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Unlocking the Potential of Green Hydrogen: A Global and Regional Overview – Middle East Solar Industry Association

Unlocking the Potential of Green Hydrogen: A Global and Regional Overview Join us in our coming webinar titled “Unlocking the Potential of Green Hydrogen: A Global and Regional Overview.” This webinar will explore the transformative impact of green hydrogen on the global energy landscape. Gain valuable insights as we delve into the following topics: Topics: […]

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UAE announces new long-term ‘Blue Residency’ visa – Environment and Development (AL ARABIYA news)

Abeer Khan. 16 May ,2024 UAE announced Wednesday a new long-term visa for professionals working in fields of sustainability and environment action, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported. The newly introduced visa category will cater to “individuals with exceptional contributions and efforts in the field of environment action and sustainability both inside and outside the United Arab Emirates.” […]

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October 7 led to severe loss of agricultural output and growing number of food-insecure Israelis – Jerusalem Post

The outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war has led to an existential crisis for Israeli farmers, as well as for customers and evacuees trying to make ends meet in time for the holiday.  By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH. APRIL 15, 2024 As a result of the war and the current uncertainty, the families of military reserves and evacuated families, […]

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 Kingdom emerges as regional leader in electric vehicle adoption, infrastructure growth – Jordan Times

By Sara J. Faqir – May 16, 2024  Jordan stands as a true pioneer in electric mobility within the region (Photo courtesy of unsplash.com) AMMAN — The automotive landscape is undergoing a transformative shift as electric vehicles (EVs) surge to the forefront of the industry. With the concerns about climate change and the growing demand for sustainable […]

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Jordan, Saudi Arabia complete electrical interconnection project feasibility studies – Jordan Times

By JT – May 17,2024  AMMAN — Director General of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) Amjad Rawashdeh said that Jordan and Saudi Arabia have completed economic and technical feasibility studies for an electrical interconnection project between the two nations. Rawashdeh also noted that draft agreements for the project are “almost done”, according to the Jordan News […]

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KKL-JNF unveils new program to protect migratory birds – Jerusalem Post

n the last 30 years the the migratory bird population in Israel has dropped by more than 10%, according to KKL-JNF, due in part to climate change and the bird flu epidemic.  By JERUSALEM POST STAFF. MAY 26, 2024  The Jewish National Fund unveiled last week a new program titled the National Program for the Protection […]

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The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi Starts the First Reintroduction Phase of Dama Gazelles in Chad – Environment and Development

17/5/2024 As part of one of the largest large mammal reintroduction programmes in the world, the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) released for the first time six Dama Gazelles into the Ouadi Rimé – Ouadi Achim Wildlife Reserve (OROAWF) in Chad. One of the three most endangered gazelle species, this latest release is part of an […]

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Embracing AI: Transforming sustainable mining and mineral exploration in Saudi Arabia – Al Arabiya

As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to explore the integration of AI in mineral exploration, it opens a promising new chapter not only for economic prosperity but also for upholding its commitment to environmental sustainability. Majid Alghaslan. 17 May ,2024 Saudi Arabia is at a critical juncture, poised to diversify its economy by capitalizing […]

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Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development to ban single-use Styrofoam products from 1 June – Environment and Development

22/5/2024 As part of Environment Agency –Abu Dhabi’s (EAD) Single-Use Plastic Policy which was launched in 2020, a ban on a series of Styrofoam products in the emirate will become effective from 1 June 2024. Styrofoam is a type of plastic called expanded polystyrene and it has a range of uses. As part of the […]

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Algeria to produce 3.7 million cubic meters of desalinated water per day by end of 2024 – Environment and Development (Reuters)

(Reuters) – Algeria will produce 3.7 million cubic meters per day of desalinated water by the end of 2024, which will cover 42% of the needs of the population estimated at 47 million, the CEO of Algerian Energy Company (AEC) Mohamed Boutabba told Reuters. Algeria aims to reach 5.6 million cubic meters per day of desalinated […]

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After ‘Arab Spring Floods’: Do Not Use Climate Change as Excuse – Environment and Development

Najib Saab. 16/5/2024 The original copy of this commentary is published today, 16 May, as opinion in An-Nahar newspaper. (www.annahar.com)  Will the spring floods that hit some Arab countries serve as a reminder of the power of nature and the inevitability of respecting its rules? This question became obvious after the rainstorms that recently struck […]

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Islamic thought can help the region attain a green future – Arab News

RODRIGO TAVARES. April 26, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/w6aqy US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s recent visit to China underscored the urgency of addressing climate change. While she expressed concerns about the adequacy of China’s efforts in combating this existential threat, Chinese officials asserted their commitment to their own vision of sustainability encapsulated in the concept of […]

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Restoring AlUla’s natural balance, advancing sustainable desert tourism – Arab News

STEPHEN BROWNE. May 03, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/2dfp9 AlUla, the ancient oasis in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, is currently undergoing a comprehensive regeneration aimed at rejuvenating its native flora and fauna. This is crucial for reinstating the ecological equilibrium and embracing international conservation standards while fostering sustainable tourism practices. The Royal Commission for AlUla […]

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Biodiversity should be represented in conservation planning – Arab News

HANY TATWANY. May 17, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/yh4js Saudi Arabia covers an area of more than 2 million square kilometers, ranking it 13th in the world in terms of land size, and the second-largest Arab country after Algeria. The Kingdom occupies four-fifths of the total area of the Arabian Peninsula, and is considered the largest […]

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Green business and communities must partner to save the environment – Arab News

RAED ALBASSEET. May 11, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/wvewn Experts and advanced technologies can only do so much to protect the environment. Effective stewardship of a natural habitat hinges on the involvement of the people who live and work there. Communities understand local environmental issues from firsthand experience. They are personally affected. They are the ones […]

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The Arab Energy Fund and Dussur sign $200m MoU to boost greenfield energy projects – Arab News

May 19, 2024 Short Url https://arab.news/7jyey RIYADH: Greenfield energy projects are set to receive a boost, as The Arab Energy Fund has signed a $200 million funding agreement with the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Co.  A memorandum of understanding was executed between the energy-focused financial institution TAEF and the Saudi-based industrial investment and development company, […]

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Dubai diverts 20 tonnes of Hatta trash from landfills daily – Gulf News

Dubai Municipality launches Hatta waste management project Published:  May 15, 2024 Dubai: Up to 20 tonnes of municipal waste is diverted from landfills daily, thanks to a strategic sustainable waste management project launched by the Dubai Municipality in the Hatta region in collaboration with Imdaad. Part of the “Zero Waste in Hatta” campaign, the project includes […]

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Israel issues only temporary extension to water deal with Jordan – YNET

Agreement providing kingdom with 50 million cubic meters of water annually is part of 1994 peace deal; Israeli decision comes despite Jordanian request for 5-year renewal and amid growing tensions between nations over war   Itamar Eichner|. 05.16.24 Israel renewed its water supply deal with Jordan for half a year on Thursday, despite the Jordanians’ request […]

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Updates – Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

May 7 Two encouraging pieces of news. Five of the seven Watergen systems that we deployed in Gaza have survived the war according to our partners at Damour. As you’ll recall, these systems generate clean drinking water and prior to the war they provided 10 million liters of water. We have also been nominated for […]

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Arava Institute students reflect on their experiences living at the Institute after October 7 – Arava Institute

We lived together, people from all around the world, Israeli and Palestinian, while a horrible war was happening, and we succeeded to be a light for each other, to support each other’s pain and loss and to believe that there should, and there is, another way. Inbar, Jewish Israeli student, Fall 2023 One evening as […]

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