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Organic is better – Jordan Times

Jordan is one of the many developing countries in the world that has yet to start a campaign for the production of organic food. Until that happens, people will in most cases have to make do with agricultural produce that is treated with pesticides, insecticides and sometimes hormones, to the detriment of their health. Given […]

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MKs want more royalties on gas finds – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON WROBEL 07/13/2010 23:41 Yacimovich: ‘This is a battle for a fair distribution of national resources’ A private member’s bill to raise gas royalties and increase taxes on natural resources was submitted to the Knesset on Tuesday by coalition and opposition MKs. “In our battle, we are undoubtedly going to face a strong opposition […]

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MST becomes 1st Israeli technology firm to connect to grid – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/14/2010 01:31 Arrow of light: Solar technology company announces will deploy blue and white technology in field. Israeli solar company MST announced on Tuesday that it had connected its first system to the national power grid to produce 50KW of electricity, making it the first Israeli firm to deploy blue and […]

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‘2/3 of electricity demand can be met with wind turbines’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/13/2010 08:51 Israel’s ‘Don Quixote’ of wind power Eli Ben-Dov: In 10 years of working through the application process, I have yet to receive a license. Thirty-six years of “tilting at windmills” and attempting to promote the large-scale adoption of wind turbines to generate electricity has given Eli Ben-Dov a cutting […]

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J’lem: 1st comprehensive nature survey completed – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/13/2010 08:55 First survey of nature sites aims to help integrate open spaces into urban planning. The first urban nature site survey of Jerusalem was unveiled by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel at its offices in the capital on Sunday night. The survey of 151 nature spots […]

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Henin named top environmental MK – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/12/2010 04:36 Horowitz, Ezra also make NGO list of green MKs. Hadash MK Dov Henin once again led the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED) list of top environmental legislators, which was released on Sunday. The environmental NGO examined the legislative record of the first session of the 18th Knesset. This […]

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AG’s review of contentious beach resort may be tainted by conflict of interests, environmental groups say – Haaretz

State Comptroller declared that the authorization process which okayed the building of a private resort in Palmahim, one of central Israel’s last unspoiled beaches. By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/ag-s-review-of-contentious-beach-resort-may-be-tainted-by-conflict-of-interests-environmental-groups-say-1.301011 The attorney general’s office may have had a conflict of interests in its probe of an approval given to erect a private resort on an unspoiled beach […]

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Builders, environmentalists ask PM to split planning reform – Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=180758 By RON FRIEDMAN Speed up permit-issuing now, delay construction planning reforms, they urge. Representatives of the planning and construction sector and environmentalists held a joint press conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to call on Prime Minister Netanyahu and the government to change course on the Planning and Construction reform. The press conference featured […]

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Getting a grip on the land grab – Haaretz

Sandy Kedar is deeply concerned. As head of the Association for Distributive Justice, he sees how the state makes decisions about zoning and land sales – and is convinced that the people in charge are in cahoots with the tycoons and against the weak, lone consumer. By Shuki Sadeh http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/week-s-end/getting-a-grip-on-the-land-grab-1.298276 It seems like everyone everywhere […]

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My state is giving up on me – Haaretz

The state is planning to lay a gas pipeline, Route 6 and a railway track on Druze lands in the Jezreel Valley. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/my-state-is-giving-up-on-me-1.300265 By Rafik Halabi The expropriation of Druze lands in the Jezreel Valley keeps coming up. The state is planning to lay a gas pipeline, Route 6 and a railway track on these […]

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Beit Shemesh Anglos reject Zionist take on shale oil project by Steinhardt – Haarerz

http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/anglo-file/beit-shemesh-anglos-reject-zionist-take-on-shale-oil-project-by-steinhardt-1.300876 By Cnaan Liphshiz Immigrants from the Beit Shemesh area voiced strong objection this week to what they term the “use of Zionist rhetoric” by Jewish American businessman Michael Steinhardt to promote a controversial oil extraction project in the area. Steinhardt’s Israeli associates said Zionism was the only reason he was involved in the project. […]

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Wind firm aims to power Egypt mobile network – Daily Star / Reuters

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=3&article_id=116880#axzz0tBrP8XoM CAIRO: Wind turbine firm Zephyr is close to a deal with an Egyptian mobile firm to bolster network coverage for tourists, whose roaming rates offer a lucrative market, and trim remote area operating costs, executives said. The privately owned Japan-based company, whose clients include Vodafone and Turkcell, hopes windswept areas along the Red Sea […]

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‘Ministry employee sold fake chemical permits’ – Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/Health/Article.aspx?id=180911 Employee used position, access to ministry computers to produce fake permits. Police arrested an employee at the Agriculture Ministry on Thursday on suspicion of selling fake permits to purchase a controlled chemical pesticide. The suspect, Uri Haim, allegedly sold permits to farmers that allowed them to buy 67 tons of a […]

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Greenpeace ship activists released – Jerusaem Post

http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=180795 By LAHAV HARKOV Naval police led a coal ship to its dock in Hadera on Thursday, after local Greenpeace activists attempted to prevent it from entering Israel. Group members from Israel and Germany approached the Orient Venus, which had made its way from South Africa to Israeli territorial waters near Hadera, with a rubber […]

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BIU prof. gets €3m. for global warming study on coral reefs – Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=180642 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS Research into how Mediterranean and Red seas affected by global warming. Global warming is heating up the oceans and making them more acidic. How will these changes affect the coral reefs in the Mediterranean and Red Seas? Bar-Ilan University researcher Prof. Zvy Dubinsky just launched a €3-million, five year project […]

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MESS Report / Israel’s coastal gas facilities may make a tempting target for Hezbollah – Haaretz

The defense establishment is demanding that the state delay approval for the construction of gas reception terminals on a strip of Israel’s coastline. http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/mess-report/mess-report-israel-s-coastal-gas-facilities-may-make-a-tempting-target-for-hezbollah-1.300245 Israel’s coastal gas facilities may make a tempting target for Hezbollah The defense establishment is demanding that the state delay approval for the construction of gas reception terminals on a strip […]

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Despite nature reserve status, Dibbeen still threatened by illegal logging, fires – Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=28144 By Hana Namrouqa DIBBEEN /AJLOUN – Despite being a sanctuary for globally endangered species and the world’s last remaining southeastern forest community of Aleppo pines, the Dibbeen Forest Reserve is still threatened by the axes of illegal loggers and fires caused by negligent picnickers, conservationists say. Since the beginning of the year, at least […]

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Greenpeace takes over coal shipment en route to Israel – YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3916818,00.html Environmental activists board deck of ship transporting coal from South Africa to Hadera. Activists are demanding that ship not enter Israel out of protest against building coal-fired power plant in Ashkelon. Naval police succeed in bringing environmental activists to shore Aviel Magnezi Greenpeace activists said Thursday that they have taken over a ship en […]

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JNF launches forest fire emergency campaign – YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3914156,00.html Jewish National Fund seeks to raise $1 million to replace over 300,000 trees destroyed last week. On Tuesday, June 29, forest fires raged across Israel, destroying over 300,000 trees and burning over 750 acres of forested and open areas. Arson is suspected in many cases, and conditions worsened due to Israel’s severe heat wave. […]

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Irbid residents growing impatient with efforts to solve water woes – Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=28086 By Raed Omari AMMAN – Officials are holding out hope that a series of projects will bring an end to ongoing water distribution issues in Irbid Governorate as residents say they have turned to bottled water to ease their water woes. Several people living in the northern governorate told The Jordan Times that due […]

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