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The CEDRO Impact Community energy efficiency and renewable energy demonstration project for the recovery of Lebanon – Al Bia Wal Tanmia

By:Hassan Harajli CEDRO stands for ‘Community Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration project for the Recovery of Lebanon’. It stands for cedar tree in the Spanish language given that the Spanish government donated 9.73 million USD via the Lebanon Recovery Fund (LRF) to establish the CEDRO project in 2007 in the aftermath of the 2006 […]

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English-speaking greens, Adam Teva V’Din file petition to block shale oil project near Beit Shemesh – Haaretz

By Cnaan Liphshiz English-speaking immigrants living in the Beit Shemesh area who are fighting to prevent a regional oil drilling project this week petitioned the High Court of Justice to issue a restraining order for the controversial venture, claiming it is being carried out without proper review. The petition was filed by Adam Teva V’Din, […]

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Going green with gusto – Jerusalem Post

By KARIN KLOOSTERMAN/ISRAEL 21C Ben-Gurion University is passionate about reducing its ecological footprint. It may not be the first, or the only, university campus in Israel to receive the “Green Campus” label from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, but Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in the country’s Negev desert can be singled out for having the most […]

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Green, in uniform – Haaretz

Each new generation of recruits raises the bar higher, reminding their commanders to recycle and save energy, asking tough questions that are echoed up the ranks. By Jon Liberzon When I tell people what I do in the military, the reply is invariably nonplussed: “I had no idea such a thing existed.” This would be […]

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Water officials to discuss future of Red-Dead project – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Experts and water officials will convene in the Kingdom in November to discuss the future of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Programme (Red-Dead project), a government official said on Monday. According to Jordan Valley Authority Secretary General Saad Abu Hamour, in the ninth meeting of the Red-Dead project, […]

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Protests threatened over Hebron water crisis – Maan

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Residents in Hebron are threatening to hold sit-ins in front of the city’s water wells and outside the Prime Minister’s office in Ramallah if the water situation does not improve. Locals demanded that Prime Minister Salam Fayyad dismisses Shaddad Al-Attili, head of the Palestinian Water Authority, for failing to commit to pledges […]

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Faced with water crisis, ministry launches call centre – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Due to the “unprecedented water shortage” that has left scores of households parched for nearly a month, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Tuesday launched a call centre to receive water-related complaints. People from across the Kingdom can now dial the customer service call centre’s toll free number 080022142 […]

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Rising demand, well delays leaving many Jerash residents dry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Residents of Jerash Governorate, where the water per capita share is the lowest in the Kingdom, are complaining of repeated water cuts which have left some without water during the hottest month of the year. Jerash residents have threatened to hold protests over continued water shortages in the region, an […]

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National Population Strategy not meeting goals: study – Jordan Times

By Laila Azzeh AMMAN – Despite efforts in Jordan to achieve the goals of the National Population Strategy, the total fertility rate (TFR) dropped by only 0.1 per cent during the last five years, according to a recently released study. The population has grown by 2.5 per cent annually in the last decade, and is […]

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Energy expert: ‘We’re getting excited over the golden calf’ – Haaretz

Israel should not get carried away on selling gas, warns Professor Brenda Shaffer. By Avi Bar-Eli Professor warns Israel should not get carried away on selling gas Dr. Brenda Shaffer, director of the energy policy management program at the University of Haifa, hasn’t been able to believe what she’s been seeing from her office on […]

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Producing ‘green fuel’ from seaweed’ – YNET

(Video) Isaac Berzin enlightens us on renewable energy and culturing fuels in the desert in his TEDx lecture, ‘Fill it up, with seaweed’ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3921416,00.html

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Bidders for Fujeij wind farm meet with energy minister – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Over one-dozen international companies competing to build a wind power plant in the southern region convened at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Sunday. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khalid Irani met with representatives of 16 international firms from South Korea, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, Japan and […]

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Shared responsibility – Jordan Times

Record high temperatures recently witnessed in the country have strained the national capacity to provide electricity and water to the people at a time when they need them most. Amman, Zarqa and other urban areas have experienced not only water shortages, but also repeated power cuts due to surging demand for electricity, which surpassed the […]

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Kingdom’s renewable energy plans to take centre stage in int’l forum – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Investment opportunities in the Kingdom’s renewable energy sector will be highlighted at an international conference next month. Jordan’s renewable energy potential will be examined during the September 20-22 Global Green Techies Forum 2010, according to the Jordan Renewable Energy Society (JRES). In a press conference yesterday, JRES Vice President Ghazi […]

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Syria Today Green Issue

special issue on green power, organic agriculture, biodiversity and more http://www.syria-today.com/index.php/focus

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Ministry: Telma didn’t get our okay to keep dumping waste – Haaretz

By Asaf Shtull-Trauring The Telma food factory in Haifa has for years flooded Haifa Bay with some five million cubic meters of industrial waste per year – including about 10 tons of fat, two tons of ammonia, four tons of nitrogen and two tons of phosphorus. A year ago, the company, owned by the international […]

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Zalul inaugurates the ‘Telma’ – a river of waste water – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 08/10/2010 04:22 We adhere to higher standards than those mandated, company says. Sea and waterways watchdog Zalul kicked off its newest campaign in Haifa on Monday morning with a gala ribboncutting ceremony. Its newest target: The 5 million cubic meters of waste water being dumped from the Telma factory in the […]

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Swimming with sludge – Haaretz

While enjoying the Nahariya beach in April, a resident noticed strange-colored, foul-smelling water flowing in the Ga’aton River, which passes through the town before reaching the Mediterranean. By Ran Shapira While enjoying the Nahariya beach in April, a resident noticed strange-colored, foul-smelling water flowing in the Ga’aton River, which passes through the town before reaching […]

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Spat erupts over Kishon River – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 08/12/2010 09:47 Kishon River Authority and Israel Ports Company clash over trees and irrigation. Notwithstanding a decision late last month about how to divide the land around the Haifa Port between the Israel Ports Company (IPC) and the Kishon River Authority, the two were once again trading accusations over land ownership […]

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‘Disi project construction in full force’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa MUDAWARA – The first three wells of the Disi Water Conveyance Project have been completed, according to project officials. The mega-project, which entails supplying Amman with 107 million cubic metres of water annually by 2013, is 28 per cent complete and going according to schedule, with the remaining 61 wells expected to […]

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