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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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OPT: West Bank water worries IRIN

RAMALLAH, 15 July 2010 (IRIN) – The worst place to be in the West Bank in terms of water and sanitation facilities is an Israeli-controlled stretch of land known as Area C, where the Palestinian Authority (PA) is technically responsible for water services, but simply unable to deliver. Cara Flowers, an officer with the Emergency […]

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EGYPT: Growing protests over water shortages – IRIN

CAIRO, 27 July 2010 (IRIN) – Tens of thousands of people in Egypt – Africa’s second most populous country – have taken to the streets in recent months to protest against water shortages, a fact which goes some way to explaining the government’s reluctance to relinquish its current share of River Nile water. On 26 […]

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The Other Neglected Conflict This Week in Palestine

By Mercedes San Roman Ruiz It is Saturday morning. After a long week of work, it’s time to tour around and see a little more of the reality of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and enjoy the time here. It is June, not too hot, perfect day for tourism. We decide to go first to […]

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EMWIS Flash – July/August 2010

Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector table of contents only. For full text see http://www.emwis.net/thematicdirs/eflash/flash82 EMWIS is a program of the Union for the Mediterranean. For further information: http://www.emwis.net Monthly Flash produced by the EMWIS Technical Unit- OIEAU, CEDEX, SOGESID- It is available in English, French & Arabic. (French & Arabic […]

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West Bank’s sunshine supercar The National (AE)

Omar Karmi, Foreign Correspondent Last Updated: July 23. 2010 12:08AM UAE The solar-powered car was developed in Hebron at a cost of $4,000. Jamal Aruri for The National HEBRON // It looks like a cross between a jeep and a go-cart, with a sticker-covered front bonnet that brings to mind Formula One. And what it […]

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Rahat mayor: Reserve a solar energy quota for Beduin – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/25/2010 07:48 “All of the kibbutzim and moshavim have already bought up the existing quotas.” Rahat Mayor Sheikh Faiz Abu Seheban called a press conference on Thursday to publicize a letter he had sent on behalf of the Beduin community to Minority Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (Labor). “I sent a letter […]

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On the road – Haaretz

While devising a transit system for Bedouin towns, Yaakov Malka discovered their lack of bus service has had a detrimental influence on the health, education and professional lives of residents By Yigal Mashiah It’s very hot. The child pulls a plastic bottle out of the basket and drinks. There are three bottles of water there […]

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