Environment and nature

Saudi Arabia warns of ‘oil spot’ near aging tanker off Yemen's coast

UN officials have described the FSO Safer, an aging vessel that contains 1.14 million barrels of light crude oil, as a ticking time bomb.

Al-Monitor Staff | Oil and gas | Sep 24, 2020
al-monitor A picture taken on Sept. 26, 2019, shows a view of the Yemeni-flagged oil tanker Rudeef GNA sinking in the waters off Yemen's second city and port of Aden. Four ships belonging to Aden Refinery have been inoperative for nearly nine years and were towed out of the refinery assets in 2014 out of fear of sinking. Photo by SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP via Getty Images.

Access to Asi River turned into left-right battleground in Israel

A tweet by Yair Netanyahu turned a battle over accessing the Asi River into a political war between right and left, Ashkenazi and Mizrahi.

Mazal Mualem | Environment and nature | Sep 8, 2020

Flooding in Turkey kills at least eight in bitter reminder of climate chaos

The government has pledged to rebuild areas hard hit by a weekend flood, but activists warn the construction of roads, dams and buildings in flood zones means more disasters are likely to follow.

Ayla Jean Yackley | Environment and nature | Aug 24, 2020

Israel-Hamas escalation halts sewage treatment, generates ecological crisis

Gaza incendiary balloons made Israel stop fuel import into the Gaza Strip, causing in turn for Gaza sewage plants to cease operating.

Rina Bassist | Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Aug 24, 2020

Yemen’s Red Sea 'time bomb’ is a Beirut-like disaster in waiting

An abandoned oil tanker is a looming catastrophe off the coast of Yemen’s most vital port, threatening the livelihoods and health of vast numbers of people.

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Beirut explosion | Aug 12, 2020