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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Sierra Club reinstates trips to Israel following outcry from Jewish groups – YNET

Environmental group chief says cancelation was not appropriate and was made hastily without consulting stakeholders; pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist groups outrage at the reversal JTA/Gabe Stutman | Published: 03.16.22 Following an advocacy campaign by national Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, the Sierra Club has reversed its recent decision to cancel trips to Israel. Pro-Palestinian advocates had successfully pressed […]

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Using crowd funding, Israeli group saves nature one reserve at a time – YNET

TiME (This is My Earth) manages to pool in enough money to purchase two plots of land in Kenya and Belize and turned them into nature reserves thanks to the help of generous supporters Noa Fischer | Updated: 03.06.22 Israel’s TiME (This is My Earth) group is raising money in order to purchase land around […]

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With No Set Plan, Israel to Shut Down Polluting Oil Refineries in Haifa -Haaretz

The closing of Haifa oil refineries will reduce fossil-fuel use, an essential step in complying with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Zafrir Rinat Mar. 6, 2022 Israel approved in principle on Sunday a plan to shut down Haifa’s oil refineries and petrochemical plants, marking Israel’s first-ever planned dismantling of an industrial zone and an […]

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Controversial tree plantings on disputed land to resume – Jerusalem Post

Government okays NIS 5.2b. plan for Bedouin communities in the Negev By GIL HOFFMAN Published: MARCH 14, 2022 Tree planting by the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund near the Negev lands of the Atrash clan, which Israel says belong to the state, will soon resume, coalition sources said Monday. The initial dispute nearly brought down […]

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Israel’s Treasury Wants More Land for Solar Facilities, but Environment Officials See No Need – Haaretz

Israel won’t reach its renewable energy targets without additional land, the Finance Ministry says. The Environmental Protection Ministry, however, says existing space just needs to be used properly – and a decision on the matter was postponed until the end of the year. Zafrir Rinat Mar. 3, 2022 Israel’s National Planning and Building Council voted […]

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As Cairo Transforms, Egyptians Fight to Save their Trees – Naharnet

by Naharnet Newsdesk A few months ago, Choucri Asmar decided he wasn’t ready to give up hope. So he led a group of residents in “a peaceful demonstration to protect the trees” of his Cairo neighborhood. Egyptian authorities were planning to clear out a large avenue of ficus, acacia and palm trees — part of […]

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Water Ministry finalises tender documents for National Water Carrier Project — Najjar – Jordan Times

By JT – Mar 16,2022 An aerial map of the 450km pipeline, part of the National Water Carrier Project (Petra photo) AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Wednesday issued the final request for proposal (RFP) of the National Water Carrier Project. Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar highlighted that the documents have been sent to the five prequalified consortiums, according […]

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PepsiCo partners with Israeli agri-tech company N-Drip to save water usage – Jerusalem Post

The partnership aims to improve water efficiency across 25,000 acres of farmland By ZACHY HENNESSEY Published: MARCH 17, 2022 Irrigation is a science that has been developed by mankind for thousands of years, and the latest step in its journey toward peak efficiency comes by way of multinational food and beverage manufacturer PepsiCo. The conglomerate […]

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Tunisia: Golf course and solar panels – Al Arabiya

Tunisia sees UAE investments in real estate, solar projects Al Arabiya English Published: 04 March ,2022: 03:08 PM GST Updated: 04 March ,2022: 03:35 PM GST UAE-based Bukhatir Group will revive a $5 billion real estate project in Tunis, Tunisian sources told Reuters on Friday, the first big project in the North African country since […]

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Israeli fauna at risk; how to maintain the biological diversity – YNET

After losing the local leopards, cheetahs, bears, and ostriches, Israel is on its way to saying goodbye to a few more species of wildlife; which species are endangered, why, and how can we save them? Noa Fischer | Published: 03.03.22 Thursday, March 3rd, marks World Wildlife Day, and we pay tribute by checking which animals […]

