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The Environment and the Middle East: Pathways to Sustainability – MIddle East Institute

full text available at: http://www.mei.edu/Publications/WebPublications/Viewpoints/ViewpointsArchive/tabid/541/ctl/Detail/mid/1623/xmid/1640/xmfid/11/Default.aspx 2/10/2011 The Environment and the Middle East: Pathways to Sustainability 11 Leading Experts As this publication is being launched, Egypt enters the third week of nationwide protests. Indeed, there is evidence of political ferment throughout the Arab world, as people have taken to the streets in Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, and […]

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‘Need for energy efficiency becoming apparent’ – Jerusalem Post

’ By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/22/2011 01:55 ‘1 megawatt saved at consumption level is equivalent to 3 megawatts at production level, so it’s 3 times more efficient to work on demand than production.’ Sixty percent of global companies did not monitor their energy usage last year, but the need for energy efficiency is increasingly being […]

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Treasury wants review of renewable energy costs – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/16/2011 05:49 Licenses for large solar fields effectively frozen. Talkbacks (2) Citing the fine print in a 2007 cabinet decision mandating 10 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020, the Treasury has launched a campaign to reevaluate the costs of alternative energy. What began last week intensified on Monday as […]

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Israel finalizing plan to protect disputed oil reserves – Daily Star

BEIRUT: The Israel Navy is finalizing plans which would see it defend its country’s disputed oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, a popular Israeli tabloid reported Sunday. The reserves, to which both Lebanon and Israel lay claim, would see Israeli warships protect an area of sea 1.5 the country’s size, in order to […]

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Effects of climate change in Lebanon to grow more severe – Daily Star

Monday, February 21, 2011 BEIRUT: Lebanon must brace for more heavy rains and storms, coupled with long periods of drought and water shortages as the affects of global warming continue to take their toll, a Canadian climate expert has warned. Professor John Pomeroy, the Canada research chair in water resources and climate change at Saskatchewan […]

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Kingdom’s efforts to adapt to climate change ‘unorganised’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Jordan must take its climate change adaptation measures to the national level in order to enact needed programmes estimated to cost the Kingdom billions of dollars over the next decade, experts and officials say. The fact that the Kingdom doesn’t contribute to greenhouse emissions but is already falling victim to […]

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The Politics of Unilateral Environmentalism: Cooperation and Conflict over Water Management along the Israeli-Palestinian Border – Global Environmental Politics

Itay Fischhendler, Shlomi Dinar, and David Katz Global Environmental Politics 11:1, February 2011 excerpt: Cooperative adaptation has become a fashionable concept that has been prescribed for many transboundary environmental problems. In water/land interactions this option has a distinct spatial form of action that includes establishing joint managerial jurisdictions that span borders. Yet, this study shows […]

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Spatial and temporal dynamics of linkage strategies in Arab-Israeli water negotiations – Political Geography

Political Geography 30 (2011) 13-24 David Katz & Itay Fischhendler abstract: Water issues are inherently multi-faceted and therefore water policy often involves linkages to other issues. By providing opportunities for bargaining, use of policy linkages in transboundary water negotiations can increase the possibilities of reaching agreements; however, they also involve potential political costs. While there […]

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The price of water – myth and reality – Jerusalem Post

By SUSAN H. ROLEF 02/16/2011 22:00 We’ve come a far since water costs were fixed by Knesset subcommittee of agricultural lobby representatives, but it’s not enough. Talkbacks (1) On Wednesday, a private members’ bill introduced by MKs Alex Miller and Faina Kirschenbaum of Israel Beiteinu on the cancellation of VAT on water has just come […]

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Do water companies help conserve water? – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/17/2011 04:47 Knesset Economic Affairs Committee tackles issue of water corporations, and if they just raise the cost of water. The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee on Wednesday tackled the issue of water corporations, and the debate centered around whether they are necessary to improve infrastructure, or whether they just raise the […]

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A new pact between Europe and the Mediterranean – Jordan Times

By Franco Frattini The Mediterranean poses dramatic new challenges for European security. Events in Libya may add a fresh wave of refugees to the 5,000 Tunisian migrants who have landed on the coast of Sicily last week alone. Human traffickers, criminals and terrorists stand ready to exploit chaos stemming from the collapse of the old […]

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Students help plant trees despite bad weather – Daily Star

By Marie Dhumières Monday, February 21, 2011 Students help plant trees despite bad weather MAAD, Jbeil: Students from several universities braved the bad weather Sunday to participate in a reforestation event in Maad, Jbeil, where they learned about reforestation techniques and planted trees in the pouring rain. “We came today, we planted some trees, and […]

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Netanyahu-Lieberman showdown on water bill postponed – Jerusalem Post

By GIL HOFFMAN AND HERB KEINON 02/16/2011 02:41 Speculation points to Issacharoff, Sofer for possible UK envoy. Israel Beiteinu officials decided Tuesday night to delay a vote on a controversial bill that had been expected to reignite the already tense relations between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister and Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman. […]

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Red-Dead feasibility studies ‘complete’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Red-Dead project’s economic feasibility study and the environmental and social impact assessment have been completed, marking a milestone in the water mega-project, a senior official said on Monday. According to Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) Secretary General Saad Abu Hammour, the economic feasibility study and the environmental and social impact […]

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‘Pipeline to Ashkelon poses threat to Eilat, Red Sea coral’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/14/2011 14:27 Knesset Health and Environment Committee told that State not prepared for a massive spill, which would have severe repercussions. Talkbacks (1) The Knesset Health and Environment Committee spared a moment on Monday to consider the implications of increased activity on the part of the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co. on […]

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New natural gas pipeline reaches Hafia bay area – Jerusalem Post

By JPOST.COM STAFF 02/15/2011 23:15 Dedication ceremony attended by PM, MKs, Haifa governor; Netanyahu says Druse are justified in claims to their land. Talkbacks (2) A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday for a new segment of the national natural gas pipeline that now reaches an area that includes Haifa, Acre, and the surrounding kibbutzim and […]

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Egypt delays gas supply, again – YNET

Busted pipe and court order keep Cairo from supplying Israel with 20% of its natural gas needs Tani Goldstein Published: 02.16.11, 12:16 / Israel Business Share on TwitterShare on Facebook share Cairo has postponed once again the renewal of gas supply to Israel, due to an explosion that occurred in the pipe leading from Egypt […]

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Bottom Shekel / Natural gas investors, you stand warned

The revolution has come, and it’s called shale gas. By Meirav Arlosoroff At least one group in Israel welcomed the revolution in Egypt with cheers: investors in the natural gas exploration companies. Upon learning that the status of Egyptian gas supplies had weakened, there was a stampede for stock in the Israeli companies. In their […]

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Ministry proposes prohibiting Kinneret fishing for 4 months – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/16/2011 05:36 Originally, the Agriculture Ministry said two years would be required to save the lake’s fish populations. The Agriculture Ministry submitted regulations for approval on Tuesday which would prohibit fishing in Lake Kinneret from April 15 to August 15, 2011. Originally, the ministry said two years would be required to […]

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From flies to phosphates, Shakhshir outlays agenda – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Newly appointed Environment Minister Taher Shakhshir on Monday outlined the ministry’s priorities for 2011, highlighting initiatives ranging from combating Jordan Valley flies to cleaning up the Zarqa River. During a meeting with the press yesterday, Shakhshir said the ministry will focus on four tracks this year: Zarqa Governorate’s environmental hotspots, […]

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