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ACWA Power donates 2.6MW solar power plant to King’s Academy – Jordan Times

Apr 01,2017 – Last updated at Apr 01,2017 King’s Academy Chairman Bassem Khalil Al Salem and ACWA Power Chairman Mohammad Abunayyan sign a memorandum of understanding in the presence of Headmaster John Austin (Photo courtesy of King’s Academy) AMMAN — King’s Academy has signed a memorandum of understanding with ACWA Power to design, develop and […]

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Israeli Nature Reserve Dries Up, Putting Unique Vegetation at Risk – Haaretz

Implementation of a plan to return a local spring to its natural state has stalled, leading to deaths of trees hundreds of years old at the Nahal Betzet nature reserve. Zafrir Rinat Apr 04, 2017 The Nahal Betzet nature reserve in the Upper Galilee is languishing due to a lack of water, putting the area’s […]

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Ammonia workers implore PM to intervene to settle crisis – YNET

After court orders that the ammonia chemicals facility in Haifa Bay be emptied and shut down amid fears that its poisonous contents constitute a threat to the residents, hundreds of workers, whose jobs now hang in the balance, stage yet another protest and urge Netanyahu to step in and ‘save the workers.’ Itay Blumenthal, Raanan […]

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Authorities hunt falconers as activity thrives during spring – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 02,2017 In less than two weeks, authorities have confiscated 17 lanner and peregrine falcons which were in the possession of non-Jordanians, according to the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (Photo courtesy of the RSCN) AMMAN — As falconry training thrives during spring, authorities are intensifying inspections in desert […]

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Haifa Chemicals workers block major Tel Aviv intersection in protest – YNET

In an effort to prevent the closure of the Haifa ammonia facility, Haifa Chemicals threatened to lay off all of its employees, leading the workers to escalate their struggle, paralyzing one of the biggest intersections in Israel. Itay Blumenthal, Ahiya Raved|Published: 28.03.17 Hundreds of Haifa Chemicals employees blocked a major intersection in Tel Aviv on […]

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Hamdallah denounces Israeli control of Palestinian water resources – Maan

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah denounced Israel’s policies affecting Palestinians’ access to water during a speech on Wednesday, calling on the international community to intervene in improving access to safe, clean water in the occupied Palestinian territory and Gaza. In his speech, intended to commemorate International Water Day which occurred a week […]

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Israel uproots trees planted by environmentalists in Bethlehem area – WAFA

Bethlehem, March 22, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces uprooted on Wednesday a number of trees planted the day before by the Environmental Quality Authority (EQA), the Environmental Organizations Network and Laji Center in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, according to a statement by the EQA. It said the trees were planted in an area isolated […]

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The next phase of climate action – Jordan Times

Moha Ennaji Last November, while much of the world was trying to unpack Donald Trump’s election as US president, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) was held in Marrakesh, Morocco. Participants from all over the world, including 38 heads of state and government, came together to create a plan for implementing the 2015 […]

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Egypt may face fresh water shortage by 2025 – Egypt Independent

Hend El-Behary The ongoing reduction in Egypt’s Nile fresh water may subject the country to fresh water and energy shortages by 2025, according to a report published in the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) March issue. It explained that any further decrease in Nile fresh water would be ‘grave’ because at best, the river barely […]

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Jordan deems preservation, development of its only sea gate a priority — environment minister – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 16,2017 AMMAN — Increasing maritime transport, development and tourist projects on the Red Sea coast are threatening its biodiversity, a regional expert warned on Thursday, while Jordan renewed its commitment to preserving its only sea gate. The Red Sea, among other marine environments in the Arab region, is witnessing an […]

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Toxic Algae Bloom Growing in Arabian Sea Endangers Marine Life – Haaretz / Environment and Development

Algae can paralyze fish, clog their gills, and absorb enough oxygen to suffocate them. These toxins have infiltrated whole marine food chains and have, in rare cases, killed people. The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to […]

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Environmentalists enraged at felling of centennial trees in ‘oak village’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 18,2017 AMMAN — The Jordanian Federation for Environmental NGOs on Saturday condemned the chopping down of centennial oak trees in the Bader Al Jadidah district in west Amman. The federation said that the Agriculture Ministry should have monitored the process to prevent the gradual elimination of oak forests in Jordan. […]

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Free water for farmers under new support project – Environment and Development

UAE-based private utility firm Utico has unveiled a new sustainable farm support programme that includes free water supply to UAE farmers, guaranteed buy-back of their produce and scientific advisory services. The programme was announced at an event held by the Environment Protection and Development Authority (EPDA), Ras Al Khaimah, to mark the International Day of […]

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Israeli bird-watching event raises NIS 254,000 to save black storks – Jerusalem Post

By Sharon Udasin March 29, 2017 Under moonlight, some 200 ornithology enthusiasts headed to the Arava Desert for a 24-hour charitable competition to identify as many bird species as possible. From 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the bird-watching teams from Israel and around the world partook in the fourth annual “Champions of the Flyway” […]

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Region’s water sector facing ‘brain drain’ — expert – Jordan Times

Fourth Arab Water Week to be held at Dead Sea next week By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 13,2017 AMMAN — Instability in some Arab countries has driven trained and qualified people out of the water sector, causing a deficiency in the management of water utilities, an expert on water-demand management said on Monday. Besides water […]

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Two arrested over alleged water theft in south Amman – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 16,2017 AMMAN — Authorities on Wednesday arrested two people for allegedly stealing about 10,000 cubic metres of water per day from a main carrier in south Amman, according to a government official. The two alleged violators are now in custody, the official at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said, […]

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Arab donors urged to support resilience of water sector – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 19,2017 Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazem Nasser speaks at the opening of the Fourth Arab Water Week at the Dead Sea on Sunday (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Water and Irrigation) DEAD SEA — Arab and international banks and funds are urged to steer their financial support towards water […]

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Jordan, France sign 10m-euro water resilience agreement – Jordan Times

Mar 20,2017 AMMAN — Jordan and France on Monday signed a 10-million-euro project agreement to boost the water sector’s resilience in northern Jordan, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Water Minister Hazem Nasser and French Minister of State for Development and Francophonie Jean-Marie Le Guen signed the agreement detailing the project to be implemented by […]

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Israel-Lebanon maritime dispute heats up – YNET / Naharnet

Amir Ben David|Published: 26.03.17 Nabih Berri, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, called Israel’s proposed legislation to annex a section of disputed maritime territory a “declaration of war.” In an interview with Lebanese media, Berri said, “This will be the Shebaa Farms conflict at sea, which will open a situation with many dangerous possibilities.” Last week, […]

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Activists continue protests against gas deal with Israel – Jordan Times

By Suzanna Goussous – Mar 25,2017 AMMAN — Almost six months after the state-owned electricity company signed the gas deal with Israel, activists are still taking to the streets and protesting normalisation with Israel “on all levels”. Following the 49th anniversary of the Karamah Battle, protestors on Friday organised a march to denounce the gas […]

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