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Environment and Climate in the Middle East
  • ‘The sea will get as hot as a Jacuzzi’: What life in Israel will be like in 2100 – Haaretz
    Winter will get much shorter and even nighttime won’t offer respite from the heat. Israel is warming up, and by the end of the century we simply won’t be able to exist without air conditioning Oded Carmeli | Aug. 15, 2019 “I’m happy I won’t be alive,” says Baruch Rinkevich...

  • Climate change is a Jewish issue – Jerusalem Post
    Over the past two decades, the American Jewish establishment has devoted substantial resources to try to address the challenges facing the future of the Jewish community. By ROBERT HORENSTEIN August 3, 2019 20:57 Over the past two decades, the American Jewish establishment has devoted substantial resources to try to address...

  • Saving Dead Sea a global responsibility (editorial) – Jordan Times
    August 15,2019 Experts are sounding the alarm yet again about the fate of the Dead Sea, and warn that at the current rate of its water depletion and receding shorelines, the Dead Sea will become dead for all intents and purposes in three to four decades. Despite the repeated warnings...

  • Israeli court rules to place limit on amount of water pumped from Dead Sea – Haaretz
    Environmental group files petition against Dead Sea Works requesting the company obtain licences to promote more efficient and economical pumping technologies Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 12, 2019 The Haifa District Court ruled on Monday, in response to a petition from environmental group Adam Teva V’Din, that the Dead Sea Works...

  • Regional experts meet to promote green technology development – Jordan Times
    By Johanna Montanari – Jul 31,2019 AMMAN — Regional experts have recently gathered in Amman to promote cooperation in the deployment of green technologies, according to a UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) statement. The meeting, titled “Green Technology Transfer, Adaptation and Investment Required for Implementing SDG...

  • As fracking poisons the air, Israeli scientists propose to engineer cows – Haaretz
    Tackling methane emissions is the ‘low-hanging fruit to slow global warming,’ says scientist behind Cornell fracking study Ruth Schuster | Aug. 14, 2019 | 4:01 PM | 3 Methane levels in the atmosphere have spiked in the last decade, as have the concentrations of carbon dioxide, particle pollution and microplastics....

  • US water strategy aims to aid Jordan in stopping desertification – Jordan Times
    Global water strategy forecasts intensifying water crises in coming decade By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 28,2019 WASHINGTON, DC — Jordan is one of 12 nations listed as high-priority countries under the US Global Water Strategy, which envisions a water-secure world by implementing multi-year, country specific water plans, according to an...

  • EBRD to finance largest private-to-private solar project in Jordan yet – Jordan Times
    Aug 01,2019 AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced on Wednesday it would grant a $35-million financial package to support Jordan’s largest private-to-private solar project in Jordan yet. Under new regulations that allow private consumers to establish their own energy facilities under a process known as...

  • Controlling energy costs / electricity theft – Jordan Times
    Controlling energy costs (editorial) Aug 03,2019 Minister of State for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat assured the country on Tuesday that there will be no hike in electricity rates “during the upcoming period”. This news comes as a big relief to the people, especially during the long, hot summer days and...

  • Reversing decades-old policy, Israel to allow some harvesting of wild herbs – Haaretz
    Decision follows complaints by Arabs who gather hyssop for za’atar and Greek sage Zafrir Rinat | Aug. 6, 2019 The Nature and Parks Authority will be changing its policy to allow people to cut certain protected wild herbs in small quantities for personal use, and focus instead on enforcement against...

  • Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, August 2019
    EcoPeace in the Media July, 2019, The Wilson Quarterly Sea, Sun, and Peace? by Naomi Zeveloff A must read on the work of environmental peacebuilding Upcoming Events If you happen to be in New York for Climate Week this September, The Sabin Center For Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School,...

  • Sea, Sun, and Peace? – Wilson Quarterly
    By Naomi Zeveloff An environmental group wants to unite Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians behind the idea that water can bring peace in the Middle East. In the Middle East, water has been a source of conflict since ancient times. In the Book of Chronicles, King Hezekiah of Judah stops the...

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"God said to Adam: 'Be careful not to spoil and destroy my world. If you do so no one will repair it.' "

- Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13

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The Israel painted frog became extinct when Hula Lake was drained in the 1950s.



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