Why Dolphins Have Disappeared from Israel’s Shores

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Dolphin families like this one are now less common in the eastern Mediterranean Although grey whales have occasionally been spotted in the Mediterranean and bottle nose dolphins are often seen following commercial fishing trawlers, neither of these marine mammals are now commonplace in the Mediterranean; especially along Israel’s shoreline.  The Mediterranean Sea is feared by […]

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Gazans Pay One-third of Income for Clean Water

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Gaza’s population is increasing, and the water supply is not keeping pace according to Oxfam, the British human rights organization. In a new report, the group asserts that Gazans are spending as much as one-third of their household income on drinking water, and are facing growing health risks. “The infrastructure has been deteriorating rapidly because […]

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Lebanon’s Severe Pollution Contaminates Cheese and Meat – Watch What You Eat!

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Lebanon is suffering from a serious crisis of E. Coli and listeria contamination thanks to unhygienic conditions and polluted waterways. Following the national uproar in Lebanon when large amounts of rotten meat and dairy were found at some of Beirut’s top restaurants and supermarkets, researchers at the American University of Beirut (AUB) carried out a study on […]

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Giza Pyramids Pollution and What the Brochures Don’t Show (Video)

Brochures for the Giza Pyramids usually depict Egypt’s historic relics amid a poignant desert background or a deep, radiant sunset. Camels and their Bedouin owners lurk in the background, poised to take visitors on the adventure of a lifetime. But these images spread only half the truth. Although numbers have dropped precipitously since the revolution, in […]

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President Morsi and the Tahrir Square Hangover

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“Can I talk to you?” a man named Hashim asked as I stooped to take photographs of government workers cleaning up last night’s party mess. Revelers marching through Tahrir Square, surrounding streets and the 6th of October Bridge cheered and set off giant firecrackers well into the early hours of the morning following the announcement […]

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Environmental Health Courses Not In Best Medical Schools: New Study

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Air pollution is one of many environmental factors that impact public health. But doctors aren’t learning about this, finds new Israeli study. According to a new study by Israeli medical students, doctors in the United States, Israel and Europe are receiving inadequate environmental health education. The study, titled “Our Health and Environment,” was sponsored by […]

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The Middle East Environmental Law Project Kickstarted By Vermont Lawyers

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Environmental law has proven to be quite dynamic in the Middle East.  Some countries have made great strides toward protecting resources and preventing pollution.  Others have done little to tackle environmental problems head on due to competing interests or public funding shortfalls.  Although the majority of countries in the Middle East are Arab and Muslim, […]

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Mesopolis in Tehran: Re-Thinking Daily Floods of Wasted Water

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It may surprise many Iranians living in the country’s dense and sprawling desert capital to know that millions of cubic liters of water are wasted every day. But where? Underground mostly, although occasionally modern construction projects smack up against an ancient irrigation system called quanats, resulting in devastating water losses and other destruction. How to […]

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Mediterranean Agency Could Avert Offshore Marine Disasters

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As Israeli rigs start drilling for natural gas, a new disaster prevention agency is proposed to avert another BP-Florida Gulf disaster. Environmentalists have proposed a new government body that might head off ecological catastrophes on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. The new agency could set policy more efficiently by streamlining the powers currently shared by several different […]

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Hey Jordan – How About Declaring Litter Independence?

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Jordan’s Independence Day rolls around every May 25, celebrating when British command  over this land once called Transjordan ended back in 1946. So, last weekend in Amman, the streets dressed up in banners and flags and fireworks blazed in evening skies. Jordan’s party pretty much mirrors America’s July Fourth: less fun on the waterfront, but plenty of […]

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Egyptian Brothers Design a Clever Separator for Gulf Recyclables

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Egyptian brothers Mostafa and Mohamed Nassar have designed a clever two-meter tall waste separator that aims to make recycling in Abu Dhabi and the other Emirates “as easy as pressing a button,” The National reports.Providers of steel solutions for construction, oil and gas industries and manufacturing plants, the Abu-Dhabi-raised pair believe that collecting recyclables can be […]

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Pesticides Causing Brain Damage to be Banned by Israel

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Down side of crop dusting is pesticides that cause neurological damage:  photo by Alberto Denkberg/Haaretz Air and water pollution in Israel from insecticides, oil and other petroleum-based residues from older gas stations; and other chemicals are feared to be causing neurological damage to people according to new studies. Various forms of insecticides, especially the use […]

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