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Diversion of water, not climate change, cause of dropping Dead Sea levels — Jordanian geologist – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – Aug 03,2017 AMMAN — The drop in the level of the Dead Sea is causing grave concerns among environmentalists and planners in the region, with most of the drop caused by diversion in the headwaters feeding the sea, a geologist has said. Geology Professor Nizar Abu Jaber from German Jordanian University […]

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Smugglers eye ‘prize’ of 1,000-year-old tree – Jordan Times

Olea Europaea olive tree is tracked down for its financial and symbolic value By Bernard Ellouk – Aug 02,2017 AMMAN — “Imagine the financial value of a 1,000-year-old tree,” said Mohammad Al Rababah, professor of natural resources ecology and management at the University of Jordan. Unfortunately, some already have. Large construction equipment, often used for […]

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Alleged illegal pipelines removed in Wadi Al Seer – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 31,2017 MMAN — Authorities have removed eleven allegedly illegal pipelines, which were diverting water from a spring in Wadi Al Seer to underground reservoirs, an official said on Monday. The suspected violator had also reportedly diverted water from the Wadi Al Seer stream to fill up tankers and sell water […]

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Authorities analyse video showing ‘hunting’ of endangered Nubian ibexes – Jordan Times

by Hana Namrouqa – Jul 25,2017 AMMAN — Authorities are analysing a recent video which appears to show Nubian ibexes being killed in the Mudawarra area in the south of Jordan, in an effort to track down those responsible, a conservationist said on Monday. The video, which shows at least two dead ibexes placed alongside […]

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Israel builds pipeline to absorb sewage from Gaza – YNET

Due to reduction of electricity to Gaza, its sewage treatment facility has been shut down, causing overflow into Israel; to prevent an ecological disaster, Israel’s Water Authority builds pipeline to absorb strip’s wastewater. Matan Tzuri|Published: 27.07.17 After the sewage treatment facility in Gaza was shut down due to the electricity crisis, and waste water started […]

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After acid spill, experts uncertain they can fully restore Israeli desert stream – Haaretz

Environmentalists trying to save wildlife, improve water quality, at Nahal Ashalim after massive acidic wastewater spillage on June 30 Zafrir Rinat Jul 25, 2017 Nahal Ashalim in southern Israel is still suffering the aftereffects of last month’s acidic wastewater spill into the stream. Freshwater had to be pumped into the stream this week when environmentalists […]

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Drop in water levels in Israel’s Sea of Galilee basin hurting agriculture, tourism = Haaretz

Water flow in sources of Jordan River is 40% lower than average this year Zafrir Rinat Jul 24, 2017 The continued decline in the amount of water in the Lake Kinneret basin area is causing serious damage to the tourism industry, in particular rafting and kayaking on the Jordan River, as well as harming agriculture […]

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All water resources, facilities to be fully monitored by 2019 — ministry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 21,2017 AMMAN — By the end of 2019, the Kingdom’s 500 water resources and facilities will be monitored by cameras and control systems to safeguard the water infrastructure from violations and sabotage, according to a government official. The plan is part of an ongoing effort to monitor the country’s strategic […]

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Authorities uncover suspected water theft in south Amman – Jordan Times

Alleged violation diverted 1,000 cubic metres of water to villa, private farms daily — official By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 26,2017 Authorities on Tuesday uncovered a suspected major water violation which diverted around 1,000 cubic metres of water daily from a main carrier to private farms and a villa in south Amman major water violation, […]

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All septic tankers to be equipped with electronic tracking system – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 18,2017 Work is now under way to instal electronic tracking systems on all of the country’s septic tankers to prevent random dumping of wastewater, according to officials (Photo by Amjad Ghsoun) AMMAN — Work is now under way to instal electronic tracking systems on all of the country’s septic tankers […]

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Mulki inaugurates wastewater treatment plant in south Amman – Jordan Times

Jul 27,2017 AMMAN — Prime Minister Hani Mulki on Wednesday inaugurated a wastewater treatment plant in south Amman to irrigate crops. The opening of the JD11 million project was also attended by minister of water and irrigation, Hazem El Nasser, alongside a number of other ministers, MPs and officials, according to the Jordan News Agency, […]

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Households in Naour to be connected to sewage network by next August — Water Ministry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 29,2017 – AMMAN — Households in west Amman’s Naour District are scheduled to be linked to the sewage network by August next year under a new project, an official said on Saturday. The project seeks to link areas in western Amman, which are not currently covered with sewage services, to […]

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Request for proposal to be issued for Red Sea-Dead Sea water project – Jordan Times

Jul 22,2017 AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation will distribute the request for proposal (RFP) of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project to the five shortlisted consortiums in two weeks, a senior official has said. The project’s studies, blueprints and tender documents are all ready, Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazim El […]

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Yarmouk Water Company cuts water supply to 369 subscribers – Jordan Times

Jul 24,2017 AMMAN — The Yarmouk Water Company on Sunday said that it has cut water supply to 369 subscribers during June and July in Irbid, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The cut came after reports of alleged wasting of water at 63 buildings. After collecting information that included names, contacts of subscribers and […]

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Israel Palestinian Water Deal – EcoPeace press release

Dear Friends and Colleagues, After years of negotiations on July 13th, under the auspices of US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt, a deal was finally reached between Israel’s Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, and Minister Mazen Ghoneim, Head of the Palestinian Water Authority. According to the water sale agreement, Israel will sell 33 mcm of […]

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AFED 10th Annual Conference in November: Arab Environment in 10 Years – AFED

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) announced that its 10th annual conference will convene on November 2-3, 2017 at the iconic Le Bristol Hotel in Beirut, the same venue where AFED was born in 2006. AFED Secretary General Najib Saab revealed that a new report entitled “Arab Environment in 10 Years”, will be […]

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Untreated Sewage Flowing From West Bank and East Jerusalem Is Polluting Israeli Streams – Haaretz

Some 60 million cubic meters of untreated sewage is flowing into streams, with Nahal Hebron the most polluted Zafrir Rinat Jul 18, 2017 Tens of millions of cubic meters of untreated sewage are flowing into Israel from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, polluting streams in Israel and the West Bank, according to a new […]

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As Gaza power crisis eases slightly, polluted beaches become unsafe for residents – Maan

July 15, 2017 GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — After Gaza’s sole power plant shutdown on Wednesday night, Gaza’s electricity company reported that the power supply in the besieged enclave has slightly improved after the power plant resumed its full capacity on Friday, while reports have emerged that 73 percent of beach waters off Gaza’s coast have […]

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A Warmer Israel Will Be a Much Poorer Israel – Haaretz

A recent study on the economic impact of climate change shows how vulnerable Israel, and the whole Middle East, are to climate change David Rosenberg Jul 18, 2017 4 Seventy years from now, places like Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma will not only be a lot hotter than they are now because of climate change. They […]

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Asalim stream disaster kills third of ibex population – YNET

Two weeks have passed since the acid spill in Nahal Ashalim and the ibex population in the area continues to pay the heavy price of the river’s pollution—in recent days, two more ibex carcasses have been found in the area, raising the number of ibexes found so far since the disaster to eight. Ilana Curiel|Published: […]

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