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New road pits wildlife against settlement security – YNET

Nature conservationists say existing route connecting Modi’in Illit to Jerusalem highway can address transportation needs until 2040, but settlers insist they have IDF, police backing to build the road, vow to meet Environmental Protection Ministry regulations Noa Fisher | Published: 02.13.21 A planned new road to connect the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement Modi’in Illit to […]

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Abu Dhabi rolls out green public transport fleet of buses – Environment and Development

17/2/2021 In alignment with the UAE leadership’s vision of 2030 for Sustainable Economic Development, Emirates Global Motor Electric, Al Fahim Group and Yinlong Energy, have announced the launch of environment-friendly Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) Electric buses in the Middle East region. LTO electric buses can be charged in under 20 minutes as compared to a […]

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Israeli researchers create smart agritech solution to detect crop stress – Jerusalem Post

Crop stress is a major concern in the field of agriculture, as it can mean the difference between a plant’s growth and lifespan. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   FEBRUARY 7, 2021 16:02 Researchers from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have created a new innovative technology to monitor forms of stress in different agricultural products. Crop stress […]

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Will 200 Rich Arab Men Save the World From the Climate Crisis? Haaretz

Poised on the cusp between economic and climate disaster, and an amazing commercial opportunity, Gulf-based petroleum giants realize today that the golden age of oil is about to end, Dan Rabinowitz Lee Yaron Feb. 11, 2021 Dan Rabinowitz did not set out to write an optimistic book. One of Israel’s leading researchers of the environment, […]

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How the new global politics of climate change will affect the Middle East – AlArabiya

Sultan Althari 29 October ,2020: 09:44 AM GST The global shift toward clean energy will come with a new set of foreign policy risks, power shifts, and economic relationships. For the countries of the Arabian Gulf, home to 31 percent of the world’s oil, the shift presents both challenges and opportunities. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, […]

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US, UAE climate envoys to advance collaboration on technology, investment – AlArabiya

Emily Judd, Al Arabiya English 01 February ,2021: 02:16 PM GST Envoys of the United States and United Arab Emirates discussed new opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the fight against climate change on Sunday, agreeing to set up bilateral groups to accelerate progress toward global climate goals. US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry […]

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Hundreds of children to plant saplings to help protect Abu Dhabi’s coastline – Environment and Development

8/2/2021 Children in Abu Dhabi will be taught the importance of mangrove forests in a new course.   The ‘Mighty Mangroves’ initiative, organised by an offshoot of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, will educate hundreds of children between Year 8 and Year 12.   They will learn how the coastal trees promote biodiversity and […]

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Gush Adumim garbage incinerator is pure negligence, dangerous for health – Jerusalem Post

The plan to build this incinerator is dangerous – pure negligence by our leadership, and needs to be stopped immediately. By ALIZA PILICHOWSKI   FEBRUARY 11, 2021 My husband and I like playing an “ethical dilemma” game with our children. We will often present cases that touch upon issues, such as copying homework, tasting foods […]

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EBRD’s first green financing facility to be launched in Jordan – Jordan Times

Feb 10,2021 (Photo courtesy EBRD) AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) in Jordan are promoting green investments in the private sector by introducing the first internationally supported comprehensive green economy programme in the country. The programme will support Jordan’s transition to a green economy as the […]

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SSIF opens second solar energy station – Jordan Times

Feb 09,2021 AMMAN — Social Security Investment Fund (SSIF) CEO Kholoud Saqqaf on Monday inaugurated the second solar energy station as part of a sustainable energy project to cover the electricity needs of the buildings of the Social Security Corporation, the SSIF and the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Amman. Saqqaf said that inaugurating the station […]

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Special taxes on oil derivates channelled JD1b to Treasury — Zawati – Jordan Times

Feb 09,2021   AMMAN — The special taxes imposed on various oil derivatives annually provide the Treasury with some JD1 billion, Energy Minister Hala Zawati said on Tuesday. During a meeting of the Lower House Energy Committee, head of the panel MP Zeid Otoum said that Zawati, during the meeting, noted that the high prices […]

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Test runs begin on electric train line between Ashkelon and Ashdod – Jerusalem Post

The line is expected to open in the third quarter of 2021. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   FEBRUARY 10, 2021 A new electric train line between Ashkelon and Ashdod has reached a new milestone, with test runs of the line beginning this past week, according to the Transportation Ministry.” This is a significant milestone towards […]

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Clean Solar Panels From Polluting Coal Plants – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 1/2/2021 Listening to the statements at the annual assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), held in Abu Dhabi last week, one would think, at first glance, that the world has fully entered the era of clean energy and that the problem of carbon emissions has become a concern of the past. […]

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Strategic Collaboration between Capital Nature and Vault in the UAE and the Persian Gulf – Eilot-Eilot Renewable Energy

The Objective of the Collaboration is to expose and provide access to Israeli technologies in areas of clean energy and climate tech in the UAE and in related markets According to Sultan Al Rashid : I’m thrilled to have met Capital Nature’s team and its portfolio companies who bring true innovative technologies for  sustainability related […]

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Major gas pipeline launched to feed JPMC complex – Jordan Times

Jan 31,2021 AMMAN — Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) on Sunday launched in Aqaba a major gas pipeline to feed the company’s industrial complex. The launch of the pipeline came as part of an agreement signed by the company with the Jordanian Egyptian FAJR for Natural Gas Transmission and Supply Company and Egypt Natural Gas […]

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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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Aqaba’s mosques to be provided with solar energy systems – Jordan Times

Feb 02,2021 AMMAN — Energy Minister Hala Zawati and Awqaf Minister Mohammad Khalaileh on Monday inaugurated a project to provide Aqaba’s 35 mosques with solar cell systems. The project is implemented by Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) in cooperation with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) with a subsidy of 50 […]

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Editorial |The House Is Burning, and That’s Not a Metaphor – Haaretz

17.01.2021 NASA scientists and the European research organization Copernicus summed up the data last week. As expected, 2020, like all the years before it, ranked as one of the hottest years since such measurements began. It actually shares the title “hottest year ever” with the year 2016. Heat wave, drought, floods and storms were the […]

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Two thirds of people in Arab bloc say climate change is an emergency – Environment and Development

29/1/2021 A UN survey on attitudes about whether climate change is fact or fiction found 64 per cent of people in Arab countries say it is an emergency.   The UN Development Programme and the University of Oxford found people in Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia broadly accept what scientists say […]

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How Do You Say ‘Urban Renewal’ in Arabic? In Israel, You Don’t – Haaretz

A collapsing infrastructure is a starting point in most Arab cities, and the government is not managing to find the means or cultural sensitivity to address it, new study finds Gili Melnitcki 19.01.2021 How do you say urban renewal in Arabic? You don’t. That’s the glum main conclusion of a study by Sikkuy, The Association […]

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