Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Israel signs deal to double water supply to Jordan – YNET

Photo: AFP Water resources minister says Mideast neighbors agree on largest water sale in their history to foster ‘good neighborly relations’ amid burgeoning diplomatic rapprochement AFP | Published: 10.12.21 Israel formally agreed Tuesday to double the amount of freshwater it provides to neighbor Jordan, one of the world’s most water-deficient countries. The agreement is proof […]

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Gaza’s undrinkable water ‘slowly poisoning’ Palestinians – Al Jazeera

Human rights organisations have warned for years about the deteriorating water situation in the Gaza Strip, exacerbated by Israel’s attack in May. By Maram Humaid 12 Oct 2021 Gaza City – The water crisis in the Gaza Strip affects every one of the coastal enclave’s two million inhabitants. Many people in Gaza must resort to buying […]

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Jews and Palestinians Find Common Ground in This Jerusalem Battle – Haaretz

The standoff illustrates Jerusalem’s challenge in preserving urban nature – areas inside cities that are home to plants and animals – in the face of development Nir Hasson Oct. 13, 2021 1:49 PM Plans to build a police station between the southern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Armon Hanatziv and Jabal Mukaber are being challenged by activists […]

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If the Best Things in Life Are Free, Does That Include Nature? Israelis Aren’t Sure – Haaretz

Unlike countries such as France, Britain and Germany, many popular nature sites in Israel charge for admittance. Now, with overcrowding and trash at free sites an increasing problem, the argument is heating up over what to do next Moshe Gilad Oct. 12, 2021 In February 2020, a major dispute broke out in France over the […]

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Local Chevron Head: We see great opportunity to grow natural gas in Israel – Jerusalem Post

“We are excited to be in the energy industry in the eastern Mediterranean, especially in Israel,” said Jeff Ewing, Managing Director of Chevron’s Eastern Mediterranean Business Unit. By ALAN ROSENBAUM   OCTOBER 13, 2021 In a one-on-one interview with The Jerusalem Post‘s senior analyst Herb Keinon, Jeff Ewing, Managing Director of Chevron’s Eastern Mediterranean Business […]

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Israel joins global effort to slash methane emissions – YNET

Photo: AFP United States, EU pledge aims to have a significant impact on all waste sectors responsible for the bulk of methane emissions, the biggest cause of climate change after carbon dioxide (CO2) Reuters | Published: 10.11.21 U.S. special climate change envoy John Kerry said he hoped to have more than 100 countries signed up […]

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Amid climate crisis, we need to make our own happy endings – opinion – Jerusalem Post

We need to make these choices now, because our time is running out. By CARMEL HOROWITZ   SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 When I first heard him talk, I couldn’t stop crying. He was factual, emotionless. His words couldn’t have been clearer. Yet my brain, which evolved to prepare me for surviving the next winter at best, […]

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Is Turkey really serious about climate change? Al Jazeera

Plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement six years later are welcomed, but activists say major policy changes are needed. By Umar Farooq5 Oct 2021 Istanbul, Turkey – “They don’t care about the environment, they care about money, always money,” says Nurcan Keskin, a retired teacher as she takes a break from collecting signatures for a […]

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Turkish fires endanger world pine honey supplies – Jordan Times

Oct 10,2021 COKEK, Turkey — Beekeepers Mustafa Alti and his son Fehmi were kept busy tending to their hives before wildfires tore through a bucolic region of Turkey that makes most of the world’s prized pine honey. Now the Altis and generations of other honey farmers in Turkey’s Aegean province of Mugla are scrambling to […]

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UAE to Invest $163 Billion in Clean Energy to Achieve 2050 Net-zero Targets – Asharq Al-Awsat

Friday, 8 October, 2021 – 09:00 The United Arab Emirates announced the UAE Net-Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The initiative aligns with the Paris Agreement, which calls on countries to prepare long-term strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the rise in global temperature to […]

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EcoPeace October Newsletter

Dear friends, We hope our newsletter finds you safe and well wherever you are in the world. In the lead up to the Conference of the Parties (COP 26), the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, EcoPeace has been working hard to garner support for our proposed Green Blue Deal for the Middle […]

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Dry Year Leaves Syria Wheat Farmers Facing Crop Failure – Naharnet

After Syrian farmer Abdelbaqi Souleiman lost his last wheat crop to a wildfire, he had hoped for a better harvest this summer. But this spring there was hardly any rain. “Last year the field I planted was burnt to the ground,” said the 48-year-old. “This year there wasn’t enough rain, and we didn’t harvest any […]

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Lebanon is ‘pushing the lines’ in maritime border dispute with Israel – minister – Jerusalem Post / Reuters

The United States is set to act as a mediator for a maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon over territorial waters in the Mediterranean Sea. By REUTERS   OCTOBER 5, 2021 Israel is ready to renew efforts to solve its dispute with Lebanon over the delineation of their territorial waters in the Mediterranean, but […]

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Copper mine threatens Jordan’s largest nature reserve – Al Jazeera

Amman plans to mine in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, the country’s largest and most diverse protected region. By Marta Vidal. 3 Oct 2021 Dana, Jordan – At dawn, blue and pink rays start to break over Dana’s mountain ridges. Birdsong and rustling leaves are the only sounds in the valley. Spread over 300sq km (116sq miles) […]

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Jerusalem Park Sets Example for Dealing With Environmental Crises, Green Group Says – Haaretz

Jerusalem’s Gazelle Valley Park meets the standard for implementing nature-based methods to solve ecological crises, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Zafrir Rinat Oct. 4, 2021 The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has cited Gazelle Valley Park in Jerusalem as a great example of implementing the objectives of nature-based solutions […]

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French-funded Smart DESERT project launched – Jordan Times

Sep 27,2021   AMMAN — The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Monday launched the Smart DESERT project’s activities that aim to improve the agricultural sector in Jordan. The launching of the project was announced during a panel discussion in Amman. The project is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), according to […]

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SEED receives award for developing innovative solutions in field of renewable energy – Jordan Times

Sep 30,2021   AMMAN — The Sustainable Energy and Economic Development in Jordan Project (SEED), funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Jordanian government implemented by Cowater International, was recognised for its contributions to supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE&RE) solutions in Jordan. SEED aims to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth in […]

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Agreements worth 23.596m euros signed to rehabilitate Irbid’s water networks – Jordan Times

Oct 04,2021   Water Minister Mohammad Najjar signs agreements for the rehabilitation of Irbid’s water networks on Monday (Petra photo) AMMAN — Water Minister Mohammad Najjar on Monday approved agreements worth 23.596 million euros related to the rehabilitation of Irbid’s water networks. Funded by the EU, German Development Bank (KfW) and the French Development Agency […]

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Environment ministry launches project to support rainwater harvesting – Jordan Times

Oct 04,2021   AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment on Monday launched the Jordan Heavy Rainwater Harvesting project, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The launch came during the inauguration of a research workshop on preparing for expected floods caused by climate change. Secretary General of the Environment Ministry Muhammad Khashasneh said that the study […]

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‘Mad’ Israeli quest to revive ancient dates bears fruit – YNET

After much hard work and care, Israeli scientist Sarah Sallon and her project partner Elaine Solowey managed to grow date palms from seeds dating back to the biblical kingdom of Judah AFP | Published: 10.04.21, 09:37 When Sarah Sallon first thought of cultivating 2,000-year-old date palm seeds from a Roman-era fortress towering above the Dead […]

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