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Nature guides may be hiding facts to avoid offending religious hikers Haaretz

The Knesset is expected to look into the possibility that Israel Nature and Parks Authority guides at the Soreq Cave Nature Reserve are concealing the true age of the cavern’s stalactites, stalagmites. By Jonathan Lis http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/nature-guides-may-be-hiding-facts-to-avoid-offending-religious-hikers-1.298848 The Knesset is expected to look into the possibility that Israel Nature and Parks Authority guides at the Soreq […]

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Water apocalypse now on the Nile – Daily Star

Najib Saab http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=3&article_id=115857#axzz0r9NC5ADh Taking advantage of astounding Arab apathy, African countries of the Nile Basin met in the absence of Egypt and Sudan to agree on a plan for sharing the Nile water. Ethiopia, which is the source of 85 percent of the Blue Nile, is only able to utilize a small portion of this […]

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Studies on ‘green’ behavioural trends to be released this week Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27618 AMMAN – The results of 11 surveys measuring Jordanians’ behaviours, practices and consumption patterns in the water, energy and solid waste sectors will be announced this week. The studies, carried out by the USAID-funded Public Action in Water, Energy and Environment Project, aim to analyse people’s behaviour in order to encourage […]

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Jordanians least likely to make sacrifices to preserve environment – poll Jordan Times / Pew Research Cener

By Taylor Luck http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27574 AMMAN – Jordanians think the Kingdom is generally liked abroad and are the least likely to make sacrifices to preserve the environment, according to a global public opinion survey released on Thursday. The Pew Research Centre Global Attitudes Survey, which polled 22 nations in subjects ranging from the economy and extremism […]

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Activists ‘liberate’ 800 bluefin tuna off Libya coast Daily Star /AFP

By Agence France Presse (AFP) Saturday, June 19, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=116159#axzz0rQ7rboPS PARIS: Environmental activists from the Sea Shepherd group said Friday they had “liberated” some 800 bluefin tuna that had been caught by what they described as poachers and were being towed by two fishing vessels off the coast of Libya. Five scuba divers on Thursday […]

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Going to bat for nature Haaretz

Environmentalists hope that a recent, unprecedented survey of Jerusalem’s plant and animal populations will serve as a basis for future planning and construction in the city By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/week-s-end/going-to-bat-for-nature-1.296970 At night, when the human residents of Jerusalem hunker down at home or are sleeping, the city comes alive. A family of porcupines, long-time residents […]

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Eden halts mineral water bottling over microbe contamination Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/eden-halts-mineral-water-bottling-over-microbe-contamination-1.296527 Eden, an Israeli mineral water supplier, said on Wednesday it had suspended bottling because of contamination at its Golan Heights spring. Eden mineral water on sale in Israel, May 15, 2009 Bottling was halted after tests showed bacteria levels exceeded limits set by state regulators. The company said it was carrying out tests in […]

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Israeli-developed boiled potato batteries may provide cheap power Haaretz

Study: Boiling potatoes increases electric power 10-fold; Potato battery 6 times more economical than kerosene lamp. http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/israeli-developed-boiled-potato-batteries-may-provide-cheap-power-1.296799 by Reuters An electric battery based on boiled potatoes could provide a cheap source of electricity in the developing world, according to the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The treated potato battery generates energy […]

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It’s all about electrons – and energy Jerusalem Post

By KARIN KLOOSTERMAN/ISRAEL21C 06/18/2010 19:36 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178766 Spintronics recognizes that the ‘spin’ of an electron – untapped until now – can be harnessed as a viable source of energy. He works at an academic institution that’s already established a name for itself worldwide with its developments in battery technology, and young Bar-Ilan University researcher Dr. Amos […]

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Our World: Warming to worms Jerusalem Post

By GLORIA DEUTSCH 06/18/2010 19:29 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178754 Crawling in and out of the environment. Nahum Hirschel has two great passions – Torah and earthworms. The 50-something immigrant from Flushing, New York lives in a haredi part of Beit Shemesh and operates the Eretz Hakodesh Earthworm Farm. This somewhat grandiose title refers to the small garden next […]

