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Israeli solar water heater producer enters US market -YNET

Rehovot-based company signs multi-million dollar exclusive distribution deal with American solar energy giant; deal worth $50 million over 5 years Navit Zomer Israel is turning into a leading solar water heater supplier in the United States – M.C.O Industries, a Rehovot-based veteran solar water heater manufacturer and one of Israel’s top solar panel producers, signed […]

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Arrow missile inventor looks to energize the solar market – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/17/2010 01:37 National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau (Israel Beiteinu) dedicated the first Israeli concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system to be hooked up to the national grid in Arad on Thursday. The system was designed by the MST solar energy company, which was founded by Dov Raviv – the father of the Arrow […]

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Sea sickness – Jerusalem Post

By MAURICE PICOW 10/15/2010 16:41 Can Israel, a substantial contributor to the Mediterranean’s present unwholesome state, do more than it has done to save it? “Sick and getting sicker” is how oceanographers and environmentalists often describe the Mediterranean. The sea’s already polluted waters are becoming increasingly choked with large quantities of plastic and other debris, […]

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MKs, Big Gas spar in Knesset – Haaretz

Noble Energy threatens to sue, treasury rebuts: threat is unseemly. By Avi Bar-Eli and Zvi Zrahiya The battle over royalties on Israel’s natural resources reached the Knesset Economics Committee, which held a special session yesterday despite the parliament being in recess. Seventeen Knesset members showed up for the debate, including five not on the committee. […]

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Gulf states ‘need increased environmental awareness’ – Jordan Times

DUBAI (AFP) – Environmental awareness needs to be increased in Gulf states, which the WWF says have among the highest per capita ecological footprints in the world, an Emirates Wildlife Society official said Thursday. “We believe that there’s a lot more awareness that needs to happen,” said the society’s policy director Tanzeed Alam, when asked […]

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Environmental education campaign to start next week – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – A campaign to implement environmental education in more than 18 Jordanian schools and others around the world will commence next week, it was announced in a workshop for teachers held at the UNESCO Amman office on Thursday. The five-year Earth Care Campaign, which started this year and ends in 2014, […]

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Super-Sol launches green retail chain – Haaretz

First store opens next to arch-rival. By Adi Dovrat-Meseritz The Super-Sol supermarket chain has ventured into natural food retailing, under the name Super-Sol Green. The first branch of the new retailing format, which opened a few days ago inside the Super-Sol Deal branch in Ra’anana, is a store within a store. It is only about […]

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NIS 25m. more to be invested in recycling infrastructure – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/13/2010 03:19 New public relations campaign to be launched on Sunday; 2500 more receptacles will be placed around the country this year. Recycling has picked up over the last couple of years and will continue to increase, according to the ELA recycling corporation’s strategic plan unveiled Tuesday. The corporation will invest […]

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So, what can be recycled and what does it turn into? – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/13/2010 03:08 Any plastic bottle with a cap can be placed in the receptacle. So, any personal hygiene bottle, shampoo container, water, soda bottle – big, small – can be recycled. ELA officials clarified what can and cannot be thrown into the recycling receptacles. Any plastic bottle with a cap can […]

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Conservationists to restore, protect Kingdom’s World Heritage Site – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Experts will work to save one of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites from degradation under an agreement signed on Thursday. The Department of Antiquities (DoA), the Italian government and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) will embark on a project to restore and protect the 1,300-year-old frescoes of Quseir Amra. Under […]

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Volunteers to clean up Dibbeen Forest Reserve – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Schoolchildren and people from all walks of life will converge on the Dibbeen Forest Reserve on Saturday to clean up litter left by picnickers at the site, which is considered a sanctuary for globally endangered species. More than 200 volunteers from schools, and public, private and civic institutions will head […]

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Beautiful nuisances – Jerusalem Post

By ILANA TEITELBAUM 10/06/2010 14:04 An unwelcome colony? Ring-necked parakeets are threatening biodiversity in the German Colony. On a recent walk through the German Colony, I was treated to a stunning sight. Filling a tree with their flapping green wings was a flock of eight parakeets, calling raucously to each other and pecking at fat […]

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Rare, endangered bird species registered in Jabal Masouda – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Red-rumped Wheatear, an internationally important and rare bird, and the Egyptian Vulture, a globally endangered species, have been found for the first time in Jabal Masouda, one of four proposed protected areas in the Kingdom. Ecological studies carried out by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) […]

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Israeli commended in leading wildlife photography competition – YNET

Wildlife photographer Illia Shalemaev commended in Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for images of little owls in Israel’s coastal region Erez Erlichman Published: 10.05.10, 07:28 The British competition, Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year, considered one of the most important wildlife photography competitions, announced Saturday that Israeli Illia Shalemaev has been commended for […]

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Better surveillance needed – Jordan Times

By Ahmad Y. Majdoubeh When construction or infrastructure work (digging for water pipes, cables or sewers) would take place in the many ever-expanding neighbourhoods of Amman (and other Jordanian cities) in the 1960s, 1970s and up to the mid-to-late 1980s, it would be a messy business. Contractors would dump much of what they dug out […]

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Tel Aviv to ban trucks in morning rush hour – Haaretz

Pilot program follows similar plan to free congested main roads in Jerusalem. By Avi Bar-Eli Pilot program follows similar plan to free congested main roads in Jerusalem. By Avi Bar-Eli Trucks will be banned from entering the greater Tel Aviv area on major traffic arteries during the morning rush hour, in a pilot program that […]

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Traffic jams cost Israel NIS 20 billion a year – Haaretz

Treasury report: By 2015, cars will crawl into Tel Aviv from the south during rush hour at a mere 7 kilometers per hour. By Avi Bar-Eli Israel is paying a stiff price for not addressing the economic threat posed by the country’s gridlocked roads 10 years ago: The Finance Ministry says the Israeli economy loses […]

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Overflowing cesspit contaminates water supply in Jerash town – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Water authorities have cleaned and sterilised tanks in four households in a Jerash town that received polluted water last week when a cesspit overflowed and contaminated part of the area’s water network, an official said on Saturday. Residents of Al Ketteh in the northern Governorate of Jerash complained to the […]

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new publication: Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East

Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East Edited by Alon Tal and Alfred Abed Rabbo Rutgers University Press Pages: 336 pages Publication Date: August 2010 Description: Israel and Palestine are, by international criteria, water scarce. As the peace process continues amidst ongoing violence, water remains a political […]

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Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development – AFED

For the 3rd consecutive year, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will hold its annual conference and present its annual report on water, highlighting the need for more sustainable management of a scarce resource. The conference, scheduled for 4-5 November 2010 at Habtoor Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Beirut, will discuss a […]

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