Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Editorial | Israel Must Back Environmentalists, Not Polluters – Haaretz

Haaretz Editorial Apr. 28, 2022 Two judicial decisions handed down over the past two weeks strengthen the impression that there is still no recognition in Israel of the seriousness of environmental violations. On the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired, the Be’er Sheva District Court declined to certify a class-action suit against Israel […]

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Israeli Oil Firm Fined $490,000 Decade After Major Spill – Haaretz

Three current and former executives of the Europe Asia Pipeline Company were also penalized for their part in the environmental damage caused to Nahal Zin Nati Yefet Zafrir Rinat Apr. 26, 2022 An Israeli court ruled Tuesday that state-owned Europe Asia Pipeline Company must pay a fine of 1.6 million shekels ($490,000) for polluting a […]

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Jordan’s restoration efforts push back on degrading land – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk 28 April 2022 Efforts to restore damaged but once fertile land in Jordan’s desert is sprouting hope for one of the world’s most water-scarce nations, as a land assessment report Wednesday warned of the growing scale of global degradation. Local organizations believe projects that reintroduce native plants and implement smart water harvesting […]

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Jordan ranks 67.4 out of 100 in UN Sustainable Development Goals report – Jordan Times

Jordan ranks 67.4 out of 100 in UN Sustainable Development Goals report By Rayya Al Muheisen – Mar 31,2022 Jordan tops the six Arab countries that achieved 66 per cent or above in the UN Sustainable Development Goals report (JT file photo) AMMAN — Jordan tops the six Arab countries that achieved 66 per cent […]

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Overuse and climate change kill off Iraq’s Sawa Lake – Al Arabiya

An aerial view shows a pond remaining at the dried-up Sawa Lake in Iraq’s southern province of al-Muthanna on April 19, 2022. (AFP) AFP Published: 27 April ,2022 A “No Fishing” sign on the edge of Iraq’s western desert is one of the few clues that this was once Sawa Lake, a biodiverse wetland and […]

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Parched Iraq’s water resources ‘down 50 percent’ – Al Arabiya

AFP, Baghdad 21 April ,2022 Iraq’s water resources have plunged 50 percent since last year, due to repeated periods of drought, low rainfall and declining river levels, a government official told AFP on Thursday. Oil-rich Iraq, despite its mighty Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is classified as one of the world’s five countries most vulnerable to […]

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Small falcons adopt neighborhood in southern Israel as new home – YNET

Lesser kestrel make Be’er Sheva’s Ramot neighborhood their preferred spot for nesting season, having recovered from the endangered species status caused by habitat destruction, harm to hunting fields and displacement Ilana Curiel | Published: 04.19.22 A rare small falcon species, known as lesser kestrel, have recently surprised the residents of a suburban neighborhood in southern […]

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Israel’s nuclear researchfacility under threat from porcupines – YNET

Ilana Curiel 04.18.22 What was first seen as an innocuous presence of small critters, has become a nuisance and even a danger to staff on campus and porcupines must be removed despite the danger to their lives Israel’s top-secret nuclear research facility in the Negev has come under attack from an unusual adversary, porcupines. After […]

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Abu Dhabi to ban single-use plastic bags from June – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk April 6, 2022 The capital of the United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday it would start banning single-use plastic bags from June, the oil-rich country’s latest move to advance its ambitious carbon reduction goals. The statement from Abu Dhabi’s government-run media office did not specify how the upcoming ban would be enforced, whether […]

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Middle East forecast to be worst hit by climate change: report – Environment and Development

20/4/2022 The Middle East and North Africa region is likely to be the first to face the risk of depleting fresh water, with water scarcity projected to increase by 15 per cent in the event of a global warming of 2°C, a report released on Tuesday said.   The report, from the World Government Summit […]

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Third dust storm in two weeks sweeps through Iraq – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk 21 April 2022 Iraq was hit Wednesday by its third heavy dust storm in two weeks, temporarily grounding flights at Baghdad and Najaf airports, as the weather phenomenon grows increasingly frequent. The air in Baghdad was thick with a heavy sheet of grey and orange dust, while the state news agency INA […]

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Water conservation project underway for King Talal Dam – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 20,2022 A view of the King Talal Dam in Jerash, some 50km north of Amman (File photo) AMMAN — A water accessibility and conservation project at the King Talal Dam is being implemented by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Blumont, an NGO that works for […]

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UNRWA’s major solar power project expected to commence in December – Jordan Times

By Dulcie Heyes – Apr 19,2022 AMMAN — Over the course of the next seven months, UNRWA will be putting the final touches on a major solar power project anticipated to save up to “$1.2m per annum”, according to the UN agency. According to an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) created by Jordanian consulting […]

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In Israel, a Walk on the Beach Is No Walk in the Park – Haaretz

After the success of the Israel Trail and the Kinneret Trail, two Israelis have championed the Israel Sea Trail along the coastline. They soon found out the track is impossible Moshe Gilad Apr. 17, 2022 Moshe Gilad Apr. 17, 2022 It’s a marvel that it took so long to come up with the Israel Sea […]

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The struggle to save Iraq’s last Persian leopards – Environment and Development

22/4/2022 Tying a camera trap around a tree trunk on Bamo mountain in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, brothers Bahez and Nabaz Farooq Ali hope to capture footage of the Persian leopard, of which there are only about 1,000 left in the wild worldwide.   “Our grandparents saw some even during the day,” Nabaz said. Since then […]

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Tel Aviv pilots shade-giving, solar-powered fabric that lights up at night – Times of Israel

The municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa is piloting a new, environmentally friendly system designed to provide shade during the day and serve as a lighting installation once the sun sets in the city’s Atidim Park, an industrial area in Ramat Hahayal that is home to dozens of high-tech, financial, media, and medical companies. full report https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-aviv-pilots-shade-giving-solar-powered-fabric-that-lights-up-at-night/

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Upcycling feces? Don’t pooh-pooh it. Dropping inhibitions can have heaps of benefits – The Times of Israe

Upcycling feces? Don’t pooh-pooh it. Dropping inhibitions can have heaps of benefits In ‘The Other Dark Matter,’ journalist Lina Zeldovich argues that humanity is wasting a perfectly good resource that can be used for fertilizing crops, biofuel and even medicine full article: https://www.timesofisrael.com/upcycling-feces-dont-pooh-pooh-it-dropping-inhibitions-can-have-heaps-of-benefits/

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Microplastics found in half of oyster samples tested at five sites off UAE coast – Environment and Development

Oyster beds off the UAE coast contain elevated concentrations of microplastics, according to a new study that highlights the contamination of the marine environment.   Old fishing gear, shipping waste and plastics discarded on land could all be contributing to the microplastic pollution found in the research, according to scientists.   The study by the […]

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Abu Dhabi plans to stop sending waste to landfill by 2071 – Environment and Development

15/4/2022 Abu Dhabi has plans to ensure no waste is sent to landfill after 2071.   The zero waste proposal, made on Thursday at an online roundtable discussion on Abu Dhabi’s conservation plans, is part of the emirate’s Environmental Centennial 2071, a 50-year timetable launched by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi.   Officials said they […]

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Cities across Iran engulfed in thick layers of dust, pollutants – Al Jazeera

Tehran was the most polluted city in the world on Friday with air quality hazardous and visibility very low. By Maziar Motamedi Published On 9 Apr 2022 Tehran, Iran – Cities across Iran, including the capital, Tehran, have been engulfed in thick layers of dust and pollutants said to be carried in by strong winds from […]

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