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Faced with water crisis, ministry launches call centre – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Due to the “unprecedented water shortage” that has left scores of households parched for nearly a month, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Tuesday launched a call centre to receive water-related complaints. People from across the Kingdom can now dial the customer service call centre’s toll free number 080022142 […]

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Rising demand, well delays leaving many Jerash residents dry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Residents of Jerash Governorate, where the water per capita share is the lowest in the Kingdom, are complaining of repeated water cuts which have left some without water during the hottest month of the year. Jerash residents have threatened to hold protests over continued water shortages in the region, an […]

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National Population Strategy not meeting goals: study – Jordan Times

By Laila Azzeh AMMAN – Despite efforts in Jordan to achieve the goals of the National Population Strategy, the total fertility rate (TFR) dropped by only 0.1 per cent during the last five years, according to a recently released study. The population has grown by 2.5 per cent annually in the last decade, and is […]

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Energy expert: ‘We’re getting excited over the golden calf’ – Haaretz

Israel should not get carried away on selling gas, warns Professor Brenda Shaffer. By Avi Bar-Eli Professor warns Israel should not get carried away on selling gas Dr. Brenda Shaffer, director of the energy policy management program at the University of Haifa, hasn’t been able to believe what she’s been seeing from her office on […]

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Producing ‘green fuel’ from seaweed’ – YNET

(Video) Isaac Berzin enlightens us on renewable energy and culturing fuels in the desert in his TEDx lecture, ‘Fill it up, with seaweed’ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3921416,00.html

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Bidders for Fujeij wind farm meet with energy minister – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Over one-dozen international companies competing to build a wind power plant in the southern region convened at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Sunday. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khalid Irani met with representatives of 16 international firms from South Korea, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, Japan and […]

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Shared responsibility – Jordan Times

Record high temperatures recently witnessed in the country have strained the national capacity to provide electricity and water to the people at a time when they need them most. Amman, Zarqa and other urban areas have experienced not only water shortages, but also repeated power cuts due to surging demand for electricity, which surpassed the […]

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Kingdom’s renewable energy plans to take centre stage in int’l forum – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Investment opportunities in the Kingdom’s renewable energy sector will be highlighted at an international conference next month. Jordan’s renewable energy potential will be examined during the September 20-22 Global Green Techies Forum 2010, according to the Jordan Renewable Energy Society (JRES). In a press conference yesterday, JRES Vice President Ghazi […]

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Syria Today Green Issue

special issue on green power, organic agriculture, biodiversity and more http://www.syria-today.com/index.php/focus

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Ministry: Telma didn’t get our okay to keep dumping waste – Haaretz

By Asaf Shtull-Trauring The Telma food factory in Haifa has for years flooded Haifa Bay with some five million cubic meters of industrial waste per year – including about 10 tons of fat, two tons of ammonia, four tons of nitrogen and two tons of phosphorus. A year ago, the company, owned by the international […]

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Zalul inaugurates the ‘Telma’ – a river of waste water – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 08/10/2010 04:22 We adhere to higher standards than those mandated, company says. Sea and waterways watchdog Zalul kicked off its newest campaign in Haifa on Monday morning with a gala ribboncutting ceremony. Its newest target: The 5 million cubic meters of waste water being dumped from the Telma factory in the […]

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Swimming with sludge – Haaretz

While enjoying the Nahariya beach in April, a resident noticed strange-colored, foul-smelling water flowing in the Ga’aton River, which passes through the town before reaching the Mediterranean. By Ran Shapira While enjoying the Nahariya beach in April, a resident noticed strange-colored, foul-smelling water flowing in the Ga’aton River, which passes through the town before reaching […]

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Spat erupts over Kishon River – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 08/12/2010 09:47 Kishon River Authority and Israel Ports Company clash over trees and irrigation. Notwithstanding a decision late last month about how to divide the land around the Haifa Port between the Israel Ports Company (IPC) and the Kishon River Authority, the two were once again trading accusations over land ownership […]

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‘Disi project construction in full force’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa MUDAWARA – The first three wells of the Disi Water Conveyance Project have been completed, according to project officials. The mega-project, which entails supplying Amman with 107 million cubic metres of water annually by 2013, is 28 per cent complete and going according to schedule, with the remaining 61 wells expected to […]

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Reaching out to save the sea – Jordan Times

Students test seawater samples in one of the Aqaba Marine Park’s partnership programmes with local schools (Photo courtesy of the AMP) Students test seawater samples in one of the Aqaba Marine Park’s partnership programmes with local schools (Photo courtesy of the AMP) By Susan Lawrence Helke AMMAN – Most often associated with marine activities and […]

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Sidon mayor diverts wastewater canal leading to sea – Daily Star

By Mohammed Zaatari Thursday, August 12, 2010 SIDON: Sidon Mayor Mohammad al-Saudi diverted the Qamleh wastewater canal on Wednesday, in a first step to limit pollution on the shore of the southern coastal city. Saudi visited the Qamleh shore, facing the Zaatari Mosque, and described it as “polluted by sewers.” He said the wastewater canal […]

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Friends of the Earth Middle East Response to Statement of Israeli Civil Administration as Regards Baptism at the Qasr el Yehud Site on the Lower Jordan River – FOEME

Friends of the Earth Middle East Response to Statement of Israeli Civil Administration as Regards Baptism at the Qasr el Yehud Site on the Lower Jordan River Tel Aviv / July 27, 2010 Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is saddened to maintain its call that baptism be banned from taking place on both […]

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Jordan River baptism site found to be pollution-free – YNET

Despite recent claims of pollution, test results show waters of Qasr al-Yahud baptismal site – where Jesus is believed to have been baptized – safe for bathing Ynet Published: 07.28.10, 18:22 A Civil Administration spokesman announced Tuesday that tests performed in the Qasr al-Yahud baptismal site show its waters are safe for bathing. The tests, […]

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Baptism site faces closure due to pollution – YNET

Health Ministry calls to shut down Qasr al-Yahud site in Jordan River – where Jesus is believed to have been baptized – due to heavy water pollution, raw sewage Amir Ben-David, Yedioth Ahronoth Published: 07.22.10, 08:23 / Israel Activism The baptismal site at Qasr al-Yahud near Jericho is one of the holiest sites for Christianity. […]

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Ministers say goodbye to bottled water – YNET

Current government serves up tap water to ministers during meetings instead of bottled mineral water Itamar Eichner Published: 08.03.10, 07:29 / Israel Activism The current administration goes with the flow when it comes to drinking water, and, starting Sunday, is serving up tap water during cabinet meetings instead of bottled mineral water. The move was […]

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