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Environment Ministry shutters Israeli asphalt factory over excessive emissions – Haaretz

Economic and transportation ministry ask to keep plant open as it is vital to all of Israel’s asphalt production, road development and maintenance Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 19, 2020 | 8:51 PM On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Ministry issued an injunction to the BAZAN Group and its directors ordering a halt to the activity of […]

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Environment activists protest construction plan at key coastal junction – Haaretz

Activists claim the master plan to build 10,000 homes at Pi Glilot will harm several species of unique plants Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 16, 2020 A state agency is trying to fast-track a major construction plan for the Pi Glilot Junction that environmental groups say will harm the environment. The Israel Lands Authority wants that […]

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Authorities remove 3 illegal installations from Disi pipeline – Jordan Times

January 16, 2020 AMMAN — Authorities on Thursday resolved three major violations on the strategic carrier of the Disi Water Conveyance Project in Karak Governorate, according to a government official. The violations were reported in Qatraneh, 100 kilometres south Amman, the official said, adding that technical teams from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and […]

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Environmental Authority: Israel’s decision on nature reserves is a cover for settlement activity – WAFA

Environmental Authority: Israel’s decision on nature reserves is a cover for settlement activity – WAFA RAMALLAH, Thursday, January 16, 2020 (WAFA) -The Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority today condemned the declaration by Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett regarding recognizing seven new sites in the occupied West Bank as nature reserves, and said this declaration is nothing […]

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Tarawneh condemns ‘heinous’ Israeli plans to create nature reserves in West Bank – Jordan Times

Jan 16,2020 AMMAN — Lower House Speaker and President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (APU) Atef Tarawneh on Thursday denounced Israel’s announcement of its plans to create new nature reserves and expand existing reserves in the occupied West Bank. In an APU statement, carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Tarawneh said that the announcement […]

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Settlers flood farmlands of Jenin-district village with wastewater – WAFA

JENIN, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today flooded farmlands of the village of Jalboun, located to the east of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, with wastewater. Mayor of Jalboun Nidal Abu al Rub told WAFA that settlers from neighboring illegal colonial settlements have been discharging their untreated sewage for several […]

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Contracts for world’s largest solar plant in Abu Dhabi to be signed within months / fast-track efforts to protect the planet – Environment and Development

The contract to build and run the largest solar energy plant in the world in Abu Dhabi is to be awarded within months, it has been confirmed. Bids are currently being scrutinised for the Al Dhafra facility, which will cover around 20 square kilometres, and it is hoped will be producing power by mid-2022. It […]

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UAE to double renewable energy portfolio in next ten years – Environment and Development

The United Arab Emirates grew its renewable energy portfolio by more than 400% in the last 10 years, and is on track to double that again in the coming decade, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. chief executive Sultan al-Jaber said on Monday. “We (ADNOC) will increase our carbon capture utilization and storage program by 500% […]

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UAE funds renewables schemes in developing countries – Environment and Development

Renewable energy projects in developing nations from Cuba to Nepal are set to go ahead thanks to hundreds of millions of dirhams in UAE funding. At the 10th annual assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, $105 million (Dh385m) in funding was announced for eight schemes in the developing world. Among the […]

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UAE firm ‘to grow a tonne of tomatoes a day’ in the desert – Environment and Development

UAE residents will soon be able to buy fresher produce after plans were unveiled to grow a tonne of tomatoes a day in the Abu Dhabi desert. Madar Farms in Dubai said it would open a high-tech indoor facility by the end of the year spanning 7,000 square metres. It is said to be the […]

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Sharqiya governorate removes 43,800 tons of waste – Egypt Independent

January 13, 2020 Sharqiya Governor Mamdouh Ghorab announced on Friday that 43,800 tons of waste have been removed from the city of Zagazig – specifically the areas of al-Ghar, al-Asalugy, Mubarak, and Farouq Street – and transferred to the Khattara landfill, as part of a plan to preserve the environment and protect the health of […]

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Israel’s recent storms cause billions in damage to property, infrastructure – YNET

Insurance data shows private damage claims worth over NIS 1.5 billion ($432 million) have been filed just days after heavy rains pounded central and northern Israel for several days; damage to public infrastructure is also estimated to be in millions Gad Lior, Odi Atzion | Published: 01.12.20 Two powerful storm systems that hit Israel last […]

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Ajloun pond restored through USAID project, conserving potable water – Jordan Times

Jan 16,2020 AMMAN — The US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced the completion of the restoration of the Queen Rania rainwater catchment pond in Ajloun. According to a USAID statement, this refurbishment project preserves drinking water by supplying an alternative source for non-potable water restricted to irrigation, firefighting, construction and livestock farming. “The […]

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Israeli CO2-eating bacteria could help save the planet – Israel21C

cientists’ new cultured bacteria may lead to net-zero fuels, alternative food production and other green technologies to conquer climate change. By Abigail Klein Leichman December 2, 2019 Israeli scientists have revealed a potential weapon in the battles against air pollution, deforestation and climate change: bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide (CO2) from the environment. Prof. […]

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A super-rare storm just smashed into Israel. Expect more – Haaretz

Global warming is exacerbating atmospheric chaos in unpredictable ways, science warns, and Tel Aviv just bore the brunt Ruth Schuster | Jan. 7, 2020 The 2020s is shaping up to be the decade of climate change impact, and Israel began it with a bang – of thunder. The nation was shocked when two adults drowned […]

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Conservation Saved Israel’s Ibex, but Created New Dangers – Haaretz

A newly published book describes the protection of the Nubian ibex, an endangered animal usually found at Ein Gedi nature reserve, as a great success story for preserving nature in Israel Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 20, 2019 | 6:11 AM Drivers on the road to Mitzpe Ramon can stop to view the Ramon crater from […]

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Egypt announces hotline ‘19808’ to report animal poaching – Egypt Independent

December 31, 2019 Egypt’s Environment Ministry on Monday announced that its “19808” hotline is available to report any attempts to illegally trade in, fish, and hunt endangered wildlife species. Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said that the ministry will hold a series of seminars and workshops across the various governorates to help raise awareness on endangered […]

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What’s bringing a sharp rise in sea turtles to the rescue center? – Haaretz

45 sea turtles were treated at the National Sea Turtle Rescue Center for plastic-related injuries this year, as opposed to single-digit numbers just a few years ago Zafrir Rinat | Dec. 24, 2019 The National Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Mikhmoret has seen a sharp increase in the number of animals being brought in for […]

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Public transport: A nation’s lifeline (editorial) – Jordan Times

Dec 29,2019 At the recent launch of the fourth executive package to improve the national economy, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz revealed the government’s plans to improve the public transport sector with the ultimate goal of encouraging all segments of society, “not only those without cars”, to use the system. It is about time for Jordan […]

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King Ghazi Street turns pedestrian-friendly after GAM renovation – Jordan Times

Transformation aims to stimulate trade and tourism activity By Maram Kayed – Nov 24,2019 Tourists and locals stroll along King Ghazi Street, which used to accommodate around 220 shared taxis, but is now pedestrian-only following renovation work by the Greater Amman Municipality (Al Rai photo) AMMAN — King Ghazi Street, in the centre of downtown […]

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