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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Coronavirus and the Environment: Lessons We Are Learning – Arava Institute

In honor of Earth Day next week, I am excited to invite you to join me on Zoom for the kickoff of the Arava Institute’s series of environmental micro-classes. In this time of isolation and social distancing, reconnect with nature by attending engaging 15-minute classes with the Arava Institute’s experts. We will be covering topics […]

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EcoPeace Global Dialogues

EcoPeace is thrilled to launch the first in a series of webinars that aim to continue the conversation around best practice in environmental peacebuilding. Now, more than ever, we must come together, in a spirit of cooperation, to address the immediate and long term challenges that threaten our world. Join us for a powerful, facilitated […]

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Passover, climate change & the coronavirus – Jerusalem Post

Will we use the coronavirus experience as a wakeup call that we need to do things differently on so many fronts? By MICHAEL M. COHEN APRIL 13, 2020 At our Sedarim around the world last week, asking the question, “Ma nishtanah halailah hazeh?” (How is this night different from all others?) took on deeper meaning […]

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Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic – Jerusalem Post

Unlike the wildfires in California or Australia, we cannot claim that the pandemic is a direct result of climate change. By DAVID LEHRER APRIL 15, 2020 In late 2019, the sense of urgency for the world to deal seriously with climate change was building. As climatologists began to sound the alarm that we were fast […]

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As coral reefs pale worldwide, Aqaba’s reefs show unique resistance to global phenomenon – Jordan Times

Corals will only thrive if ‘serious action’ is taken to protect them, experts say By Maram Kayed – Apr 11,2020 AMMAN — While coral reefs are starting to bleach, turning pale and white in seas around the world, those growing in the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern end of the Red Sea are determined […]

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New canal to flow water from Kinneret to Jordan River as water level rises – Jerusalem Post

In February, the Water Authority announced that it would open the dam in late March if the Kinneret reached 20 centimeters below the upper red line. By TZVI JOFFRE APRIL 16, 2020 The Water Authority decided to open a canal to flow water from the Kinneret to the southern Jordan River on Thursday with the […]

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World could witness ‘huge backlash’ in pollution after outbreak – Jerusalem Post

The warning was delivered by Dr. Orr Karassin, a senior lecturer at the Open University of Israel, based on evidence from the 2008 global financial crisis. By EYTAN HALON MARCH 26, 2020 A dramatic reduction in air pollution might seem like a silver lining in global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, but the world […]

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We can fight pandemics like the coronavirus by protecting nature – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat | Mar. 26, 2020 | 11:34 PM When the time comes to address the causes of the coronavirus outbreak and what lessons to draw to prevent future pandemics, there will be no avoiding acknowledgement of the ecological disruption mankind is doing to the world. This disruption significantly magnifies the potential of the spread […]

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Air pollution in Israel goes way down, likely due to coronavirus – Haaretz

‘It’s possible that changes in climate conditions contributed to the drop,’ Environment Ministry allows Zafrir Rinat | Mar. 23, 2020 | 12:32 AM The concentration of a key air pollutant has fallen by 30 percent over the past few weeks, most likely “thanks” to the coronavirus. The pollutant in question, nitrogen dioxide, is mainly emitted […]

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The Mighty Nile, Threatened by Waste, Warming, Mega-Dam – Naharnet

Early one morning in Cairo, volunteers paddle their kayaks across the Nile, fishing out garbage from the mighty waterway that gave birth to Egyptian civilization but now faces multiple threats. Egypt’s lifeline since Pharaonic days and the source of 97 percent of its water is under massive strain from pollution and climate change and now […]

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Water resources operating at highest capacity as demand surges by 40 per cent – Jordan Times

Abul Saud calls on public to use water ‘with high sense of responsibility’ By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 23,2020 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s water resources are operating at their highest capacity to meet the rising demand for water, which has soared by 40 per cent since the government imposed a nationwide lockdown on Saturday to […]

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Coronavirus and climate change; challenges and opportunities – (op ed) Jordan Times

Climate change and global warming are beyond scientific debate now. Even if climate change is a natural process, it is clear that human activities are accelerating and worsening the existing problem. Scientists have been warning that rising temperatures could disturb biomes and eco systems with migration of microorganisms and insects to new regions, where climate […]

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Coronavirus oblivious to Israeli, Palestinian borders – Al-Monitor

The necessity of cooperating against the novel coronavirus should encourage Israeli and Palestinian authorities to also work together on day-to-day issues, such as water and air pollution. March 10, 2020 URL: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/israel-cogat-coronavirus-crossborder-cooperation-environment.html Author: Akiva Eldar Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Feb. 2 declaration that he had “instructed” the Israel Biological Institute to develop a vaccine against […]

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Debate: in the West Bank, the palm trees of discord – The Conversation

Julie Trottier On January 28, 2020, US president Donald Trump announced a “peace plan” that would involve the annexation of most of the Jordan Valley by Israel. Most reactions focused on its contradiction with international law – the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has been condemned by several United Nations resolutions. The economic context […]

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Energy Minister Steinitz: Israel to be coal-free from 2025 – Jerusalem Post

An earlier decision to shut four coal-fired production units in Hadera by 2022 has already been approved by the government. By EYTAN HALON NOVEMBER 13, 2019 20:12 Israel will move into a coal-free era of power production by the end of 2025, five years earlier than originally targeted, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz announced on Tuesday. […]

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The Blue Economy, the promising future – Jordan Times

In the aftermath of “Rio + 20” conference in 2012, Belgian economist Gunter Pauli talked about the need to protect the sustainable management of water resources, based on the assumption that ocean ecosystems are more productive and a must for the sustainability of the ocean-based economies, paving the way for a terminology to be used […]

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Wastewater Treatment: Overview, Types, Energy Consumption & Actual State in Lebanon with Proposal of Using Renewable Energy – Environment and Development

Firas S. Fayssal PhD in Renewable Energy 03/07/2019 Abstract- This paper provides an overview of Wastewater Treatment issue in Lebanon, past, present, and Future. The paper briefs the status of wastewater types adopted in the general study approved by Lebanese Government to cover the country at the level of design and implementation along with the […]

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Oman to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags from Next Year – Naharnet

Oman will ban single-use plastic bags starting next year as part of efforts to reduce pollution and protect the environment, Muscat announced on Sunday. Located in the south of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman stands out among its Gulf neighbors for its exceptional natural mountainous landscapes and rich marine life. “Companies and establishments are prohibited from […]

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New solar park to ease Iraqi governorate’s power shortage – Al-Monitor

A solar energy park to be funded by the European Union is expected to help lessen Dohuk’s daily power cuts in two years. February 20, 2020 URL: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/02/solar-energy-park-shines-light-on-duhoks-electricity-woes.html Author: Joe Snell No one batted an eye when the power abruptly cut off in English teacher Miriam Zia’s 11th-grade classroom at the Sardam International School in […]

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Transpo rt Ministry to grant 25% commute subsidy to underprivileged – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Mar 05,202 AMMAN — The Ministry of Transport on Thursday announced that it is planning to launch a service aimed at integrating underprivileged segments of society into the labour market through paying 25 per cent of their transport costs. The ministry’s transport support service falls in line with the government’s fourth […]

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