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Fire-fighters control flames that ravaged vast lands in northern Galilee and Golan Heights. Police suspect arson behind six bushfires in north. Haaretz

By Haaretz Service and Eli Ashkenazi Tags: Israel news www.haaretz.com/news/national/police-suspect-arson-behind-six-bushfires-in-north-1.295635 Six bushfires blazed throughout the Northern Galilee and the Golan Heights on Friday, as fire fighters struggled to quell the flames. Fire in northern Israel Firday. Fire in northern Israel on Friday, 11 June 2010. Photo by: Yaron Kaminski Following an initial investigation, police suspected […]

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Experts say Red-Dead concerns can be addressed Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27446 AMMAN – The final feasibility report of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Programme will be ready in May next year, while the Environmental and Social Assessment is expected in October 2011, consultants said on Monday. Experts examining the feasibility of the project have proposed a location in the Gulf […]

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Israel’s rivers: Back from the dead Jerusalem Post

By MAURICE PICOW 06/11/2010 22:20 www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178055 Country’s waterways have many ecological problems. Much has been done to improve the state of Israel’s rivers and streams over the past decade. But virtually all of them still have their share of ecological problems – most notably the ones in the western part of the country that empty […]

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Protesters disrupt energy summit over gas plant Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN 06/16/2010 05:12 Hof Hacarmel villagers don’t want plant near their homes. http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178576 Exploiting the fact that all the energy industry bigwigs were under the same roof, residents from Hof Hacarmel villages repeatedly disrupted the proceedings of The Marker’s Israel Energy Conference in Ramat Gan on Tuesday to protest the planned construction of […]

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Israeli-developed Eco-Pack offers green alternative Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/16/2010 06:13 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178581 Israel is gaining a reputation for clean-tech innovation. Israel is gaining a reputation for clean-tech innovation, and Yossef Heyman hopes to make that a reality in yet another field – produce packaging. “One-point-five billion packaging boxes are in use around the world, mostly those made of wood, heavy […]

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Revolutionary Guards, other Iran firms bag mega gas deals – state TV Daily Star

Tehran signs $21 billion in contracts with local companies to develop gas fields By Agence France Presse (AFP) http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=3&article_id=116006#axzz0r14AifJU Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Listen to the Article – Powered by Revolutionary Guards, other Iran firms bag mega gas deals – state TV Farhad Pouladi TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday signed a series of contracts worth $21 […]

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Leviathan gas find spurts optimism Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Business/BusinessNews/Article.aspx?id=177467 By SHARON WROBEL 06/04/2010 06:17 Delek: “We may be able to supply Europe, E. Asia.” The Leviathan natural-gas site off the Haifa shore could be twice the size of the Tamar prospect, the largest gas discovery globally in 2009, and position Israel as a gas exporter in coming years, US oil operator Noble Energy […]

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Israeli panel leans toward raising state’s bite of gas, oil revenues Haaretz

The committee advising the state on royalties and tax from oil and gas finds is tending toward rejecting the argument by the energy barons that Israel can’t change tax rates retroactively. By Meirav Arlosoroff http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/israeli-panel-leans-toward-raising-state-s-bite-of-gas-oil-revenues-1.295025 The committee advising the state on royalties and tax from oil and gas finds is tending toward rejecting the argument […]

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Abu Dhabi to Build ‘World’s Largest’ Solar Plant Asharq Alawsat

http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=6&id=21242 09/06/2010 ABU DHABI (AFP) – French oil firm Total and Spain’s Abengoa Solar will partner with Abu Dhabi’s alternative energy company Masdar to build “the world’s largest” concentrated solar power plant, Masdar announced on Wednesday. The state-owned firm said it has selected a “consortium of Total and Abengoa Solar as a partner to own, […]

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Large-scale theft posing threat to capital’s water supply – Miyahuna Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27297 Recent cases of water theft in Muwaqqar and Um Al Amad recorded by the Jordan Water Company (Miyahuna) (Photo courtesy of Miyahuna) Recent cases of water theft in Muwaqqar and Um Al Amad recorded by the Jordan Water Company (Miyahuna) (Photo courtesy of Miyahuna) By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Water theft is being carried […]

