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COP 26 and this mailing- editor’s notes

Cop26 has received extensive coverage. The general contours of its outcome are discussed in detail elsewhere and are very likely familiar to our readers: Success by India in weakening the coal phase out; efforts to weaken agreements by the oil lobby and oil producers; modest praise from more advanced economies for the progress made; frustration […]

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Israel, Jordan, UAE to Sign Solar Power, Desalinization Deal – Haaretz / Times of Israel

The projects will include solar energy production in Jordan for the Israeli market, which would reciprocate by desalinating Mediterranean water for supply to Jordan Nov. 17, 2021 Israel is expected to sign a deal with Jordan that will include solar energy production in Jordan for the Israeli market, which would reciprocate by desalinating Mediterranean water […]

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Green energy plan a strategic choice for Jordan — Kharabsheh – Jordan Times

By JT – Nov 16,2021 Jordan has built partnerships with leading countries in renewable energy, such as Germany, which can pave the way for increased sustainable energy production, according to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh (JT file photo) AMMAN — On Tuesday, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh highlighted the […]

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Jordan urged caution, extensive preparations amid drought – Jordan Times

Water Ministry says ‘too early’ to predict anything about rainfall in Kingdom By Batool Ghaith – Nov 17,2021 A view of King Talal Dam. As a result of the weak rainy season, water storage in dams is 80 million cubic metres lower than previous years, according to the Water Ministry (JT file photo) AMMAN — Jordan […]

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Knesset calls for climate change to be seen as national security threat – YNET / Times of Israel

Environmental protection official warns that rising temperatures will aggravate Israel’s water shortage and could make parts of the country ‘unlivable’, while parliamentary researcher says climate change will further destabilize region Members of Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called Tuesday for the government and security services to take the issue of climate change as a […]

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Opinion | After Glasgow, Israel’s Climate Challenges Can Also Be Opportunities – Haaretz

Dov Khenin Nov. 16, 2021 Could we really have expected to see the world’s leaders at Glasgow rejecting the oil, gas and coal corporations and creating a comprehensive, practical response to the climate crisis? If anyone had such an expectation, it didn’t happen. But the despair that I encounter in various places is premature and […]

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Minister Elharrar outlines Israel’s biggest climate challenges – Israel Insider

Less than six months into Israel’s new government, Karine Elharrar said she has already begun to implement key changes in Israel By Ruth Marks Eglash November 15, 2021 With the pressures of addressing climate change falling to politicians around the world, in Israel it is Karine Elharrar, a relative newcomer to environmental issues, who is […]

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Water scarcity reaches crisis point in northern Syria – Al Jazeera

Climate change-induced water shortages in northern Syria are exacerbating existing vulnerabilities caused by economic instability, conflict, and the pandemic. By Melissa Pawson Published On 12 Nov 2021 For 71 of his 81 years, Abu Mohammad Sheikh Hussein has been farming the land in northeast Syria. These last two years have seen some of the lowest water levels […]

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Morocco: MENA’s rare climate change success story

North African nation has led the way in the MENA region to combat global warming with renewable energy projects. By Thomas O FalkPublished On 10 Nov 2021 Morocco is increasingly feeling the effects of climate change but unlike other nations, it long ago accepted the challenge and developed an array of tactics to counteract the punishing impact. […]

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Iran’s failure to tackle climate change – a question of priority – al Jazeera

With the lifting of US sanctions the main focus of Iran’s new government, analysts say its transition to a green economy hangs in the balance. By Sanam Mahoozi Published On 9 Nov 2021 It’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. The status of Iran’s response to climate change depends on the one hand […]

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Invitation: presentation of the Green Blue Deal in the Middle East, Nov 10

The European Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and EcoPeace Middle East invite you to the presentation of the Green Blue Deal in the Middle East as an unofficial event in the framework of the COP26, currently taking place in Glasgow. In December 2020, EcoPeace Middle East, the only transnational organisation that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli […]

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EcoPeace Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter – November Edition

Bottom Up – Education Regional EcoPeace Young Professionals in Italy Fourteen EcoPeace Water Diplomacy Young Professionals from Jordan, Palestine and Israel, from the program’s second cohort, travelled together to the MEPP (Middle East Peace Process) Forum hosted by the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan. The young diplomats discussed with their European peers challenges and […]

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UK Announces Funding for Climate and Environment in MENA Region – Naharnet

British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly on Tuesday announced £50m UK funding for the High Impact Partnership on Climate Action (HIPCA). The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched HIPCA on 2 November at an event during COP26 in Glasgow. The EBRD-managed Partnership aims to unleash investments and solutions […]

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World Leaders Pledge to Cut Methane, but Israeli Official at Glasgow Says Not Considering Policy Change

The Biden administration unveils plan on methane from oil and gas industry, but major powers fail to agree on rapid reductions in the use of fossil fuels Lee YaronReuters Glasgow Nov. 2, 2021 7:51 PM GLASGOW – Leaders at the COP26 global climate conference in Glasgow have pledged to stop deforestation by the end of […]

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‘Catastrophe’ faces Jordan’s water sector as climate heats up – Al Jazeera

Decreased rainfall and depleted groundwater sources mean water has become an increasingly scarce resource in Jordan. By Melissa PawsonPublished On 2 Nov 2021 South Ghor, Jordan – When Aida Deissat started farming with her husband 30 years ago, she says life was easy. “There was water. A box of Jordanian tomatoes was eight dinars,” Deissat recalled. “We […]

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Glasgow Climate Conference… What does climate change mean to Jordan? – Jordan Times

Hazim El-Naser October 31, 2021 The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) began in Glasgow City of Scotland with the aim following up promises and achievements since the Paris Agreement, which are considered to be modest in terms of reduction of gas emissions or the allocation of the needed financial resources by the UN Green […]

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How to avert a global climate catastrophe – Jordan Times

Omar Razzaz Nov 2 2021 MMAN — The hottest day on record in Jordan since 1960 was a staggering 49.3°C, in July 2018, one month after I became prime minister. Jordan is not unique: Heat waves have been causing record-high temperatures in countries from Canada to Australia in recent years. The effects of climate change, […]

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Bennett at COP26: Israeli startups should focus energy on climate change – Jerusalem Post

The conference has been hailed by some international leaders as the “last, best hope” to produce policy needed to keep global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius during this century. By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA   NOVEMBER 3, 2021 At the closely-watched COP26 conference on climate change in Glasgow, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel’s famed start-up sector […]

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Israeli ‘Revolution’ on Climate Change? Fact-checking Bennett’s UN Summit Speech – Haaretz

Despite the fact that Israel is located in a part of the world particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change, it is one of 20 countries that has no government-funded national plan for itLee YaronNov. 1, 2021 Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told world leaders at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow on Monday […]

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Turkey’s Lake Tuz Dries up due to Climate Change, Farming – Naharnet

For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual splendid sunset images of the birds captured by wildlife photographer Fahri Tunc. Carcasses of flamingo […]

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