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13 per cent decrease in electricity theft cases since January – Jordan Times

Drop attributed to strict measures against violators, enhanced inspection campaigns — EMRC By JT – May 05,2018 AMMAN — Electricity theft cases in the first four months of 2018 declined by 13 per cent, compared with the same period of 2017, thanks to strict measures against violators, Farouq Hiyari, chief commissioner of the Energy and […]

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War on electricity, water theft nowhere over, editorial – Jordan Times

May 10,2018 Chief Commissioner of the Energy and Minerals Regularity Commission (EMRC) Farouq Hiyari told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, recently that the war against electricity theft is being won, as the first four months of 2018 witnessed a decline in electricity theft cases by 13 per cent compared with the same period last year. […]

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Rising energy prices, editorial – Jordan Times

May 08,2018 The National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) said on Friday that imported natural gas, through Aqaba Port, accounts for generating 93 per cent of the county’s energy needs and the rest is being produced by renewable energy, namely solar and wind. NEPCO signed in 2014 an agreement with Shell International, under which the compnay […]

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Construction contractors boycott gas deal project – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Apr 24,2018 AMMAN — The Jordanian Construction Contractors Association (JCCA) will not compete for any tenders floated by the government to build a gas pipeline to bring gas from Israel into the Kingdom, Ahmad Yacoub, the syndicate’s president, said on Tuesday. The association, which groups some 3,000 construction contractors firms, sent […]

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Govt. OKs Electricity Plan Points, Power Ships Remain Pending / Report: Generator Owners ‘Pressure Group in Parliament’ Hindering Solution – Naharnet

The Cabinet on Thursday approved some points of Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil’s electricity plan, as it requested further evaluation of the controversial issues of power-generating ships and the Deir Amar power plant. Among the approved points was “hiring a consultant to devise the book of terms needed to build power plants and tasking the […]

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Egypt to be a bridge for electricity between the region and EU: Sis / Egypt Independent

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete discussed issues of the environment, climate change, the volume of development in the electricity sector, and the mechanisms of intensifying cooperation between Egypt and the European Union on Tuesday. Minister of Petroleum Tariq al-Mulla and the European Union Ambassador in […]

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JEU calls for consolidation of Kingdom’s environmental efforts – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 22,2018 AMMAN — President of Jordan Environment Union (JEU) Omar Shoshan on Sunday called for “arranging the inner house” of the country’s over 124 environment societies and NGOs to better consolidate efforts that ensure the safety and protection of the environment. During JEU’s second national annual conference, Shoshan stressed the […]

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How illegal bird hunting in the Arab world could drive species to extinction – Environment and Development

Almost a quarter of the world’s migratory birds are at risk and could eventually face extinction, a new report has revealed. And mankind is to blame, according the State of the World’s Birds survey, which points the finger at illegal hunting, loss of vital feeding and breeding grounds to agriculture, pesticides and poor environmental practices. […]

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Waterbird population in ‘remarkable decline’ — census – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 18,2018 AMMAN — The population of waterbirds in Jordan’s eastern desert, one important route for migratory birds, is declining “remarkably” with the passing of years, an ornithologist said on Wednesday. Cycles of drought across the region is among the main reasons for the decline, the ornithologist said, citing results of […]

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First separate waste management law to apply heftier fines for polluters – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 28,2018 AMMAN — A new draft law on the management of waste is now in its final phases to becoming Jordan’s first separate contemporary waste management law that follows the international “polluter pays” principle, according to sector insiders. Environment experts described the draft law as both “timely” and “imperative”, indicating […]

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Public school students learn responsible recycling through play, art competitions – Jordan Times

Project teaches hygiene, up-cycling, maintenance awareness By Camille Dupire – Apr 26,2018 AMMAN — Children from public schools are acquiring the responsibility of recycling and self hygiene through the “School Preservation, Maintenance and Hygiene Practices Awareness Campaign,” a nationwide project implemented by the Canadian organisation Right To Play (RTP) in partnership with the Swiss Agency […]

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Total rubbish: why is Israel so filthy? – Haaretz

From Tel Aviv to the Sea of Galilee – why can’t we keep Israel clean? Moshe Gilad | Apr. 16, 2018 | 8:09 PM | 1 A week ago, we walked along the banks of the Shikma stream in the northwestern Negev, which is particularly beautiful in the short section that crosses the dunes. On […]

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Tel Aviv ranked 16th greenest city in the world – Jerusalem Post

By MAX SCHINDLER 04/25/2018 From the bike-sharing program Tel-O-Fun to its new car-sharing service, the city is trying to reduce congestion and improve air quality. In a surprise to Tel Avivians who complain of car exhaust and over-development, the city was recently ranked one of the world’s cleanest and most natural cities. Tel Aviv stands […]

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Israel’s miraculous growth may spell its demise – Haaretz

The Book of Ezekiel calls this land a ‘devourer of men,’ but in modern Israel it’s the other way around Zafrir Rinat | Apr. 11, 2018 | 6:54 PM “It’s a miracle that will be impossible to maintain over the long run.” That’s how Manuel Trajtenberg recently described Israel’s achievements in the 70th year of […]

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Proposed tunnel for Jerusalem light rail could triple project’s price – Haaretz

The tunnel would also damage two local parks and delay the completion of the project by some three years Naama Riba, Nir Hasson | Apr. 13, 2018 | 6:09 AM A tunnel being considered for the Jerusalem light rail’s third line is expected to triple the cost of the project, damage two local parks and […]

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Copper exploration study to determine mining potential in Dana Reserve – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 12,2018 AMMAN — Results of an ongoing exploration programme of copper and associated minerals in Dana Biosphere Reserve will determine whether mining in the globally recognised nature sanctuary will be allowed, according to a conservationist. Mining copper in Dana reserve has been a longstanding issue rejected by environmentalists who claim […]

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16 companies compete to build 4 solar energy plants in Maan – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Apr 11,2018 AMMAN — Jordan has received 16 technical and financial offers to implement four solar energy power plants with a total capacity of 200 megawatts (MW), the government said on Wednesday. “We received the offers from local, regional and international companies and consortia under the third direct proposals stage,” Amani […]

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‘Nothing will stand in way of Red Sea-Dead Sea water desalination project’ – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 11,2018 AMMAN — The government will “go ahead” with implementing water desalination projects and will “not wait for anyone”, Prime Minister Hani Mulki said on Wednesday. Mulki stressed the importance of guaranteeing justice in water distribution to all areas of the Kingdom and of safeguarding water resources, the Jordan News Agency, […]

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5,671 cases of electricity theft uncovered since January – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 05,2018 AMMAN — Authorities uncovered 5,671 cases of electricity theft during the first quarter of this year, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) Chief Commissioner Farouq Hiyari said on Wednesday. A total of 484 cases were referred to the courts, while rulings were issued in 478 cases, he was quoted by […]

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Authorities bulldoze their way to seal illegal well in Ramtha – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 05,2018 AMMAN — Authorities on Wednesday morning had to bulldoze their way through a private farm in Irbid Governorate’s Ramtha district to seal an illegal well, according to a government official. Acting upon reports of a water violation taking place inside the private property, a joint team from the Ministry […]

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