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Aqaba Water Company to manage Maan’s water sector Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27374 AMMAN – The Aqaba Water Company will manage wastewater services in Maan Governorate in a bid to improve the weak performance in the south and reduce the high water loss, officials said on Thursday. Under an agreement signed by the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) and the Aqaba Water Company, the […]

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Cement Factory Sparks Protest Syria Today

http://www.syria-today.com/index.php/society/7727-cement-factory-sparks-protest By Toby Pitts-Tucker A cement factory under construction at Jebel Kohla, opposite the popular Bagdad Café on the Damascus-Palmyra highway, is drawing fire for blighting both the environment and the region’s tourism industry. Construction at the factory, which is being built by United Arab Cement (UAC), began in March. It is located off the […]

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Katz unveils ‘transportation revolution’ Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=178132 By RON FRIEDMAN 06/11/2010 02:38 Government’s vision would lead to economic and social revolutions over the next decade. Speaking at the second annual Israel Transportation Conference in Rishon Lezion on Thursday, Transportation Minister Israel Katz presented the government’s vision for a “transportation revolution” that would lead to economic and social revolutions over the next […]

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Palestinians and settlers join to fight separation fence route Haaretz

Palestinians demonstrate against bulldozers, environmental groups oppose destruction of natural landscape needed for the fence’s construction. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/palestinians-and-settlers-join-to-fight-separation-fence-route-1.294999 By Nir Hasson An unlikely hodgepodge of Palestinians, West Bank settlers, environmentalists and developers are all opposing the construction of the separation fence in an area just south of Jerusalem. Ahmed Barghout, a Palestinian from the West Bank […]

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Kuwaiti MPs stage walkout to protest secret session Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27309 KUWAIT CITY (AFP) – Kuwaiti opposition MPs stormed out of parliament on Tuesday to protest a decision to grill the prime minister behind closed doors over alleged inaction on pollution. Four opposition MPs – including Khaled al-Tahus who had called for a public debate – walked out after 39 lawmakers voted to hold a […]

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Environmentalist uses music to educate, raise awareness Daily Star

By Dalila Mahdawi http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=115727#axzz0qO2Ke5SP Wednesday, June 09, 2010 Listen to the Article – Powered by Environmentalist uses music to educate, raise awareness Dalila Mahdawi Daily Star staff BAABDA: Some people try to change the world through violence, war or activism. Environmentalist Paul Abi Rached is trying to change the world through music, one song at […]

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Turkey halts all state energy and water projects with Israel – Haaretz

Turkish minister names Manavgat water project, which would transport up to 50 million cubic meters of water a year from Turkey to Israel as halted project. By Guy Grimland and Ora Coren http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/turkey-halts-all-state-energy-and-water-projects-with-israel-1.294131 Turkey’s minister of energy and natural resources, Taner Yildiz, announced yesterday that there will be no new energy or water projects with […]

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State owns the Leviathan gas find, petro-czar says Haaretz

By Avi Bar-Eli http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/state-owns-the-leviathan-gas-find-petro-czar-says-1.294400 “We have two causes for celebration,” Yaakov Mimran, Petroleum and Mining Commissioner in the National Infrastructure Ministry, said to TheMarker over the weekend. He was referring, of course, to Thursday’s announcement by the U.S. firm Noble Energy, which together with its Israeli partners has been carrying out exploratory drilling at three […]

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Report: Israelis recycle only 18 percent of household garbage Haaretz

Activists call on the Environmental Protection Ministry to move ahead on a law requiring the recycling of packaging and for local authorities to separate wet and dry waste and sending it for recycling. By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/report-israelis-recycle-only-18-percent-of-household-garbage-1.294391 A report by the environmental group Union for Environmental Defense reveals that the extent of recycling of household […]

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Environment activists warn against off-shore oil drilling Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=115647#axzz0q7YF1D8I Greenpeace tells Bassil move could lead to disaster similar to US Gulf By Patrick Galey Daily Star staff Monday, June 07, 2010 Listen to the Article – Powered by Patrick Galey Daily Star staff BEIRUT: World Environment Day brought with it dire warnings of natural catastrophe, should the Energy Ministry go through with a […]

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