Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

EIB offers up to 2m euros in technical assistance to Jordan Valley water project – Jordan Times

Rabadi, Abul Saud sign agreement with bank for providing consultancy services By JT – May 21,2020 AMMAN — Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Wissam Rabadi on Thursday signed a grant agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) of up to 2 million euros to provide consultancy services to support the Jordan Valley Water Resources […]

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Israeli start-up focused on AI agricultural solutions secures $7 million – Jerusalem Post

“We are thrilled to have JVP, an international leading VC fund, and Syngenta as strategic and industry expert investors to help fuel Greeneye’s growth,” said co-founder and CEO Nadav Bocher. By ZACHARY KEYSER   MAY 26, 2020 18:07 Israeli start-up Greeneye Technology has secured $7 million during a seed-funding round led by Jerusalem Venture Partners […]

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Syrian builds rooftop farm – Al Jazeera

A Syrian civil engineer has built a hydroponic farm on his rooftop to save resources and overcome economic hardship. 19 May 2020 10:52 GMT Abdulrahman al-Masri’s farm saves on resources and produces nearly 25 tonnes of fruit and vegetables annually. He started the project in 2018 with a loan that he is paying off by selling […]

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Environmental Group Objects to Israeli Army’s Plan to Build Roads Through Nature Reserve – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat 18.05.2020 Military aims to shore up Lebanese border region, but activists fear damage to the area’s rare flora and fauna The Israeli army is continuing to promote plans to build roads through nature reserves as part of its effort to shore up the Lebanese border region, much to the chagrin of environmentalists, and […]

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Work in Jerusalem Nature Spot Will Harm Gazelles, Wildlife, Israeli Activists Say – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat 12.05.2020 Activists protest agricultural work being done during animals’ birthing season, while Parks Authority says work not done within reserve and is covered by permit setting conditions to prevent damage The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and environmentalists in Jerusalem are accusing the Israel Nature and Parks Authority of abandoning […]

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Qatar’s birdlife thriving amid coronavirus restrictions – Al Jazeera

Lockdown and movement restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic are having a positive effect on Qatar’s wildlife. by Stefanie Dekker 26 May 2020 Lockdowns and restrictions on human movement due to the coronavirus pandemic have allowed nature to flourish around the world. In Qatar, where a string of strict measures have been imposed to prevent […]

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Can the Middle East afford to care about the climate emergency? – The New Arab

Gaia Caramazza 10 December, 2019 Public opinion around the world is rightly panicked about the climate emergency, but despite being projected to be among the hardest-hit regions by global warming, Middle Eastern governments and citizens have been late to take interest, let alone act. Climate change is already affecting the Middle East and North Africa, […]

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Israel should be funding alternative energy, not another gas pipeline – Jerusalem Post

A pipeline only serves interests of the gas tycoons and not the taxpayers or the environmentally minded residents of the region. By YOSEF ISRAEL ABRAMOWITZ MAY 2, 2020 The Energy Ministry has announced an ambitious NIS 25 billion investment and development plan in the shadow of the corona crisis. This is a welcome step. Yet […]

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The Sea of Galilee is full, but its beaches are empty – YNET / Haaretz

The water level in Israel’s only freshwater lake is currently at -208.92 meters (minus 685 feet), the highest it has been in decades; but, due to coronavirus, tourists and pilgrims will only be able to return to its shores sometime this autumn or winter Associated Press | Published: 05.02.20 After an especially rainy winter, the […]

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Israeli billionaire hopes to bring water to parched Gaza – Haaretz

Israeli authorities hasten process that normally takes years in order to install machine in Gaza hospital, at behest of businessman close to Netanyahu The Associated Press | May 7, 2020 | 10:51 PM | 1 A Georgian-Israeli billionaire believes he has found a solution to the Gaza Strip’s chronic water crisis. Michael Mirilashvili wants to […]

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Cyberattack by Iran targeted Israel’s water and sewage systems, report says – Haaretz

Official tells Fox News there is ‘ongoing investigation’ ■ Cybersecurity instructions sent to employees of companies involved systems reportedly mention water chlorination Haaretz | May 7, 2020 | 7:16 PM | 1 A cyberattack that targeted Israeli water and sewage systems last month was likely carried out by Iran via servers in the United States, […]

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Israel’s beaches becoming haven for sharks – Jerusalem Post

While species of sharks such as the dusty shark, or the sandbar shark are seemingly endangered in the Mediterranean, it seems as though Israel’s shores are a safe place for the sharks to be. By CELIA JEAN MAY 4, 2020 Many things are associated with Israel’s Mediterranean shores: Tel Aviv’s tourist-dense beaches, people playing the […]

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Earth Resurrection Day – Environment and Development

Najib Saab. 22/04/2020 On 22 April half a century ago, 20 million Americans took to the streets, demanding serious action to protect the environment and preserve nature. This uprising, which remains the largest mass event in the world, triggered changes far beyond the United States borders. Earth Day, as it has been named, became an […]

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Help save the Dead Sea before – Jerusalem Post it’s too late

The Dead Sea is shrinking to its lowest level in recorded history. By NOAM BEDEIN APRIL 22, 2020 20:40 If there is one positive outcome of the pandemic, it is the environment. The planet is breathing with less pollution. Animals are wandering freely in quarantined cities. And by coincidence, just this year, Israel witnessed a […]

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World Bank provides $63 million for advancing sustainability in Palestinian energy sector – WAFA

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 (WAFA) – The World Bank approved a $14 million grant as part of a multiphase Advancing Sustainability in Performance, Infrastructure, and Reliability of Energy Sector (ASPIRE) program to improve operational and financial performance of the Palestinian electricity institutions and diversification of energy sources, yesterday said to a World Bank press […]

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Ghajar Says Gas Found in Block 4 Not Commercially Viable – Naharnet

Drilling off the Lebanese coast has shown some traces of gas but no commercially viable reserves, Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said on Monday. “Initial drilling results showed the presence of gas at different depths in the geological layers” of block 4, he told reporters at a news conference. But around two months after drilling started […]

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With bees on decline, mechanical pollination may be solution -YNET

The Edete Corporation had developed the mechanical pollination after a drastic fall in bee numbers around the world, largely due to intensive agriculture, the use of pesticides, and climate change Reuters 04.22.20 A mechanical hum replaced the buzzing of the bees in one Israeli community this season as farmers, concerned over the global drop in […]

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UAE Wages War on Tiny Scourge Threatening Date Palms – Naharnet

Said Al-Ajani looks proudly over his lush date plantation, which recently survived a plague of red weevils — a destructive insect wreaking havoc across the Middle East and North Africa. “For 24 years, we cultivated our land normally. Then, we had to start spraying five to six times a year against the weevil,” said the […]

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Finland rejects 104,000 kilos of Israeli oranges with banned pesticide – Jerusalem Post

Authorities rejected eight consignments of oranges since February due to the discovery of bromopropylate, which has been banned in the EU. By EYTAN HALON APRIL 29, 2020 Finnish customs have rejected approximately 104,000 kilograms of oranges imported from Israel in recent months, after discovering the presence of a banned pesticide. Authorities said they had examined […]

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Tel Aviv to stop operating bicycle rental service – Haaretz

Municipality says decrease in demand, coupled with popularity of electric bikes and scooters, led it to decide to terminate the Tel-O-Fun service in August Bar Peleg | Apr. 30, 2020 Tel Aviv announced it is terminating its contract with Tel-O-Fun bicycle rental service in August due to the increasing popularity of electric bikes and scooters. […]

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