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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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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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