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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Study: Environmental enforcement in Israel doesn’t deter criminals Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164588.html By Zafrir Rinat The Environmental Protection Ministry lacks necessary authority and professional training and is largely dependent on outside lawyers in pursuing criminal charges on the ministry’s behalf, according to a study by Adam Teva V’Din (the Israel Union for Environmental Defense). The findings were released to coincide with today’s commemoration of Earth Day […]

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http://www. Could water ignite the next war? Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=173652 By D. BLOOMFIELD 22/04/2010 10:53 Israel’s 62 years have been marked by some 30 military clashes over this natural resource. Talkbacks (3) If the last two decades have been marked by wars over oil, the coming decades could see conflict over a much more precious commodity, water. By mid-century more than half of humanity […]

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Crisis on the Nile Asharq Alawsat

http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=2&id=20670 21/04/2010 By Osman MirghaniBecause water is the source of life, it was not odd to hear Dr. Mufid Shahab, Egypt’s Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs say that “Egypt’s water security and its historical rights to the water of the River Nile is a matter of life and death that cannot be ignored.” This […]

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Public agencies tackle water conservation JORDAN TIMES

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=25962 By Laila Azzeh AMMAN –– Public sector representatives on Thursday drew up action plans to implement long-term comprehensive water conservation programmes in their respective institutions. In a workshop organised by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in cooperation with the USAID-funded IDARA Project yesterday, participants were acquainted with the recommendations of the national Water […]

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PM aims to reverse Kinneret fish decline YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3877958,00.html Israel bans fishermen from trawling waters for two years, plans to restock Sea of Galilee with fish brought from outside Reuters Published: 04.19.10, 14:49 / Israel Business Israel hopes to fill the Sea of Galilee with a great multitude of fishes. Responding to a decline in the number of fish in the Biblical lake […]

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Erdan: Gov’t building plans violate balance between development and conservation Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164823.html By Zafrir Rinat Earth Day was marked around the world yesterday with a series of events that in Israel included “Earth Hour” – turning off the lights in several cities. Environmental groups in Israel also used the day to harshly criticize the government’s planning and building reforms. A chief critic of the reforms is […]

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Vineyard flooded with settlement sewage Ma’an

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=278490 Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli settlers opened a sewage pipe running toward the Hebron-area town of Beit Ummar on Wednesday night, flooding a Palestinian vineyard with wastewater, local officials said. By opening the sewage pipe, residents of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc destroyed some 70,000 square meters of the vineyard belonging to the Sabarneh […]

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And the Green Globe goes to… Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=173634 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 22/04/2010 07:52 Israeli Umbrella organization awards prizes for most and least environmentally friendly conduct. For the seventh year in a row, the Green Globes will be awarded by Life and Environment, the umbrella organization of environmental organizations in Israel, to activists, groups and companies for environmental action. A Black Globe […]

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Emerging Nuclear Energy Countries: Middle East World Nuclear Association

The Middle East entries taken from the World Nuclear Association Report on Emerging Nuclear Energy Countries http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf102.html Turkey In 2007 Turkey produced 191 billion kWh/yr gross from 40.6 GWe of plant. In 2007 49% of electricity came from gas (two thirds of this from Russia, most of the rest from Iran), 28% from coal and […]

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Saudis to Build Nuclear, Renewable Energy Centre Asharq Alawset

18/04/2010 RIYADH (AFP) – Oil giant Saudi Arabia on Saturday gave its strongest signal yet that it wants to develop atomic power by announcing a new centre for nuclear and alternative energy technologies. Former commerce minister Hashem bin Abdullah Yamani was named to head the King Abdullah City for Nuclear and Renewable Energies, to be […]

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‘Jordan committed to renewable energy’ Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Jordan is determined to pursue renewable energy despite difficulties posed by the international market, a top energy official said on Thursday. Addressing a seminar on wind energy hosted by the Danish embassy in Amman and Vestas yesterday, Minister of Energy Khalid Irani said attracting investments for renewable energy projects in […]

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‘Amman still unfriendly to pedestrians’ Jordan Times

The Greater Amman Municipality has uprooted 55,000 trees from sidewalks across the city over the past four years under a campaign to make the capital’s pavements pedestrian friendly (Photo courtesy of GAM) The Greater Amman Municipality has uprooted 55,000 trees from sidewalks across the city over the past four years under a campaign to make […]

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Fuheis residents demand relocation of cement factory Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – Dozens of Fuheis residents demonstrated at the town square on Thursday demanding the relocation of a cement factory owned by the Jordan Lafarge Cement Factories Company. A small town of 25,000 residents situated 10 kilometres west of Amman, Fuheis is known for its olive groves and pleasant weather. But […]

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As season opens: Cleaner beaches, but blight getting worse Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat Beaches were officially opened to the public for bathing yesterday with data suggesting a certain drop in pollution levels and rise in cleanliness of beaches, but not near Haifa Bay, where industrialization and urbanization still present a problem. Two other issues facing public beaches are plans to build near or on them, […]

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Cabinet set to ban fishing in Kinneret for 2 years Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 16/04/2010 02:16 Dangerously few fish left, according to Agriculture Ministry; Fishermen decry decision. The water levels of Lake Kinneret are receding, but there is little need to worry about finding dead fish on the bottom when the lake dries up – the fish will be gone long before then, if business […]

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Hamas…and Sanitation Asharq Alawsat

18/04/2010 By Tariq Alhomayed According to what was reported by Israeli Army Radio a few days ago, a delegation of experts and engineers affiliated to Hamas’s so-called government in Gaza visited Israel in secret around two and a half months ago “with the goal of benefiting from Israel expertise in the field of wastewater treatment […]

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Cut the Rhetoric: Don’t hold water hostage to the Middle East conflict EcoPeace/FOEME

Gidon Bromberg, FoEME’s Israeli Director, responds to recent comments by Israeli officials regarding water in the West Bank: Comments made recently by Israeli Minister of Infrastructure, Uzi Landau (Israel Beitenu), that water supplies to Palestinians will be cut off if they do not treat their sewage, deserve condemnation. First, the Minister ignores the fact that […]

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Occupation’ semantics thwart pan-Mediterranean water deal

By TOVAH LAZAROFF 16/04/2010 “They want to turn every forum into an arena where they can just isolate us,” Landau accuses Arab League, as 43-nation meeting ends in deadlock. Talkbacks (1) A regional water agreement that could have reduced usage was thwarted this week when Israel and the Arab League sparred over the use of […]

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Environmental Peacemaking EcoPeace/ Friends of the Earth Middle East

April 2010 FoEME is deeply saddened to report that on Sunday, March 7th a terrible car accident killed former FoEME staff member Efrat Gamliel, her two very young children and her mother. Efrat was the first Israeli project coordinator for the Good Water Neighbors project, from 2001 to 2003. She played an instrumental role in […]

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SYRIA: Ray of hope for drought-affected farmers IRIN

DAMASCUS, 11 April 2010 (IRIN) – While severe drought in eastern and northeastern Syria is seriously affecting lives and livelihoods, farmers may draw some hope and comfort from an irrigation success story in the central district of Salamieh. An experimental drip irrigation project run by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (RSP) in the village […]

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