Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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‘Ecocide in Gaza’: does scale of environmental destruction amount to a war crime? Environment and Development (Guardian)

(The Guardian) – 29 Mar 2024 In a dilapidated warehouse in Rafah, Soha Abu Diab is living with her three young daughters and more than 20 other family members. They have no running water, no fuel and are surrounded by running sewage and waste piling up. Like the rest of Gaza’s residents, they fear the air […]

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AFED Participates in the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – Environment and Development

28/3/2024 The German Federal Foreign Office hosted the 10th edition of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, which it has held annually since 2015. Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil attended the event, representing the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). Among the most prominent dialogues, in which ministers and businessmen participated, was one on the issue […]

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The urgent need for water diplomacy amid a decline in global water security – Arab News

HAFED AL-GHWELL. March 30, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/bb4d9 March 22 was World Water Day. The theme this year was “Water for Peace,” emphasizing the critically important role of water diplomacy in efforts to foster cooperation and avert conflicts related to the intensifying hydro-politics of our planet. The dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand […]

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Energy Transition: Fixing Plan A Should Precede Shifting to Plan B  – Environment and Development

31/3/2024 Najib Saab Achieving the goal of tripling the production capacity of renewable energy by 2030 will not be possible if the world continues on the current path. But the objective is technically viable and economically feasible, provided that countries adopt supportive policies and provide large-scale investments. This goal, set by the recent climate summit […]

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Two go on trial in Switzerland over ‘kleptocracy’ scandal involving Saudi oil firm, Malaysian bank – Naharnet

03/31/2024 Two managers of a Saudi oil exploration company went on trial in Switzerland on Tuesday for alleged fraud and money laundering over a scandal years ago linked to a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund that the U.S. Justice Department once described as the “biggest kleptocracy case” ever. The defendants from PetroSaudi — a Swiss Saudi […]

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Despite progress, ‘Zero Waste Day’ sheds light on Middle East’s waste-producing habits – Jerusalem Post

Despite progress, the Middle East still faces significant challenges in waste management, including inadequate infrastructure, limited recycling facilities, and outdated cultural attitudes.  By VERONICA NEIFAKH/THE MEDIA LINE. MARCH 31, 2024 International Zero Waste Day, observed on March 30, serves as a reminder of the global effort to combat pollution and promote sustainable living practices. In the […]

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In Iraq, water crisis leaves farmers clinging to sidr trees – Environment and Development (Reuters)

29/3/2024. By Mohammed Aty (Reuters) – Faced with a failing date palm business due to scarce resources, Iraqi farmer Ismail Ibrahim has planted “sidr”, or jujube, trees which require far less water during an irrigation crisis. Iraq is part of the “Fertile Crescent”, arable land sweeping from the Mediterranean to the Gulf which has been farmed for […]

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Saudi Arabia set to lead the world in ecotourism and marine conservation – Arab News

SHANNON KLEIN. March 29, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/5kdtw Saudi Arabia has embarked on a race to explore unseen parts of the Red Sea, aiming to safeguard and preserve the Kingdom’s biodiversity under Saudi Vision 2030. The Red Sea Decade Expedition — a mission that endeavored to comprehensively explore the Red Sea — has already yielded […]

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Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi Plants 10 Mangrove Trees for Each COP28 Visitor As Part Of The Ghars Al Emarat Initiative – Environment and Development

2/4/2024 As part of the Ghars Al Emarat (UAE Planting) initiative to plant 10 mangroves for each visitor to COP28, which was held from November 30 to December 12, 2023 at Expo City Dubai, the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced that it has planted 850,000 mangrove trees along Abu Dhabi’s coastal areas. The mangrove trees […]

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Abu Dhabi named Arab Environment Capital of 2023 – Environment and Development

27/3/2024 The Secretariat General of the Arab League named Abu Dhabi “Capital of the Arab Environment for 2023” at the end of last year, in recognition of the emirate’s distinguished environmental protection efforts, and implementation of related initiatives and projects to improve people’s quality of life – all underpinned by the aim to achieve sustainable […]

