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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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SYRIA: Why the water shortages? IRIN

DAMASCUS, 25 March 2010 (IRIN) – Poor planning and management, wasteful irrigation systems, intensive wheat and cotton farming and a rapidly growing population are straining water resources in Syria in a year which has seen unprecedented internal displacement as a result of drought in eastern and northeastern parts of the country. “Population [estimated at 24 […]

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No water tariff hikes in 2010 – Najjar Jordan Times

AMMAN (Petra) – The government has no plans to raise water tariffs this year as authorities move forward with a strategy addressing households that consume large quantities of water, a senior official said on Sunday. Although water tariffs will not be increased in 2010, the ministry has a 10-year plan in place regarding charges for […]

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Energy, water consumption in public buildings comes under scrutiny Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment is currently studying energy and water consumption in public buildings in a bid to cut down the use of the two limited resources, a government official said on Sunday. The project, implemented in cooperation with the private sector, seeks to reduce energy and water bills by […]

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Water conference ends in failure due to Israel-Arab row Jordan Times

BARCELONA (AFP) – Talks aimed at adopting a water management strategy for the Mediterranean failed Tuesday due to a row between Israel and Arab countries over a reference to the Palestinian territories, participants said. The stalemate was seen as a strong blow against the nascent 43-nation Mediterranean Union, which was set up two years ago […]

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Despite Passover litter, Kinneret to stay open for Independence Day Haretz

By Eli Ashkenazi Despite the littering and damage caused by visitors to Lake Kinneret over the Passover holiday, the Union of Kinneret Cities has decided to leave beaches open to the public on Independence Day next week. The union will deploy more inspectors and law enforcement agents along the beaches under its control, and has […]

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Quality of water at Israel’s beaches improving, group reports Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat and Fadi Eyadat Visitors to Tel Aviv’s Tzuk Beach likely noticed signs warning that bathing was prohibited due to water pollution. But a report released yesterday by the environmental advocacy group Zalul ahead of the summer beach season states that water quality at Israel’s beaches actually has improved significantly over the past […]

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New Worlds: Israeli scientists helping Egypt save Nile fish Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 03/04/2010 23:19 Hungry Nile Perch threatens to deprive local fishermen of their main source of protein. Also: TAU group develops sensitive electro-mechanical sensors. Nile Perch used to be so prolific in Africa’s Lake Victoria that it was called “Princess of the Nile” in Israel to encourage consumers to buy it. But the […]

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‘Palestinians do not adequately treat their sewage’ Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/04/2010 05:21 Landau says he is “infuriated” over pollution of “shared environment.” “It is infuriating that we give the Palestinians fresh water and yet they do not adequately treat their sewage and instead pollute our shared environment,” National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau declared at the end of a tour of the […]

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Hiriya: A vision of green Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/04/2010 05:30 Architect Peter Latz aims to turn garbage heap into sustainable environmental park. Talkbacks (2) The view from the top is spectacular, a panoramic vista of the Tel Aviv skyline that is unique in its beauty. The air is brisk and fresh, and you can see the sea on a […]

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More work, less play for Israel’s endangered dolphins ISRAEL21C

By ISRAEL21C 02/04/2010 16:42 A new University of Haifa study finds that commercial fishing endangers Mediterranean dolphins. Talkbacks (1) Extensive commercial fishing trawlers endanger the common bottlenose dolphins in the Mediterranean, by both poaching their food supply and catching them in their nets, according to a new study carried out at an Israeli university. The […]

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Palestinian sewage tanker confiscated YNET

Village residents say Civil Administration seized device used for disposing sewage, claiming it causes environmental damage to adjacent settlements. ‘They expect us to collect our waste in bottles,’ says Palestinian Ali Waked Published: 04.07.10, 23:29 / Israel News Who will empty out the sewage from Palestinian villages between Nablus and Ramallah? Thousands of Palestinians will […]

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