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Climate Change in the Middle East, Year 2075 – The Middle East Study Group Annual Lecture

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 5.00pm – 7.00pm Online ‘Deaths on the Nile’ Climate Change in the Middle East, Year 2075.  An informed speculation  Professor David J. Drewry Non-Executive Director, UK Commission for UNESCO Former Vice Chancellor; MESG, University of Hull https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7307719726076531214 Opening words: Professor Stephen Hardy, PhD, LLB, SFHEA, MCIArb, FRSA, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law […]

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AFED Conference – Health and the Environment in Arab Countries, 10-11 November 2020 – AFED

Many diseases and illnesses can be prevented by the management of environmental risks, which makes it necessary to tackle the underlying environmental causes. While this is a global fact, it is more significant in the Arab region, where environmental risks are higher and rates of development, in most countries, are slower. During the last decades, […]

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How climate change puts the Middle East, Sudan at risk – Al Arabiya

Rim Khamis, Thursday 01 October 2020 Arab countries are among the most vulnerable to climate change, according to a series of reports developed by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). Climate change in the Middle East has received renewed attention this year as the region experiences a range of extreme weather. Since freak […]

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This Was the Hottest September Ever Recorded in Israel – Haaretz

The heat wave broke records not only for how hot it got but how long the heat lasted, as similar records have been broken around the world, attributed to climate changeSend in e-mailSend in e-mail Zafrir Rinat 01.10.2020 Last month was the hottest September on record by a large margin in much of the country, […]

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Go green or go home: Sudan’s climate opportunity – Al Jazeera

For Sudan, a green economy would bring not only climate security but also sustainable peace and economic prosperity. Kholood KhairManaging partner of Insight Strategy Partners (ISP), a policy think-and-do tank based in Khartoum, Sudan. 4 Oct 2020 Today, just more than a year after the removal of President Omar al-Bashir’s regime and the formation of […]

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1.4m-euro grant agreement signed to support Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme – Jordan Times

EIB, Cities and Villages Development Bank sign technical assistance agreement By JT – Oct 07,2020 – AMMAN — The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Cities and Villages Development Bank (CVDB) have signed a technical assistance cooperation agreement of 1.4-million-euro grant to support the implementation of the CVDB – Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme.  The programme is […]

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Meet Israel’s ‘Greta Thunberg,’ candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize – Jerusalem Post

Yosef Abramowitz was nominated for the honor by MK Miki Haimovich By HAGAY HACOHEN   OCTOBER 6, 2020 18:53 Israeli solar power pioneer Yosef Abramowitz was nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize by Blue and White MK Miki Haimovich this week.He is among the 318 known candidates for the prize. A winner is expected […]

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Ethiopia bans flights over controversial dam for security reasons: Aviation chief – Al Arabiya

This handout picture taken on July 20, 2020, shows an aerial view Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River in Guba, northwest Ethiopia. (AFP/Adwa Pictures) Reuters Monday 05 October 2020 Ethiopia has banned all flights over its giant new hydropower dam on the Blue Nile for security reasons, the head of its civil […]

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Inside the UAE factory turning household waste into fuel – Environment and Development

Everyday household rubbish is being saved from landfill and turned into fuel to help power cement factories in the UAE. Throwaway items such as plastic, paper and food scraps are being collected from households across Ajman and Umm Al Quwain to produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF) – a combustible fuel made of various types of waste. […]

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Don’t Be Fooled by Erdogan and Hezbollah: The Gas Wars Aren’t Over – Haaretz

Negotiations between Greece and Turkey and between Israel and Lebanon are tactical retreats, not the start of peaceful resolutions. David Rosenberg 05.10.2020 It’s hard to say which counts more as a minor miracle in the fraught arena of East Mediterranean energy. Last week, Israel and Lebanon, two countries that are technically at war, agreed to […]

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UAE, US and Israel agree to develop joint strategy in energy sector – Al Arabiya

Tuqa Khalid, Al Arabiya English Thursday 01 October 2020 Text size AAA The United Arab Emirates, the United States and Israel agreed to develop a joint strategy in the energy sector, according to a joint statement reported on Thursday by the UAE’s state news agency WAM. The statement was issued on behalf of Suhail bin […]

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Jordan, Iraq sign agreement to connect grids – Jordan Times

By JT – Sep 28,2020 Project to enhance stability of power networks — Zawati Director General of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) Amjad Rawashdeh signs a contract to connect the electric power grids of Jordan and Iraq in the presence of Energy Minister Hala Zawati on Sunday (Photo courtesy of the Energy Ministry) AMMAN […]

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NIS 69m. set for small businesses as part of government green initiative – Jerusalem Post

The program is designed to “incentivize investments to optimize energy consumption and reduce pollution of factories and businesses.” By CELIA JEAN   OCTOBER 5, 2020 The Environmental Protection Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and the Economy and Industry Ministry are set to give NIS 69 million to small and medium businesses and industrial plants for the […]

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Plan to turn ‘Pepsi Pool’ into recreational space in pipeline – Jordan Times

Oct 06,2020 AMMAN — The caretaker government on Monday expressed keenness to rehabilitate the “Pepsi Pool” in Russeifa and turn it into parks and recreational facilities.  The infamous “Pepsi Pool”, a cesspit which sits in the heart of a populated and industrialised area east of Russeifa, is known to be highly contaminated with industrial and […]

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Israeli finance firm secures $3m. for innovative recycling company – Jerusalem Post

“The environmental and social impact of Alkemy’s project are far-reaching and essential for all of us.” By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   OCTOBER 5, 2020 The Israeli finance firm A-Labs Advisory & Finance Ltd has secured a successful closing of $3 million in pre-IPO funding for the plastic recycling company Alkemy. “The environmental and social impact […]

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30 tonnes of waste collected in ministry clean-up campaign – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Sep 29,2020 AMMAN — The Environment Ministry, in partnership with the Royal Department for Environment Protection (Rangers) civil society organisations and volunteers, has collected 30 tonnes of accumulated waste, Minister of Environment and Acting Minister of Agriculture Saleh Kharabsheh said in a statement. The waste was collected from roadsides, parks, forests […]

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Solar rooftop systems for purchasing groups – Jerusalem Post

Nir Peleg, CEO of Enerpoint, said that purchasing groups in 10 localities have already combined to install systems. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   OCTOBER 4, 2020 22:13 Purchasing groups are now banding together to acquire solar energy systems for private homes, according to Enerpoint, a leading company that installs the green systems. Nir Peleg, CEO […]

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Campaign launched to distribute 20,000 energy-saving LED bulbs – Jordan Times

Sep 30,2020 AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, through the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF), on Tuesday launched a campaign to distribute 20,000 energy-saving LED light bulbs to families living in underprivileged areas. According to a ministry statement, each house will receive five LED bulbs and the campaign, a […]

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new publication: Energizing Mid–East water diplomacy: The potential for regional water–energy exchanges – Water International

David Katz & Arkadiy Shafran 2020, VOL. 45, NO. 4, 292–310https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2020.1758521 ABSTRACTThis article presents a nongovernmental initiative to address asymmetrichydropolitical relations in the Jordan River basin through issuelinkage. The initiative would develop desalination capacity along theMediterranean to supply water to Jordan, with Jordan generatingand distributing solar energy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.Such a project […]

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Prince Hassan calls for establishing water-energy-food nexus in Arab region – Jordan Times

Sep 21,2020   AMMAN — HRH Prince Hassan, chairman of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, has called for formulating a “realistic proposal” that includes the implementation of a feasibility study over the interconnection between water, energy and food in the Arab region. In a keynote address at a recent regional symposium on the […]

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