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Archives for July, 2018

Residential construction at Jerusalem’s ‘City of David’ national park – Emek Shaveh / Haaretz /WAFA

Change in National Parks Law to Harm Natural and Heritage Sites, Play into Hands of Silwan Settlers, and Perpetuate Harm to Palestinians – EMEK SHAVEH June 27, 2018 Essence of the amendment: On Wednesday, July 4, the Knesset Interior Committee will discuss a proposal to amend the National Parks, Nature Reserves, National Sites and Memorial […]

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Fire rages near Beit Shemesh, residents evacuated from homes – YNET

Gaza incendiary balloons and kites continue wreaking havoc in Israeli communities by strip’s border, with at least 5 blazes breaking out as a result; in the Jerusalem hills, 25 firefighting crews and 10 air tankers battling massive conflagration. Matan Tzuri and Yishai Porat|Published: 07.05.18 , 19:41 A large fire broke out near Beit Shemesh in […]

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Farm warfare: How Israel uses chemicals to kill crops in Gaza – Haaretz

The purpose of herbicides is to enable farmers to grow produce, but Israel is quietly using them to do just the opposite in the Strip — in the name of security Amira Hass | Jul. 6, 2018 | 12:33 AM | 1 Photographs of military armored vehicles uprooting and crushing trees and vegetation within the […]

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Iranian general says Israel stealing Iran’s clouds – YNET

The head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization claims Israel is ‘working to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,’ insisting this was confirmed by an Iranian scientific study; but head of Iran’s meteorological service says ‘it is not possible for a country to steal clouds.’ AFP|Published: 07.02.18 , 20:15 An Iranian general […]

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Pollution courtesy of Israel Chemicals – Haaretz

ICL’s Rotem Amfert caused significant pollution to a stream in the Negev last year. Company officials were presented with options to resolve the problem, but the high cost must have deterred them from fixing it Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 2, 2018 | 8:38 AM A number of years ago Israel Chemicals Ltd. launched an advertising […]

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The dump’s closure has put pressure on the transfer stations where the waste is sent – Haaretz

The dump’s closure has put pressure on the transfer stations where the waste is sent Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 26, 2018 | 9:17 AM Ever since a major landfill for construction waste in the center of the country was closed by court order earlier this month, the waste has increasingly been dumped in nearby open […]

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Azraq Wetland Reserve rehabilitation helped attract variety of birds — RSCN – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 05,2018 AMMAN — The rehabilitation of the Azraq Wetland Reserve and the pumping of water to different parts of the oasis have diversified the bird species stopping at the nature sanctuary, especially migratory birds, a recent study showed. During the past year, the environmental studies section at the Royal Society […]

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The right to a green home: project builds energy, water efficient houses – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Jul 04,2018 AMMAN — Dozens of homes in Jordan have been retrofitted to meet “green” standards, allowing their inhabitants to enjoy a healthy indoor environment and reduce their energy and water consumption. Project leaders say green living is a human right for all, regardless of income or social status. The right […]

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Hundreds of sand partridges released into wild to counter extinction trend – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 03,2018 AMMAN — For the first time in three decades, authorities have released hundreds of sand partridges into the wild in an attempt to reverse a declining trend of the game species endemic to Jordan, according to a conservationist. On Tuesday, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) […]

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9,756 electricity theft cases recorded since start of year – Jordan Times

Law punishes anyone tampering with electrical system with six-month to two-year imprisonment, JD2,000-JD10,000 fine By JT – Jul 05,2018 AMMAN — The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) has announced on Wednesday the detection of 9,756 electricity theft cases, from the beginning of the year until the end of June. During the same period, 979 […]

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Israel approves solar field to increase power supply to Gaza – YNET

Facility’s construction at the Erez Crossing will be funded by private Israeli and foreign elements; Israeli officials stress plan is a one-sided humanitarian move aimed at easing the crisis in the strip and is not part of an agreement with Hamas. Alex Fishman|Published: 06.27.18 , 13:21 Images of Gaza’s residents eating to candlelight have become […]

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UfM official: Project to address water crisis in Palestine has become a reality – WAFA

By Khalil Fawadleh RAMALLAH, June 27, 2018 (WAFA) – The three-day First Palestine International Water Forum organized by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), under the slogan Integrated Water Resources Management: Best Practices and Technology Transfer, to discuss the adoption of integrated water resources management progressive tools as an approach to address the water crisis in […]

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20 fires break out in south due to incendiary balloons – YNET / Jerusalem Post

Residents of the Gaza border communities demand IDF and defense establishment put an end to incendiary kites and balloons phenomenon as another wave of fires hits the region, burning many acres of land and killing animals. Matan Tzuri|Published: 06.28.18 , 21:54 Around 20 fires broke out on Thursday in various areas in south Israel along […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter July 2018 – EcoPeace

Dear Friends, EcoPeace Middle East continues to be alarmed by the deteriorating circumstances in and around Gaza, including the humanitarian, energy, and water crisis. We have conducted countless interviews, led site visits and held meetings with officials from all sides to express our concerns and call to find solutions. Please look out for a new […]

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Friends of Dead Sea Society denies claims of Israel’s chemical pollution of site – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 01,2018 AMMAN — The friends of the Dead Sea Society on Sunday denied news reports claiming that the Dead Sea’s water was polluted due to chemical leaks from the Israeli side of the salty lake. News reports circulated on the social media and WhatsApp messaging application this week claimed that […]

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Court-ordered closure of landfill in central Israel leads to garbage dumping in open areas – Haaretz

The dump’s closure has put pressure on the transfer stations where the waste is sent Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 26, 2018 | 9:17 AM Ever since a major landfill for construction waste in the center of the country was closed by court order earlier this month, the waste has increasingly been dumped in nearby open […]

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Strengthening Capacities on the Sustainable Management of Leachate in the Mediterranean – Environment and Development

The EU funded SWIM-H2020 SM Project organizes in Beirut a five-day regional capacity building activity from 25-29 June 2018 that includes a Study Tour of Leachate Treatment Facilities in Lebanon and the launching of an experience exchange process among Mediterranean peers working on leachate management. This activity is implemented under the Horizon2020 component of the […]

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Israeli water start-up selected as international ‘technology pioneer’ – Jerusalem Post

By ILANIT CHERNICK 06/27/2018 Watergen’s rapid technology uses the “air we breathe” and converts it into “the most premium quality drinking water,” the start-up says on its website. The World Economic Forum has chosen Watergen as one of its technology pioneers out of hundreds of candidates. The Israeli start-up’s devices and technology are a new […]

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Israeli company invents plastic packaging you can compost – Haaretz

Even if the TIPA film is tossed into the landfill as opposed to lovingly composted under optimal conditions, it will still vanish, unlike plastic that will stay with our children’s children’s children Ruth Schuster | Jun. 14, 2018 Many wonderful things, from chocolate to cars, may fleetingly boost our well-being but ultimately bear a heavy […]

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