Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Save the earth before your beautiful hair – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB Sept 1, 2020 Less than a week after the publication of figures on the unprecedented rise in global temperatures, a thermometer in Southern California’s Death Valley soared to almost 55 degrees Celsius, according to the U.S. National Weather Service, the highest temperature recorded anywhere in the world in the past 100 years. Temperatures […]

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Flamingos, dugongs and new laws focus of Abu Dhabi’s environment efforts – Environment and Development

2/9/2020 The UAE capital has become home to more than 800 flamingo chicks and nine new species since the start of 2020. Environment Agency Abu Dhabi reflected on achievements in wildlife and conservation in its half year report. Discoveries include seven new invertebrates and two plants – and follow a pledge to phase-out single use […]

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Israeli Construction Boom Puts Rare Butterfly at Risk of Local Extinction – Haaretz

Development of the new ‘Butterfly Quarter’ in city of Hadera hasn’t even begun and the Cigaritis cilissa is already disappearing. Zafrir Rinat 27.08.2020 In the past two decades there’s been a 99 percent drop in population of the Cigaritis cilissa butterfly, native to the coastal region in northern Israel, according to a survey by an […]

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On Beaches Quieted By The Pandemic, Lebanon Sees Sea Turtle Boom – NPR

September 4, 202010:27 AM ET Ruth Sherlock Twitter Lebanon’s capital Beirut remains devastated by the massive explosion at the city’s port last month. The country is in the depths of an economic collapse, and coronavirus is spreading. But as Lebanon reels from multiple tragedies, conservationists are pointing to one bright spot. They say a record […]

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Army Finds 4 Tons of Ammonium Nitrate near Beirut Port – Naharnet

The army has discovered more than 4 tons of ammonium nitrate near Beirut’s port, a find that’s a chilling reminder of the horrific explosion a month ago that killed 191 people. According to the military, army experts were called in for an inspection and found 4.35 tons of the dangerous chemical in four containers stored […]

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World Bank-Funded Dam in Lebanon Mirrors Governance Crisis – Naharnet

Lebanon’s Bisri Valley lies on a green fertile bed, a spot that has cradled civilizations dating as far back as the Bronze Age. Its expansive lands of pine, citrus trees and ancient ruins are threatened with being submerged by a controversial mega dam funded by the World Bank. For years, activists and locals have voiced […]

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Efforts to reach Nile dam joint unified deal ‘at standstill’: Sudan – Al Arabiya

Saturday 29 August 2020 The Blue Nile River flows near the site of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. (AP) AFP Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia have failed to agree on a unified text on the management of Addis Ababa’s controversial Nile dam, Khartoum’s water and irrigation minister said Friday. The Grand Ethiopian […]

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RSS bags Energy Globe Award for solar project – Jordan Times

Aug 25,2020 AMMAN — The National Energy Research Centre of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) has won the “Energy Globe Award”, the Global Sustainability Award, for the “Solar Water Pumping in the Jordan Valley and Highlands” project. The RSS on Tuesday said that the project included replacing inefficient, traditional irrigation pumps based on electricity and […]

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Water Ministry, USAID launch third phase of project to reduce water loss – Jordan Times

Aug 24,2020 AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation, in partnership with USAID, has launched the third phase of a nationwide project aimed at reducing water loss by 30 per cent not later than 2025. The $20-million third phase of the project aims to preserve water resources, achieve financial and administrative sustainability and sustain […]

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Lettuce from Abu Dhabi vertical farm to go on sale in September – Environment and Development

26/8/2020 Fresh greens from a new vertical farm in Abu Dhabi city will go on sale for the first time in September. The vegetables are grown under LED lights inside eight converted shipping containers using hydroponics – where crops are grown with nutrient-rich water instead of soil. Smart Acres, the company behind the venture, initially […]

