Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Extreme drought leaves ecological systems vulnerable, shows worldwide study joined by Israel – YNET

Tel Aviv University researcher who took part in the new study says its unprecedented scale and results should make Israel invest in climate change plans A comprehensive international study joined by a researcher from Tel Aviv University examined the effects of extreme drought on grassland and shrubland ecosystems and found that regions with dry climates […]

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Experts call for increased protection of the Red Sea coral reefs, disagree on mechanisms – Jordan Times

By Rana Tayseer – Feb 15,2024  Experts differ on the importance of establishing three new coral nurseries in carefully selected locations in Aqaba (JT File photo) AMMAN — Experts have called for increased protection of the Red Sea coral reefs of Aqaba but differed on mechanisms regarding the establishment of new coral nurseries. The Marine Science Station […]

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Campaign launches in Aqaba to clean sea floor – Jordan Times

Participating teams have successfully removed submerged waste’ by JT – Feb 07,202 The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority launches a campaign aimed at the cleaning of the sea floor in the Middle Beach area, in Aqaba (Petra Photo) AMMAN — The Royal Naval Force and Royal Boats, the Civil Defence Directorate and the Royal Department for Environment […]

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Former environmental protection minister launches BGU climate research center – Jerusalem Post

“I am happy to join Ben-Gurion University and lead an institution based on a vision that will revolutionize environmental and climate policy in Israel,” Zandberg said. By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN. FEBRUARY 13, 2024  Former enviromental protection minister Tamar Zandberg will head up the new National Institute for Climate Policy Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The […]

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Jordan, partners work to establish green hydrogen investment projects – Arab News

February 2024 AMMAN: Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh on Monday lauded the country’s collaboration with partners to establish a green hydrogen investment infrastructure, the Jordan News Agency reported. He was speaking after the first roundtable talks dedicated to green hydrogen investors, which saw participation from members of the National Committee for […]

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Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi Launches an Odorous Gas Monitoring Network – Environment and Development

28/2/2024 The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has launched the ‘Abu Dhabi Odorous Gases Monitoring Network’ as part of a drive to improve environmental protection, reduce nuisance and improve citizens’ and residents’ quality of life. The project is aligned with the UAE’s environmental vision of sustainable development and pollution prevention. Throughout the multi-phased five-year […]

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From sand dunes to melting glaciers, Saudi Arabia’s Princess Abeer shares lessons from her Antarctic expedition – Arab News

RIYADH: Princess Abeer bint Saud bin Farhan Al-Saud recently became the first person from Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region to go on a research expedition to the remotest parts of the Antarctic continent. In November, the princess was among 80 people selected from a pool of 1,800 applicants from 45 nations who joined […]

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Battles With Hamas Leave Scorched Land: The War’s Heavy Toll on Israeli Nature – Haaretz

As the Israeli army prepares for fighting Hezbollah in the north, it breaks new roads for tanks at the landscape’s expense. Battles with Hamas in the south have caused fires in several nature reserves, and stray dogs wandering across the border raise fears of disease epidemics Zafrir Rinat. Feb 13, 2024 Since Israel’s war with […]

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Mediterranean Sea is warming, rising faster than it should be – report – Jerusalem Post

The report said that the upper layer is warming at 0.13 degrees Celsius yearly because of global warming. By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN. FEBRUARY 6, 2024 The Mediterranean Sea’s upper layer is warming significantly faster than the global forecast, according to a report issued Monday. The report, issued by Israel’s energy and environmental protection ministries and the Oceanographic […]

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Court Convicts Pipeline Company in Plea Deal for Polluting Israeli Nature Reserve – Haaretz / Times of Israel

The company and two company officials were convicted of responsibility for the oil leak that caused ‘one of the largest ecological disasters in the country’s history.’ The offenses could have carried a sentence of up to three years in prison, but the agreement calls for monetary fines alone Zafrir Rinat. Feb 11, 2024 The Be’er […]

