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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

BIU prof. gets €3m. for global warming study on coral reefs – Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=180642 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS Research into how Mediterranean and Red seas affected by global warming. Global warming is heating up the oceans and making them more acidic. How will these changes affect the coral reefs in the Mediterranean and Red Seas? Bar-Ilan University researcher Prof. Zvy Dubinsky just launched a €3-million, five year project […]

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MESS Report / Israel’s coastal gas facilities may make a tempting target for Hezbollah – Haaretz

The defense establishment is demanding that the state delay approval for the construction of gas reception terminals on a strip of Israel’s coastline. http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/mess-report/mess-report-israel-s-coastal-gas-facilities-may-make-a-tempting-target-for-hezbollah-1.300245 Israel’s coastal gas facilities may make a tempting target for Hezbollah The defense establishment is demanding that the state delay approval for the construction of gas reception terminals on a strip […]

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Despite nature reserve status, Dibbeen still threatened by illegal logging, fires – Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=28144 By Hana Namrouqa DIBBEEN /AJLOUN – Despite being a sanctuary for globally endangered species and the world’s last remaining southeastern forest community of Aleppo pines, the Dibbeen Forest Reserve is still threatened by the axes of illegal loggers and fires caused by negligent picnickers, conservationists say. Since the beginning of the year, at least […]

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Greenpeace takes over coal shipment en route to Israel – YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3916818,00.html Environmental activists board deck of ship transporting coal from South Africa to Hadera. Activists are demanding that ship not enter Israel out of protest against building coal-fired power plant in Ashkelon. Naval police succeed in bringing environmental activists to shore Aviel Magnezi Greenpeace activists said Thursday that they have taken over a ship en […]

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JNF launches forest fire emergency campaign – YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3914156,00.html Jewish National Fund seeks to raise $1 million to replace over 300,000 trees destroyed last week. On Tuesday, June 29, forest fires raged across Israel, destroying over 300,000 trees and burning over 750 acres of forested and open areas. Arson is suspected in many cases, and conditions worsened due to Israel’s severe heat wave. […]

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Irbid residents growing impatient with efforts to solve water woes – Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=28086 By Raed Omari AMMAN – Officials are holding out hope that a series of projects will bring an end to ongoing water distribution issues in Irbid Governorate as residents say they have turned to bottled water to ease their water woes. Several people living in the northern governorate told The Jordan Times that due […]

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Awareness campaign on proper disposal of hazardous waste launched – Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=28077 By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment on Monday launched an awareness campaign on the proper use and disposal of hazardous waste generated by car wash and oil change stations. The month-long campaign targets car wash and oil change stations in seven densely populated governorates, where the number of these facilities is […]

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Youth groups launch clean-up campaign of Jenin streets – Maan

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=297768 Jenin – Ma’an – Summer camp councilors, youth ministry staff, and Palestinian Authority forces launched a volunteer campaign to help clear rubbish from the streets of the northern West Bank district of Jenin from rubbish on Thursday. Municipal officials, Fatah representatives, and PA police officers participated in the campaign, which aims to clear streets […]

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Abakus Solar chairman: Solar has a bright future Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/01/2010 04:16 Thomas Sandner dismisses potential difficulties in the market. http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=180047 Thomas Sandner, chairman of the board of Abakus Solar, dismissed potential difficulties in the global solar energy market this year telling The Jerusalem Post instead that solar had a “bright future” and predicting increased demand. Sandner spoke to the Post […]

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Only half of approved solar panels installed Haaretz

By Avi Bar-Eli http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/only-half-of-approved-solar-panels-installed-1.299592 Yesterday was the deadline for hooking up solar panels to the national electricity network, but only 53% of panels that businesses were licensed to install have been connected. The Israel Electric Corporation approved requests to connect solar panels with a total of 51 megawatts of production capacity before December 14, at […]

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Iraqis pay as crime bosses steal electricity supplies Jordan Times / APF

