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Archives for June, 2018

Symposium on Regional Cooperation on Reclaimed Water – EcoPeace

Invitation Symposium on Regional Cooperation on Reclaimed Water Wednesday 18 July 2018, Handler Auditorium, Hebrew University – Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem EcoPeace Middle East cordially invites you to attend a Symposium on Regional Cooperation on Reclaimed Water. The conference will be held on July 18, 2018, at the Handler Auditorium in the Truman Institute, Hebrew […]

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New proposals may help resolve Israel/Lebanon oil, gas dispute – YNET / Naharnet

Energy Minister Steinitz says new ideas proposed in US back-channel mediation of Israeli-Lebanese maritime dispute in eastern Mediterranean raise prospect of a partial deal this year. Reuters|Published: 06.05.18 New ideas proposed in US back-channel mediation of an Israeli-Lebanese maritime dispute over oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean raise the prospect of a partial […]

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Hamas, Netanyahu and Mother Nature – New York Times

Thomas L. Friedman May 22, 2018 Princess Diana once famously observed that there were three people in her marriage, “so it was a bit crowded.” The same is true of Israelis and Palestinians. The third person in their marriage is Mother Nature — and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to […]

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10 fires break out in Israel from Gaza incendiary kites – YNET

Firefighters battle blazes in Be’eri, Kissufim and Nir Am, while Israeli residents on the strip’s border come together to ‘give back to nature what has been taken from it’ by planting trees: ‘They’re burning, and we’re planting.’ Matan Tzuri, Liad Osmo|Published: 06.09.18 , 18:43 Ten different fires broke out on Saturday in Israeli communities on […]

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Israel avoids purchasing Supertanker to fight mass fires – YNET

IAF officials say purchasing mini US-developed Supertanker system will solve Israel’s inability to fight huge summer fires as well as fires caused by rockets and incendiary kites from Gaza; Prime Minister’s Office: System doesn’t provide solutions to possible scenarios. Itamar Eichner|Published: 06.06.18 The recent kite terror from Gaza on the backdrop of the border fence […]

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NGO warns of ‘major pollution’ to Azraq aquifers – Jordan Times

Cesspits spread over Azraq as municipality is not linked to sewage network, threatening major underlying fresh water basin By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 07,2018 AMMAN — The Jordan Environment Federation (JFU) has warned that a health and environment crisis is “looming” in Azraq municipality, which sits on a major basin supplying the capital with a […]

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Wasted opportunities: Recycling stalls due to sorting problems and Chinese clampdown – Haaretz

Recycling has its chronic problems that are worsening and threatening the process worldwide; Israel, too, is now facing a challenge Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 10, 2018 Recycling garbage is now a vital part of protecting the environment worldwide. The process depends on advanced legislation that targets old industries, especially in developed countries. Less well known […]

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Ministry to follow up on water supply to avoid cuts during eid – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 12,2018 AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has created a monitoring and follow-up programme on water supply for Eid Al Fitr holiday to prevent water cuts, a government official said on Tuesday. The monitoring and follow-up programme will cover all parts of the Kingdom, according to the ministry’s […]

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Online database on Kingdom’s fauna and flora available to public – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 11,2018 AMMAN — Researchers, students and the public at large have been given access to an online database linked to a web mapping application that provides facts and figures on over 2,000 species of Jordan’s fauna and flora, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) announced. Reports, publications […]

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Azraq Wetland Reserve opens new trail in wild part of site – Jordan Times

Two-kilometre -long trail will offer new bird watching hideouts By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 14,2018 AMMAN — Visitors to Azraq Wetland Reserve, one of Jordan’s oldest natural sanctuaries, this summer will have the chance to explore the wild part of the reserve and observe its rehabilitation process, a conservationist said on Wednesday. The Royal Society […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter June 2018

EcoPeace at EBRD 27th Annual meeting EcoPeace Middle East, represented by its Jordanian co-director Mr. Munqeth Mehyar, Deputy Director Ms. Yana Abu Taleb and the Water Energy Nexus project coordinator Mr. Mohammad Bundokji attended the 27th annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held in Jordan on the 9th and the […]

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Brushfires rage in the South from incendiary kites launched from Gaza – Jerusalem Post / YNET

Brushfires rage in the South from incendiary kites launched from Gaza – Jerusalem Post By ANNA AHRONHEIM 06/03/2018 Teams of firefighters worked throughout the day on Sunday putting out large brush fires in fields belonging to communities in southern Israel, after they had been hit by flaming-kites launched from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Hundreds of […]

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Kite terrorism’s catastrophic damages revealed – YNET

Thousands of dunam of western Negev forests, nature reserves have gone up in flames in past few weeks as a result of incendiary kites; damages may take 30 years to repair, KKL says; drone captures footage of Besor Stream devastation. Ilana Curiel|Published: 06.01.18 More than 260 fires broke out in vicinity of Israel’s border with […]

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Water deficit drops by 8 per cent thanks to ‘more efficient supply’ – Jordan Times

Drop in water deficit accompanied by raise in water allocations By Hana Namrouqa – May 31,2018 AMMAN — Jordan’s water deficit dropped by 8 per cent this year compared to 2017, government officials said, attributing the decline to an increase in the efficiency of the supply system, among other factors. The water deficit in 2017 […]

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Authorities foil attempt to dig illegal well in Irbid – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 30,2018 AMMAN — Authorities on Tuesday foiled an attempt to dig an illegal well in Irbid Governorate and arrested a man in connection with the violation, according to an official source. A team from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Public Security Department raided an olive farm in […]

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Water level at country’s dams ‘acceptable’ given year’s circumstances – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 05,2018 AMMAN — As the rainy season is officially over, officials on Monday described current water storage at the country’s dams as “acceptable” given the weak precipitations of this year’s winter. Water levels at the main dams are now a little less than half their storage capacity of 336 million […]

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Lebanon to Begin Offshore Oil Exploration – Naharnet

Lebanon’s outgoing energy minister said Tuesday that the first phase of oil and gas exploration off the country’s coast has begun. Cesar Abi Khalil told reporters that he has approved an exploration plan submitted by three international companies who will search in two of the country’s 10 offshore blocks. Abi Khalil said Lebanon’s first well […]

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Egypt to eliminate most dangerous garbage dumps by 2019: Environment Minister – Egypt Independent

May 30, 2018 Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy stressed in a press statement on Tuesday that the Environment Ministry plans to eliminate the most dangerous garbage dumps in Cairo, Qalyubia, Monufiya, Daqaliya, and Gharbia between July 2018 and June 2019. A plan has been developed with a timeline and a budget for each garbage dump, he […]

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