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WZO to boost environmental practices Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/18/2010 05:21 http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=178816 The four new resolutions were proposed by the Green Zionist Alliance. The World Zionist Congress voted nearly unanimously in favor of four resolutions Thursday which would significantly improve its – and its subsidiaries’ – environmental practices. The WZO exerts influence over legacy Zionist organizations like KKL/JNF and The […]

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Environmentalism: a unifying force for the Middle East

By Joseph Mayton www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=5&article_id=115964#axzz0r13iFUgp In late March, global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbor 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 countries that officially switched off their electricity to pledge their support […]

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Vital River Is Withering, and Iraq Has No Answer New York Times

By STEVEN LEE MYERS nytimes.com/2010/06/13/science/earth/13shatt.html?ref=middleeast SIBA, Iraq — The Shatt al Arab, the river that flows from the biblical site of the Garden of Eden to the Persian Gulf, has turned into an environmental and economic disaster that Iraq’s newly democratic government is almost powerless to fix. Withered by decades of dictatorial mismanagement and then […]

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US grants Lebanon $27.5m to improve water sector Daily Star

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=3&article_id=116018#axzz0r13TGIX4 BEIRUT: The US government and the Lebanese Energy and Water Ministry signed two memoranda of understanding valued at $27.5 million on Tuesday to provide in-kind assistance and capacity building support for Lebanon’s water sector. With funding made available through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and in close coordination […]

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UN distributes food in drought-hit Eastern Syria Haaretz / Reuters

Droughts and mismanagement of water resources have reduced large swathes of Eastern Syria to a wasteland, forcing up to one million people to flee. www.haaretz.com/news/international/un-distributes-food-in-drought-hit-eastern-syria-1.296044 The World Food Program has begun distributing rations to 190,000 people in Eastern Syria but another 110,000 in the drought-hit region still require emergency food aid, the UN body said […]

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Fire-fighters control flames that ravaged vast lands in northern Galilee and Golan Heights. Police suspect arson behind six bushfires in north. Haaretz

By Haaretz Service and Eli Ashkenazi Tags: Israel news www.haaretz.com/news/national/police-suspect-arson-behind-six-bushfires-in-north-1.295635 Six bushfires blazed throughout the Northern Galilee and the Golan Heights on Friday, as fire fighters struggled to quell the flames. Fire in northern Israel Firday. Fire in northern Israel on Friday, 11 June 2010. Photo by: Yaron Kaminski Following an initial investigation, police suspected […]

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Experts say Red-Dead concerns can be addressed Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27446 AMMAN – The final feasibility report of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Programme will be ready in May next year, while the Environmental and Social Assessment is expected in October 2011, consultants said on Monday. Experts examining the feasibility of the project have proposed a location in the Gulf […]

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Israel’s rivers: Back from the dead Jerusalem Post

By MAURICE PICOW 06/11/2010 22:20 www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178055 Country’s waterways have many ecological problems. Much has been done to improve the state of Israel’s rivers and streams over the past decade. But virtually all of them still have their share of ecological problems – most notably the ones in the western part of the country that empty […]

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Protesters disrupt energy summit over gas plant Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN 06/16/2010 05:12 Hof Hacarmel villagers don’t want plant near their homes. http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178576 Exploiting the fact that all the energy industry bigwigs were under the same roof, residents from Hof Hacarmel villages repeatedly disrupted the proceedings of The Marker’s Israel Energy Conference in Ramat Gan on Tuesday to protest the planned construction of […]

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Israeli-developed Eco-Pack offers green alternative Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/16/2010 06:13 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=178581 Israel is gaining a reputation for clean-tech innovation. Israel is gaining a reputation for clean-tech innovation, and Yossef Heyman hopes to make that a reality in yet another field – produce packaging. “One-point-five billion packaging boxes are in use around the world, mostly those made of wood, heavy […]

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