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Kingdom must guard against future water crises – Rifai – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – Prime Minister Samir Rifai on Monday underscored the need to take all necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of the “drinking water shortage crisis” witnessed recently in a number of governorates. During a tour to the governorates of Zarqa and Jerash yesterday, Rifai underlined the need to develop plans and programmes in […]

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New wells to quench water-deprived northern region – ministry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The northern governorates’ water woes will be solved in the next 10 days with the pumping of an additional 400 cubic metres of water per hour to the area, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said on Tuesday. Pumping from the Mashtal Feisal water wells in Jerash Governorate is expected […]

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‘Jordanian-Thai cooperation to make it rain’ – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Jordanian-Thai ties may bring about wet weather in the Kingdom under cooperation in artificial rain techniques, according to the top Thai diplomat in Amman. In a recent interview with The Jordan Times, Thai Ambassador in Amman Isinthorn Sornvai said Jordan is actively studying ways to benefit from Thailand’s experience in […]

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As greenhouses bake in heat, millions of shekels of produce ruined – Haaretz

While no vegetables are expected to disappear altogether from the market, prices are going to be increasing, even though they’re already higher than usual for the season. By Amiram Cohen and Haim Bior The heat wave of the past few weeks has given the country a surplus of roasted vegetables – on the vine, that […]

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Fires take their toll on northern farmland – Daily Star

By Antoine Amrieh Friday, September 03, 2010 AKKAR: The series of fires that broke out across the country this summer have left numerous green spaces completely torched. The massive damage has become evident in the north Lebanon region of Akkar, where almost 100,000 square meters of land were ruined, threatening both the environment and the […]

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Water waste treatement plants sit idle as pollution problems mount – Daily Star

World Bank report to urge government action on issue By Simona Sikimic Wednesday, September 08, 2010 BEIRUT: Many of Lebanon’s waste water treatment plants are lying unused due to high operating costs, insufficient support infrastructure and a lack of awareness, several experts told The Daily Star on Tuesday. Eight government-backed waste water treatment facilities have […]

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Pollution reduction plan to be contracted out – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 09/02/2010 08:00 International consultant to help Israeli team of specialists improve air quality. As the implementation date for the Clean Air Act approaches, the Environmental Protection Ministry issued a tender this week seeking an economic consultant to create a national plan to reduce air pollution. The Clean Air Act goes into […]

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Digging up the dirt = Haaretz

The West Bank settlement of Beit Haggai lives on earnings from a stone quarry it received as a ‘gift’ from the state. But the High Court of Justice may soon stop work at the quarry and force the government to rethink the way it exploits natural resources in the territories. By Shay Fogelman Even in […]

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Wolf population threatened by hunting, poisoning – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Ecologists on Tuesday warned that wolves, a locally threatened species, are increasingly being hunted down and poisoned, leading to a drop in their numbers in Jordan. Gray wolves, known simply as wolves, are carnivorous mammals belonging to the Canidae family, of which five species exist in Jordan, also including the […]

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Steinitz, Erdan pledge support to Ariel Sharon Park – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 09/01/2010 05:39 Garbage mountain will become the showpiece of a series of walking and biking paths, a lake, and a canal system. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) and Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) both pledged to ensure funding for the development of Ariel Sharon Park in the Tel Aviv metropolitan […]

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Arab-Israeli Eco group scores award – Jerusalem Post

09/02/2010 08:51 Friends of the Earth Middle East wins Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Award. Friends of the Earth Middle East, an Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian environmental organization, has won the 2010 Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euro- Mediterranean Dialogue Award. The theme of the award this year was “Intercultural Dialogue for Ecological Sustainability.” According to its Web site, Friends of the Earth […]

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Environment first – Common Ground

by Sarah Ozacky-Lazar 02 September 2010 JERUSALEM – Every few years, the idea of establishing one state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea rises and falls like a phoenix; a dream of a state where both Palestinians and Israelis live in peace with no borders, no barriers, cultural autonomy and equal citizenship for […]

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Jumping into turbid waters – YNET

‘Big Jump,’ an international environmental event, held Middle Eastern style. Israelis, Palestinians, including mayors, youth group leaders, jump into Jordan River in order to raise awareness of pollution in southern section Yael Darel Published: 08.20.10, 08:21 / Israel Activism More than half a million people throughout Europe showed up in bathing suits next to a […]

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Climate change, human failing behind Pakistan floods – Jordan Times

By Rebecca Conway Reuters ISLAMABAD – Global warming might be one explanation for Pakistan’s devastating floods, but scientists believe poor land management, outdated irrigation systems and logging are at least as much to blame. Flooding has battered Pakistan since the onset of heavy monsoon rains a month ago, affecting a wide central belt. More than […]

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Egypt’s energy crisis stirs public unrest – Jerusalem Post

By DAVID E. MILLER / THE MEDIA LINE 08/24/2010 22:12 Recurring power shortages cause demonstrations. The Egyptian government has announced its intention to continue decreasing electric output pending the end of a heat-wave which saw temperatures climb to 40 degrees Celsius. Government spokesman Magdi Radi announced that an “emergency plan” prepared by the government would […]

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Lebanon: Weapons…Or Electricity? – Asharq Alawsat

By Ali Ibrahim August is a hot summer month, and in some cases, a month of problems. August in Lebanon has been characterized by two problems, which reflect two aspects of the lives and concerns of the people there. The first was the clash that erupted suddenly, amidst rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, between Hezbollah […]

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Is the electric car feasible for Israel? – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 08/26/2010 22:22 Government issues tender to analyze alternative energy vehicles. The National Infrastructures Ministry on Thursday issued a tender for a consultant to do an economic analysis of the feasibility of electric cars compared to gasoline-powered and other alternative energy vehicles. The ministry said it was committed to cleaner transport to […]

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Gov’t to introduce electric cars in bid to go green – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Starting next year, several electric cars will be introduced to public agency fleets as part of the country’s commitment to adopt eco-friendly practices, the government said on Wednesday. The Nissan LEAF, manufactured by Nissan Motor Co., Lt., will be introduced in the public sector in 2011 to help the Kingdom […]

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Talks continue over stalled wind power project – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Talks are ongoing between the government and a firm selected to carry out the country’s first wind power plant, according to a senior energy official. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Greek firm Terna Energy SA remain in negotiations over the construction of a 40 megawatt (MW) wind […]

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‘Gov’t committed to renewable energy despite costs’ – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The government has said that it remains committed to renewable energy, with senior officials studying various financing plans to utilise alternative energy resources in the Kingdom. Despite facing a budget deficit of over JD1 billion, the government has made renewable energy projects a priority to secure the country’s energy independence, […]

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