Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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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Report: Israel shuts off water to Jordan Valley farms Ma’an

Four days after an Israeli minister threatened to restrict the West Bank’s water supply, Israeli authorities closed off the main water source used for agriculture in a Jordan Valley village on Sunday, committee members and lawyers said. The Bardalah village’s farmers could stand to lose not only profit, but the land’s viability, and have protested […]

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Israel threatens to shut off taps for West Bank water Ma’an

08/04/2010 15:32 Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau threatened to restrict the West Bank water supply if no sewage treatment plants were installed in the area, a UN alert warned on Wednesday. The official reportedly told Israel’s Army Radio that “They get clean water from us, and in return they give us […]

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African land grab not a cure to Arab food concerns Arabian Business

by Neeraj Gangal As desertification dries up farmland across the Arab world, the region’s governments cannot remedy concerns about food security solely by looking to Africa for agricultural production, a regional expert said. Desertification threatens 20 percent of the already dry Middle East and North Africa, pushing many states to invest in African farmland to […]

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[MENA-Water] e-learning on renewable energy desalination

Dear colleagues, the use of renewable energy for desalination is attracting more and more attention since its potential for the Mediterranean region is huge. The ProDes project (www.prodes-project.org) has done a lot of work promoting the technology and training a large number of people. Now an e-learning course is offered for the first time, allowing […]

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Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners: short course 2010 University of East Anglia

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners: short course 2010 International Development UEA and Water Security Research Centre, University of East Anglia 24 – 28 May 2010 (5 days) for details see http://www.uea.ac.uk/dev/co/prodev/wspmp2010

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Experts to review region’s water challenges, aspirations Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – Water experts from across the Kingdom and the Arab world are scheduled to meet in Amman this week to discuss regional water security, according to organisers. The event, which is being hosted by the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA) at the Professional Associations Complex in Shmeisani, will highlight Arab-Israeli water […]

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Jordan, EU embark on joint safety project Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The EU and Jordan on Monday embarked on a two-year nuclear safety project, according to officials. EU and Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) officials met in Amman yesterday to identify areas of cooperation to develop the Kingdom’s nuclear regulatory framework, according to the JNRC. During the next four days, they […]

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Competition to boost students’ environmental awareness Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Students across the country will soon be acquainted with the dangers facing biological diversity in Jordan, home to scores of regionally and globally endangered species. Under the “Environment and Agriculture” competition, launched this week by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), thousands of students will be encouraged […]

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Experts say more cooperation needed to face water crisis Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – Water experts on Tuesday called for greater coordination and sharing of information among Arab countries to tackle the challenge of water scarcity and the threat of climate change. During a one-day seminar on water security in the Arab world, experts from Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and other countries discussed means […]

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Invitation to an energy crisis Jordan Times

By Anas F. Alhajji As rising consumption and nationalism in OPEC countries pushes down their crude-oil exports and forces international oil companies to invest in high-cost areas with small reserves as global demand continues to grow, oil prices might ultimately shatter the record set in 2008. In the short run, heightened volatility will be the […]

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Kingdom to receive final $45m for Gulf War environmental damage Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Jordan will receive $45 million plus interest this month from the UN Compensation Committee (UNCC) for damage incurred during the first Gulf War, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The funds represent the third and final instalment of compensation for damage the Kingdom’s water, environment, wildlife, marine life and […]

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