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Israel is first in wastewater reuse, but Palestinians are last – Jerualem Post

By CLIVE LIPCHIN February 19, 2017 [editor’s note: the headline the Post put on this article does note reflect the autho’s tone.] Water and wastewater management cannot and need not wait for a political settlement, and the public, must demand from our governments to act now. At international water conferences, Israeli participants always make a […]

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Authorities thwart attempt to smuggle live songbirds into Gaza – Jerusalem Post

By Sharon Udasin February 15, 2017 Goldfinches are considered a rare and highly sought-after animal in the Arab sector. Defense officials thwarted an attempt on Wednesday morning to smuggle thousands of shekels worth of live songbirds from Gaza to Israel. Inspectors at the Erez crossing to the northern Gaza Strip confiscated some 30 goldfinches from […]

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Israeli firm to build second sewage treatment plant in Ethiopia – Jerusalem Post

BySharon Udasin February 13, 2017 The Caesarea-based firm is teaming up with partner TodayTomorrow Ventures Inc. in a $400,000 deal to construct a wastewater treatment facility at the EPRI 1 condominium complex in Addis Ababa. Aiming to provide a more efficient and reliable alternative to the aging septic systems of Addis Ababa, Israeli company Emefcy […]

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Now companies can buy documented green power in the Gulf – Environment and Development

17/2/2017 For the first time, companies operating in the Gulf can purchase documented renewable energy. ECOHZ now offers green power documented by the International REC Standard. By buying I-RECs companies can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve their sustainability rating. “Corporations all over the world are increasingly demanding renewable energy for their global operations. […]

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Honey of an idea – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL February 1, 2017 Students develop autonomous pollination device Students from Modi’in’s ORT Ironi Daled High School may have found a way to circumvent the threat to agricultural production posed by declining bee populations worldwide. As part of a project for science engineering class, students developed an autonomous pollination device . The mini […]

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RTA (Dubai) buys 200 electric cars from Tesla – Environment and Development

15/2/2017 The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has signed an agreement with Tesla to buy 200 electric-powered cars. The vehicles will be Model S sedans and Model X SUVs to be added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s fleet of limousines. The cars are equipped with a “semi-autonomous” autopilot option, reducing the driver’s work and improving safety. […]

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new publications “Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future” – Ecopeace

EcoPeace Middle East would like to share with you several new publications that were recently distributed during our Regional Annual Water Conference. The conference, entitled “Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future” brought together 300 high level national decision makers from Jordan, Israel and Palestine, residents and mayors from cross-border communities, international stakeholders […]

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Environmental Peacemaking, February 2017 – Ecopeace,

Israel and the Palestinian Authority Re-establish Joint Water Committee As many of our supporters may know, we have spent the past few years, via our Water Cannot Wait campaign, highlighting the lose–lose implications of prevailing water arrangements between Israelis and Palestinians. Though all the details have yet to be made public, the Joint Water Committee […]

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‘Water scarcity, urban expansion among challenges to Kingdom’s food security’ – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi – Feb 06,2017 AMMAN — Jordan imports food products worth $3.8 billion annually, in addition to wheat products not included in this amount, a senior official said on Monday. Hayel Obeidat, director of the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), said that despite large imports of food products, the administration is focused […]

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Immediate closure order for Haifa ammonia tank – YNET

A court orders that Haifa Chemicals ammonia tank begin shutting operations, after Haifa City Council files request, citing possible large-scale disaster due to current tank conditions; ‘There is a real danger for civilian lives,’ says Judge. Ahiya Raved|Published: 08.02.17 Haifa Chemicals was ordered to begin shutting down their ammonia tank operations by the Haifa Court […]

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Building frustration in the wild, wild east – Jerusalem Post

By ORRI J. AVRAHAM 02/10/2017 Construction in the Eila Valley is trampling the public will and destroying a priceless green lung. Those of us living in the Land of Milk and Honey can count many blessings, but as far as sheer size and spaciousness go, our slender country seems to have been somewhat left out […]

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Jordan’s clean energy sector attracts global investments / Energy fund signs deals with charities to install photovoltaic systems – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 09,2017 AMMAN — Jordan’s clean energy sector is witnessing “great momentum” and attracting world-renowned companies with decades of experience to invest in green technology projects in the Kingdom, a recent report indicated. Jordan Clean Technology Sector Report 2016, released by EDAMA Association, showed that Jordan ranks second in the region […]

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GAM signs deal to replace 119,000 street lights with LED units – Jordan Times

Feb 11,2017 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and Khaled Bin Alwaleed Investment Group (KBW Investments) on Saturday signed an agreement to implement the Amman lighting project to replace 119,000 light bulbs with energy-saving LED units, which is expected to reduce street lighting costs by half. Amman Mayor Aqel Biltaji and Saudi Prince Khaled […]

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Waste Incineration ‘Serious Choice’ as Ministerial Panel Holds 1st Meeting – Naharnet

A ministerial committee tasked with devising a new waste management plan on Wednesday held its first meeting at the Grand Serail under Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as a panel member said the incineration waste treatment approach has surfaced as a “serious” alternative to landfills. “Another meeting has been scheduled for February 18 to continue the […]

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Imported Sand to Shore Up Coastal Cliffs at Risk of Collapse – Haaretz

A number of attempts have been made in recent years to supply sand along the cliffs, but embarrassingly, much of what was distributed has already disappeared. Zafrir Rinat Feb 09, 2017 Ships cruising close to the shore and shooting out large quantities of sand from a long pipe will most likely become a common sight […]

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Persepolis: Iran tourism gateway faces climate threats – Al Jazeera

Shrinking land, drought and algae growth put stress on UNESCO site as tourist arrivals grow after lifting of sanctions. Mohammad Ali Najib | 11 Feb 2017 It has been more than a year since international sanctions against Iran were lifted, symbolically reopening the country to the rest of the world. While political tensions between the […]

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Desalination Problems Begin to Rise to the Surface in Israel – Haaretz

A slew of water treatment plants has greatly reduced Israel’s dependence on rainwater. But desalination may also be adversely affecting the environment and people’s health. Zafrir Rinat Feb 06, 2017 Israel has pumped increasing quantities of water from the Mediterranean Sea in recent years. The series of desalination plants built along the coast is supplying […]

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Gaza power crisis: ‘We want to end this nightmare’ – Al Jazeera

Despite improved power supply, Palestinians in besieged strip say durable solutions must be implemented. 01 Feb 2017 Farah Najjar Farah Najjar is an online producer at Al Jazeera English. Despite a temporary improvement in power supply, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip say the lack of consistent access to electricity has made their lives unbearable and […]

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Drones, towers and cameras set to monitor Kingdom’s forests – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Feb 04,2017 AMMAN — Four drones will be released over the forests of the northern governorates in spring to monitor and record violations on trees, according to Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat. The drones will be released in April, Hneifat said, noting that the ministry will purchase them at a cost […]

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Judge Orders Permanent Closure of Costa Brava Dump – Naharnet

Urgent Matters Judge of Baabda Hassan Hamdan ordered the permanent closure of the controversial Costa Brava landfill effective in four months, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday. The judge gave four months time period for the closing date, to pave way for concerned municipalities to find an alternative for the dump that receives the […]

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