Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Energy Ministry finalizing revolutionary plan for Gaza border area energy independence – Times of Israel

As March 18 deadline nears, officials discussing with other stakeholders what to include in Tekuma Administration Gaza Envelope rehabilitation By SUE SURKES 5 March 2024, full report: https://www.timesofisrael.com/energy-ministry-finalizing-revolutionary-plan-for-gaza-border-area-energy-independence/

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Weather patterns could devastate Israeli agriculture, meteorologist service head says – YNET

Shani Ashkenazi March 15 2024 We asked Dr. Amir Givati, director of the incoming meteorological service, whether we are already in a climate crisis. “The sea is warm and we are receiving concentrated rainfall in a short period of time. We had in the Galilee and the Sharon area an event considered a ‘natural disaster,’ […]

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AN INTERN’S IMPRESSIONS: SPRING ‘24 DUAL NARRATIVE TRIP – Arava Institute

March 13, 2024 by Sara Weissel, Spring 2024 intern  Last week, our students and interns went on a three-day-trip off campus as part of the compulsory weekly Dialogue Forum program.   As one of seven interns, I was fortunate enough to come along. At the Institute, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – its history and the current war – is […]

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How solar power can help turn The Red Sea green – Arab News

JOHN PAGANO. March 11, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/wp2qe In the race toward a greener planet, the need to replace fossil fuels has never been more pressing. The tourism industry has been a part of the problem, and it must play an important part in any solution.      Tourism contributes 8-11 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions […]

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Ministers endorse first national urban policy of Jordan  – Jordan Times

The Council of Ministers officially endorses the first Jordan National Urban Policy, developed by UN-Habitat in partnership with the Ministry of Local Administration (Photo courtesy of UN-Habitat) By JT – Mar 14,2024  AMMAN — In a historic move considered the first of its kind, the Council of Ministers officially endorsed the first Jordan National Urban Policy (JNUP), […]

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Chevra Eco Farm: A green sanctuary in Israel made by immigrants – Jerusalem Post

A group of young and idealistic immigrants recently purchased the land and hope to turn it into an ecological farm and center for education and wellness. By BEN BRESKYMARCH 16, 2024  A lush tract of land in Israel’s North has an untouched charm and a lot of potential. It is the future site of Chevra Eco […]

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Waste management making an impact in Saudi Arabia – Arab News

MOHAMMED S. AL-SURF. March 15, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/nde79 In recent years the Kingdom has made significant strides in waste management by promoting recycling initiatives. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has unveiled a plan to recycle up to 95 percent of the country’s waste — a move it claims will contribute SR120 […]

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Publication announcement: Struggling for Time: Environmental Governance and Agrarian Resistance in Israel/Palestine

Stanford University Press publication date: MAY 2024, 336 PAGES. Struggling for Time examines how time is used as a mechanism of control by the Israeli state and a site of mundane resistance among Palestinian agriculture professionals. Natalia Gutkowski unpacks power structures to show how a settler society lays moral claim on indigenous time through agrarian environmental […]

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Hostilities in the Gaza Strip and Israel | Flash Update #139 – Reliefweb

Key Highlights Gaza Strip Updates West Bank Updates Since 7 October, 418 Palestinians have been killed, including 407 by Israeli forces, nine by settlers and two by either Israeli forces or settlers, across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. These include 109 Palestinians killed since the start of 2024 (compared with 80 during the same […]

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War to warming: Israel’s climate envoy says time to re-engage with crisis – Jerusalem Post

“The climate crisis did not disappear,” Gideon Behar told The Jerusalem Post. “The world needs Israel: Israeli innovation, solutions, ideas, vision, and strategies.” By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANMARCH 10, 2024 18:43 Even as the war is raging in Gaza, there is an urgent need for Israel to re-engage with the climate crisis, explained Gideon Behar, Israel’s Special Envoy […]

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Ministry of Energy says it takes measures to tackle renewable energy expansion challenge – Jordan Times

