Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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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On Planet Israel, no one wants to be labeled an environmentalist – Haaretz

Netta Ahituv | Jun. 13, 2020 Last week, nearly 200 of the U.K.’s wealthiest and most powerful businesspeople and CEOs, including the vice president of Coca Cola Europe, the CEOs of Heathrow Airport, Lloyds Bank and HSBC Bank, and the owners of numerous companies in the energy, construction, plastics, insurance, automobile and wholesale industries, issued […]

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Collapse of Haifa’s iconic cooling tower revives debate on Israel’s need for clean energy – HAARETZ

The collapse at an oil refinery in a city that produces almost 40 percent of the country’s industrial pollutants comes amid talks of plan to move petrochemical industries to southern Israel Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 13, 2020 | 7:33 PM | 1 Friday’s collapse of one of the two iconic cooling towers of the Haifa […]

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European Investment Bank invests in Israeli water desalination project – Jerusalem Post

The EIB consists of shareholders representing 27 EU member states, whom jointly provide the capital to fund projects such as Sorek II. Brine water flows into the Mediterranean Sea after passing through a desalination plant in the coastal city of Hadera (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / REUTERS) The European Investment Bank (EIB), which acts as […]

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A $10 million grant from the World Bank to sustain Palestinian wastewater treatment services – WAFA

WASHINGTON, Thursday, 11 June 2020 (WAFA) – The World Bank approved today a $10 million grant to finance the operation and maintenance of the North Gaza wastewater treatment plant for four years and build the conditions for sustainable wastewater treatment services, according to a press release. In line with previous partnerships in the sector, the […]

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UN: Mediterranean is world’s most over-fished body of water – Haaretz

Cod population especially damaged, UN report says, and many sardine species compromised Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 15, 2020 | 1:09 AM Fishing stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are at the most unsustainable levels in the world, with two-thirds of the commercial stocks at risk of over-fishing, according to a new report by […]

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Commercial ventures have no place on Israel’s beaches, top court rules – Haaretz

Ruling now gives the state authority to remove ‘massive encampments’ which it deems to exceed ‘reasonable activity’ Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 15, 2020 | 11:11 PM The High Court of Justice on Monday made clear that it accepts the state’s position that commercial projects do not have a place on Israel’s beaches. All existing commercial […]

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Dolphins, whales frolic in quiet Aqaba waters amid lockdown – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Jun 13,2020 Dolphins are pictured swimming in Aqaba waters in this recent photo shared with The Jordan Times (Photo courtesy of Ehab Eid) AMMAN — More than two-and-a-half months of the coronavirus-induced lockdown has helped marine creatures to reclaim their space in the ecosystem, with recent videos posted […]

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Aqaba marks int’l environmental occasions with underwater cleanup campaign – Jordan Times

By Maram Kayed – Jun 13,2020 Around 45 divers joined in the Marine Science Station’s cleanup campaign at the Rainbow Reef diving site on the Gulf of Aqaba to mark World Climate Change Day and World Environment Day (Photo courtesy of MSS) AMMAN — In celebration of World Climate Change Day and World Environment Day, […]

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Divers lift 7 tons of waste from Red Sea off the Egyptian coast – Egypt Independent

June 12, 20203:45 pm A group of divers in the Egyptian city of Dahab took advantage of the suspension of tourism and marine sports activities to lift seven tons of waste from the seabed of the Red Sea. The divers organized the campaign in coordination with local authorities and authorities at the Red Sea reserves. […]

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Industrial Zone in West Bank Settlement Would Harm Palestinian Water Sources, Environmentalists Say – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 10, 2020 Groups warn that zone planned by Betar Ilit will damage both water sources for nearby villages and an important ecological corridor for wildlife A West Bank settlement seeks to build a large industrial zone that will endanger the water sources of nearby Palestinian villages as well an important ecological […]

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