Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

More on Strategic Foresight Report, “Blue Peace” – YNET & Jerusalem Post

Study: Water shortages to force Mideast cooperation Swiss FM urges Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinians and Israel to work together on managing increasingly scarce water resources A report for the Swiss and Swedish governments warned on Thursday that water shortages in the Middle East were so alarming that opposing camps in the region would […]

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A Policy Framework for Trans-Boundary Wastewater Issues Along the Green Line, the Israeli-Palestinian Border – SSRN

Rashed M.Y. Al-Sa’ed Birzeit University – Institute of Environmental and Water Studies; Birzeit University – Faculty of Engineering International Journal of Environmental Studies, Vol. 67, No. 6, pp. 937-954, 2010 Abstract: The annual discharges of municipal wastewater across the Green Line (the Israeli-Palestinian border) are causing a bi-national conflict with political, environmental, and economic dimensions. […]

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‘Kingdom falling behind on population goals’ – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN – A lack of coordination among partners has caused the country to miss its health and demographic goals for 2010, according to the Higher Population Council (HPC). A lack of coordination and commitment are among the challenges facing the implementation of the country’s 2008-12 national reproductive health strategy, an HPC official […]

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‘Preferred bidder’ chosen for wind farm contract – Syria Today

Spanish company Gamesa has been selected as the preferred bidder for the contract to build Syria’s first wind farm. Gamesa is among six companies bidding to build the SYP 3.6bn (USD 78m) wind farm, which will be located south-west of Homs. It will add 50 MW to Syria’s electricity-generating capacity, which currently totals about 7,500 […]

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Israel’s clean-tech megaproject – Jerusalem Post

By AMIRAM BARKAT 02/12/2011 22:45 Bid to become a leader in renewable-energy technologies aims to help wean world off oil. ‘The global interest in Israel’s energy R&D and technology is out of all proportion to the size of the country,” says Dr. Eli Opper, a former chief scientist who is now the chairman of the […]

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Society to turn to the sun to stay cool – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – An energy society will soon demonstrate ways to harness the heat of the sun to cool down homes, under an agreement signed on Sunday. The Jordanian Renewable Energy Society (JRES) and a Spanish firm have completed an agreement for the domestic adaptation of absorption solar cooling, a technology which JRES believes can […]

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Safety concerns ‘hindering progress’ in Disi water project – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Security concerns in the southern Mudawara area, the main location of the strategic Disi Water Conveyance Project, are holding back progress in the vital scheme, according to sources involved in the implementation of the project. They accused residents in the area of intimidating the workers, claiming that armed tribesmen “continue […]

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After Disi setbacks, GAMA playing ‘catch up’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – After being delayed by security concerns, Disi Water Conveyance Project contractors are racing to meet its January 2013 deadline. Work on the mega-project, which entails the construction of a 325-kilometre pipeline to convey water from the ancient Disi aquifer in southern Jordan to Amman, is 40 per cent complete, according […]

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NEGOTIATING THE CLIMATE CHANGE REGIME: THE CASE OF SAUDI ARABIA – MERIA

MERIA V14N4 (Dec. 2010), #2/7 [note: readers might also consult Joanna Depledge, “Striving for No: Saudi Arabia in the Climate Change Regime,” Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 8, No. 4 (November 2008), pp. 9-35. and Mari Luomi, “Bargaining in the Saudi Bazaar: Common Ground for a Post-2012 Climate Agreement?” Briefing Paper 48, The International Politics of […]

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Erdan turns down UN post to work on environment – Jerusalem Post

By GIL HOFFMAN 02/08/2011 09:25 Environmental Protection Minister says he remains committed to the environment, decreasing air pollution and building parks. Talkbacks (1) Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan ended months of speculation about whether he would accept an offer to become ambassador to the UN when he announced on Tuesday that he had decided to […]

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Warm weather, weak wind make Beirut air pollution worse: study – Daily Star

BEIRUT: Traffic and urbanization have led to Beirut exceeding global air pollution safety levels, but warm weather and weak winds also contribute to alarmingly poor air quality in the capital, new research has shown. The National Council for Scientific Research revealed this week its findings of a recent air quality study, emphasizing the high level […]

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Ministry to track, monitor chemical plants – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment on Tuesday announced the completion of a database listing the country’s chemical plants to help track and curb industrial pollution. Officials have developed a database categorising the 212 chemical plants located across the Kingdom, according to Adnan Zawahreh, head of the ministry’s inspection and enforcement directorate. […]

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Europe launches trillion-euro energy revamp – Daily Star

New supergrid aimed at cutting dependency on gas from Middle East and Russia By Agence France Presse (AFP) Saturday, February 05, 2011 By Roddy Thomson Agence France Presse BRUSSELS: European leaders launched Friday a trillion-euro bid to slash dependency on Middle East oil and Russian gas, clearing the way to place nuclear power at the […]

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Twelve Tel Aviv trees conquer developers, parking lot – Haaretz

Neighbors opposed the plan, among other reasons, because they wanted to preserve five tall shisham trees planted some 60 years ago in the front of the building on Netzah Yisrael. By Ilan Lior The two developers who purchased a historical building in Tel Aviv three years ago could never have imagined how much trouble a […]

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‘Rawabi developer says he will uproot JNF donated trees’ – Jerusalem Post

By JPOST.COM STAFF AND TOVAH LAZAROFF 02/09/2011 09:55 Bashar al-Masri claims “Israeli elements trying to manipulate issue”; follows scathing criticism of trees, Rawabi and JNF by Uri Davis. Talkbacks (7) The developer of Rawabi, a new Palestinian city being built in the West Bank, said he will remove some 3,000 trees donated by the Jewish […]

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The old thinking isn’t sustainable – Haaretz

Is an expensive, Israeli-style, automated dairy the best way to provide food security for rural Angolans, when labor is cheap and jobs are scarce? By Jon Liberzon When traveling in my diplomatic capacity ‏(that is, as an Israeli tourist‏), again and again I am posed the same question: How did Israel develop such a strong […]

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Scattered showers forecast – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Last week’s rainfall slightly raised water levels in the Kingdom’s dams, which now hold 29.7 per cent of their total capacity of 325 million cubic metres (mcm), a water ministry official said on Sunday. Rainfall from Monday to Friday channelled over 3mcm of water into the country’s major dams, including […]

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Latest storm causes Kinneret level to rise 8.5 cm – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/06/2011 17:34 80 mm of rain over weekend drops on Golan after January ends with single serious storm causing Kinneret to rise just 15 cm. Talkbacks (1) The weekend storm dropped 80 mm. of rain on the Golan, which in turn caused a significant rise in the water levels of Lake […]

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Israel, PA may open natural gas fields off Gaza coast – Jerusalem Post

By TOVAH LAZAROFF 02/06/2011 02:54 Netanyahu, Blair announce potential resumption of project; “I think this is good for prosperity and peace,” PM says. Israel expects to resume talks with the Palestinians on the development of two natural- gas fields off the Gaza coast with an eye toward opening them within a year and a half. […]

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Plans to import liquid gas get push – Haaretz

The import project would cost an estimated $300 million, and that’s before any gas is purchased; planners intend to have it live by the end of 2012. By Avi Bar-Eli Israel has been planning to set up infrastructure for importing liquid natural gas and the explosion along the Egypt pipeline may kick-start that. On Thursday, […]

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