Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Senate energy committee (Jordan) calls for expanding oil, gas exploration in Kingdom – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 07, 2022 AMMAN — The Senate’s Energy and Mineral Resources Committee on Thursday was acquainted with the oil and gas reserves and “the reality of the Kingdom’s energy sector”.  Head of the committee Senator Saleh Irsheidat said as the Kingdom imports energy products, this could increase the ratio of imported energy […]

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Iraq’s climate conundrum: Oil reliance versus vanishing water – Al Jazeera

The country could suffer a 20 percent drop in water resources by 2050 with nearly one-third of irrigated land parched. By Thomas O Falk Published On 28 Jan 202228 Jan 2022 Despite continuing political instability, pressure from Iranian and US influence, and a resurgent ISIL (ISIS) presence, Iraq faces its most significant challenge elsewhere: climate change. […]

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Iraq’s farmers pushed off land as drought and heat cripple crops – Al Arabiya

Published: 11 April 2022 Until a few years ago, farming in southern Iraq was “as lucrative as oil,” Qasim Abdul Wahad remembers, and his one-hectare farm plot in the governate of Basra produced enough to feed his family of eight. Now dust kicks up under his feet as he walks through his land, after worsening […]

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How water cooperation can provide geopolitical stability in MENA – AlJazeera

The Blue Peace Strategy promotes water sustainability as an asset for political and social peace in the region. By Maghie Ghali Published On 2 Apr 20222 In the coming years, it is thought that water will become a more important geopolitical resource than crude oil with demand set to rise more than 50 percent by 2030. […]

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Abu Dhabi launches ambitious 50-year plan to conserve environment – Environment and Development

6/4/2022 Abu Dhabi has launched a long-term plan that aims to make the emirate resilient to climate change while ensuring a vibrant, healthy environment for all.   The ‘Abu Dhabi Environmental Centennial 2071’ will also include pathways to make the emirate a leader in conservation over the next 50 years.   Developed by the Environment […]

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Despite Bennett’s Vows, Israeli Climate Bill Won’t Help Reach Zero Emissions by 2050 – Haaretz

Israel’s finance and energy ministries oppose legislation setting interim greenhouse gas emission targets, essentially rendering the climate law devoid of content Zafrir Rinat Apr. 4, 2022 Israel’s climate change bill is unlikely to help the country reach its target of zero greenhouse emissions by 2050, as pledged by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, due to the […]

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Editorial | Climate Emergency: Israel Lacks Political Will – Haaretz

Haaretz Editorial Apr. 10, 2022 While the leading authority on climate science has issued a scathing report and made it clear that humanity is on a dangerous path toward destruction, Israel’s finance and energy ministries are raising objections and exerting pressure to fatally weaken the climate bill scheduled for discussion Sunday in the Ministerial Committee […]

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How Israeli-Arab regional cooperation helps fight climate change – opinion – Jerusaslem Post

It’s remarkable that a country the size of New Jersey is able to help much larger countries across the region and beyond. By JODIE COHEN Published: APRIL 7, 2022 Preventing the next terror attack has been at the forefront of most Israelis’ minds over the past couple of weeks. This has overshadowed what should have […]

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Earth Day: How is Israel helping the environment? Jerusalem Post

Ahead of Earth Day, we check in: Israeli environmental NGOs and activists help the world, but how are things back here? By BARRY DAVIS Published: APRIL 7, 2022 There are all sorts of lessons out there just waiting to be learned from the goings-on of the past couple of years. We won’t get into yes […]

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Israeli and Kurdish Gas to Europe? Haaretz / YNET

Opinion | Can Israel Save Europe Without Endangering the Planet? – Haaretz Europe needs alternatives to Russian gas, and pumping more of it isn’t really going to hasten climate change. But Israel isn’t quite in a position to fully exploit the opportunity David Rosenberg Mar. 24, 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created any number […]

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Sister accuses UK government of abandoning Morad Tahbaz in Iran – Al Jazeera

