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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Conservationists raise alarm over mysterious dead fish in Aqaba – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Conservationists on Sunday called on the public to report to the authorities any individuals emptying materials into the Gulf of Aqaba, following the discovery of dead fish in the Red Sea. On September 5, Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) teams recorded several dead fish floating in the Gulf […]

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EGYPT: Seeking to grow cereals on African farmland – IRIN

The “land-grab” phenomenon of foreign agricultural investment in Africa has grown since the 2008 food crisis. An Indian worker transplants rice on a major commercial agricultural scheme in Ethiopia CAIRO, 11 October 2010 (IRIN) – The Egyptian government is hoping to cultivate wheat and other cereals on fertile land in African countries to feed its […]

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The latest round of peace talks: Why failure is not an option – Arab News

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen At the start of the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority the other week at the White House President Barack Obama reminded us of the similar introspective messages of the months of Elul and Ramadan. These Jewish and Muslim months, born in the shared landscape and sky of the […]

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Jordanians pull out of cycling tour due to local opposition – Jordan Times

By Thameen Kheetan AMMAN – Jordanian activists have pulled out from a cycling tour for environmental awareness that included Israeli and Palestinian participants, due to local opposition, organisers said Tuesday. Neither Jordanians nor Palestinians will take part in the activity, which drew harsh criticism from local professional associations and a youth group, who said it […]

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FOEME Environmental Peacemaking October 2010

October 2010 FoEME congratulates the European Parliament for passing an historic resolution on September 9th, bringing attention to the critical state of the Lower Jordan River and calling upon the governments of Israel, Jordan and Palestine to work together to rehabilitate the Jordan River. Initiated by leaders of the Group of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) […]

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Recent Publications – Friends of the Earth Middle East

An Economic Analysis of Policy Options for Water Conservation in Israel – July 2010 Towards a Living Jordan River: An Environmental Flows Report on the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River – May 2010 Towards a Living Jordan River: An Economic Analysis of Policy Options for Water Conservation in Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Draft Report […]

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Erdan threatens to block building of new Palestinian city – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/06/2010 01:55 “Pollution respects no borders, affects surrounding settlements – Jewish and Arab – even has an effect across Green Line,” Erdan says of Rawabi. Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) threatened on Tuesday to do his utmost to prevent construction of the new Palestinian city of Rawabi if the developer […]

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“Rebuilding Dead Sea hotels will cost double the estimate’ – Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN 10/08/2010 05:57 Israel Hotel Association releases a new study as possibilities are investigated s a solution for rising water levels in the southern part of the sea. With the decision on the fate of the Dead Sea hotels only weeks away, the Israel Hotel Association released a new study on Wednesday claiming […]

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Sea of corruption – Haaretz

The state must immediately set limits on Israel Chemicals’ mining of the Dead Sea and charge it royalties in keeping with the profits it makes and the damage it does to the sea, and to us. By Merav Michaeli The Finance Ministry is considering a compromise with Israel Chemicals. This company mines Israel’s natural mineral […]

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Top chemists to attend int’l conference at Dead Sea – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN – More than 300 chemists will convene at the Dead Sea on Wednesday to discuss contemporary issues in their field and to provide young scientists with the opportunity to meet top chemists from around world. The 11th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences (EuAsC2S-11) is being held in an Arab country for […]

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Lebanese maps give Israel more territorial water – YNET

Despite claims of gas reserves ‘theft’, maps drawn up by Lebanon, Cyprus show Israel relinquished large area in sea Amir Ben David Published: 10.07.10, 13:42 While Lebanon claims Israel “stole” some of its natural gas reserves and “invaded” its territorial waters, it appears the Israeli border drawn up in Lebanese maps is further to the […]

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Odd marine changes strike coast of Sidon – Daily Star

Thursday, October 07, 2010 SIDON: A large number of dead jellyfish, as well as the emergence of new marine life, have been recently spotted in Lebanon’s ocean with climate change thought to be a possible cause behind the rare events. The rare occurrences were observed off the south’s coastal city of Sidon, where jellyfish vanished […]

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Editorial: A time to conserve – Jerusalem Post

As we look ahead to another year of activity, it’s important to remember that what we don’t use can sometimes be more important than what we do. As we leave the introspective holiday period, we begin a new year, a new cycle. The Torah begins anew with Genesis, which is read this Shabbat. It is […]

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Climate change: foreign policy’s biggest challenge By Piers Cazalet – Daily Star

Friday, October 01, 2010 Foreign policy, at its heart, is about ensuring the security and prosperity of our citizens. We cannot do this unless we develop an effective strategy for dealing with climate change. Climate security is inseparably connected to energy security, food security and water security. That is why William Hague, the British Foreign […]

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Conservation initiative to target university students – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – A new initiative to raise awareness among university students on the need to preserve the environment and limit the use of water and energy will be implemented before the end of the year, the EDAMA Association announced Thursday. The initiative, dubbed “EDAMA University”, will be implemented in several universities and […]

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Out of the ordinary – Haaretz

A rare look at nature in Israel. By Ariel Hirschfeld Everything possible was done to ensure that “Land of Genesis” – the most important and fascinating Israeli nature film ever made – would turn out to be perfectly ordinary and banal. Yet the film, directed and photographed by Moshe Alpert, is far from that. For […]

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Good timing – Jordan Times

The Greater Amman Municipality set morning hours for residents to get their trash out to the containers in their neighbourhoods. That is an orderly way of doing things, seeing that garbage collectors, who work hard at all hours of day and night, also need some rest from a taxing job. GAM says it is launching […]

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Winners of green building designs honoured – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Winners of a competition for designing water- and energy-efficient housing units were honoured on Wednesday, amidst calls for incorporating protection of the Kingdom’s scarce resources in building codes. Mahmoud Saymeh and his wife Lama Abu Hassan took home first prize for designing an apartment building that enhances residents’ quality of […]

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Aqaba environmental groups help ‘clean up the world’ – Jordan Times

By Susan Lawrence Helke AMMAN – The Aqaba Marine Park (AMP) and the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) carried out numerous activities in Aqaba over the past week as part of the global “Clean up the World” campaign. Observed every year in Aqaba, the activities help clean up the environment while also serving […]

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Lebanese mountains part of conservation plan – Daily Start

Landmark strategy looks to preserve unique ecology of Mediterranean Basin By Simona Sikimic Saturday, October 02, 2010 BEIRUT: Lebanon’s mountains, deemed to be under serious threat from climate change and urbanization, have been listed as among the top conservation priorities of the first-ever comprehensive plan to preserve the unique ecology of the Mediterranean Basin. The […]

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