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‘Functional stagnation:’ Comptroller exposes Israel’s climate crisis failures – Jerusalem Post

The comptroller’s findings indicate that Israel is projected to only reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 12% from 2015 to 2030, which is 56% less than the target of 27%.  By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN. MARCH 19, 2024  The state comptroller has raised a red flag on Israel’s alarming lack of progress in addressing the country’s climate crisis. In […]

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Israeli researchers want to build a space parasol to cool Earth, mitigate global warming – Jerusalem Post

Rozen and his team say scientists already have “all the pieces needed” to return to pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures.  By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN. MARCH 24, 2024 Scientists have confirmed that 2023 was the hottest year on record; projections suggest this year might be even hotter. As climate change threatens livability and increases the likelihood of natural disasters, some aerospace engineers […]

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Calls for abandoning oil is ‘unrealistic,’ says OPEC chief – Arab News

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries expects strong growth in global oil demand in 2024 and 2025 driven by robust economic activities in China. Reuters/File Short Url https://arab.news/bewqf March 24, 2024 RIYADH: Calls for completely abandoning oil and fully relying on renewable energy have been deemed “wrong” and “unrealistic” by Haitham Al-Ghais, the secretary-general of […]

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How Saudi Arabia is acting to stabilize and replenish its groundwater reserves – Arab News

A view of the desalination plant owned by the Saline Water Conversion Corporation in Ras al-Khair in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP) Short Url https://arab.news/vryns REBECCA ANNE PROCTOR. 23 March 2024 DUBAI: Groundwater levels are in significant decline around the world, particularly in agricultural regions with dry climates that experience severe water deficiency. Saudi […]

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Tel Aviv’s bold green revolution underway in efforts to preserve the city’s natural urban sites – Jerusalem Post

Tel Aviv Municipality mapping natural sites & protecting animals: Public help sought to preserve green spaces, contractors to safeguard wildlife during construction by 2025. By YUVAL BENGOMARCH 13, 2024 Tel Aviv-Jaffa is currently promoting two significant measures designed to preserve nature and animals in the city. The first goal is updating the natural urban site map, […]

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New Zoo in Israel’s Desert Recreates Natural Habitats – and Raises Ethical Questions – Haaretz

Midbarium provides a home for 100 species, among them, the rare white lion, and serves as a hospital for animals in the region. But can keeping animals in captivity ever be justified – even to preserve near-extinct species? Naama Riba. Mar 21, 2024 One of the busiest places in Midbarium, the new Be’er Sheva zoo, […]

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Aqaba Bird Observatory ranks among world’s top tourism destinations – Jordan Times

By JT – Mar 20,2024  After securing the second place globally as a sustainable green destination in the category of environment and climate, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority win recognition for the Aqaba Bird Observatory among the world’s top 100 tourist destinations (Petra photo) AMMAN — After securing the second place globally as a sustainable green […]

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Jerusalem mayor reverses support for large development at Bible Hill nature spot – Times of Israel

Following widespread public objection, municipality backs away from plan for hotel and commercial center on central site overlooking Old City By SUE SURKES  12 March 2024, full report: https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-mayor-reverses-support-for-large-development-at-bible-hill-nature-spot/

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Moroccan town protests water management plans – Nahrnet

March 22, 2024 Regional and local leaders in eastern Morocco met this week with residents and civil society groups after months of protests over a water management plan set to take effect later this year. Thousands in the town of Figuig stopped paying water bills and have taken to the streets since November to protest […]

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Dh50,000 prize for ‘Dubai’s Best Homegrown Produce’ – Gulf News

Winners of municipality contest focusing on home garden to be awarded in May March 18, 2024 Dubai: Dubai Municipality on Monday announced ‘Dubai’s Best Homegrown Produce Competition’, one of the programs under Dubai Farms, which seeks to support citizen farmers who are productive agricultural entrepreneurs. The competition aims to achieve self-sufficiency of the family from […]

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