النفايات البلاستيكية معضلة العصر

يبدو أن المجتمع الدولي قرر أن يتبني إستراتيجة موجهة لمكافحة التلوث البلاستيكي بعد أن وصل التلوث بالمواد البلاستيكية الى مستوى الخطر وصار معضلة عصرية يهدد النظام البيئي لكوكب الأرض، ذلك ما تشير إليه الشعارات المتلاحقة التي رفعتها المنظمات الإقليمية والدولية لتدفع بإتجاه صحوة الضمير العالمي، وتوحيد قوى العمل الدولي لبناء إستراتيجية عالمية لموجهة تصاعد خطر التلوث البلاستيكي، وتتمثل تلك الشعارات في الشعار الذي رفعته شبكة يوم الأرض العالمية «إنهاء التلوث البلاستيكي» ليكون عنوان لفعاليات «يوم الأرض العالمي» في 22 ابريل 2018، والشعار الذي رفعته المنظمة الإقليمية لحماية البيئة البحرية «المخلفات البلاستيكية خطر يهدد البيئة البحرية» عنوان لفعاليات يوم البيئة الإقليمي … Continue reading

The Menace of Marine Litter

Marine litter, long a neglected topic, has started to garner some attention. Marine litter is composed of a diverse mix of items from various sources and so a one-size fits all solution is unlikely to be effective. Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), shipping wastes, plastic packaging (bottles, caps, bags, etc.) and plastic manufacturing pellets are amongst the most common and persistent items found. Comparing the feasibility and the financial case for recovery versus prevention for each of these groups reveals a worrying gap in our attempts to deal with the problem. Scale of the Problem Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing … Continue reading

Sustainable Agriculture: Perspectives for Jordan Valley

Sustainable agriculture development is one of the most important pillars of the EcoPeace Middle East’s Jordan Valley Master Plan as it provides livelihood and prosperity for all the people in the valley. The strategic agricultural objective for the study area is improving water use and irrigation efficiencies and economic outputs per unit of water used, and meanwhile stabilize, or even reduce the total water demands for the agricultural sector in the Jordan Valley. This will require adequate tariff policies on water used for irrigation, including enforcement, to stimulate more efficient use of water through for instance greenhouse drip irrigation. These … Continue reading

Climate Change Impacts in MENA

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is known for being one of the hottest places on Earth, and highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. In an IPCC special report on regional climate change, models projected that average temperatures in the region will increase by 1-2˚C by 2030-2050. Decision makers and citizens in all 21 countries realize that they are faced with an immediate need to reshape energy, agriculture, water and environmental policy to adapt to changing climate conditions. Steep Rise in Temperature Satellite data provided by Climate Engine from 1979 to present shows the mean max (average maximum) temperatures … Continue reading

Why Automakers Should Be Cautious Of Future EU Policies On PHEV?

Suppose the EURO ambitions of attaining zero emission for all new cars by 2035 become a reality? Shall all the big auto brands trying to position themselves as leaders in PHEV stand the CO2 and nitrogen dioxide emission tests? It’s very simple for any automaker to rivet a PHEV emblem at the rear of their new models. But with the roadmap already drafted for up to 2040, the leading automakers planning for mass production of plug-in hybrid vehicles should be cautious. EU policies on emission rates are real. When time for the enforcement of these policies shall come knocking, just … Continue reading

The Environmental Impacts of Industrialization

Everything we do, from the food we eat to the electricity we use, affects the world around us — but it wasn’t always that way. The Industrial Revolution changed the way that we created everything, from food and energy to sanitation and manufacturing technologies, apart from the way we study. Amount of  “do my paper” messages from students to experts did not decrease even at that time. How has industrialization impacted the environment, and what can we do in the future to reduce these environmental impacts? The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution started sometime in the middle of the 1700s, when … Continue reading