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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Spiritual corruption cited as one reason behind environmental problems – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – Islamic scholars on Wednesday concluded that spiritual corruption is one of the main reasons behind the environmental problems now facing humans. At the conclusion of the 15th General Conference of the Royal Al al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought titled “Environment in Islam” yesterday, participants adopted the Islamic Declaration on […]

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‘Cycling tour may be cancelled due to opposition’ – Jordan Times

By Thameen Kheetan AMMAN – Jordanian organisers of a cycling tour for environmental awareness that includes Israeli and Palestinian participants on Wednesday said they would consider cancelling the event if anti-normalisation activists continue to condemn the initiative. “It is possible, if the criticism continues, that we will cancel the event because we don’t need trouble,” […]

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Cross border Bicyling for 350.org – FOEME

Cross border Bicyling for 350.org 2010-10-08 Friends of the Earth Middle East is organizing a unique cross-border cycling event to call attention to the threatening impacts of climate change on the Lower Jordan River and the Dead Sea. The event is part of the Global Work Party 10/10/10, organized by 350.org. To achieve the objectives […]

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Polluting Palestinian charcoal wafting west of the Green Line – Haaretz

Production moves across separation fence, leaving Israelis coughing. By Chaim Levinson Smoke from the Palestinian charcoal industry in the northern West Bank, which has moved west of the separation fence in recent years, has become a pollution problem in Jewish communities west of the Green Line. But there may be a ray of light through […]

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‘Environmental thinking leads to political maturity’ – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – Environmental thinking leads to political maturity, according to Minister of Environment Hazem Malhas. During a seminar on environmental challenges in Jordan held by Al Rai Centre for Research on Saturday, he urged Jordanians to vote for parliamentary candidates who take the environment into consideration in their political agenda. Malhas presented […]

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Editorial: Prepare for the drought – Jerusalem Post

By JPOST EDITORIAL 09/11/2010 21:16 We are witnessing an incomprehensible ongoing failure to conserve existing resources. At a season in which Jews everywhere pray fervently for rain in Israel, meteorologists bear bad tidings. By their learned prognostications, we are in for a very parched year – not that the previous winter, a relatively good one […]

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Until accepted – Jordan Times

The number of people buying bottled water for drinking and cooking is on the rise, as proved by the increasing number of water purification and filtering shops in urban areas. The reasons more Jordanians resort to bottled water have more to do with myth than with reality, for, if there are concerns about tap water, […]

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The sand belongs to the dune – Haaretz

Nature restoration work is usually a worthy endeavor; as long as we need quarries and mining, it should be done in a considered and efficient manner. The problem is that nature in Israel has turned into a major rehabilitation project. By Zafrir Rinat Officials at the Israel Lands Administration and the National Infrastructure Ministry take […]

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‘Phosphate hills’ to undergo facelift – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Four thousand dunums of land in Ruseifa piled with waste from phosphate mining will be cleaned up and turned into green spaces, parks and vocational zones, according to environment officials. The Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) started operations in the area in the 1930s, and the plant was relocated to […]

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Delegation vetting Wadi Rum as World Heritage Site – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) delegation arrived in the Kingdom on Saturday to evaluate Jordan’s nomination of Wadi Rum as a World Heritage Site. The delegation, which comprises experts and representatives of UNESCO’s consulting institutions, is scheduled to tour the southern desert and meet with local […]

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Coral colonies found 700 meters under Mediterranean – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 09/21/2010 22:28 Reefs discovered by Haifa University researchers using robot diving equipment only 30 km. from Tel Aviv. Coral reefs have been discovered deep off Israel’s Mediterranean coast by a team of Haifa University researchers who spent the last two-and-a-half weeks on the Nautilus ship owned by Robert Ballard, the discoverer in […]

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Weeklong beach clean-up begins as part of campaign – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 09/20/2010 04:23 International Coastal Cleanup is the brainchild of international NGO Ocean Conservancy; highest rated: Achziv, Tel Baruch, Nordau-Metzitzim and Hilton. Israel joined the International Coastal Cleanup on Sunday for the first time, launching a week-long beach campaign that will peak Friday at Nahsholim Beach. The goal is to encourage 2,500 […]

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Campaigners urge halt on road works to protect reserve – Daily Star

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 BEIRUT: Environmentalists called for saving the Bentael Nature Reserve in Jbeil on Tuesday, saying a project to build a nearby road will harm the reserve. The head of the Bentael Nature Reserve Organization Raymond Khoury held a news conference dubbed “Save the Bentael Nature Reserve” to urge officials to halt all […]

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Spines don’t deter Ramat Aviv’s hedgehog heroes – Haaretz

The veteran Tel Aviv neighborhood houses two rare species of the small nocturnal mammals By Zafrir Rinat Old Ramat Aviv has a stolid image, but its otherwise serene residents morph into environmental avengers when their quality of life is under threat. They prize the neighborhood’s green spaces, and turned positively fierce when city hall’s landscaping […]

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Kingdom exploring new sources of natural gas supply – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – A drop in the amount of natural gas supplied by Egypt is forcing the Kingdom to explore new energy sources, according to a senior official. Natural gas, which the Kingdom receives from Egypt at preferential prices, fuelled 90 per cent of electricity generation last year, but the amount of gas […]

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Large Golan wind farm to be nat’l infrastructure priority – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 09/21/2010 22:12 155-megawatt wind turbine farm awarded priority planning status this week by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. A 155-megawatt wind turbine farm set to be constructed in the Golan Heights was awarded priority planning status this week by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the urging of the Ministry of National Infrastructures. […]

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Sudan, Spanish agricultural projects shelved – Jordan Times

By Hani Hazaimeh AMMAN – The Kingdom’s stalled Sudan agricultural investment project is no longer feasible. Meanwhile a proposal by Spanish investors to market the Kingdom’s olive oil in Europe has also failed to take off, the government said on Monday. The Sudan project started in 1998 when Jordan signed a 70-year agricultural protocol with […]

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Take out your trash on time, GAM tells Amman residents – Jordan Times

The Greater Amman Municipality will enter into a dialogue with the capital’s residents this week to get their feedback on a garbage disposal By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will launch an awareness campaign this week to inform the capital’s residents about assigned times to take out their trash. Residents will […]

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Billion dollar baby – Jerusalem Post

By GERARD HEUMANN 09/19/2010 22:46 Jerusalemites are not likely to forgive or forget the trauma of the 10 years of construction and endless disruptions to traffic caused by the Jerusalem Light Rail project The long-awaited inauguration of the Jerusalem Light Rail line, the first of its type in the country, is scheduled, barring further delays, […]

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Experts call for switching to green culture, economy – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – HRH Prince Asem Bin Nayef on Monday announced the launch of the Arab Council for Renewable Energy, which seeks to promote renewable energy use and appliances in the Arab region. During the Green Techies Forum and Exhibition (GTFEX 2010), which opened yesterday with the participation of over 350 sector representatives […]

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