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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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Arava region of Israel about to be 100% solar powered – Jerusalem Post

By YOSEF ISRAEL ABRAMOWITZ FEBRUARY 5, 2020 Here’s some great climate crisis news just in time for Tu Bishvat, the Jewish people’s environmental holiday: The Arava region – from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea – is about to be powered 100% during the day by the sun. Yes, that includes Eilat, all the […]

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Is Leviathan’s impact a risk worth taking? – YNET

Israel’s newly opened rig is being praised by energy executives and government officials as the path to energy independence; but will the natural gas exploitation lead to catastrophic consequences, as it often has in the past? Max Kaplan-Zantopp, ZAVIT – Science and Environment News Agency Published: 02.07.20 It is now 2020, and with that comes […]

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First Gas Exploration Vessel Docks at Beirut Port – Naharnet

A supply vessel, Lundstrom Tide, arrived at Beirut Port in preparation for offshore drilling and exploration works, LBCI reported on Wednesday. Rented by Total, the vessel prepares to start exploration in bloc 4. A drill vessel, Tungsten Explorer, is expected to arrive in Lebanon on February 15 to start the drilling Last year, Lebanon signed […]

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Sea urchins decimated by double whammy in East Mediterranean – Haaretz

Waters by Israel and Lebanon have warmed by over 3 degrees Celsius and the invading rabbitfish are eating all the algae: The urchin population has collapsed Ruth Schuster | Feb. 10, 2020 Purple sea urchins have effectively vanished from the waters of Lebanon and reports coming from Turkey indicate they are endangered there as well. […]

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