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Competition to boost students’ environmental awareness Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Students across the country will soon be acquainted with the dangers facing biological diversity in Jordan, home to scores of regionally and globally endangered species. Under the “Environment and Agriculture” competition, launched this week by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), thousands of students will be encouraged […]

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Experts say more cooperation needed to face water crisis Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – Water experts on Tuesday called for greater coordination and sharing of information among Arab countries to tackle the challenge of water scarcity and the threat of climate change. During a one-day seminar on water security in the Arab world, experts from Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and other countries discussed means […]

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Invitation to an energy crisis Jordan Times

By Anas F. Alhajji As rising consumption and nationalism in OPEC countries pushes down their crude-oil exports and forces international oil companies to invest in high-cost areas with small reserves as global demand continues to grow, oil prices might ultimately shatter the record set in 2008. In the short run, heightened volatility will be the […]

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Kingdom to receive final $45m for Gulf War environmental damage Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Jordan will receive $45 million plus interest this month from the UN Compensation Committee (UNCC) for damage incurred during the first Gulf War, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The funds represent the third and final instalment of compensation for damage the Kingdom’s water, environment, wildlife, marine life and […]

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‘Public would spend NIS 415m. on dirty streams’ Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 24/03/2010 03:11 All of Israel’s streams are polluted, from a variety of sources. Residents are willing to allocate NIS 246 per year of their household’s tax money to rehabilitate streams, a study by Zalul environmental economist Dr. Boaz Barak has found. The survey was released on Tuesday. The study – “How […]

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‘No guiding hand directs water sector’ Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN 25/03/2010 16:52 Landau’s remedy for the water crisis: Give his ministry additional authority. A day after the publication of the Bein report on Israel’s ongoing water crisis, National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau held a press conference in Tel Aviv on Thursday, to speak about the report’s findings and present a new bill […]

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C’tee urges changes to water economy Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 25/03/2010 07:27 Nation on verge of water crisis due to pollution, lack of enforcement. The National Investigation Committee – Regarding the Water Crisis in Israel did not recommend any sweeping changes to the way the government handles the country’s water resources in its final report released on Wednesday. Instead, in a […]

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Landau to present low water stats Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 28/03/2010 Infrastructures minister will tell cabinet annual rainfall was below average. National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau will tell the cabinet on Sunday, during a briefing about the status of the water economy, that overall rainfall was still below average this year. Alongside Water Authority head Prof. Uri Shani and Mekorot director-general […]

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Forum puts energy efficiency on the map Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 30/03/2010 23:33 NGO pushes for “virtual power stations” – the ones you can avoid building by cutting electricity use. Practical environmentalism might be a good way to describe what the Israel Energy Forum does. The two-year-old nongovernmental organization “aims to develop energy policy from a full-picture perspective. We start from the […]

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Eco-activist faces down suits from firm he fought to create Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat Daniel Morgenstern, a veteran environmental activist and economic adviser, has fought for eco-friendly legislation for years. His efforts paid off in 2001 when the Knesset passed the Deposit Law on Beverage Containers, requiring soft drink manufacturers to recycle 65 percent of all bottles with volumes of less than 1.5 liters. A recycling […]

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Bill would make local councils responsible for building waste Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat The Environmental Protection Ministry is to promote new regulations for the removal of construction waste, making local authorities responsible for such dumping. The ministry, which only manages to stop one out of every thousand illegal dumpings of construction waste, wants the regulations to ensure that construction waste reaches only legal dumps. Waste […]

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A recycling revolution? Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat The last place one would think to go to enjoy a cup of coffee is probably the Hiriya landfill (Ayalon Park). However, as of a few months ago, the site has a cafe where you can sit next to a pleasant pool, surrounded by abundant greenery, adjacent to a new visitors center. […]

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Viewers held their breath as the lesser kestrel laid an egg Haaretz

By Eli Ashkenazi On Friday afternoon it happened: The lesser kestrel from the Hatikvah School in Moshav Elyakim laid an egg. Dozens of thrilled onlookers watched and reminded each other about the history of the kestrel family that is about to expand. After the lives of entertainer Shimi Tavori and his four children, or the […]

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As world marks day for H2O, report claims Israel’s water is getting cleaner and people consuming less Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat As governments and organizations marked World Water Day yesterday, a report commissioned by the state’s top agency responsible for water management pointed to an increase in Israel’s water conservation as well as an improvement in its water quality. According to Mekorot, the better water quality has led to a one-third reduction in […]

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Middle East Environmental Directory

You may enjoy viewing my company’s new free environmental directory of the Middle East which can be viewed at: www.earthdirectory.net/middleeast. Thank you for your attention to this email and I hope that you enjoy the Directory. Sincerely, John C. Brainard, Editor & Manager The EarthDirectory Network www.DiscoverEarth.net U. S. Environmental Directories, Inc. St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, […]

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Water Purchased from Israel for Domestic Use in 2009 was 47.4 Million m3, PCBS Says WAFA

Date : 21/3/2010 RAMALLAH, March 21,2010 (WAFA)- The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a press release on the occasion of World Water Day, March 22, that the quantity of Water Purchased From the Israeli Water Company (Mekorot) for Domestic Use in 2009 was 47.4 Million m3. World Water Day 2010 will be […]

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Birthrate nearly halves over 33 years – DoS Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN – The birthrate in Jordan stood at 3.8 births per woman in 2009, down from 7.4 in 1976, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Statistics. The “Population and Family Health Survey”, released at a press conference on Tuesday, indicated that the average number of children born per woman […]

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UN conference tackles Mideast animal trade YNET

Co-founder of Lebanese animal rights group says flourishing trade in endangered animals ‘can no longer be ignored’ Associated Press 03.23.10, 08:13 A two-year-old lion, emaciated and barely breathing, is found in a tiny cage off a Beirut highway. Monkeys are hauled through the dark tunnels of Gaza, bound for private zoos. Rare prize falcons are […]

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Ministry cracking down on use of untreated fertilisers Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment is drawing up a plan to stop the use and trade of untreated organic fertilisers, which attract domestic flies due to their high percentage of humidity. The plan complements a campaign launched in August last year banning the entry of untreated fertilisers into the Jordan Valley, […]

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Jordan inaugurates first radioactive waste facility Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Officials marked another milestone in Jordan’s peaceful nuclear programme on Thursday by unveiling the Kingdom’s first storage facility for radioactive waste. The central storage facility, an interim hosting site funded by the US Department of Energy and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), aims to ensure safe and secure storage […]

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