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Exporting waste and importing ammonium nitrate -Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 17/8/2020 The Beirut catastrophe revealed a blatant failure in dealing with hazardous materials, illustrative not only of the situation in Lebanon but also in other Arab countries. The explosion reminded the Iraqi government of forgotten containers of suspicious content abandoned on its borders. It drew attention to the dilapidated oil tanker that the […]

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U.N. Tries to Sort Out Hazardous Waste in Beirut Blast – Naharnet

U.N. Tries to Sort Out Hazardous Waste in Beirut Blast A U.N. agency said Friday it is trying to determine what kind of hazardous debris landed across Beirut after the catastrophic port explosion and how to clean it up safely. The United Nations Development Program said it also wanted to find out how much the […]

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Joint Israeli-Palestinian effort donates water generator to Gaza hospital – Jerusalem Post

The third water generator donation was made on behalf of joint cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian entities, and was donated to Gaza’s second largest hospital. By CELIA JEAN   AUGUST 4, 2020 07:38 Amid rising tensions between the Israeli and Palestinan governments comes some brighter cooperative news: Israeli company Watergen and the Arava Institute for […]

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‘Means our death’: Egyptian farmers fear effect of Ethiopia dam – Al Jazeera

The prospect of the mega-dam is a new worry for Egyptian farmers with water scarcity already a major problem. In the winter of 1964, Makhluf Abu Kassem was born in an agricultural community newly created at the far end of Egypt’s Fayoum Oasis. His parents were among the village’s first settlers, moving there three years […]

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Water Ministry, UNICEF launch borehole to enhance water supply in Petra, Wadi Musa – Jordan Times

Aug 20,2020 The Water Ministry, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund, has launched a borehole in Athruh region in Maan Governorate with a capacity of 70 cubic metres per hour at a cost of JD202,000 (Photo courtesy of UNICEF) AMMAN — The Water Ministry, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has launched […]

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High-tech farmers sow seeds of revolution in Dubai desert – Environment and Development

An ultra-modern vertical farm in the middle of the desert stands as a testament to Dubai’s determination to spark a “green revolution” to overcome its dependence on food imports.   Al-Badia market garden farm produces an array of vegetable crops in multi-storey format, carefully controlling light and irrigation as well as recycling 90 percent of […]

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Cables along flyways pose threat to migratory birds – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Aug 20,2020 The power went out in Mafraq on Monday when migratory birds landed on power lines and electricity generators, causing disruptions to water distribution in the governorate (Photo courtesy of the RSCN) AMMAN — The power went out in Mafraq on Monday when migratory birds landed on […]

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Israeli Demonstrators Break Into Kibbutz to Swim in Stream – Haaretz

Noa Shpigel August 15, 2020 Several dozen demonstrators managed to enter Kibbutz Nir David in the northern Jordan Valley through the main gate on Friday afternoon, during a demonstration over the opening of the Asi Stream to the public. Locals protested against the kibbutz closing its gates, thereby preventing non-residents from enjoying access to the […]

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Agreement offers 30% subsidy for installing solar heaters, panels – Jordan Times

Aug 19,2020   Energy Minister Hala Zawati speaks during a signing ceremony of agreements to finance the installation of solar heaters and cells in Amman on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Energy Ministry) AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy’s Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) on Tuesday signed agreements to finance the second phase […]

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Jordan, Saudi Arabia ink deal to connect power grids – Jordan Times

Aug 16,2020   Energy Minister Hala Zawati and Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman are seen during a signing ceremony of an agreement to connect power grids on Sunday (Petra photos) AMMAN — Jordan and Saudi Arabia on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to lay out the frame work of joint cooperation […]

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It is time the Muslim world gets serious about climate change – Al Jazeera

Muslims already have an environmentalist framework to follow. It is set in Islam. by Ibrahim Ozdemir Many Muslim majority countries bear the brunt of climate change, but their cultural awareness of it and climate action are often staggeringly limited.  A movement of “Islamic environmentalism” based on Islamic tradition – rather than imported “white saviour” environmentalism […]

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Learning From the Beirut Disaster – Haaretz

Haaretz Editorial 05.08.2020 The circumstances of the blast in the Beirut port that led to extensive injury, loss of life and huge property damage, are still not known. But one thing is clear, and that is that large amounts of hazardous and explosive materials were stored in a port near a major city. That is […]

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AFED a week after the Beirut explosion, Saab: We are working among the rubble to implement our program – Environment and Development

11/8/2020 A week after the Beirut explosion that devastated offices of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) and Environment and Development magazine, and incurred thousands of victims, Secretary General Najib Saab sent a letter to AFED community, confirming the continuation of the online publishing of Environment and Development magazine and the programs scheduled […]

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Environmental apartheid in the shadow of annexation – Jerusalem Post

In an area like the West Bank where political boundaries are hazy, the issue of profits and tax payment should be examined in the context of environmental and social justice. By CARMIT LUBANOV, MOSSI RAZ   AUGUST 10, 2020 Though written nearly four decades ago, the lyrics of the song “Seeing Far, Seeing Transparent” by […]

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Netafim closes $85m. irrigation project to serve 35,000 Indian farmers – Jerusalem Post

The three communal irrigation projects will cover 66 villages in the south-Indian state of Karnataka in the next two years. By HAGAY HACOHEN   AUGUST 11, 2020 Netafim will offer 35,000 Indian farmers in the southern-Indian state of Karnataka better irrigation systems through a new project worth $85 million. The project is slated to be […]

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Tel Aviv Plan for Climate Crisis – Haaretz / Jerusalem Post

In First for Israel, Tel Aviv to Discuss City Plan for Climate Crisis – Haaretz Zafrir Rinat Published on 31.07.2020 The proposal, to be implemented by 2030, was formulated as part of a global network of cities. Environmental groups say Israel can’t count on individual cities and must present a national plan. The Tel Aviv-Jaffa […]

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Floods May Cost 20% of Global GDP by 2100 – Naharnet

01 August 2020 Coastal flooding and storm surges could threaten assets worth up to 20 percent of global wealth, according to research published Thursday highlighting the potential economic catastrophe that climate change may bring. While much is known about the potential for global sea levels to rise as burning fossil fuels heats the planet and […]

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Water minister checks on measures to cope with rising demand on water – Jordan Times

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – Aug 06,2020 AMMAN — Water Minister Raed Abul Saud on Thursday checked on the implementation of water distribution plans to Amman, Zarqa and Madaba, according to a ministry statement shared with The Jordan Times. In a meeting with CEO of Miyahuna Mohammad Ouran, attended by Secretary General of […]

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JNF Joint Institute gets matching gift from Boston-based foundation – Jerusalem Post

The funding will support the Institute’s initial research phase, demonstrating sustainable methods of food production in an arid environment. By ALAN ROSENBAUM   AUGUST 11, 2020 The JNF Joint Institute for Global Food, Water and Energy Security, a partnership between The University of Arizona, Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA), and the Arava Region, has announced that a […]

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What a Waste: Israeli Air Force Tackles Alternative Refuse Disposal to Avoid Colliding With Birds – Haaretz

Waste depots in southern Israel are indirectly causing too many flight hazards for the military so plans are being drawn up for alternative refuse removal measures Zafrir Rinat 02.08.2020 For several years the Israel Air Force has been forced to deal with a problem of large flocks of birds that gather near waste disposal sites […]

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