By JT – Mar 01,2024  The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has taken several measures to address the challenges of expanding renewable energy generation towards achieving energy security while meeting Jordan’s climate change commitments, Amani Azzam, the ministry’s secretary general, said on Thursday. She noted that the ministry’s measures include studies to upgrade the electricity grid, […]

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Monthly Solar Briefing By MESIA

March 6, 2024 MESIA NEW PROGRAM LAUNCHMESIA will organize a KICKOFF cocktail soiree during WFES from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and present its newest program and nominated companies – Do you have a company or client to nominate? The MESIA Net-Zero Champions Program will recognize and gather organizations that are: Actively driving solar energy solutions to reach their sustainable renewable energy […]

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Another Target of the Israeli Government’s Assault on Science: The World-acclaimed Volcani Institute – Haaretz

Israel’s food security depends on the groundbreaking work done by the Volcani Institute in agriculture. The cuts to its budget show that Israel’s government prioritizes investing in the past, rather than the futureNir Hasson. Mar 13, 2024 In 2017, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic visit to Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took […]

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Meet the 7 Israeli climate tech start-ups leading the charge with $1.3m. funding – Jerusalem Post

The startups will use the money to further their efforts in addressing the pressing global climate crisis. By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANFEBRUARY 29, 2024  Seven Israeli climate tech start-ups received a combined more than $1.3 million in funding to further their efforts in addressing the pressing global climate crisis. The awards, part of the start-up track of the Climate […]

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Impact of hydropolitics: Addressing water scarcity in Jordan – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – Mar 14,2024  AMMAN — Due to its arid climate and increasing population, Jordan’s water resources are rapidly depleting and without significant interventions, the situation is likely to further deteriorate. According to the UNICEF report for the last year, less than 100 cubic metres of renewable water resources are available per person annually in […]

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Accelerating the transformation of agrifood systems in the NENA region – Jordan Times

Mar 03,2024. Qu Dongyu The world is facing a major challenge in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 2(SDG2), which seeks to eliminate hunger and all forms of malnutritionby 2030. This is particularly true inthe Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, whichin recent years has experienced a worrisome surge in food insecurity. This dire […]

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To save water, drought-hit Morocco closes famous public baths three days a week – Naharnet

For years, Fatima Mhattar has welcomed shopkeepers, students, bankers and retirees to Hammam El Majd, a public bath on the outskirts of Morocco’s capital, Rabat. For a handful of change, they relax in a haze of steam then are scrubbed down and rinsed off alongside their friends and neighbors. The public baths — hammams in […]

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US warns of ‘disaster’ amid oil slick in Red Sea from ship hit by Houthis – Al Jazeera / Haaretz / Times of Israel

US military says Iran-aligned group is being reckless with attacks on shipping in the Red Sea off Yemen’s shores. Al Jazeera 24 Feb 2024 The United States military has warned of an “environmental disaster” after an attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on a cargo ship caused an oil slick in the Red Sea. The Iran-aligned […]

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Israel is flooding Gaza’s tunnel network: scientists assess the risks – Nature

The plan to target Hamas involves filling parts of a 500-kilometre-long network of underground tunnels. Researchers warn this could affect Gaza’s water supplies. 02 February 2024 By Josie Glausiusz Israel’s military has begun injecting “high-flow” seawater into Hamas-built tunnels beneath the Gaza Strip as part of its attempt to “neutralize terrorist infrastructures”. On 30 January, the […]

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Receding of Dead Sea: Delving into causes, solutions, measures to protect Jordanian tourism – Jordan Times

The receding of the Dead Sea is an urgent environmental problem that directly affects Jordanian tourism industry By Saeb Rawashdeh – Feb 12,2024 AMMAN — Revda Wardeh visits Jordan and the Dead Sea a few times a year with her Greek Cypriot husband. Running away from her hectic work at a brokerage company in Limassol, she chills […]

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