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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Organic Ecosystem project promotes agro-food alliances in Mediterranean region – Jordan Times

By JT – Jun 08,2020 The Organic Ecosystem project aims to improve the organic agro-food sector and its business system by creating new job opportunities while introducing innovative, healthier and more sustainable products to the market (Photo courtesy of ENI CBC Med website) AMMAN — The EU-funded Organic Ecosystem project aims to boost a cross-border […]

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Egypt worries Ethiopia will procrastinate on Sudan-mediated GERD talks – Egypt Independent

Egypt expressed concerns Tuesday that recent Sudan mediated talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dame (GERD) will become a new tool at Ethiopia’s disposal to waste time and hinder reaching an agreement. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi headed a meeting with the National Security Council to discuss developments regarding the contentious GERD dam. A statement […]

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Solar power firm CEO offering property owners rent for leasing their roofs – Jerusalem Post

The lease agreement is for a period of up to 25 years with an area of about 500 sq.m. yielding the property owner an annual rent of NIS 20,000. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JUNE 10, 202 Solar (photo credit: INGIMAGE) Advertisement Enerpoint, an Israeli company that installs rooftop solar energy systems, is offering property […]

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In Israel, Mountain Gazelles Are in Danger From All Sides – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat Jun. 11, 2020 Gazelles are considered in serious danger of extinction, with around 300 poached every year, researchers warn Hundreds of mountain gazelles are hunted or run over every year in Israel. So says a scientific survey of these mammals in Israel, published on Wednesday. The survey demonstrates that a large percentage of […]

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Biblically mislabelled, Israel’s griffon vultures get new lease of life – Reuters / Jerusalem Post

CARMEL MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Israel (Reuters) – The griffon vulture is not only ungainly, smelly and endangered: it is also often denied its biblical fame by being mixed up with the eagle. But for a network of Israeli conservationists, the bird still has pride of place in the land whose ancient prophets saw in its […]

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Energizing Mid–East water diplomacy: The potential for regional water–energy – Water International

David Katz & Arkadiy Shafran Received 03 Jul 2018, Accepted 09 Apr 2020, Published online: 26 May 2020 ABSTRACT This article presents a nongovernmental initiative to address asymmetric hydropolitical relations in the Jordan River basin through issue linkage. The initiative would develop desalination capacity along the Mediterranean to supply water to Jordan, with Jordan generating […]

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Israeli violations biggest threat to Palestinian biodiversity, say organizations – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Thursday, June 4, 2020 (WAFA) – Marking World Environment Day, which coincides on June 5 under the theme of “Biodiversity”, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the Environment Quality Authority (EQA) accused in a joint statement published today the Israeli occupation of being the main cause of biodiversity deterioration in the occupied […]

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How will the pandemic influence development goals? Environment and Development

8/6/2020 NAJIB SAAB Can the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) still be achieved on time by the 2030 deadline?   The apparent answer is no, not only because priorities have shifted and resources will be diverted towards addressing other urgent matters, but also because achieving the SDGs successfully now requires new rules and methods.   The […]

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Rice grown in the Sharjah desert promises bright farming future – Environment and Development

Rice is a demanding crop to grow. It typically requires specific conditions and flooded paddies but a group of scientists in the UAE are learning to turn the dry deserts of Sharjah into land capable of nurturing this global staple.   It is hoped the joint project between UAE University scientists and South Korean experts […]

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Tel Aviv to double length of bike paths by 2025 – Jerusalem Post

The plan, which was announced on World Bicycle Day, will aim to reach strategic goals that prioritize pedestrians and cyclists in the city. By AARON REICH   JUNE 3, 2020 18:08 Bicyclists are seen on one of Tel Aviv’s bike paths. (photo credit: COURTESY OF TEL AVIV-YAFO MUNICIPALITY) The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality announced on Tuesday […]

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Lockdown brings benefits of cycling to fore as World Bicycle Day marked amid pandemic – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Jun 02,2020 Cyclists are seen on an Amman street (JT file photo) AMMAN — In celebration of a means of transport that has emerged as a tool of resilience and “acknowledging its uniqueness, longevity and versatility”, World Bicycle Day is being marked on June 3. A bicycle is a means of […]

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The age of bicycles and internet – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 1/6/2020 When people went back to work in Geneva recently, breaking weeks of lockdown, they were surprised by unusually crowded roads. They first attributed that to an increase in the use of private cars, to avoid catching viruses due to close contact in public transport. However, they soon discovered that the congestion was […]

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Towns near Ben-Gurion airport slam expansion plan, warn of flooding – Haaretz

Green light for cargo terminals would also kill option of metropolitan park Zafrir Rinat | May 28, 2020 | 4:28 AM Two plans to significantly expand activity at Ben-Gurion Airport will raise the risk of flooding in the winter, nearby communities charge. They also say the plans will damage the area’s green lungs. Both plans […]

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King urges expediting work on Aqaba marine reserve for UNESCO nomination – Jordan Times

His Majesty underscores importance of safeguarding marine environment By JT – Jun 02,2020 – His Majesty King Abdullah visits the Aqaba Marine Park on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court) AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday urged expediting the establishment of the Aqaba marine reserve, to nominate it to be inscribed on the […]

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30 young Mediterranean leaders to implement environmental campaign – Jordan Times

Jun 01,2020   The ‘10 Days for the Mediterranean’ campaign seeks to raise awareness on ecological issues (Photo by Amjad Ghsoun) AMMAN — Thirty young civil society leaders will carry out the “10 Days for the Mediterranean” campaign, comprising 30 initiatives taking place from June 1 to 30 in the Southern Mediterranean to raise awareness […]

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Chinese Firm Loses Tender for Israeli Plant in Sensitive Location – Haaretz / YNET / Jerusalem Post

Haaretz – Amid U.S. Pressure, Chinese Firm Loses Tender for Israeli Plant in Sensitive Location Government panel chooses local IDE over Chinese rival Hutchison to build Israel’s largest desalination plant Nachal Soreq vicinity, where the plant is planned, near Palmachim air base and and Soreq Nuclear Research CenterCredit: Google EarthYoram Gabison Published on 26.05.2020 Ten […]

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Scientists say Israel may become a desert by the end of the century – YNET

As temperatures around the country averaging at 40°C, environmental experts warn that greenhouse gas emissions stand behind the extreme weather, side effects from atmospheric damage will be severe Noa Fisher | Published: 05.19.20 , 12:46 Experts believe that the extreme heatwave besetting Israel, which might give 2020 the dubious title of “warmest year in history,” […]

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Extreme Heat Wave in Israel – Haaretz

Rare Lengthy Heat Wave in Israel Could Break Records Zafrir Rinat Published on 18.05.2020 Temperatures in eastern valleys have topped a sweltering 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) The Meteorological Service says that Israel’s current heat wave could break records for duration, assuming it lasts for the six days that are forecast. In many places […]

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Power disruptions continue to hit water supply — ministry – Jordan Times

Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas – May 20,2020 Power cuts are causing ‘major disruptions’ to water distribution around the Kingdom, according to the Water Ministry (File photo) AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Wednesday said that power outages at main water sources are still occurring in light of an “unprecedented and continuous […]

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Egypt accepts Ethiopia-Sudan proposal to renegotiate dam dispute Al Jazeera

Agreement needs to allow for ‘Egypt’s water interests as well as those of Ethiopia and Sudan’ says foreign ministry. 22 May 2020 Egypt has said it is willing to resume negotiations with Sudan and Ethiopia over the filling of a controversial mega-dam that has been a source of tension between all three Nile basin countries. […]

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