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Israel to stop granting licenses for exploration or extraction of oil shale – Haaretz

Energy, environment ministries say they won’t extend oil-shale extraction license in Negev’s Rotem industrial zone Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 19, 2020 The government will no longer grant licenses for exploration or extraction of oil shale, the energy and environmental protection ministries announced on Tuesday, and will not extend the license to extract oil shale in […]

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Cabinet approves draft law merging Water Authority, Ministry of Water – Jordan Times

By JT – Feb 16,2020 AMMAN — In its session on Sunday headed by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, the Cabinet approved a draft law amending the Law on Restructuring Governmental Institutions and Departments for the year 2020. The amendment aims to merge the Water Authority of Jordan and transfer its functions to the Ministry of […]

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Al Ain water to produce plant-based compostable bottle – Environment and Development

A local water company will start selling a bottle made from plant-based materials to reduce the amount of plastic it produces. Al Ain water launched its “plant bottle”, which will be available at food service providers by May, at Gulfood in Dubai on Monday. The new bottle, including the cap, is made from 100 per […]

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Gas sector expresses concerns over replacing steel cylinders with plastic ones – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Feb 19,2020 AMMAN — A controversial move to replace steel gas cylinders with plastic ones continues to garner scepticism from gas sector stakeholders over safety concerns, with the Gas Station Owners Association (GSOA) rejecting the new concept completely. While the GSOA endorses innovation in the sector, it “refuses any scheme” that […]

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UAE takes first steps to create world’s largest artificial reef – Environment and Development

The UAE is to create the world’s largest artificial reef off the east coast of Fujairah. Conservationists from the Florida Keys in the United States will join marine biologists in the Emirates to establish the 300,000 square metre project. Last week, two scientists from the Florida Keys National Sanctuary toured the Fujairah coastline, diving at […]

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Agriculture Ministry on high alert as swarms of desert locusts near Kingdom – Jordan Times

By JT – Feb 18,2020 AMMAN — The Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday said that the state of alert related to the control of locusts has been raised from medium to high. According to a ministry statement, cited by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Agriculture Minister Ibrahim Shahahdeh called for raising the state of alert […]

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Two of Kingdom’s nature reserves listed among best-managed global protected areas – Jordan Times

Ajloun Forest Reserve, Azraq Wetland Reserve included on list By Johanna Montanari AMMAN — Two Jordanian nature reserves are listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas as the best-managed protected areas in the world, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) noted […]

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RSCN launches ‘experiential tourism’ in Azraq Wetland Reserve – Jordan Times

By JT – Feb 19,2020 AMMAN — The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) recently launched a new concept in environmental tourism called “experiential tourism”, through which visitors can experience the customs and traditions of local communities and savour their cuisine. This type of tourism aims to extend visitors’ stays and familiarise them […]

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South Sinai Governor declares Sharm el-Sheikh a ‘green city’ – Egypt Independent

February 19, 2020 Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda said on Wednesday that the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh is now a “green city.” Fouda said that a factory will be established to manufacture environmentally-friendly paper bags, which will coincide with a ban on shipping plastic bags into the […]

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Guide aims to standardise marine fishing practices in Aqaba – Jordan Times

By Maram Kayed – Feb 16,2020 AMMAN — The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan has completed a draft guide for marine fishing in Aqaba as part of a project aimed at strengthening the legislative framework for Aqaba’s fishing sector. The project is being implemented with the support of the German Hanns Seidel Foundation, according […]

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Israel’s otters are doing ‘otterly’ bad – YNET

Nocturnal mammal may soon become a fond and furry memory as human presence continues to bite off large chunks of its natural habitats; animal’s slow puberty process makes every death impactful Ilan Curiel | Published: 02.11.20 The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has recently released an annual report on the country’s otter population, which revealed […]

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60 Arabian Oryx to be released in Jordan reserve – Environment and Development / Jordan Times

UAE to release 60 Arabian Oryx in Jordan wildlife reserve 14/2/2020 Arabian Oryx are to be released in Shumari Wildlife Reserve in Jordan, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced on Wednesday. The EAD and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) have signed an agreement to work together on the project. […]

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Firefly light dimmed globally by farmers, builders, and tourists, study reveals – Haaretz

Humans are at fault for the habitat loss, pesticide use and artificial light that threaten this popular insect population in Israel and around the world Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 12, 2020 The light of firefly beetles is in danger of dimming, according to an extensive new survey published in the journal Bioscience. These insects, known […]

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Antarctica warmer than Tel Aviv: The climate change stories on our radar – Haaretz

Here are the climate change stories our science editor didn’t report on this week – but thought you should be reading Ruth Schuster | Feb. 17, 2020 Antarctica warmer than Tel Aviv’s average on February 6 Temperature in the northern Antarctic peninsula hit an all-time high of 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit) on February […]

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The West Bank as Israel’s waste destination – Jerusalem Post

October 10, 2019, will be remembered as the date on which the Israeli government made a decision that threatens to turn the West Bank into “the garbage bin of Israel.” By CARMIT LUBANOV, MOSSI RAZ FEBRUARY 10, 2020 22:04 October 10, 2019, will be remembered as the date on which the Israeli government made a […]

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Wastewater tanker seized for dumping contents in Amman neighbourhood – Jordan Times

Feb 06,2020 AMMAN — Teams from the Royal Department for Environment Protection (Rangers) on Thursday seized a wastewater tanker that discharged its contents in an area of Marj Al Hamam in Amman, according to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation/Water Authority. The ministry added in a statement on Thursday that the tanker was driven by […]

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‘Myriads of barriers’ hamper recycling practices in Jordan – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Feb 06,2020 AMMAN — The 2019 Recycling in Jordan Country-Wide Research Report stated that Recycling and Solid Waste Management (SWM) on an individual level in the Kingdom is impeded by a lack of infrastructure and recycling facilities. Commissioned by OXFAM, a charitable organisation devoted to alleviating global poverty, the report noted […]

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Greening mission to see planting of 10 million trees in coming decade – Jordan Times

Ministries of environment, agriculture and partners join hands to increase Kingdom’s green cover By Maram Kayed – Feb 06,2020 AMMAN — Ten million forest trees are to be planted over the next 10 years all over the Kingdom as part of a national afforestation project implemented by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of […]

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Egypt’s Environment, Agriculture ministries sign afforestation protocol – Egypt Independent

February 3, 2020 Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Agriculture Mohamed al-Qusayr and Qaliubiya Governor Abdel Hamid al-Haggan signed a protocol of joint cooperation on Sunday for the afforestation of streets at the cities of Khanka and Abu Zaabal, and to supply trees to the Ministry of Environment’s department in […]

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Major meatless meet-up showcases Israeli foodtech – Jerusalem Post

Israel has secured its place as an early and leading player in the fields of plant-based culinary innovation and cultured meat, grown in the laboratory from extracted animal cells. By EYTAN HALON FEBRUARY 10, 2020 The wafting scent of scrumptious schnitzels, heavenly hamburgers and sizzling shwarma is not usually associated with plant-based diets. That is, […]

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