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Mammoth Housing Project North of Tel Aviv Sparks Fears for Rare Wildlife – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat Published on 26.01.2021 Mayors of nearby cities also oppose the plan to put up 36,000 apartments in space being vacated by Israeli Military Industries moving their plants to the south A joint commission for planning and construction in the Central and Tel Aviv Districts has approved a plan to build tens of thousands […]

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Built environment emissions – Jordan Times

Ayoub Abu Dayyeh Feb 01,2021 The four basic Green House Gases causing global warming are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and hydroflorocarbons (HFCs). According to World Bank statistics, HFCs emission in Jordan have increased from 110.3 Kt (thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalent) in 2008 to 193 Kt in 2010; a high percentage of 75 […]

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Israeli Energy Plan Slashes Space for Solar, Places Power Lines in Fragile Areas – Haaretz

Israel’s overall plan for the energy industry and infrastructure through 2050 should be approved soon, and then likely come under the wrath of some environmentalists Zafrir Rinat 29.01.2021 The newly approved master plan for energy in Israel will significantly cut back on the open spaces where it will be possible to build solar power plants […]

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For a greener future, Jordanians, expats put environmentalism at heart of their businesses – Jordan Times

Founders of green projects seek to raise awareness about environmental issues By Claudia Lacave – Jan 23,2021 Heeding the global calls for conserving the environment, a group of Jordanians and foreign residents in the Kingdom have joined the environmental protection bandwagon with their own individual initiatives and projects (JT file photo) AMMAN — Heeding the […]

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McDonald’s Brazil turns Israeli trash to food trays – YNET

Developed by Negev-based UBQ Materials, move by fast-food provider’s largest franchisee in the world looks to replace plastics in favor of more environmentally friendly substances TPS | Published: 01.26.21 Diners at McDonald’s restaurants in Brazil have begun to use innovative, environmentally friendly trays, manufactured by an Israeli startup with a unique technology that turns waste […]

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Abu Dhabi explores social innovation in waste management and environment protection – Environment and Development

1/2/2021 A reported 13 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year, with 9.8 million tonnes of solid waste found in Abu Dhabi.   A panel discussion organised by the Authority of Social Contribution, Ma’an, and Abu Dhabi’s environment sector regulator, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), explored the importance of protecting the environment. […]

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Next stages of waste segregation project to be implemented in first-half of 2021 — GAM – Jordan Times

By Raghad Zayed – Jan 24,2021 The second and third pilot stages of the ‘sorting waste at source’ project will be operationalised during the first half of 2021 in Rawaq and Jarn neighbourhoods, as well as in downtown, according to the Greater Amman Municipality (JT file photo) AMMAN — The second and third pilot stages […]

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Israeli firms are to compete in New York’s new clean energy competition – Jerusalem Post

“NYPA’s collaboration with Israeli technology companies will yield mutual benefit by introducing new solutions for commercial usage in large scale electric utilities.” By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JANUARY 22, 2021 10:02 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a new project called the New York Power Authority-Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million dollar competition […]

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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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