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EMWIS Flash – May 2010 Euro-Mediterranean Information System

table of contents. See http://www.emwis.net for full document Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector EMWIS is a program of the Union for the Mediterranean. For further information: http://www.emwis.net Monthly Flash produced by the EMWIS Technical Unit- OIEAU, CEDEX, SOGESID- It is available in English, French & Arabic. (French & Arabic versions […]

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Environmental Peacemaking FoEME June 3mail

Friends of the Earth Middle East is deeply shocked and saddened by the latest violence on the Gaza flotilla, tragically ending with 9 deaths and many more wounded. FoEME, as a member of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace NGO Forum, seeks to reiterate its position that we are working against violence from any side, towards solving every […]

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PCBS Explains Environmental Threats in OPT WAFA

http://english.wafa.ps/?action=detail&id=14304 التاريخ : 3/6/2010 الوقت : 12:17 RAMALLAH, June 3, 2010 (WAFA)- The exploitation and misuse of natural resources by the Israeli occupation affect the environment, and cause pressure on natural resources. The Palestinian Territory suffers from a high population density and a lack of natural resources. The Palestine Central Bureau for Statistics (PCBS) said […]

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Excessive use of plastic bags warrants action Jordan Times

By Luc Stevens http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27128 Every year, Jordanians use 3 billion plastic bags. That makes 500 per person per year, to be compared against approximately 300 or less per person in much richer countries such as Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. Plastic bags made of polyethylene take up to 1,000 years to decompose and, unless […]

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Fire-ravaged Golan nature reserve ‘will take years to recover’ Haaretz

IDF to erect investigation committee over allegations that military tank sparked the fire as its metal wheels moved over rocks. By Eli Ashkenazi http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/fire-ravaged-golan-nature-reserve-will-take-years-to-recover-1.292554 Golan Plain extinguishing flames over Golan Heights nature reserve, 27 May 2010. Golan Plain extinguishing flames over Golan Heights nature reserve, 27 May 2010.Yaron Kaminsky 1/9 Head of Israeli Northern Command […]

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Environmental offenses are crimes against humanity Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 05/28/2010 05:17 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=176708 Major environmental violations should be considered crimes against humanity, criminologist says in new book. Serious environmental crimes match many of the criteria for crimes against humanity, Dr. Danny Gymshi, head of the Criminology and Law Enforcement Institute at the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Lezion (COMAS), […]

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French company to study, invest in thermal power Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26990 AMMAN – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has approved granting a licence to a French company for studying and investing in the thermal power of deep water aquifers in Jordan, a government official said on Saturday. Aquifers with a depth ranging between 1,000-3,000 metres are characterised by high temperatures, which […]

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Disi to pave way for ‘constant water supply’ – Najjar Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27139 AMMAN – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation plans to provide a constant water supply in the Kingdom to reduce deterioration of water networks and pollution, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The ministry has identified the implementation of the Disi Water Conveyance Project as an opportunity to switch from […]

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‘Red-Dead project pumping site not selected yet Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27141 AMMAN – Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar on Wednesday said the location for pumping water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea under the Red-Dead Water Conveyance Project has not been selected yet. Concerned parties are still in the phase of studying the project’s economic feasibility and environmental […]

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Variety is the spice of (city) life Jerusalem Post

By GAIL LICHTMAN http://www.jpost.com/LocalIsrael/InJerusalem/Article.aspx?id=176770 05/28/2010 22:43 As Jerusalem joins the Local Action for Biodiversity network, 40 of the city’s urban nature sites are granted protection. For years, the study of biodiversity – the variety of life on Earth – was thought to lie in remote areas of our planet untouched by human hands, such as […]

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Conservation Agriculture A pathway towards sustainable agriculture Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia

Conservation Agriculture A pathway towards sustainable agriculture http://www.mectat.com.lb/metopic/ConservationAgri/ConservationAgri.htm May 2010 By: Berthold Hansman and Boghos Ghougassian Conventional agricultural practices in the world, such as tillage, have led into the deterioration and degradation of soils and decrease in their productivity. It became more and more evident that the existing production systems are no longer sustainable and […]

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Health sector key to overcoming demographic pressures – USAID Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26899 By Matthew Bresnahan ZARQA/AMMAN – Jordan’s expected population growth will have a major economic, social and environmental impact on the Kingdom, according to USAID Mission Director in Jordan Jay Knott. At the current growth rate of 2.3 per cent, Jordan’s population is expected to double from six million to nearly 12 million persons by […]

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IDF bases to be connected to sewage systems YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3893071,00.html For years some150 army bases have poured their waste water into open areas, causing severe environmental damage. Now, after long-running dispute over budget, agreement reached to allocate NIS 400 million towards connecting bases to sewage systems by 2015. Environmental Protection Minister Erdan: Historic decision Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.25.10, 08:14 / Israel Activism IDF bases […]

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Report: Israel’s streams getting cleaner, but still much work to be done Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/report-israel-s-streams-getting-cleaner-but-still-much-work-to-be-done-1.291607 Waterways remain sullied due to failing sewage systems and waste from Palestinian cities. They also need a fresh dose of water after years of poor rainfall. By Zafrir Rinat Almost two decades after the government started its project to clean Israel’s streams, most of the country’s waterways remain sullied due to failing sewage systems […]

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Vital biodiversity Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/vital-biodiversity-1.291843 Actions to promote biodiversity receive a tiny fraction of funding compared to activities aimed at promoting infrastructure and industrial developments. By Zafrir Rinat The Environmental Protection Ministry and the Society for the Protection of Nature launched the Israeli program for protecting biodiversity at a conference last week. A few minutes before the conference, a […]

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State’s share of oil profits among the world’s lowest Haaretz

ttp://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/state-s-share-of-oil-profits-among-the-world-s-lowest-1.291834 Compared to other states, Israel is very generous to petroleum companies when it comes to sharing the revenues from oil and natural gas production, the Knesset Research and Information Center stated in a recent draft report. By Avi Bar-Eli Compared to other states, Israel is very generous to petroleum companies when it comes to […]

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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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