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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Saving the Sea of Galilee: New Plan Could Protect the Lake’s Future – Haaretz

Sea change: 90 percent of Lake Kinneret’s beaches will be preserved in the plan, which was 10 years in the making. Moshe Gilad 06:10 Every visit to Lake Kinneret brings mixed feelings. On the one hand, I love it dearly. This lake in northern Israel is beautiful and unique. One longs for it, especially now […]

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Environment Ministry launches Green Growth National Action Plan 2021-2025 – Jordan Times

Jul 06,2020   AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment on Monday launched the Green Growth National Action Plan 2021-2025 (GG-NAP).  “The Ministry of Environment, with the support of Global Green Growth Institute, has developed the Jordan Green Growth National Action Plan targetting Jordan’s key green growth sectors including agriculture, energy, waste, water, tourism and transport, […]

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Israeli ministries, environmental groups squabble over planning committee – Haaretz

The Ministry of Agriculture claims the ‘National Committee for Endorsed Housing Zones’ should not have its mandate renewed for another four years, as proposed by the Interior Ministry, because it harms agricultural land. Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 7, 2020 The activity of the National Committee for Endorsed Housing Zones (Vatmal in Hebrew) will cause harm […]

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Waterfall secures Israel’s largest wastewater treatment plant – Jerusalem Post

The company’s solution is said to prevent any external cyberattack from reaching the protected water treatment system. By CYBERTECH   JULY 8, 2020 At the Shafdan site, Waterfall’s Unidirectional Security Gateways replicate an IOSight iGreen database server to the Shafdan enterprise network, so enterprise users and applications use the replica database normally to gain safe […]

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New research in Israel to transform old buildings into living ecosystems – Jerusalem Post

A discussion with Professor Hadas Mamane ahead of the 2020 Boris Mints Institute Conference By ALAN ROSENBAUM   JULY 8, 2020 Professor Hadas Mamane, head of the Environmental Engineering Program at the Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University (photo credit: Courtesy) Advertisement Conference to be held Thursday at 16:00 Israel time – click here to register and […]

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Water pumping ‘will not stop’ during summer season despite violations — ministry – Jordan Times

Jun 24,2020   AMMAN — In spite of violations against main water pipelines and an increased demand for water during the coronavirus crisis, Water Ministry Spokesperson Omar Salameh said on Wednesday that pumping “will not be disrupted during the summer”. According to Salameh, demand for water increased nationwide by 40 per cent during the coronavirus […]

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Water Ministry signs agreement to implement desert wells project – Jordan Times

Jun 30,2020   AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Tuesday signed an agreement to implement and operate the desert wells project in the Al Jafr region using solar energy, at a value of JD155,000 provided as a grant by UNICEF, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed […]

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HTU, Sahara Forest Project Foundation announce training, development collaboration – Jordan Times

Jun 30,2020   AMMAN — Al Hussein Technical University (HTU) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Sahara Forest Project Foundation (SFP) to collaborate in exchanging technical expertise and technical education and applied training for graduates in the fields of energy, water and food security, with aim of engaging more women in […]

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‘Jordan’s first marine reserve in the works’ – Jordan Times

Jun 24,2020 AMMAN — The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) is preparing to establish the first marine reserve in the Kingdom, following His Majesty King Abdullah’s directives to hasten its implementation in coordination with stakeholders, ASEZA Chief Commissioner Nayef Bakhit said on Wednesday.  Bakhit told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that the establishment of […]

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Egypt to sink old equipment to create 2 artificial reefs in the Red Sea – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm July 6, 20202:09 pm The Egyptian authorities have designated two sites in the Red Sea in which it will sink some old equipment to create artificial reefs to encourage coral growth and underwater diving. The plan is aimed at reducing pressure on popular diving areas in the Red Sea, which attract about three […]

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Germany provides 3m euros as additional financing for construction of Salfit wastewater treatment plant – WAFA

Germany provides 3m euros as additional financing for construction of Salfit wastewater treatment plant Palestinian and German officials signing the Salfit wastewater treatment plant project. (WAFA Images)  RAMALLAH, Thursday, June 25, 2020 (WAFA) – A financing agreement that provides three million euros additional financing to the Salfit Sewerage Project was signed today by Shukri Bishara, […]

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Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia agree on 90% of controversial GERD points – Jordan Times

Egypt Independent June 23, 2020 Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia are in agreement regarding 90 percent of controversial points related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday. Ethiopia has the right to utilize the Nile River’s water resources, the ministry said, yet Sudan and Egypt also have […]

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Water pumping ‘will not stop’ during summer season despite violations — ministry – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Jun 24,2020 AMMAN — In spite of violations against main water pipelines and an increased demand for water during the coronavirus crisis, Water Ministry Spokesperson Omar Salameh said on Wednesday that pumping “will not be disrupted during the summer”. According to Salameh, demand for water increased nationwide by […]

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Agreement signed to reduce water loss through revamping Amman, Madaba networks – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Jun 25,2020 Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud speaks at the signing of an agreement between the Water Ministry and three Jordanian companies specialised in reducing water loss on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Miyahuna Facebook page) AMMAN — The Water Ministry on Thursday signed an agreement […]

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Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry urges shift to renewable energy solutions – Haaretz

Renewable energy will save billions over natural gas power stations, ministry says, as a plan spearheaded by the Electric Corporation and the Energy Ministry calls for 12 new gas-fueled ones to be built in the coming decade Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 25, 2020 The Environmental Protection Ministry is calling on the Energy Ministry to drop […]

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Innovative green tech at focus of first EU-Israel climate conference – Jerusalem Post

The conference, held in Tel Aviv and online, included roughly one thousand participants eager to learn more about the EU Green Deal and how Israeli talents can take part in it. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JUNE 28, 2020   JUNE 28, 2020 Head of Delegation of European Union to the State of Israel Emanuele […]

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Large-scale subway system planned for central Israel = Jerusalem Post

The public transport project, the largest in Israel’s history, will include 90 miles (145 km) of underground rail lines going through 24 cities. While work continues on the light rail system in Tel Aviv, a separate subway system is being planned to connect a number of cities in the Gush Dan region of central Israel, […]

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Israeli firm monitors sewers in fight against coronavirus – Jerusalem Post

The technology can detect the virus ‘in the sewage (of) asymptomatic people, so we know about a new outbreak before it really happens’, said Goldfarb Kando CEO AFP | Updated: 06.16.20 An Israeli company is monitoring coronavirus traces in a coastal city’s sewers and hopes to deploy its technology more widely to provide early warning […]

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‘Green police’ raids business for storing used hazardous materials – Jerusalem Post

Israel Police detained the suspects who were at the scene and questioned them, as well. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JUNE 21, 2020 The Israel Today and Tomorrow delegation visits the Kerem-El premilitary school in Daliyat Al-Karmel for Druze and Jewish Israelis (photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF) Investigators from the Environmental Protection ministry, in coordination […]

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Five false killer whales make rare appearance at Hurghada

June 20, 2020 Video: at link Experts from the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Egypt have spotted a group of five false killer whales making a rare appearance at the beaches of al-Gouna, north of Hurghada at the Red Sea. False killer whales are a type of dolphin that have only been encountered […]

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