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Minister of Energy: Jordan makes ‘steady’ moves towards green hydrogen economy – Jordan Times

By JT – Feb 08,202 AMMAN — Minister of energy and mineral resources, Saleh Kharabsheh, on Wednesday affirmed that Jordan is steadily moving towards a green hydrogen economy, at the opening of the workshop titled “Studying the Legislation Regulating Green Hydrogen in Jordan”. Kharabsheh said that the ministry has signed 12 memorandums of understanding and one framework […]

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Campaign launches in Aqaba to clean sea floor – Jordan Times

‘Participating teams have successfully removed submerged waste’ By JT – Feb 07,2024  The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority launches a campaign aimed at the cleaning of the sea floor in the Middle Beach area, in Aqaba (Petra Photo) AMMAN — The Royal Naval Force and Royal Boats, the Civil Defence Directorate and the Royal Department for Environment […]

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Israeli beaches engulfed by plastic waste after storms – YNET

Every year, vast quantities of plastic waste end up in the sea, and following the recent storms in Israel, a significant amount of this waste was deposited onto several Israeli beaches Ilana Curiel| February 13, 2024 Disposing of waste, even into the Mediterranean Sea, does not make it vanish. Footage from Israel’s Gador Sea Reserve […]

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Environmental Education for a Sustainable Future  -Environment and Development

Najib Saab. 4/2/2024 The perception of environment has expanded in recent decades from fighting pollution to the management of natural resources. The increase in the world’s population from 1.5 billion at the beginning of the twentieth century to over eight billion today, together with a major shift in production and consumption patterns, has led to […]

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UAE: Ajman now has over 8,300 green buildings – Environment and Development (Gulf News)

Energy efficiency, rationalising water consumption part of certification process Published:  February 12, 2024 ALSO IN THIS PACKAGE Ajman:  The Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman has announced that the total number of green buildings in the emirate has hit 8,335 buildings, based on the green building standards for residential buildings. This comes in line with the state’s […]

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UAE’s first integrated battery recycling plant unveiled – Environment andDevlopment

8/2/2024 Dubatt Battery Recycling’s fully integrated battery recycling plant – the first of its kind in the UAE – has been formally inaugurated at Dubai Industrial City, part of TECOM Group PJSC. Dubatt signed a musataha agreement during the inauguration ceremony to expand the plant, raising its total investment at Dubai Industrial City to AED […]

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The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi and Modon Properties Introduce Region’s First Smog-Free Tower for a Cleaner Future – Environment and Development

9/2/2024 As part of its efforts to maintain air quality and reduce the effects of climate change, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in partnership with Modon Properties, inaugurated the region’s first smog-free tower at Hudayriat Island. The new air purification tower is an urban innovation designed to enhance air quality in the area and […]

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Arava Institute statement, January 29th – Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

We are devastated by the horrifying loss of life and widespread trauma of the past months.  Even in these most challenging of times, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies continues our dedication to environmental diplomacy, research, and peacebuilding.    We condemn the attack by Hamas on the kibbutzim and towns in the Gaza Envelope along Israel’s southern […]

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How Israel’s flooding of Gaza’s tunnels will impact freshwater supply – Al Jazeera

Pumping of seawater will contaminate underground freshwater and ruin the conditions of life in Gaza, experts say. By Shola Lawal. 3 Feb 2024 Israel confirmed this week that its troops are pumping seawater into a network of tunnels in Gaza, a method environmentalists say could violate international law and cause dire, long-term consequences in the besieged […]

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How to give Israel a green future after the war with Hamas is over – Jerusalem Post

Why southern Israel must tackle environmental hazards and fuel innovation in the wake of the Gaza conflict. By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANJANUARY 27, 202 The aftermath of the October 7 Hamas massacre and the subsequent war have inflicted not only physical and emotional harm on the people of Israel. According to experts, it has also significantly impacted the overall environment […]

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