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Tap dance – Haaretz

Dr. Samir Hatukai, who is responsible for water purity at the Mekorot company, says that not only is our drinking water pure – it tastes good. So why shell out money for bottled water? By Yigal Mashiah What a lovely natural lake there is at the Hamovil Junction in the lower Galilee, and how wonderful […]

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New water saving faucet enters local market – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS Devices like the EcoCamel help families reduce water use and save money after Water Authority price hikes. As the Water Authority continues to warn that conservation is absolutely essential, more and more water saving devices are beginning to penetrate the Israeli market. Attend any cleantech exhibition and an abundance of water […]

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Nuclear choices – Jordan Times

By Nermeen Murad What is the first thing that comes to any regular person’s mind when he/she hears about the establishment of a nuclear plant? I am willing to bet that it is either the Chernobyl disaster or the Hiroshima bomb. What about when we heard that Jordan was beginning a nuclear programme? Some may […]

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People’s trust a must for Lebanese electricity sector – Daily Star

BEIRUT: The World Bank considered the main challenge facing Lebanon’s electricity sector is gaining the trust of consumers as the sector suffers from inadequate supply and a low-quality service, and is dependent on informal private generation that is outside any state supervision, as reported by Lebanon This Week, the economic publication of the Byblos Bank […]

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Children horrified by appalling state of Sidon’s notorious dump – Daily Star

By Mohammed Zaatari Children horrified by appalling state of Sidon’s notorious dump SIDON: More than 50 children were shocked by the horrible condition of the Sidon garbage dump on Friday, when they visited the location as part of efforts by Le Mouvement Social. The children, aged between 7 and 12, were participating in a two-week […]

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Polluting cars up in 2009, according to spot checks – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS Public Council to Prevent Noise and Air Pollution finds 9% of cars pollute more than acceptable standard. The Public Council to Prevent Noise and Air Pollution in Israel (Malraz) discovered more polluting cars during its spot-checks in 2009 than in previous years, according to the organization’s annual report released Tuesday. Nine […]

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Amman BRT project a big step forward – premier – Jordan Times

By Khalid Neimat AMMAN – Prime Minister Samir Rifai on Thursday said the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is an important step towards developing a comprehensive public transportation system in Amman, describing it as a “great achievement”. The premier laid the foundation stone for the project in a ceremony, during which he said the BRT […]

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Hadera: 8 Greenpeace activists arrested – Jerusalem Post

Eight Greenpeace activists were arrested Thursday morning as they entered an coal-fueled electrical power plant in Hadera in an attempt to disrupt coal breakdown operations. The activists entered the power plant through the sea with inflatable dinghies and climbed up ropes to reach an elevated seaside coal dock. Greenpeace spokeswoman Hila Krupsky says activists climbed […]

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Gov’t to formalise Egypt gas deal soon – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck and Hani Hazaimeh AMMAN – The government is expected to formalise a deal with Egypt within the next two weeks to secure an additional 900 million cubic metres of natural gas, a senior official said on Wednesday. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khalid Irani said that during a meeting with his […]

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Organic is better – Jordan Times

Jordan is one of the many developing countries in the world that has yet to start a campaign for the production of organic food. Until that happens, people will in most cases have to make do with agricultural produce that is treated with pesticides, insecticides and sometimes hormones, to the detriment of their health. Given […]

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MKs want more royalties on gas finds – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON WROBEL 07/13/2010 23:41 Yacimovich: ‘This is a battle for a fair distribution of national resources’ A private member’s bill to raise gas royalties and increase taxes on natural resources was submitted to the Knesset on Tuesday by coalition and opposition MKs. “In our battle, we are undoubtedly going to face a strong opposition […]

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MST becomes 1st Israeli technology firm to connect to grid – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/14/2010 01:31 Arrow of light: Solar technology company announces will deploy blue and white technology in field. Israeli solar company MST announced on Tuesday that it had connected its first system to the national power grid to produce 50KW of electricity, making it the first Israeli firm to deploy blue and […]

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‘2/3 of electricity demand can be met with wind turbines’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/13/2010 08:51 Israel’s ‘Don Quixote’ of wind power Eli Ben-Dov: In 10 years of working through the application process, I have yet to receive a license. Thirty-six years of “tilting at windmills” and attempting to promote the large-scale adoption of wind turbines to generate electricity has given Eli Ben-Dov a cutting […]

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J’lem: 1st comprehensive nature survey completed – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/13/2010 08:55 First survey of nature sites aims to help integrate open spaces into urban planning. The first urban nature site survey of Jerusalem was unveiled by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel at its offices in the capital on Sunday night. The survey of 151 nature spots […]

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Henin named top environmental MK – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/12/2010 04:36 Horowitz, Ezra also make NGO list of green MKs. Hadash MK Dov Henin once again led the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED) list of top environmental legislators, which was released on Sunday. The environmental NGO examined the legislative record of the first session of the 18th Knesset. This […]

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AG’s review of contentious beach resort may be tainted by conflict of interests, environmental groups say – Haaretz

State Comptroller declared that the authorization process which okayed the building of a private resort in Palmahim, one of central Israel’s last unspoiled beaches. By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/ag-s-review-of-contentious-beach-resort-may-be-tainted-by-conflict-of-interests-environmental-groups-say-1.301011 The attorney general’s office may have had a conflict of interests in its probe of an approval given to erect a private resort on an unspoiled beach […]

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Builders, environmentalists ask PM to split planning reform – Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=180758 By RON FRIEDMAN Speed up permit-issuing now, delay construction planning reforms, they urge. Representatives of the planning and construction sector and environmentalists held a joint press conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to call on Prime Minister Netanyahu and the government to change course on the Planning and Construction reform. The press conference featured […]

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Getting a grip on the land grab – Haaretz

Sandy Kedar is deeply concerned. As head of the Association for Distributive Justice, he sees how the state makes decisions about zoning and land sales – and is convinced that the people in charge are in cahoots with the tycoons and against the weak, lone consumer. By Shuki Sadeh http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/week-s-end/getting-a-grip-on-the-land-grab-1.298276 It seems like everyone everywhere […]

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My state is giving up on me – Haaretz

The state is planning to lay a gas pipeline, Route 6 and a railway track on Druze lands in the Jezreel Valley. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/my-state-is-giving-up-on-me-1.300265 By Rafik Halabi The expropriation of Druze lands in the Jezreel Valley keeps coming up. The state is planning to lay a gas pipeline, Route 6 and a railway track on these […]

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Beit Shemesh Anglos reject Zionist take on shale oil project by Steinhardt – Haarerz

http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/anglo-file/beit-shemesh-anglos-reject-zionist-take-on-shale-oil-project-by-steinhardt-1.300876 By Cnaan Liphshiz Immigrants from the Beit Shemesh area voiced strong objection this week to what they term the “use of Zionist rhetoric” by Jewish American businessman Michael Steinhardt to promote a controversial oil extraction project in the area. Steinhardt’s Israeli associates said Zionism was the only reason he was involved in the project. […]

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