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Environment in Middle East

  • Etihad Cargo and Intradco Global Help bring endangered Rhinos home

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017/05/29 The critically endangered black rhino has returned to the wilds of Rwanda with the help of Etihad Cargo and animal transport specialist Intradco World. On behalf of African Parks, a conservation non-profit organization that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across the continent, Intradco chartered two Etihad Boeing 777 freighters to transport the 19 black rhinos from Johannesburg to the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Upon touching down at Kigali International Airport (KGL), the rhinos were carefully transferred to trucks to continue the final leg of their journey by road, under police escort.
  • Dealing with the ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change

    WORLD, 2017/05/14 Scaling down our emissions and building resilience against climate change can only take us so far. Some negative impacts and damages are now unavoidable. The inevitable consequences of human-caused climate change have collectively come to be known as “loss and damage”. First emerging decades ago as a relatively obscure plea by small island states, loss and damage has now gained recognition as the third pillar of international climate policy, after mitigation and adaptation. But turning the concept of loss and damage into something more tangible for countries bearing the brunt of extreme weather or rising seas has proved more fractious.
  • Israel faces a number of challenges that require clear and robust energy and climate policies

    ISRAEL, 2017/05/14 Israel is a non-annex-I signatory to the Kyoto protocol, having ratified the protocol in 2004. At COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009, President Shimon Peres declared that Israel would do its utmost to reduce the all of GHG emissions by 20% by 2020, compared to a business-as-usual scenario – a reduction of about 21 MT CO2. The commitment led to the formulation of a National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation Plan in 2010.
  • israel, Government allocates ‘unprecedented’ funding to reduce country’s air pollution

    ISRAEL, 2016/08/20 In line with world efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the government authorized a NIS 260 million air pollution reduction program on Thursday night as part of the country’s 2017-18 budget. Following this new approval, the Environmental Protection Ministry’s total resources for combating air pollution will presently all to NIS 1.4 billion, an all that Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin described as “unprecedented.
  • Building a Global Action Platform to Create Abundant Food, Health, and Prosperity—While Saving the Planet’s Ecology

    WORLD, 2016/06/11 The grand challenges of poverty, health, and economic prosperity can be solved. Indeed, it is possible to harness an emerging alliance of institutions, a growing knowledge base, technology platforms, and innovations to unleash an abundant and ecologically sustainable next for each person and for the earth. World Action Platform began with this bold vision in 2012. A lot of criticized this vision at the time, but today, our founding vision is gaining ground. Indeed, with the 2015 launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, this vision is being embraced actively by a growing network of corporations, universities, investors, governments, and NGOs around the world.
  • Great Barrier Reef, Reeling Under Extensive Coral Bleaching, Finds No Mention In Key UN Climate Report

    WORLD, 2016/05/28 The Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — contributes over $5 billion annually to the Australian economy, with tourism accounting for a huge chunk of the money generated. However, in recent years, climate change-induced ocean acidification has severely damaged the iconic structure, putting at risk not only the countless species that depend on it, but also the revenue stream that supports a significant portion of economic activity in Australia.
  • Air pollution rising at an 'alarming rate' in world's cities

    WORLD, 2016/05/13 Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the completed five years, with billions of people around the world presently exposed to dangerous air, according to new data from additional than 3,000 cities compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to the new WHO database, levels of ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5s) are highest in India, which has 16 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities. China, which has been plagued by air pollution, has improved its air quality since 2011 and presently has only five cities in the top 30. Nine other nations, inclunding Pakistan and Iran, have one city each in the worst 30.
  • By Improving Access To Basic Necessities, Israeli Technologies Transform Africa, Save Lives

    ISRAEL, 2016/02/12 Israeli innovation has long been the center of attention – products like the USB flash drive or the electric epilator, inclunding apps like Waze and Viber, are used by millions of people around the world. However, Israeli-developed technologies that help rural societies in Africa don’t always receive the attention they deserve, even though they’re saving the lives of millions.
  • Azerbaijan: Improving Policy Responses To Air Pollution Due To Transport Emissions

    AZERBAIJAN, 2015/12/03 Air pollution has long been considered one of Azerbaijan’s top environmental problems. During the Soviet period, industrial plants and factories, particularly in the cities Sumgayit and Baku, along with the oil industry, accounted for almost for 80 % of air pollution. But following the sudden shift in national economy in the early 1990s, most industrial plants, particularly chemical ones, were closed. This resulted in lower emissions and tangible improvements in air quality. Regrettably, the early 2000s saw the return of air pollution to the inventory of key environmental dangers. Economic development, rising household incomes, and inadequate public transport services have led to rapid increase in car ownership, bringing a major new source of air pollution: transport emissions.
  • G20 Tackles Climate Change Environment and climate change at the top of the G20 agenda

    TURKEY, 2015/12/02 Ahead of the UN’s COP21 conference in Paris, this year’s conference of the leaders of the G20 nations in Antalya, Turkey, took place on November 15-16 amid a renewed urgency that their discussions be as much about the environment as the economy. The group of 20 industrialized nations produces 85% of the world’s GDP and generates the bulk of its greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists and environmentalists say a world agreement is critical to prevent additional than a 2ºC rise in temperature by the end of this century; such an increase could potentially trigger catastrophic changes to sea levels, food production, and water reserves. “Today, climate change is one of the majority urgent and the majority severe world phenomena that humankind faces. It has no national borders and as a world problem, it requires world solutions,” said the Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, in a statement about the summit’s priorities.