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Red Sea on the brink of environmental catastrophe – Jerusalem Post

Abandoned, rebel-held Yemeni tanker could spill four times as much oil as Exxon Valdez By MINA NADER / THE MEDIA LINE   APRIL 5, 2021 The Red Sea has been flirting with environmental disaster for six years, ever since Houthi rebels seized control of the FSO Safer, a floating storage and offloading vessel for petroleum […]

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The VC Fund That Said No to Exxon and Wants to End ‘Crony Capitalism’ – Haaretz

Ron Gonen was tapped to build the biggest recycling operation in the U.S. Now his Closed Loop Partners wants to invest in tech that recycles, reuses and refuses Amitai Ziv finalklApr. 2, 2021 Ron Gonen’s road in life seems to have directed him to what he’s doing today – an entrepreneur specializing in circular economics […]

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Pilot program to recycle pesticide containers launches – Jerusalem Post

“The Green station project will help reduce the amount of plastic waste and encourage recycling.” By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   APRIL 7, 2021 New recycling ‘Green Stations’ will be set up for pesticide containers in a pilot program that is a joint effort of the Adama company, Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Yoav […]

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Report: Lebanon Likely Has Gas Field in Block No. 9 – Naharnet

Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented economic crisis that need not delay resolving its conflict with Israel over their maritime border, and hence the resumption of UN-sponsored sea talks between the two, MTV reported on Monday. According to information, MTV said Lebanon has a potential gas field in Block No. 9 (marked in red in […]

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Egypt approves $200 million loan for air pollution project – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm April 7, 2021 The Egyptian House of Representatives’ Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday approved a US$200 million loan agreement signed between Egypt and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the Air Pollution and Climate Change Management Project in Greater Cairo. Comitee Chief Hossam Awadallah said that Egypt was the first […]

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Environment Ministry signs 6 agreements with building insulation companies – Jordan Times

Apr 01,2021   AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment on Thursday signed six agreements with building insulation companies, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.  With a grant valued at $247,000 offered by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s (UNIDO) Montreal Protocol, the agreements were signed by Environment Minister Nabil Masarweh and the companies’ executives.  The […]

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Editorial | Protect Israel’s Natural Spaces – Haaretz

Haaretz Editorial Mar. 29, 2021 11:57 PM Millions of Israelis are experiencing this Passover as a true holiday of liberation, with the lifting of restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 including bans on travel and family gatherings. Hundreds of thousands are enjoying the country’s national parks, nature reserves, beaches and open spaces in […]

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RSCN training programme on environmental, tourism laws concludes – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Apr 08,2021 Participants of the Training Instructors – Skills for the Implementation of Environmental Protection, Biodiversity and Ecotourism Laws programme pose for a group photo (Photo courtesy of the RSCN) AMMAN — The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) conducted a five-day-long training programme titled “Training Instructors – Skills […]

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Report: Maritime Border Controversy Rises between Lebanon and Syria – Naharnet

At a time when Lebanon is “fighting” to fully secure its southern maritime border rights through indirect negotiations with Israel, the confusion came from Syria which seems to be “infringing” on thousands of kilometers from Lebanon’s northern borders, al-Hadath television station reported on Friday. A few days ago, the Syrian government signed a four-year agreement […]

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Kingdom’s water loss stands at 48% – Jordan Times

Water loss in Amman reached 55 per cent, says ministry spokesperson By Maria Weldali – Mar 31,2021 Water loss in the Kingdom has reached 48 per cent, 60 per cent in a number of governorates and 38 per cent in Amman, according to Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar (JT file photo) AMMAN — […]

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Is the Sea of Galilee’s recent water level rise dangerous? – Jerusalem Post

While rising water levels is monumental, Israel turns to desalination as its source for drinking water, and the lake’s water quality has taken the forefront of environmental concerns. By HADASSAH BRENNER   MARCH 29, 2021 Lake Kinneret, Israel’s northernmost and only freshwater lake, has inspired much awe and curiosity throughout the country’s history, and its […]

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‘One of the Best Inventions Ever’: Israeli Startup Solves 170-year-old Problem – Haaretz

BeeWise has invented a new kind of beehive that can help prevent colony collapse – which is threatening pollination across the world Ruti Levy Mar. 16, 2021 11:56 AM Eliyah Radzyner, 36, has been fascinated by bees for a long time. He began raising them in his backyard while studying at the Hebrew University’s Agriculture […]

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Iran launches operation to fight swarms of desert locusts – Al Jazeera

Migratory locusts across several provinces threaten billions of dollars worth of food at a critical time for Iran. By Maziar Motamedi31 Mar 2021 Tehran, Iran – Iranian authorities are engaged in a large-scale operation across several provinces in southern Iran to battle swarms of migratory locusts that threaten billions of dollars worth of food in farmlands at […]

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DR Congo to host talks on controversial Ethiopia dam – Al Jazeera

Foreign ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet in Kinshasa from Saturday for 3-day talks on Grand Renaissance Dam. 1 Apr 2021 The foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet in Kinshasa from Saturday for talks on the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, Democratic Republic of the Congo […]

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When will Israel’s beaches recover from the tar spill? – Jerusalem Post

Not yet clear how much oil remains in water, sediment and seabed By HADASSAH BRENNER   APRIL 2, 2021 When Israel’s beaches turned black two months ago, the country faced a massive ecological disaster: the oil slick off Israel’s coast polluted the waters, and storm currents deposited 750 tons of tar along 160 km. of […]

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New Busway in Central Israel Endangers Diverse Ecosystem – Haaretz

The planned road will encroach on parts of the 50-acre swamp, whose seasonal pools draw a variety of water birds as well as mammals such as foxes and swamp cats Zafrir Rinat Mar. 22, 2021 The Transportation Ministry and Israel Railways are advancing a plan to build an expressway for public transportation near Netanya that […]

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Qatari emir, MBS discuss environmental challenges in phone call – Al Jazeera

Qatar’s emir and Saudi crown prince discuss clean energy and green initiatives for the region in a telephone conversation. 29 Mar 2021 Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have had a phone conversation in which they discussed environmental issues, including the development of clean energy. […]

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Russia will work on the Saudi Green Initiative, says sovereign wealth fund CEO – Al Arabiya

An aerial view of palm trees in the Ula desert near the northwestern Saudi town of al-Ula on February 11, 2019. (AFP) Russia will work on the Saudi Green Initiative, says sovereign wealth fund CEO Al Arabiya English Published: 31 March ,2021 Russia will work with Saudi Arabia to implement its Green Initiative that involves […]

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Opinion | Here’s How Israel, Egypt and Jordan Can Fight Global Warming Together – Haaretz

Uri MarinovMar. 23, 2021 Today more than ever it is clear to almost everyone that our planet is undergoing an accelerated process of global warming, which is causing serious damage to the environment, the economy and society, and is likely in the end to lead to the extinction of our civilization. One of the main […]

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Opinion | Israel’s Financial Vitality Can’t Protect It From Climate Shocks – Haaretz

The Decisive Decade for climate change is apace and Israel continues to pretend its business as usual despite our unique vulnerabilities to climate change Yosef Gotlieb Mar. 22, 2021 As Israel embarks on its fourth election within two years, absent from the political campaigns and public discourse generally is any mention of strategic concerns that […]

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