By Ammar Karim Agence France-Presse http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27974 BAGHDAD – Private power providers in Baghdad are selling electricity at almost four times the maximum legal price, exploiting shortages and stifling summer heat while crime bosses pilfer dwindling public supplies. Even though suppliers are breaking the law, people feel compelled to pay up in an unregulated market because […]

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Fishermen’s union sues Egypt over Red Sea oil spill Jordan Times / Reuters

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27951 CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian fishermen’s union is suing the government over an oil spill near the Red Sea coast, which it says polluted 17 islands off the coast, the union’s head said on Wednesday. Officials in the Red Sea city of Hurghada said earlier last month that the spill had polluted areas along […]

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Cost of water for households increasing by 5% Haaretz

By Amiram Cohen http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/cost-of-water-for-households-increasing-by-5-1.299601 The cost of water to households increased yesterday by 5%. The new price is NIS 8.50 per cubic meter per person for the first 2.5 cubic meters a month. From that point, water will cost NIS 12.50 per cubic meter. The price includes municipal charges for sewage services. Water for industry […]

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Karak project to stop water loss Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27916 AMMAN – A new JD5.5 million project aims to solve water loss in Karak Governorate, where over half the water is lost due to poor infrastructure, officials said on Tuesday. Under an agreement signed yesterday by the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), the German Development Bank (KfW) and a local engineering […]

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Isramco may have gas find, wonders who will buy it Haaretz

By Avi Bar-Eli http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/isramco-may-have-gas-find-wonders-who-will-buy-it-1.299548 Oil and gas exploration partnerships controlled by Jacob Maimon may have found yet more gas in the Mediterranean seabed. However, it may not be worth the companies’ effort to find out any more about what they might have discovered. Isramco and other Maimon partnerships yesterday reported the results of a three-dimensional […]

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Actions against Neviot, Mei Eden allege carcinogens in water jugs Haaretz

By Nurit Roth http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/actions-against-neviot-mei-eden-allege-carcinogens-in-water-jugs-1.299543 Two identical lawsuits were filed Tuesday against mineral water bottlers Mayanot Eden, which markets the Mei Eden brand, and Neviot. Both suits, each of which seeks NIS 32 billion in damages, were submitted to the Tel Aviv District Court. The plaintiffs asked the court to certify the suits as class actions. […]

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First renewable energy workshop kicks off in Beirut Daily Star

Friday, July 02, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=116627#axzz0siWMRqVB BEIRUT: The first workshop on renewable energy was launched in Beirut Thursday under the patronage of Environment Minister Mohammad Rahhal. The workshop was dubbed “Renewable Energy & Environment: a knowledge based Development initiative” and was organized by the Lebanese nongovernmental group Young Men’s Christian Association. It was funded by the […]

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Young Jordanians to debate water issues Jordan Times

By Laila Azzeh http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27919 AMMAN – For the next three months, young Jordanians across the country will debate water policies and issues as part of a new awareness campaign. The Kingdom’s water resources will be at the centre of a nationwide debate competition organised by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Princess […]

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Africa’s biggest wind farm opens in Morocco Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27862 TANGIERS, Morocco (AFP) – Morocco’s King Mohammad VI inaugurated Monday a 250-million-euro ($300 million) wind farm near Tangiers, which an official source said was the biggest in Africa. The new wind, farm, which cost some $300 million, is located in Melloussa, 34 kilometres from Tangiers in northern Morocco and has 165 turbines, with a […]

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Lebanon steps up efforts to bring in new energy law – officials Daily Star

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=116504#axzz0sF4pgfST BEIRUT: Lebanon is accelerating efforts to introduce a new energy law, Lebanese officials said on Monday, in response to Israeli plans to drill for gas in Mediterranean waters. The discovery of major gas reserves by a US-Israeli consortium off the coast of Israel has raised fears in Lebanon that its […]

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