Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

The Dead Sea Works should pay – Haaretz

The accumulating salt is a by-product of the process of collecting raw materials, and as such the Dead Sea Works should be responsible for dealing with it, paying what is necessary and preventing the flooding of the hotels. By Zafrir Rinat After contending with extensive fire damage in the Carmel and the collapse of numerous […]

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Manufacturers to be made responsible for recycling all product packaging – Haaretz

The legislative proposal will undergo its second and third readings into law in the Knesset plenum in a matter of days. By Zvi Zrahiya Importers and manufacturers will be directly responsible for recycling the packaging of all products they sell, under a bill approved by the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee yesterday. The legislative proposal will […]

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Cancun environment benefits for Lebanon remain unclear – Daily Star

By Simona Sikimic BEIRUT: The recent UN climate meeting in Cancun may have raised hopes by promising to inject billions of dollars to help developing countries face global warming challenges but whether or not Lebanon will see an influx of cash remains to be seen, Environment Ministry representatives said Monday. “The mechanism [for receiving funding] […]

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Seeing REDD on climate change – Jordan Times

By George Soros The official communiqué from the Cancún climate-change conference cannot disguise the fact that there will be no successor to the Kyoto Protocol when it expires at the end of 2012. Japan, among others, has withdrawn its support for efforts simply to extend the Kyoto treaty. This sounds like bad news, because it […]

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Joint Italian-Israeli-Palestinian project to solve sewage problem – Haaretz

Pilot underway, but full solution to cost 400 million euros. By Amiram Cohen A new joint Italian-Israeli-Palestinian initiative to solve the sewage problem in the Palestinian Authority was launched this week. The two million residents of the PA produce about 150 million cubic meters of raw sewage a year, but only 22.5 million cubic meters, […]

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Breakthrough in Palestinian waste-water treatment – Jerusalem Post

Breakthrough in Palestinian waste-water treatment By TOVAH LAZAROFF 12/17/2010 05:34 Multi-national team of water experts lay cornerstone for plant near Jericho; project to be pilot for larger program. A group of water experts from Israel, Italy and the Palestinian territories laid a cornerstone for a waste-water treatment plant Wednesday in a Palestinian village near Jericho […]

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Valleys of Hope and Despair – Al Jazeera video

The story of how Palestinians and Israelis in one West Bank village are working together to preserve water supplies. Filmmaker: Joshka Wessels The battle over access to clean water sources is ongoing across the West Bank, with illegal Israeli settlements frequently blocking access and polluting Palestinian farmers’ irrigation. JOIN THE DEBATE Send us your views […]

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Water prices to remain the same for households – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 12/20/2010 04:08 Price of water for agriculture, industry, hospitals and any other non-residential sector will rise in January. The Water Authority Council decided late last week not to raise water prices again for households, as it had planned to do next month. Given the lack of rain and the uncertainty of […]

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‘Disi project back on track’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Two hundred kilometres of pipes for the Disi Water Conveyance Project have been delivered to the Kingdom, with the project set to be completed by its 2013 deadline, a government source said on Thursday. With the most recent shipment of pipes from Turkey, which arrived earlier this month, an additional […]

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Sweden promoting joint water R&D with Israel – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 12/16/2010 03:28 Envoy aiming to save water while creating ‘scientific cooperation between our countries;’ J’lem students win top prize in Stockholm. Sweden’s new ambassador to Israel, Elinor Hammarskjöld, said on Wednesday that although her country has an abundance of clean water, it is still concerned about the world’s lack of it and […]

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Ministry to urge farmers to ration groundwater – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation will soon meet with farmers and well owners across the country to highlight the importance of rationing the use of depleting underground water resources, an official said on Sunday. In light of this year’s disappointing rainy season, the ministry will meet with farmers and […]

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‘Built environment our greatest challenge’ – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – HRH Princess Sumaya on Wednesday underscored that “the built environment is our greatest challenge in dealing with a threatening resource crisis”. “Globally, construction of the built environment is estimated to consume over 50 per cent of natural material resources,” noted the Princess, who is president of the Royal Scientific Society and founder […]

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Activists stage protests against plans to incinerate waste – Daily Star

BEIRUT: Civil and environmental groups launched activities nationwide Sunday to protest against Cabinet plans to install waste incinerators and to call for adherence to the zero waste concept in Lebanon. The protest features over 100 activities including concerts, cleaning campaigns, demonstrations and the distribution of brochures throughout Lebanon. The campaign, which came on the occasion […]

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Last one standing – Haaretz

In the wake of the disastrous Carmel fire, Israel must deal with the fact that there is but a single professional in forestry science working in the country By Zafrir Rinat Forests and wooded areas, from the Galilee via the Carmel and down to the northern Negev, are perhaps the most obvious change wrought by […]

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Carmel forest – plant or wait? – YNET

Forestry experts caution that best road to recovery after worst wildfire in Israel’s history may be to do nothing and let nature take its course; idea running into resistance Associated Press Published: 12.16.10, 07:45 For more than a century, planting trees in this mostly desert land has been an act of almost spiritual importance, starting […]

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Scientists to view 1,200 newly discovered sea creatures – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 12/19/2010 03:40 First world “census” of marine life to take place in Jerusalem, with 3,000 scientists from 80 countries participating. Some 1,200 new species and varieties have been discovered during the just-concluded first world “census” of marine life. The director of the census, Jesse Ausubel, will participate in a conference on Monday […]

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Decision regarding future of Dead Sea hotels expected soon – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 12/15/2010 01:39 Hoteliers, green groups say public will stay away if solution to salt buildup means massive reconstruction. Ahead of an expected decision by Tourism Minister Stas Mezesnikov regarding the fate of hotels at the southern end of the Dead Sea – where the water level is rising due to a […]

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Don’t raze Dead Sea hotels, dredge the salt, say greens – Haaretz

Environmental protection organizations and the Dead Sea hotels have found common ground: They hate the idea of razing the hotels and rebuilding them elsewhere. By Zafrir Rinat and Meirav Arlosoroff Environmental protection organizations and the Dead Sea hotels have found common ground: They hate the idea of razing the hotels and rebuilding them elsewhere. Both […]

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USAID and the PWA Inaugurate a Newly Built Water Reservoir in Bani Nai’m – Reliefweb

Source: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Date: 01 Dec 2010 Bani Na’im – On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and representatives of the Palestinian Authority (PA) together with other dignitaries celebrated the completion of the newly constructed Bani Na’im Water Reservoir. The inauguration was attended by […]

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J’lem teens develop system to detect, stop water leaks – Jerusalem Post

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH 12/15/2010 06:13 The prize-winning computerized device invented by two 19-year-olds measures household water consumption to avoid waste. Talkbacks (6) A user-friendly computerized device that detects water leaks in apartments, buildings, factories and neighborhoods in real time and can even halt the water flow is among the top winners of this year’s Stockholm […]

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