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Environment minister warns of ‘Beirut-like disaster’ in Haifa Port – YNET

Gamliel says promoting plan to remove all chemical depots from Haifa within 5 years; former top sapper says terrorists have long been eyeing to attack facilities due to their destructive potential Alexandra Lukash 08.05.20 Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel warned on Wednesday of a catastrophic event in the Haifa Port chemical deposits a day […]

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Arava Institute: Summer 2020 Update

The Arava Institute (AIES) has redoubled its efforts in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, pursuing cross-border work to meet newly heightened need and heal divides sharpened by the pandemic. On campus, the Institute is spending the summer reviewing its academic program so that it continues to be a safe and vibrant learning community. During […]

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Israeli start-up enables farmers to grow crops in salty water – Jerusalem Post

“The materials are completely safe and give the crops a form of ‘immunity’ from salt and also drought conditions.” By ROSSELLA TERCATIN   AUGUST 5, 2020 An Israeli start-up has developed a technology that allows farmers to grow crops in spite of the salinity of the water or soil that they have at their disposal, […]

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Gantz’s Herzlian challenge: Appoint a Green Zionist to run KKL-JNF – Jerusalem Post

A consensus is forming that Prof. Alon Tal is the right person for this difficult KKL-JNF job at this critical moment. By GIL TROY   AUGUST 4, 2020 In December 1901, as delegates to the Fifth Zionist Congress, dillydallying over technical issues, considered once again pushing off a critical decision, Theodor Herzl himself intervened. Recognizing […]

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In Mecca, Dreams of a ‘Green Hajj’ – Naharnet

A smaller carbon footprint, less waste and more environmentally friendly — this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca, dramatically scaled down due to coronavirus, has opened up the prospect of a “green hajj”. In addition to being a logistical and security headache, one of the planet’s largest gatherings, which drew some 2.5 million people last year, also […]

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UNEP: what’s in a name? – Environment and Development

4/8/2020 NAJIB SAAB Preventing the Next Pandemic is the title of a timely report about breaking the chain of diseases transmitted between animals and humans. It warns of further outbreaks unless governments take active measures to tackle the source of the problem – which can largely be traced back to unsustainable farming and food production […]

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Jordan imported 261,000 barrels of oil from Iraq in July — Energy minister – Jordan Times

Aug 04,2020 The Kingdom’s imports of Iraqi oil in July totalled 261,000 barrels, with a daily average of 8,400 barrels, the Energy Ministry announced on Tuesday (AFP file photo) AMMAN — The Kingdom’s imports of Iraqi oil in July totalled 261,000 barrels, with a daily average of 8,400 barrels, the Energy Ministry announced on Tuesday. […]

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Cabinet endorses global partnership on sanitation, potable water for all – Jordan Times

Effects of COVID-19 ripple through water sector — Abul Saud By JT – Aug 04,2020 AMMAN — Jordan is among the top countries facing the repercussions of COVID-19 in terms of portable water supply. The administration of Jordan’s water sector garners “great attention” from global institutions, Abul Saud said in a ministry statement following the […]

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Water desalination as an option to balance the water demand and supply equation of Jordan – Desalination and water treatment

162(2019):1-13 August 2019 DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2019.24347 Muna Abu-Dalo, Jumana Al-Mallahi, Yara Shahrouri, Hani Abu-Qudais Abstract Jordan is facing an increasing and serious threat of water shortage while its population has almost doubled over the last decade. The adoption of nonconventional water supply technologies such as desalination is unavoidable. In this review, key facts of current water […]

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Does it pay to protect nature? A new study weighs in – Environment and Development

9/7/2020 (Reuters) With Earth’s wildlife now facing an extinction crisis, a group of economists and scientists is hoping to persuade governments that it pays to protect nature.   Specifically, expanding areas under conservation could yield a return of at least $5 for every $1 spent just by giving nature more room to thrive.   That […]

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Hizbullah, AMAL MPs Throw Support behind Controversial Dam Project – Naharnet

MPs Ali Ammar and Amin Cherri of Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc and MP Mohammed Khawaja of AMAL Movement’s Development and Liberation bloc on Wednesday announced that the two blocs support the continuation of the controversial Bisri Dam project, describing attempts to block the plan as a “water siege.” “The dam was constructed according to […]

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Lebanon’s Bisri Valley Dam faces uncertain future after funding halt – Middle East Eye

Campaigners welcome the World Bank’s decision to reallocate funding for the controversial dam and call for public dialogue By Kareem Chehayeb in Beirut Published date: 17 April 2020 15:57 UTC | A controversial dam project in a lush valley southwest of Beirut has suffered a major setback, after its main sponsor the World Bank called […]

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Steinitz on breaking the Arab boycott and becoming an energy superpower – Jerusalem Post

Steinitz’s proposal will increase the country’s use of solar energy from just a few percentage points today to 30% within the next 10 years. By YAAKOV KATZ   JULY 31, 2020 When Chevron announced two weeks ago that it was buying Noble Energy for $5 billion, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz felt a mix of personal […]

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Environmental Protection Ministry to drill in preparation for oil spill – Jerusalem Post

The exercise will include fire and rescue units, coastal and local authorities, as well as government ministries and other relevant bodies. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JULY 29, 2020 12:23 The Environmental Protection Ministry’s National Marine Protection Unit and the Sharon Carmel Cities Association intend to lead a regional exercise in September to prepare for […]

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Workshop on transboundary water governance concludes at JUST – Jordan Times

Jul 19,2020 AMMAN — A three-day virtual workshop on transboundary water governance at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) concluded on Thursday, according to a statement from the institution. The online workshop is one of a series of workshops designed to build knowledge and capacity for participants, as well as promote integrated management […]

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Ajloun witnessed more than 600 forest fires in 2020 — official data – Jordan Times

By Maram Kayed – Jul 29,2020 More than 600 forest fires broke out in Ajloun this year, official figures from the Civil Defence Directorate showed (Petra file photo) AMMAN — More than 600 forest fires broke out in Ajloun this year, official figures from the Civil Defence Directorate showed. The fires affected more than 11,000 […]

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Queen visits Ajloun Forest Reserve, meets founders of Sawwah platform – Jordan Times

By JT – Jul 22,2020 Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the governorate of Ajloun, on Monday, to learn about the touristic experiences offered by Reef Spring Resorts and the Ajloun Forest Reserve through the sustainable tourism platform Sawwah (Photos courtesy of Royal Court) AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the governorate of Ajloun, on […]

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Ministry, KADDB join hands to expand aerial surveillance of water resources — Abul Saud – Jordan Times

By JT – Jul 25,2020 In this undated photo, an aeriel view of the King Talal Dam in Jerash, some 50km north of Amman, can be seen (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation) AMMAN — The Water Ministry has plans to intensify remote aerial surveillance of water resources in coordination with the […]

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Kibbutz sues IDF for exposure to ‘very strong’ Iron Dome radiation – YNET

Recently filed lawsuit claims not only was the Negev farming community prohibited from working substantial area of land due to deployment of missile defense system, but was only made aware of radiation five years later Matan Tzuri | 07.21.20 Farmers in the northern Negev were unknowingly exposed to very strong radiation for six years, while […]

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Steinitz: Israel to use green power for 30% of needs, asked: Not more? – Jerusalem Post

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz claims Israel is ‘No. 2 in the world’ in solar power, critics point to Morocco’s goal of 52% renewable energy by 2030 to Israel’s 30% By HAGAY HACOHEN   JULY 23, 2020 Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz presented  his 2030 goal for the nation to supply 30% of its power using renewable energy […]

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