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  • Eight percent of Israel’s coastal groundwater unfit for consumption – Haaretz
    The largest pollution site is in the northern Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon, where Israel Military Industries has been the major source of groundwater pollution Zafrir Rinat | Oct. 12, 2018 | 1:44 PM About 8 percent of the water in Israel’s coastal aquifer, which supplies drinking water for...

  • Incendiary devices burned half of forests near Gaza, data shows – Jerusalem Post
    Despite a late-summer lull in the number of incendiary devices launched, the amount sent into Israeli territory has steadily increased again in October. By Avraham Gold, Tovah Lazaroff October 17, 2018 03:05 Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman pushed for a military solution to the Gaza conflict on Tuesday, as a study...

  • Thousands of young people participate to clean Egypt’s streets – Egypt Independent
    October 14, 2018 Thousands of young people participated on Saturday in the “Share and Clean” initiative, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, to help clean up Egypt’s streets and take care of the environment. The initiative comes as part of government plans to motivate young people to participate...

  • OPEC Secretary-General questions ‘misguided’ renewables debate after climate report – Environment and Development
    12/10/2018 OPEC’s Secretary-General on Thursday criticized a report calling for radical action to fight climate change, saying the idea that renewable energy was the world’s only future was misguided and that a “bombardment” of green advocacy could be harmful. A U.N. panel this week called for unprecedented changes in how...

  • Qabalan Says ‘Ruling Class’ Fighting over Oil ‘Spoils’ – Naharnet
    Grand Jaafarite Shiite Mufti Sheikh Ahmed Qabalan urged the “ruling class” in Lebanon to end wrangling over the country’s oil and gas wealth, asking them to focus instead on the people’s concerns and livelihood matters. “It is painful to see the people in power trying to secretly put their hand...

  • Abi Khalil, Siemens Representative Agree to Cooperate on Electricity Sector – Naharnet
    08 October 2018 Caretaker Energy and Water Resources Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced on Monday that an agreement has been reached with representative of Siemens company to coordinate efforts in a bid to find a solution for the electricity crisis in Lebanon. “An agreement on bilateral cooperation between the Ministry...

  • Abu Dhabi explores possibilities to convert waste into jet fuel – Environment and Development
    17/10/2018 An estimated 700,000 tonnes per annum of municipal waste in Abu Dhabi, could potentially be converted into jet fuel or other energy sources, Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi announced on Tuesday. Etihad Airways and Tadweer are set to collaborate on a landmark research project to...

  • AI to help Abu Dhabi residents reduce water, power waste – Environment and Development
    15/10/2018 Abu Dhabi residents will soon be able to tell where exactly water and electricity are wasted in their house, which will prompt them to minimise resource consumption and save money, a senior official said. “If you know who in which room consumes more electricity, who is wasting water and...

  • S. Arabia Backs Down from Blocking UN Climate Report – Naharnet
    Oil giant Saudi Arabia backed down at the last minute Saturday from obstructing the adoption of a major report by the UN’s climate science panel, sources told AFP. With the threat removed, the meeting of the 195-nation panel in Incheon, South Korea — deep into overtime — swiftly approved the...

  • Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter October 2018
    EcoPeace at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum An EcoPeace delegation comprising; Dalit Wolf Golan, Mahmoud Driaat and Baker Barakat participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, MN, hosted by Augsburg University. The representatives from our three offices presented a panel on Water Diplomacy in the Middle East, moderated...

  • incendiary balloon fires – YNET / MAAN
    Suspected incendiary balloon causes large fire in Ein HaBesor YNET 10.06.18 Residents report seeing balloons coming out of Gaza minutes before massive fire breaks out in moshav in the Eshkol Regional Council; firefighters, security personnel and farmers work to keep flames away from greenhouses. Matan Tzuri One of the largest...

  • Israeli settlers flood Khan al-Ahmar with wastewater – Maan
    Oct. 2, 2018 ERUSALEM (Ma’an) — As Israel threatened to raid and demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar at any moment since the evacuation period ended, Israeli settlers stormed the village and flooded the area with wastewater, on Tuesday afternoon. Locals said that Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal...

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