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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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Officials hold ‘water day’ in south Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=114971#axzz0oFH7Khts Tuesday, May 18, 2010 BEIRUT: Italian and Lebanese municipal officials held a “water day” recently to improve water resource management in south Lebanon. President of the Union of Municipalities of Shkif Samih Hallal, director of Support to the South Lebanon Water Establishment (SLWE) Ahmad Nizam and representatives of Italian NGO CISP held the water […]

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New Worlds: Air pollution tied to storm activity Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=175648 By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 15/05/2010 23:49 Also, Weizmann Institute researcher reveals gene responsible for producing sweet, pink tomato loved by diners in the Far East. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and where there’s air pollution, local weather patterns, rainfall and thunderstorm intensity can be affected. So say Tel Aviv University researchers and colleagues in other […]

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Gulf looks to science to turn desert to farmland Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26656 By Amena Bakr Reuters ABU DHABI – Gulf nations hope science will turn desert areas into arable land to boost food security and avoid the risks inherent in buying farmland abroad, industry insiders said on Monday. Farming in the Gulf battles against little water supply, high soil salinity and extreme heat. But many of […]

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Nature offenders to face aggravated penalties YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3881227,00.html Nature and Park Authority rangers can now increase fines, punishments given to environmental offenders. Maximum penalty for poaching, trading natural monuments now punishable by two-year jail time Yael Darel Published: 05.13.10, 09:08 / Israel Activism Offenders harming wild animals or nature will be made to pay higher fines and receive harsher punishments – both […]

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Zalul Environmental Association May 2010

Zalul conferences bring together stakeholders to take strides toward environmental change Desalination: On Sunday, April 25, 2010, Zalul hosted the conference “Desalination: How Much Does it Cost the Sea?” at Haifa’s prestigious Technion Water Reseach Institute, bringing about Israel’s top desalination professors and researchers to deliberate on this important topic. In the hopes of zeroing […]

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Environmental Peacemaking May 2010 FoEME

FoEME is proud to report that our Jordanian Director, Mr. Munqeth Mehyar was one of 150 selected delegates from 50 countries around the world to participate in President Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington DC this week. The Summit highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship to fostering economic opportunity and community development and aimed to identify […]

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The denuding of Lachish Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/the-denuding-of-lachish-1.289269 By Zafrir Rinat The once unadulterated hills of Lachish are alive with the sound of bulldozers. One green group is bemoaning the loss of another nature area Lachish hills Bulldozers preparing the Lachish hills for housing for Gush Katif evacuees Photo by: Zafrir Rinat Until recently the Lachish hills were one of the few […]

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Jordan River ‘to run dry next year’ Al Jazeera

http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/05/20105510484475825.html By Orly Halpern The Jordan River is the main source of the Sea of Galilee [GETTY] Normally on bus tours the guide will make numerous pit stops for the sightseers. But as we drove from Jerusalem out of the Judea Mountains and into the open space of the Jordan Valley, our Jordan River tour […]

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Desalination plant starts supplying drinking water to Deir Alla residents Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26385 By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Pumping from the Karameh Dam desalination plant has started at a total capacity of 2,400 cubic metres per day, an official at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said on Saturday. Following two-months of experimental operation to ensure that the desalinated water is fit for human consumption, the plant […]

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Three firms short-listed to build nuclear plant Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26432 By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The government has notified three international companies that they have been short-listed to build the Kingdom’s first nuclear power plant, according to a senior energy official. Following the official notifications, which were sent out this week, the government will enter negotiations with the three companies, which were short-listed from […]

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TA mayor to install 50 electric vehicle charging stations from US firm YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3885147,00.html Ron Huldai is not waiting for Shai Agassi. Coulomb Technologies, Better Place’s competitor in US, reaches agreement in principle with city of Tel Aviv. City official: We won’t allow issue of charging electric cars to become monopoly Sharon Baider Published: 05.10.10, 07:48 / Israel Business Owners of electric cars and motorbikes will be able […]

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Slow train to the subway Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/slow-train-to-the-subway-1.289344 Editorial Tel Aviv’s lack of a subway system (or as it is officially known, the Dan Region Mass Transit System ) is one of most grave infrastructure failures Israel has ever known. This country, whose scientists have won Nobel prizes and whose entrepreneurs shine in high-tech markets, has been unable to build a basic […]

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Street cats are paying the price of saving the birds Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/street-cats-are-paying-the-price-of-saving-the-birds-1.289177 Some wildlife conservationists say that street cats are decimating urban songbird populations and call for extreme measures to control them. Pro-cat charities favor sterilization. By Zafrir Rinat An opinion piece posted recently on a Jewish National Fund Web site by Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov and Dr. Eli Gefen of Tel Aviv University was removed soon […]

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Two new reports on the Lower Jordan River released today 2010-05-03 EcoPeace / FoEME

http://www.foeme.org/press.php?ind=77 the media release on FoEME Jordan River reports MEDIA RELEASE Two new reports released today identify the amount of water needed to rehabilitate the Jordan River and where the water must come from if we are to bring back to life one of the most famous rivers on earth. EcoPeace / Friends of the […]

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Parting the Waters National Geographic

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2010/04/parting-the-waters/belt-text from the special issue on water, April 2010 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/04/table-of-contents Published: April 2010 A source of conflict between Israel and its neighbors for decades, the Jordan River is now depleted by drought, pollution, and overuse. Could the fight to save it forge a path toward peace? By Don Belt For a biblical stream whose name […]

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