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new book: The Power of Deserts – Climate Change, the Middle East, and the Promise of a Post-Oil Era. Dan Rabinowitz

just released. Stanford University Press. August 2020184 pages. $14.00Paperback ISBN: 9781503609983 Dan Rabinowitz has been writing detailed and insightful analyses of Middle East environmental issues and possibility throughout his career. The “promise” in the title highlights going beyond the dire forecasts and promoting appropriate, realistic responses. Also, note the reasonable price. (ed) publishers description: Hotter […]

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Black Sea gas strengthens Turkey’s hand in geopolitics – Al Jazeera

Is Turkey on the cusp of turning into a regional energy power? by Dimitar Bechev27 Aug 2020 On Friday, August 21, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a sizeable natural gas field had been found off the Turkish Black Sea coast. The discovery of some 320 billion cubic metres (bcm) reserve is being hailed as a […]

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OpinionUAE’s Motivation for Peace With Israel: The Post-oil Era and Climate Change – Haaretz

Dan Rabinowitz A lot has been written in recent days about the diplomatic-security aspect of the United Arab Emirates’ initiative to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. The UAE, which stretches across 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of the Persian Gulf coast, has great interest in solidifying its relationship with the United States, establishing a regional […]

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Temperature in Israel Will Rise 4 Degrees by 2100 if Climate Change Not Curbed, Study Shows – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat August 14, 2020 When changes are examined only for the summer months, estimates are that average temperatures may rise by as much as six degrees, study shows The average temperature in Israel will rise by four degrees Celsius compared to average temperatures over the last thirty years, unless steps are taken around the […]

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Wildlife Corridor or Solar Plant Site? Fight Over Future of Dunes in Southern Israel – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat 25.08.2020 State planners side with municipality in opposing ‘greenwashing’ by energy company. The southern coastal city of Ashkelon is completing a new master plan that designates the sand dunes in the city’s southern part as an ecological corridor of high importance for the conservation of animals. At the same time, the Europe Asia Pipeline […]

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Education Ministry receives NIS 10.7m. for climate change programs – Jerusalem Post

Children will learn about topics such as the climate crisis, the importance of preserving open space, air pollution, recycling, reducing waste, and more. By CELIA JEAN   AUGUST 20, 2020 In order to promote education on environmental and sustainability issues in the Israel’s education system, the Environmental Ministry is set to transfer NIS 10.7 million […]

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COVID-19 Testing in Wastewater – Arava Institute

The Arava Institute is starting an exciting new research project to help fight the coronavirus. Dr. Clive Lipchin will lead a 12-month study to test wastewater in Bedouin villages for COVID-19. Detection of the coronavirus in wastewater can help identify outbreaks early, isolate hot spots, and prevent the spread of disease. This can help officials […]

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Working for a Just Transition in Israel: The Haifa Bay as Example – Heschel Center

What’s the connection between environmental legislation, climate change – and workers’ rights? Heschel staffer Aviva Shemesh explains the idea of “just transition” illustrated by the very current example of the announced closing of the toxic petrochemical industries of the Haifa Bay. The BAZAN Group, or ORL (Oil Refineries Ltd.) is an oil refining and petrochemicals […]

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Environmental Min., NGO launch campaign to combat use of plastic – Jerusalem Post

The campaign calls on the Israeli public to leave the disposable tableware at home and to transition to reusable products that will keep Israel’s beaches clean and plastic-free. By TOBIAS SIEGAL   AUGUST 19, 2020 The Environmental Protection Ministry and EcoOcean, a non-profit organization, released on Wednesday an informational campaign calling on the public to […]

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What’s That Stench?: Israel Scraps Plans for Waste-to-energy Plants Due to Backlash – Haaretz

Residents in the three locations were vehemently opposed because they feared bad smells and air pollution, while environmental advocacy groups insisted the plan was expensive and polluting Zafrir Rinat A plan to build three facilities to produce energy by burning garbage has been scrapped by the Environmental Protection Ministry, after people living near the proposed […]

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