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UAE-Israel oil deal freeze is first real test for Abraham Accords – Jerusalem Post

Decision to delay controversial pipeline project over environmental concerns unlikely to lead to major crisis, however. By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE   JULY 27, 2021  Israel’s decision to freeze a proposed oil pipeline deal with the United Arab Emirates marks the first real test of the Abraham Accords that normalized Israel-UAE relations but is unlikely […]

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Lebanon Water Supply Could Collapse in a Month – Naharnet

The shortages and currency crunch in Lebanon could lead to a collapse of the mains water supply in Lebanon within a month, the U.N.’s Children Fund warned Friday. “More than four million people, including one million refugees, are at immediate risk of losing access to safe water in Lebanon,” UNICEF said. The U.N. agency said […]

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Iran’s water shortage protests might pose future trouble – analysis – Jerusalem Post

The uprising throughout the country is an indication of a deeper trouble brewing under the surface, which may yet pose a danger to the regime. By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE   JULY 27, 2021 Protests are raging on the streets of Khuzestan, an Iranian province in the country’s southwest, which is home to most of […]

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Climate Change: Israel – Haaretz

Editorial | Israel Seems to Insist on Waiting for a Climate Catastrophe Haaretz Editorial Jul. 22, 2021 The pictures from North America and Western Europe in recent weeks are a reminder that the climate crisis is not just a problem beleaguering undeveloped countries such as Bangladesh or people living on Pacific Ocean islands. The rich […]

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Global Organization to Compensate Israel for Its Worst Oil Disaster – Haaretz

February’s massive influx of tar polluted beaches across Israel, killing hundreds of animals, including many sea turtles Zafrir Rinat Jul. 22, 2021 The executive committee of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds voted unanimously Thursday to compensate Israel for the damage caused by the worst oil spill in the country’s history in mid-February. It will […]

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Editorial | Israel Should Use Disposable Plastic Tax Revenues Ecologically – Haaretz

Haaretz Editorial Jul. 22, 2021 Over the past week, the media have reported plans to raise taxes on consumer products from two sectors that seem different at first glance but are similar in essence. The first is sweetened soft drinks. According to a draft of the Economic Arrangements Bill that accompanies the annual budget, a […]

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Endangered wildlife in northern Israel killed in suspected poisoning – Jerusalem Post / Times of Israel

Since the 1950s, the extinction of several species in the region, particularly birds of prey, has been directly linked to the use of poisonous pesticides. By SHIRA SILKOFF   JULY 27, 2021 An estimated 20 carcasses of wild animals have been found in the Upper Galilee since Sunday, leading the Nature and Parks Authority to […]

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With coral research delayed by crash, scientist not waiting to dive back in – Times of Israel

Maoz Fine says the ship carrying him and other scientists is still stranded on a reef, with possible extensive damage to equipment, but he’s already making plans to dive off Sudan By Sue Surkes https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-coral-research-delayed-by-crash-scientist-not-waiting-to-dive-back-in/

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Jordan University, JEPCO start operating solar energy systems on campus – Jordan Times

By JT – Jul 25,2021 AMMAN — The University of Jordan and the Jordan Electric Power Company (JEPCO) on Sunday signed an agreement to start operating the solar energy systems in the university. The project, the largest solar panel installation on rooftops in the Kingdom, will generate some 16 megawatts a year, which would cover […]

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Who Owns the Beach? Battle for Israeli Paradise Heats Up – Haaretz

Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael was supposed to build proper public access to the beach within its territory, but 12 years have passed and it hasn’t happened. Environmental groups and activists are already making waves Moshe Gilad Jul. 25, 2021 Uri Schor, a resident of Zichron Yaakov, is a family man, software developer, surfer and mountain biker. […]

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How to Save the World’s Coral Reefs? Scientists Look to the Red Sea for Answers – Haaretz

At the ‘last coral refuge in the world,’ an European-Arab-Israeli research team aims to discover why Gulf of Eilat reefs have survived rising temperatures better than others Lee Yaron Jul. 18, 2021 A research expedition of European, Arab and Israeli scientists will sail from Eilat on Tuesday to study the characteristics of the local coral […]

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Israeli Restrictions Are Preventing Gaza’s Water System From Being Repaired – Haaretz

The war in May damaged a third of the pipes. Sewage collects in puddles near residential areas and penetrates the groundwater, and some flows into the sea Amira Hass Jul. 14, 2021 Due to the ban imposed about two months ago by Defense Minister Benny Gantz against bringing raw materials, construction materials and “non-humanitarian” items […]

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Palestine runs dry: ‘Our water they steal and sell to us’ – Al Jazeera

Israeli authorities refuse to grant licenses to Palestinian water authorities to operate freely in areas under complete Israeli security control. By Mohammed Najib 15 Jul 2021 Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – As Palestinians suffer through severe water shortages in the searing summer, illegal Israeli settlers nearby enjoy unlimited quantities not only for drinking but to fill […]

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Two killed in Iran’s Khuzestan water crisis protests – Al Jazeera

Officials blame rioters for the deaths that occurred in the Khuzestan province town of Shadegan. 17 Jul 2021 Two young men were shot and killed during a second night of protests over water shortages in southwest Iran. Iran is facing its worst drought in 50 years, with protests breaking out in several cities and towns […]

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Ethiopia says second filling of Renaissance Dam complete – Al Jazeera

Latest phase a milestone in controversial Blue Nile hydropower project long opposed by downriver countries Egypt and Sudan. 19 Jul 2021| Ethiopia has completed the filling of a massive, controversial dam on the Blue Nile river for a second year, state media has said, a move that is likely to anger Egypt and Sudan who […]

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Second stage of water management innovation project launched in Mafraq – Jordan Times

By JT – Jul 13,2021 AMMAN — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) have  launched the second phase of a project that aims to scale up innovation in water management for climate security in Mafraq.  The first stage of the project was launched in Jerash in June. […]

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Israeli Green Groups: New Government Promoting Environmentally Destructive Projects – Haaretz

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked aims to extend the life of a committee that approves construction in open areas, but is opposed by environmental protection chief Tamar Zandberg Zafrir Rinat Jul. 15, 2021 The new cabinet is promoting plans destructive to the environment that were set in motion by previous governments, a coalition of Israel’s major […]

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French Firm to Turn Grain from Beirut Port Blast into Compost – Naharnet

13 July 2021, A French firm aims to turn tons of rotting grain at Beirut’s devastated port into compost, the company said Tuesday, nearly a year after Lebanon’s worst peacetime disaster ravaged its silos. The detonation of a huge stockpile of fertilizer at the port last August 4 killed more than 200 people and wrecked […]

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Beachside Gaza Cafe Serves Up Lessons in Recycling Alongside Drinks – Haaretz

At the ‘Sea is Ours’ cafe, locals can pay for their food and drinks by donating goods to be recycled Reuters Jul. 13, 2021 As a model of creative recycling in one of the most densely populated places on earth, a Gaza Strip cafe is serving up a healthy dose of environmentalism alongside its signature […]

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Israel plans to tax disposable plastic in bid to reduce use – YNET

Finance and Environmental Protection Ministries say tax hike projected to cut consumption by 40%; ‘we must all see its problematic influence on the cleanliness of the Earth and the quality of our lives,’ says minister Associated Press | Published: 07.19.21 The government Monday put forward a plan to double taxes on single-use plastics in a […]

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