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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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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The environmentalist minister of energy – Environment and Development

Najib Saad 22/6/2020 Amid news about the increasing number of coronavirus deaths, confirmed cases, and the fear for new waves of the virus, other positive news has gone unnoticed. This includes news that proves that the will to live and progress is stronger than any pandemic or disaster. Few recent events stood out in this […]

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Could there be an Israel without air conditioning? Jerusalem Post

With rising temperatures, ACs are running at full speed – some future alternatives are being touted. By DOMINIK DOEHLER, ZAVIT/SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY   JUNE 22, 2020 In May, Israel experienced a record six-day heat wave with temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius (~100 degrees Fahrenheit) all across the country and over 40 C (104 F) […]

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Deep waters off Israel coast, once thought desolate, are teeming with life – Haaretz

Israeli authorities previously classified the understudied area close to Tel Aviv as of low environmental sensitivity Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 17, 202 Some 200 meters below the surface of the sea, between 10 and 16 kilometers off the Israeli coast, a sloped seabed hides a wealth of life that never seemed to interest too many […]

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Meat on demand: Israeli company is 3D printing steaks – YNET

Nes Tziyona-based Meatech is the latest entrant in the global race to create cultured, lab-grown meat, and its first products are expected to hit restaurants as early as next year; the company joins three other Israeli tech firms already operating in the field Tal Shahaf | Published: 05.27.20 The world is inching ever closer to […]

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Israel’s Health Ministry Comes Out Against Fracking Project in Negev – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat June 24 2020 Mining of oil shale ‘could lead to significant and irreversible damage to the environment, including air and groundwater pollution,’ top official says The Health Ministry has informed planning authorities that it opposes a proposed fracking project in the Negev due to environmental and public health concerns. The ministry’s chief of […]

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Hundreds in Israel still dying each year from diesel exhaust fumes – Haaretz

The Environmental Protection Ministry is taking steps to solve the problem, but customs fees aren’t yet high enough to discourage the purchase of vehicles running on the fuel Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 18, 2020 Israel’s program to fight vehicle pollution, particularly diesel fumes, has lowered toxic emissions by a quarter over two years, but hundreds […]

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Southern Israeli stream reopens three years after being damaged by industrial pool waste – Haaretz

20 kilometres of Ashalim was damaged by 100,000-200,000 cubic meters of waste from the industrial pool in the Mishor Rotem industrial park Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 24, 2020 The Ashalim Stream reopened to hikers on Monday, three years after it was closed after being damaged by waste from an industrial pool operated by the Rotem […]

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Dana Reserve reopens after facelift – Jordan Times

JT – Jun 16,2020 In this undated photo, tourists are seen at the Dana Biosphere Reserve, located in Tafileh Governorate, 180km southwest of the capital (Photo courtesy of Jordan Tourism Board) AMMAN — The Kingdom’s largest nature reserve, the Dana Biosphere Reserve in southern Jordan, has reopened after rehabilitating its facilities to receive visitors after […]

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Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef – Environment and Development

Off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coral freshly removed from a reef is cut into pieces and replanted by a group of divers in the waters below.   The divers, from the Fujairah Adventure Centre, are building artificial reefs they hope will spur a resurgence in sea life degraded over the […]

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Jordan’s opportunity to ‘Build Back Better’ – Jordan Times

Shada El-Sharif Jun 16,2020 As Jordan begins to recover from the COVID-induced quarantine, and gradually reopens its economic sectors, the fact that it has managed to keep the numbers and spread of the pandemic under control cannot be denied. However, Jordan must continue to keep eyes on the future, charting a path of resilience out […]

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