Middle East

June 21, 2024 to October 18, 2024

IJ4EU Confidential: Unveiling the Secrets of Complex Investigations

This new Investigative Journalism for Europe webinar series will delve into the backstories of collaborative journalistic projects in Europe and beyond. Taking place on the third Friday of every month, it begins June 21 with "When journalists become gold diggers: The making of The Gold Chain." 15:00 CEST (9:00 a.m. ET).

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"Sanctioned Tankers Pose Rising Environmental Risk In Mediterranean"

"Unregulated tankers sidestepping Western sanctions are posing a bigger risk to the Mediterranean region and Greece is undertaking more protective measures to safeguard its coast, the country's shipping minister told Reuters on Tuesday."

Source: Reuters, 06/05/2024

"Study Says It’s Likely A Warmer World Made Deadly Dubai Downpours Heavier"

"Circumstantial evidence points to climate change as worsening the deadly deluge that just flooded Dubai and other parts of the Persian Gulf, but scientists didn’t discover the definitive fingerprints of greenhouse gas-triggered warming they have seen in other extreme weather events, a new report found."

Source: AP, 04/29/2024

LNG To Fuel Conflict, Profit, Warming in Coming Years

A partisan debate has flared over liquified natural gas, as industry, environmentalists and politicians wrangle over LNG’s role in climate change and the energy transition, heating and electricity prices, and international and domestic U.S. politics. Backgrounder lays out LNG’s history, starting with the fracking boom and bringing it up to speed with the war in Ukraine and upcoming presidential elections.

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"U.S. Approves $500 Million for Bahrain Oil Project, Despite Opposition"

"A federal bank that finances projects overseas voted Thursday to put $500 million toward an oil and gas project in Bahrain, a transaction that critics said was out of step with President Biden’s climate commitments."

Source: NYTimes, 03/19/2024

Oil Spill And Fertilizer Leak From Sunken Cargo Ship Threaten Red Sea

"A vibrant fishing industry, some of the world’s largest coral reefs, desalination plants supplying millions with drinking water. They’re all at risk from large amounts of fertilizer and oil spilled into the Red Sea by the sinking of a cargo ship attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels."

Source: AP, 03/04/2024

"US Warns Of Environmental Disaster From Cargo Ship Hit By Huthi Rebels"

"A cargo ship abandoned in the Gulf of Aden after an attack by Yemeni rebels is taking on water and has left a huge oil slick, in an environmental disaster that US Central Command said Friday could get worse."

Source: AFP, 02/26/2024

"Two Climate Advisers Quit U.S. Export-Import Bank Over Fossil Fuel Plans"

"A federal bank that finances projects overseas is set to vote on Thursday on whether to use taxpayer dollars to help drill oil and gas wells in Bahrain, a contentious decision that prompted two of the bank’s climate advisers to resign, according to people with knowledge of their decisions."

Source: NYTimes, 02/06/2024

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