Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Factories causing wastewater treatment malfunctions’ – Jerusalem Post

03/20/2011 01:25 Different consistency of factory’s wastewater often leads the regional treatment plant to buckle under the strain of processing. Factories should be forced to build their own wastewater treatment plants rather than use regional ones, Citizens for the Environment in the Galilee (CFE) argue in their latest report on factories in the north. The […]

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Project to safeguard water resources, protect public health – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN – While climate change is often associated with its environmental impacts, for Jordan the phenomenon is a threat to public health, health officials warned on Sunday. Basel Yousfi, director of the WHO Centre for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA), said that for Jordan, one of the water poorest countries in the world, […]

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Korean leader wins Zayed Prize – The National (UAE)

Vesela Todorova ABU DHABI // The South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak’s achievement in committing his country to “Green Growth” was yesterday recognised with the award of the Zayed Prize for Global Leadership in Environment. President Lee Myung-bak was awarded $500,000 for his vision to commit South Korea to the “Green Growth” path. The policy, which […]

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Iraq plans $700 mln water plan to grow more wheat – Al Arabiya

BAGHDAD (Reuters) Major wheat importer Iraq plans to start an eight-year, $700 million irrigation program this year, part of a plan to increase wheat production by more than 60 percent to 3 million tons. Popular anger at rising food prices has been an explosive ingredient in the mix of grievances that triggered the fall of […]

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Jordan to mark Earth Hour – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – From nature reserves and archaeological sites to private companies and hotels, Jordan will switch off its lights for an hour on March 26 in a call to combat global warming. Several of the capital’s streets, companies, hotels and houses will be dark between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday to mark […]

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Israel to mark Earth Hour on March 24 – YNET

At least 15 cities to turn off non-essential lights as part of campaign aimed at raising awareness of need to take action on climate change Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth Published: 03.17.11, 07:41 / Israel Activism Share on TwitterShare on Facebook share Fifteen cities in Israel next week will mark Earth Hour, which calls on residents, […]

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Waste crisis in Sidon and Tyre intensifies – Daily Star

By Mohammed Zaatari SIDON: Efforts intensified Thursday to find a solution to the garbage crisis in Sidon and its surrounding areas after the city’s dump exceeded its full capacity, as concerned parties failed to reach an agreement to start operations at a solid waste treatment plant in Sinnik. Caretaker Environment Minister Mohammad Rahhal called on […]

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Bromine company under investigation for environmental, health violations – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment is investigating alleged environmental and health violations at the Jordan Bromine Company, which reportedly dumped hazardous chemical waste in a landfill in the Jordan Valley, a government official said on Wednesday. The bromine company dumped barrels containing hazardous chemical substances at a landfill designated for solid […]

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The case for a new environmental ethos – Haaretz

Recent events in Japan demonstrate that Israel’s future lies in solar energy and not the nuclear variety By Alon Tal For years now, the environmental community has been urging mankind to treat the earth with care. In Israel, this idea has been embraced in various forms, from fish cages in the bay of Eilat to […]

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In favor of an ‘Energy Megillah’ – Haarretz

By David Rosenblatt, Yosef I. Abramowitz The past month has seen oil prices surpass $100 a barrel, the supply of Egyptian natural gas continue to be unreliable and the Israel Electric Company warning about possible blackouts. It was Israel’s moment to take decisive action toward dramatically reducing its reliance on foreign energy supplies. And the […]

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FoEME youth release joint river song for International Day of Action for Rivers – FOEME

March 14, 2011 – International Day of Action for Rivers Amman / Bethlehem / Tel Aviv The International Day of Action for Rivers, Water, and Life was launched in 1997. It aims to raise awareness about destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of rivers and watersheds, and demand the equitable and sustainable management of […]

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‘Jordan must expedite implementation of renewable energy projects’ – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Jordan must expedite implementation of renewable energy projects in light of surging oil prices due to regional turmoil, sector experts said Wednesday. The Kingdom, which imports about 96 per cent of its energy needs at a total annual cost of about $3 billion, is facing mounting challenges that necessitate attracting […]

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How Israel could revolutionize the global energy sector – Jerusalem Post

By DORE GOLD 03/11/2011 17:04 New data suggests Israel may not only have much larger gas resources than believed, but also the 3rd largest deposit of oil shale in the world. Talkbacks (58) Libyan oil accounts for less than 2 percent of world oil production, yet the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi has managed to shoot […]

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‘Arab world needs integrated water management’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Water resources in the Arab region are constantly being depleted, which necessitates implementing integrated water management systems among Arab states, Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said on Thursday. The Arab region is witnessing increasing challenges in the water sector, mainly due to depletion, control by countries from which […]

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$1 Million from Zayed Environment Prize to 4 Pioneers – AFED

Dubai, March 14, 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment awarded $1 million to four environmental pioneers, including Najib Saab, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia magazine and Secretary General of Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). At a ceremony held today in Dubai International Convention Center, Saab was honored for Environmental Action Leading to Positive […]

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3,000 attend Eilat Renewable Energy Conference – YNET

UJA Federation’s strategic plan in southern city includes investment in harnessing region’s vast natural assets – land and sun – to one day transforming area into global leader in renewable energy, development and technology   Daniel Horotwitz UJA Federation has long had a reputation for its vision and innovation, and for initiating unique, groundbreaking projects. […]

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Solar power technology poised to light up remote villages – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Three Jordanians who spent six months in India receiving training solar power technology, returned home on Monday with plans to utilise their experience to benefit their communities. Sixty-one-year-old Seiha Al Raja, her son Bader Awad Fahed Hamed, and Rafia Enad Fahed Hamed from the Mansheyet Al Ghayath village in Mafraq […]

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Climate change projected to increase drought – report – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – As climate change is projected to increase temperatures in Jordan during the 21st century, the Kingdom is expected to witness increased incidence of fires and a “significant” rise in drought conditions, according to a report released on Monday. Issued by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), the […]

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Reports on impact of climate change to be launched today – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Shrinking green cover and decreasing surface water flow due to climate change are threatening Jordan’s unique biodiversity, according to reports to be launched today. Implemented by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), the reports predict a regular increase in temperatures in Jordan by the end of the […]

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‘Jerash water crisis to ease off soon’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa JERASH – Residents of Jerash Governorate will start receiving water once a week instead of every 14 days in May after the Mashtal Feisal wells start operating at full capacity, a senior government official said on Monday. The wells will pump 240 cubic metres of water per hour, which is expected to […]

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