The British-Iranian environmental campaigner being held in Iran is on hunger strike, according to his sister. Published On 21 Mar 202221 Mar 2022 Morad Tahbaz, a British-Iranian environmental campaigner being held in Iran, has gone on hunger strike, according to his sister, who accused the UK government of abandoning him after two other prisoners were […]

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In Israel’s Negev, Residents Ask Court to Save Ancient Palm Trees From Industrial Pollution – Haaretz

Industrial sewage from phosphate plants have already caused acute damaged to palm trees in the Zin and Akrabim streams nature reserve Zafrir Rinat Mar. 17, 2022 A group of local residents are demanding immediate action by Israel Chemicals and its Rotem Amfert subsidiary to save an endangered grove of palm trees in an eastern Negev […]

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Gates Foundation, Qatar to spend $200 million on climate-adaptive agriculture – Environment and Development

Major gas producer Qatar and the Gates Foundation will jointly invest up to $200 million over the next two years to help prepare farmers in developing countries to adapt to climate change.   The new partnership, announced on Sunday at a conference in the Gulf Arab state, focuses on introducing climate-adaptive farming methods and technology […]

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Israeli, Palestinian Officials Agree to Cooperate on Climate Change – Haaretz

At a climate conference in Jerusalem, PLO minister and Israel’s climate-change envoy say that the entire region must work together to avert disaster brought on by climate change Sam Sokol Feb. 23, 2022 A senior Palestinian negotiator called for increased regional cooperation on climate change, including with Israel, at Wednesday’s climate conference in Jerusalem. “Our […]

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Juxtaposition: Opulent Resort Hosts Climate Summit in Dubai – Naharnet

28 March 2022 The Middle East is the most water-scarce region in the world, but participants at an upcoming climate summit in Dubai will be ensconced in a resort with one of the world’s largest water parks, complete with artificial lagoons, encounters with dolphins and a mesmerizing aquarium with sharks, sting rays and schools of […]

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Water Supply Fears as Morocco Hit by Worst Drought since 1980s – Naharnet

23 Marach 2022 As Morocco withers under its worst drought in 40 years, experts warn that a combination of climate change and bad resource management could trigger severe drinking water shortages. “The country hasn’t seen a situation like this since the start of the 1980s,” said water policy expert Abderrahim Hendouf. While it was usually […]

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Israel Approves Four Jewish Desert Communities in Tense Cabinet Meeting – Haaretz

A shouting match broke out after left-wing ministers slammed the admission committees and the environmental impact ■ Right-wing minister warns of Bedouin settlement if land is left undeveloped in Israel’s Negev Michael Hauser Tov Mar. 27, 2022 Israel has approved the establishment of five new communities in Israel’s Negev desert, in a cabinet session Sunday […]

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Crypto Climate Insurance? Blockchain Philanthropy Project Launches – Haaretz

Lemonade’s Crypto Climate Coalition wants to use fintech and smart contracts to help farmers in the developing world Corin Degani Mar. 27, 2022 The Lemonade Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by the Israeli digital insurance company Lemonade, announced last week its first project: agricultural insurance for subsistence farmers in developing countries. The fund will allow […]

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In Gaza, mountains of used batteries waiting to be recycled – YNET

The 2,000 square meter landfill in Khan Younis has piles of batteries on every corner, many of which are often collected and resold for recycling despite being extremely hazardous to both the environment and the people AFP | Published: 03.13.22 In an open landfill in the south of the Gaza Strip, rusty batteries are piling […]

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Opinion | This Israeli Eco Settlement’s Problem Isn’t Tourists. It Is Abuse of Palestinians – Haaretz

Sarit MichaeliMar. 14, 2022 According to Meirav Moran’s greenwashing article in Haaretz, the ecological settlement of Rotem in the occupied Jordan Valley has only one problem. Alongside its amazing views, mud houses and diverse array of residents – who run the gamut from religious to secular Jews, and didn’t come to settle the land, but […]

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