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Oil Refineries swings to Q1 loss YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3893573,00.html Israel’s biggest refinery posts quarterly net loss of $3.6 million as increase in sales cancelled out by higher crude oil prices, decline in refining margins Reuters Published: 05.25.10, 14:48 / Israel Business Oil Refineries swung to a first-quarter net loss on Monday as an increase in sales was cancelled out by higher crude oil […]

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No clues yet as to cause of Acre metal factory fire Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=176258 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 05/24/2010 07:00 Cloud from blaze caused area residents to stay indoors by Gov’t instructions. The Acre Municipality decided Sunday to wait until the Galilee Fire Department and Environmental Protection Ministry investigations into Saturday’s fire at the Hod factory were concluded before deciding whether to order the factory’s owners to come […]

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Jerusalem presents new transport plan Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/LocalIsrael/InJerusalem/Article.aspx?id=176378 By RON FRIEDMAN 05/25/2010 05:57 Plan includes new light rail line, extensions of yet-to-be-completed red line, series of Bus Rapid Transit routes and five new roads. With residents still fuming over the long-overdue light rail project, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Sunday evening announced the city’s new transportation master plan for the next five […]

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Mubarak, African leaders review Nile River issues – Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=176211 By ASSOCIATED PRESS 05/23/2010 16:35 Egypt considers agreement on “red line” issue, compromise on “historic” water rights. CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday discussed with his counterpart from the Congo and the prime Minster of Kenya the lingering crisis over sharing the waters of the Nile river. Egypt said it is carefully […]

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Environmental Media Award winners honoured Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26836 By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Winners of the 2009 Environmental Media Award were honoured on Sunday, with Ikhlas Qadi from the Jordan News Agency, Petra, taking home first prize. Qadi’s article tackled environmental problems generated by an abandoned sheep market in the Sahab area, categorised by authorities as an environmental hotspot. Her prize is […]

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Legislation, strategies needed to stave off invasive species Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=175926 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 20/05/2010 02:56 Monday conference warns it can take 20 years for an invasive species to overcome local competition, yet have devastating effects when it does. It could start with something as innocuous as getting a goldfish or a turtle as a present and then letting it loose in the wild, […]

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Ibex population in the Negev dwindling as animals migrate toward towns in search of food Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/ibex-population-in-the-negev-dwindling-as-animals-migrate-toward-towns-in-search-of-food-1.290748 By Zafrir Rinat Environmental watchdog groups and activists have expressed concern over the increasing contact between humans and ibex in the Negev desert. The ibex, a species of wild goat that indigenous to the Negev, is suffering from a serious shortage of food and water. The problem is so acute that it has forced […]

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Qadisha Valley risks losing World Heritage status Daily Star

By Patrick Galey http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=115102#axzz0oajVRSzR Friday, May 21, 2010 BEIRUT: The Qadisha Valley could lose its World Heritage status if the government fails to curb illegal construction and waste dumping on the ancient site, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) confirmed on Thursday. “The world heritage center has warned [Lebanon],” a UNESCO source […]

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Water Forum calls for better evaluation of region’s resources Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=115101#axzz0oajbIjjm Friday, May 21, 2010 BEIRUT: Beirut MP Mohammad Qabbani on Thursday held a news conference at the Parliament in which he announced the recommendations of a regional water forum organized last week in Beirut. The forum was held with the participation of parliamentarians from the Arab world and surrounding countries (Turkey and Iran) on […]

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Israel opens huge sea-water purification plant YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3891163,00.html Officials say huge new desalination facility on Mediterranean seashore, with network of pipes beneath beach reaching far into ocean, could help solve country’s chronic fresh water shortage Associated Press A huge new desalination facility on Israel’s Mediterranean seashore, with a network of pipes beneath the beach reaching far into the ocean, could help solve […]

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Drill to simulate attack on water infrastructure Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=176058 By YAAKOV KATZ 21/05/2010 04:03 Prisons Service will practice for mass escape. Amid growing fears that in a future war Israel will come under unprecedented missile fire, the nationwide civil defense drill that will start next week will include a new scenario – a Hizbullah attack on Israel’s national water carrier. The weeklong drill […]

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Plans for world’s largest photovoltaic power plant unveiled Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26730 AMMAN – An international consortium on Wednesday unveiled plans for what is expected to be the largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the world in Maan. A consortium comprising Amman-based Kawar Energy and Italian firm Solar Ventures yesterday detailed the specifics of the Shams Maan project, a 100 megawatt (MW) solar […]

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Environmental society tries to bridge science, policy gap Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 19/05/2010 23:52 http://www.jpost.com/Home/Article.aspx?id=175927 The Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Quality Sciences refocuses on connecting environmental science and policy through applied research. The Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Quality Sciences has been around for 40 years, but over the past year it has refocused on strengthening the connection between environmental […]

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Businesspeople, decision makers urged to ‘think green’ Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26686 AMMAN – Jordan must adopt an environmentally sustainable economy in order to conserve natural resources and energy, Minister of Environment Hazem Malhas said on Tuesday. The Kingdom is “ready” to embark on a green economy, the minister said at the opening of Think Green 3, a conference on green building and […]

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Environmentalism building global bridges Common Ground

by Joseph Mayton Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 18 May 2010, www.commongroundnews.org Cairo – In late March, global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the CN Tower in Toronto, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and Egypt’s pyramids all stood in darkness, along with more than 4,000 cities in 128 […]

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Karameh Dam desalination plant eases Jordan Valley water woes Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26548 The Karameh Dam desalination plant was officially inaugurated on Thursday (Photo by Hana Namrouqa) The Karameh Dam desalination plant was officially inaugurated on Thursday (Photo by Hana Namrouqa) By Hana Namrouqa Al KARAMEH – More than 30,000 Shuneh residents are now receiving much-needed water from the Karameh Dam desalination plant. After two months of […]

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Highland forum seeks to preserve aquifers Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26646 HRH Prince Feisal, president of the Royal Water Committee, attends the launch of the Highland Water Forum on Monday (Petra photo) HRH Prince Feisal, president of the Royal Water Committee, attends the launch of the Highland Water Forum on Monday (Petra photo) By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – With 500 million cubic metres of water […]

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Floating protest tries to save Dead Sea Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=175741 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 17/05/2010 08:09 Save Our Sea, a new grassroots organization, plans to hold a floating session and concert at the Dead Sea to raise awareness about its dire state. It’s not a political campaign, it’s not a tourist gimmick – it’s a heartfelt plea by some of the people who visit […]

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Unholy waters: Metro’ joins Friends of the Earth on a tour of the Jordan River, and finds a man-made mess. Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/LocalIsrael/AroundIsrael/Article.aspx?id=175444 By MAURICE PICOW 14/05/2010 20:50 If you ask Gideon Bromberg, the sorry state of the Jordan River is manmade, the result of government policies, even if climate change does aggravate the situation. Bromberg reels off reams of statistics to back up his case: 30,000 Israelis channel raw sewage into the river from Beit She’an, […]

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Italy donates 1.8 million euros to Lebanon for water study Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=3&article_id=114880#axzz0oFGw9e9Z Saturday, May 15, 2010 BEIRUT: The Italian government agreed on Friday to provide Lebanon with a 1.8-million euro ($2.29 million) grant for the development of a hydrological study. The agreement was signed by Water and Energy Minister Jibran Bassil, the Italian ambassador to Lebanon Gabriel Kikia, UNDP Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon Marta Ruedas […]

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