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Israeli agricultural start-up Vertical Field signs agreement in UAE – Jerusalem Post

Within the agreement, Vertical Field will undergo a pilot program within the UAE, which will feature farms with some of the “most suitable crops for the local market.” By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JANUARY 21, 2021 15:13 Ra’anana-based Vertical Field signed an agreement with Emirates Smart Solutions & Technologies (ESST), an agricultural developer in the […]

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‘Mekorot brings technological developments to world’s water economies’ – Jerusalem Post

“Mekorot promotes innovative water technologies.” By ALAN ROSENBAUM   JANUARY 17, 2021 17:49 “Mekorot is conducting discussions regarding collaborating on various projects with our colleagues in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates,” said Eli Cohen, CEO of Mekorot, Israel’s water company, in an interview with Yaakov Katz, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post at the virtual […]

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UAE produces world’s first aluminium using solar energy – Environment and Development

20/1/2021 The UAE has become the first country in the world to produce aluminium using the power of the sun, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) announced on Monday.   Dewa is the supplier of EGA’s smelter with 560,000 megawatt hours of solar power yearly from the Mohammed bin Rashid […]

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EcoPeace Unveils “Green Blue Deal” Report to Advance Climate Security in the Middle East

January 2021 EcoPeace Middle East, with its unique alliance of Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists, today launches a bold report that provides a road map for regional and international policy makers to meet the looming challenges of climate change. The new report, the center-piece of discussion at EcoPeace’s annual conference held early December, 2020, proposes […]

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The Mediterranean Is Heating Up, Dealing a Devastating Blow to the Region’s Biodiversity – Haaretz

Apparently due to global warming, a tropical ecosystem of invasive species has transformed Israel’s coastline, a study published by Britain’s Royal Society scientific academy shows. Zafrir Rinat Published on 10.01.2021 The wealth of species of local shellfish and snails on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline has declined by almost 90 percent in recent decades, according to a […]

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Grim future for the Middle East predicted due to climate change – study

The book is not without bright spots, however, as it suggests that with its unique characteristics, the Middle East could help with the solution to these issues. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JANUARY 21, 2021 15:00 [editor’s notes: the headline and tone of the article is misleading. The focus of the book is the potential […]

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2021: Prince Albert II of Monaco to deliver key address – Environment and Development

18/1/2021 Prince Albert II of Monaco will help set the green agenda for a global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.   The summit – which gets under way today – moved online due to the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.   The environmental conference will feature more than 70 […]

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30,000 households get solar heater systems under Energy Ministry project — Zawati – Jordan Times

By Sarah Abu Zaid – Jan 21,2021 AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is proceeding with plans to increase the usage of solar heater systems for water heating across the Kingdom as only 14 per cent of Jordan’s households use these systems, the government said. Under an initiative implemented by the Jordan […]

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Environment Ministry, UNDP launch 7th phase of Small Grants Programme – Jordan Times

By JT – Jan 19,2021 UNDP and Environment Ministry on Tuesday launched the Seventh Operational Phase of the Small Grants Programme, funded by the Global Environment Fund and a new grant for CBOs in Jordan (Photo courtesy of UNDP) AMMAN — Under the patronage of Minister of Environment Nabil Masarweh, the United Nations Development Programme […]

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Omanis Revive Memory of Village Swallowed by Desert – Naharnet

Encroaching sands have left little evidence that the Omani village of Wadi al-Murr ever existed, but former inhabitants and curious visitors are coming to rediscover the hamlet engulfed by the desert. Salem al-Arimi, originally from the area, looked out nostalgically over the expanse. According to local elders, “all the houses in the village were invaded […]

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Israeli Firm in Gaza Extracts Drinking Water from Air – Naharnet / YNET

The densely populated Gaza Strip has long lacked sufficient drinking water, but a new project helps ease the shortage with a solar-powered process to extract potable water straight from the air. Unusually, the project operating in the Islamist-run Palestinian enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007, is the brainchild of a Russian-Israeli billionaire, […]

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Two Years After Approval, Israel’s Climate Change Program Still Lacks Budget – Haaretz

Environment and Health Fund and the Health Ministry say delay caused by political crisis and ongoing parliamentary paralysis Zafrir Rinat Published on 04.01.2021 The government has not budgeted or set goals for its climate crisis preparation program, says a report published Monday by the Health Ministry and the Environment and Health Fund. The report warns […]

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Warming Driving Eastern Mediterranean Species Collapse – Naharnet / YNET

Populations of marine molluscs have collapsed in recent decades in parts of the eastern Mediterranean as warming waters have made conditions unsuitable for native species, new research showed Wednesday. The waters off the coast of Israel — among the hottest in the Mediterranean — have already warmed three degrees Celsius within four decades, with water […]

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The green way to recover from COVID-19 – Jerusalem Post

Experts in economics, policy and environmental fields have presented a detailed plan designed to rescue the Israeli economy from the hardships brought on by coronavirus. By RACHEL VOX / ZAVIT – SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY   JANUARY 2, 2021 21:01 A wave of optimism has emerged in Israel with the arrival of the vaccine and […]

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Towards Climate and Environmental Literacy in Arab Countries – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 4/1/2021 Literacy is a term that refers to the indoctrination of the basic principles of reading and writing, which is essential to secure proper communication among humans. However, climate and environmental literacy is a new concept, based in essence on stimulating good communication between humans and nature, as we cannot treat with love […]

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‘Necessary Evil’: Controversial Jerusalem Construction Plan Approved, Despite Ecological Concerns – Haaretz

National planning appeals committee approves Lavan Ridge plan for 5,250 housing units despite devastating environmental impact ■ Thousands of objections rejected Nir Hasson The Reches Lavan, or White Ridge area, west of Jerusalem, June 2020.Credit: Ohad ZwigenbergNir Hasson Published at 09:59 The appeals committee of the National Planning and Building Council approved a large-scale building […]

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Israeli researchers working to produce affordable cow’s milk from yeast – Jerusalem Post

The challenge is not only creating a completely new (and satisfying) product but also making it accessible to the general public. By TOBIAS SIEGAL   JANUARY 3, 2021 16:42 Can milk produced from yeast truly look and taste like cow’s milk? According to researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) looking to revolutionize the dairy industry […]

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Caribbean environmental disaster meets Israeli innovation – Jerusalem Post

A type of algae, Sargassum leads to heartbreak for the many tourists who expect to enjoy white beaches and a clear ocean but instead endure the reek and filth of the decomposing seaweed. By HAGAY HACOHEN   JANUARY 3, 2021 12:15 The famous beaches of the Caribbean nations, badly struck in recent years due to […]

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Israel develops drip irrigation to solve rice paddy problem – YNET

Netafim, a company that pioneered drip irrigation in Israel decades ago, has just finished a pilot scheme using its environmentally friendly tech on 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) of rice fields in locations from Europe to southern Asia Reuters | Published: 12.15.20 , 10:52 An Israeli company has developed a drip irrigation system for growing rice […]

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Waste Shipments from Italy Kick Up a Stink in Tunisia – Naharnet

Hundreds of containers of household waste shipped from Italy to Tunisia have raised suspicions of dirty dealings in the North African country that already struggles to manage its own garbage disposal. The scandal, which saw the Tunisian environment minister sacked at the weekend, started in the summer when customs officials seized 282 containers in the […]

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