets representing the 10 climate change principles, mirroring Moses’s smashing of the biblical commandments, in a demonstration against climate crisis inaction atop Jebel Musa, the mountain thought […]

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Turkey revises carbon cutting pledges at COP27 – Naharnet

Turkey on Tuesday unveiled at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh a revised plan for cutting its carbon emissions that was immediately criticized by analysts as insufficiently ambitious. “We have updated our nationally determined contribution (NDC),” Turkey’s environment minister, Murat Kurum, told the U.N. climate conference, referring to the national plans for reducing […]

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