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20 Arabian Oryx Released in Shumari Wildlife Reserve in Jordan – Environment and Development

28/2/2022 The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently completed a successful project in Jordan, transferring 20 Arabian Oryx to the Shumari Wildlife Reserve.   The Arabian Oryx release is part of a memorandum of understanding, signed between EAD and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), on a project to develop a vital herd […]

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Illegal pipeline fixture detected, removed — Water Ministry – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and the Jordan Water Company Miyahuna have detected a breach on the Zara Maeen water pipeline.  A ministry statement revealed that the ministry’s staff in cooperation with security personnel detected an illegal fixture to a pipeline from a main carrier to supply farms and water tankers.  The ministry added […]

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With focus on water cooperation, ‘Blue Peace Days’ opens at Expo 2020 Dubai – Jordan Times

Prince Hassan calls for trans-boundary water cooperation By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 27,2022 Guests pose for a group photo at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on Saturday on the sidelines of the launch of the Blue Peace Initiative (Photo courtesy of Swiss Pavilion Twitter account) DUBAI — Although the Middle East is one […]

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Workshop held on improving energy efficiency in buildings in Mediterranean region- Jordan Times

By JT – Feb 26,2022 AMMAN — The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) participated in the joint Euro-Mediterranean workshop: “Innovation & impact: Good practices in energy efficiency for buildings in Mediterranean cities”.  The workshop was organised by the three European projects SEACAP 4 SDG, MeetMED and Efficient Buildings Community, according to an RSS statement.  The online […]

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Seminar held on climate change, water challenges – Jordan Times

By JT – Feb 28,2022 AMMAN — The Japanese embassy in Jordan and Al Balqa Applied University on Monday held a seminar on climate change and water challenges. Koike Toshio, director of International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, Public Works Research Institute in Japan, delivered the keynote address that covered the impact of […]

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National workshop tackles water sector challenges -Jordan Times

By Batool Ghaith – Feb 26,2022 Water Minister Mohammad Najjar and experts take part in a workshop, as part of the National Economic Workshop, focused on water sector challenges on Saturday (Photo courtesy of Awal Taweel) AMMAN — The first meeting of the National Economic Workshop was launched on Saturday at the Royal Hashemite Court […]

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Workshop held on improving energy efficiency in purification stations – Jordan Times

By JT – Feb 28,2022 AMMAN — The Water Ministry seeks to increasingly rely on renewable energy by “treating sludge resulting from sewage stations”, Water Minister Mohammad Najjar said on Monday. Inaugurating a workshop on improving energy efficiency in purification stations project, in cooperation with the German Development Bank (KfW), Najjar said that the ministry […]

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Tel Aviv’s Central Shopping Mall Is Now an Amusement Park for Environmentalists – Haaretz

A colossal composting machine that looks like a big worm, care for the fruit bats who live in the basement, a hydroponic rooftop greenhouse – Dizengoff Center is a playground for tree huggers. But how does all this fit in with consumerism? Shira Makin Dec. 29, 2021 Dizengoff Center is unique. Israel’s first shopping mall, […]

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Eilat-Akaba cooperation renewed – Jerusalem Post

The mayors of Eilat and Akaba renewed cooperation and considered a proposed “peace terminal” at the Israel-Jordan border and operating a “peace park”. By LAHAV HARKOV Published: FEBRUARY 17, 2022 Eilat and Aqaba renewed cooperation on Wednesday, in a further sign of warmer relations between Israel and Jordan. The mayors of Eilat and Aqaba decided […]

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Farmers toil amid water scarcity, trade challenges – Jordan Times

‘Immediate gov’t interference needed to remedy sector woes’ By Imke van Smoorenburg – Feb 16,2022 A vegetable vendor at his roadside stall in the Jordan Valley in this recent photo (By Imke van Smoorenburg) JORDAN VALLEY — Jordan’s agricultural industry has a significant impact on the country’s water crisis, placing the financial situation of farmers […]

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