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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Climate change: foreign policy’s biggest challenge By Piers Cazalet – Daily Star

Friday, October 01, 2010 Foreign policy, at its heart, is about ensuring the security and prosperity of our citizens. We cannot do this unless we develop an effective strategy for dealing with climate change. Climate security is inseparably connected to energy security, food security and water security. That is why William Hague, the British Foreign […]

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Conservation initiative to target university students – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – A new initiative to raise awareness among university students on the need to preserve the environment and limit the use of water and energy will be implemented before the end of the year, the EDAMA Association announced Thursday. The initiative, dubbed “EDAMA University”, will be implemented in several universities and […]

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Out of the ordinary – Haaretz

A rare look at nature in Israel. By Ariel Hirschfeld Everything possible was done to ensure that “Land of Genesis” – the most important and fascinating Israeli nature film ever made – would turn out to be perfectly ordinary and banal. Yet the film, directed and photographed by Moshe Alpert, is far from that. For […]

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Good timing – Jordan Times

The Greater Amman Municipality set morning hours for residents to get their trash out to the containers in their neighbourhoods. That is an orderly way of doing things, seeing that garbage collectors, who work hard at all hours of day and night, also need some rest from a taxing job. GAM says it is launching […]

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Winners of green building designs honoured – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Winners of a competition for designing water- and energy-efficient housing units were honoured on Wednesday, amidst calls for incorporating protection of the Kingdom’s scarce resources in building codes. Mahmoud Saymeh and his wife Lama Abu Hassan took home first prize for designing an apartment building that enhances residents’ quality of […]

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Aqaba environmental groups help ‘clean up the world’ – Jordan Times

By Susan Lawrence Helke AMMAN – The Aqaba Marine Park (AMP) and the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) carried out numerous activities in Aqaba over the past week as part of the global “Clean up the World” campaign. Observed every year in Aqaba, the activities help clean up the environment while also serving […]

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Lebanese mountains part of conservation plan – Daily Start

Landmark strategy looks to preserve unique ecology of Mediterranean Basin By Simona Sikimic Saturday, October 02, 2010 BEIRUT: Lebanon’s mountains, deemed to be under serious threat from climate change and urbanization, have been listed as among the top conservation priorities of the first-ever comprehensive plan to preserve the unique ecology of the Mediterranean Basin. The […]

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1,000 trees planted in Chouf reserve for World Animals Day – Daily Star

NGO says more must be done to protect wildlife By Patrick Galey Monday, October 04, 2010 Listen to the Article – Powered by BEIRUT: A leading animal rights groups gathered activists from across the country on Sunday to plant 1,000 trees as part of Lebanon’s celebrations of World Animals Day (WAD). Animals Lebanon coordinated the […]

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AL-BIA WAL-TANMIA October 2010

Volume 15, No.151, October 2010 CONTENTS 4 The road to Cancun (editorial by Najib Saab) 16 Poisons in your cosmetics (cover story) 24 Parting the waters conflicts on Jordan River 28 Sand storms in the Arabian Peninsula ROPME Report 32 Sports for life activities of Qatar’s Olympic committee 34 Impact of global warming on water […]

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European Parliament passes historic resolution in support of regional rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River – FOEME

September 9, 2010 Amman, Tel Aviv, Bethlehem The European Parliament passed an historic resolution on September 9th, bringing attention to the critical state of the Lower Jordan River and calling upon the governments of Israel, Jordan and Palestine to work together to rehabilitate the Jordan River. Initiated by leaders of the Group of Socialists and […]

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Spiritual corruption cited as one reason behind environmental problems – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – Islamic scholars on Wednesday concluded that spiritual corruption is one of the main reasons behind the environmental problems now facing humans. At the conclusion of the 15th General Conference of the Royal Al al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought titled “Environment in Islam” yesterday, participants adopted the Islamic Declaration on […]

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‘Cycling tour may be cancelled due to opposition’ – Jordan Times

By Thameen Kheetan AMMAN – Jordanian organisers of a cycling tour for environmental awareness that includes Israeli and Palestinian participants on Wednesday said they would consider cancelling the event if anti-normalisation activists continue to condemn the initiative. “It is possible, if the criticism continues, that we will cancel the event because we don’t need trouble,” […]

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Cross border Bicyling for 350.org – FOEME

Cross border Bicyling for 350.org 2010-10-08 Friends of the Earth Middle East is organizing a unique cross-border cycling event to call attention to the threatening impacts of climate change on the Lower Jordan River and the Dead Sea. The event is part of the Global Work Party 10/10/10, organized by 350.org. To achieve the objectives […]

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Polluting Palestinian charcoal wafting west of the Green Line – Haaretz

Production moves across separation fence, leaving Israelis coughing. By Chaim Levinson Smoke from the Palestinian charcoal industry in the northern West Bank, which has moved west of the separation fence in recent years, has become a pollution problem in Jewish communities west of the Green Line. But there may be a ray of light through […]

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‘Environmental thinking leads to political maturity’ – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – Environmental thinking leads to political maturity, according to Minister of Environment Hazem Malhas. During a seminar on environmental challenges in Jordan held by Al Rai Centre for Research on Saturday, he urged Jordanians to vote for parliamentary candidates who take the environment into consideration in their political agenda. Malhas presented […]

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Editorial: Prepare for the drought – Jerusalem Post

By JPOST EDITORIAL 09/11/2010 21:16 We are witnessing an incomprehensible ongoing failure to conserve existing resources. At a season in which Jews everywhere pray fervently for rain in Israel, meteorologists bear bad tidings. By their learned prognostications, we are in for a very parched year – not that the previous winter, a relatively good one […]

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Until accepted – Jordan Times

The number of people buying bottled water for drinking and cooking is on the rise, as proved by the increasing number of water purification and filtering shops in urban areas. The reasons more Jordanians resort to bottled water have more to do with myth than with reality, for, if there are concerns about tap water, […]

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The sand belongs to the dune – Haaretz

Nature restoration work is usually a worthy endeavor; as long as we need quarries and mining, it should be done in a considered and efficient manner. The problem is that nature in Israel has turned into a major rehabilitation project. By Zafrir Rinat Officials at the Israel Lands Administration and the National Infrastructure Ministry take […]

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‘Phosphate hills’ to undergo facelift – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Four thousand dunums of land in Ruseifa piled with waste from phosphate mining will be cleaned up and turned into green spaces, parks and vocational zones, according to environment officials. The Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) started operations in the area in the 1930s, and the plant was relocated to […]

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Delegation vetting Wadi Rum as World Heritage Site – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) delegation arrived in the Kingdom on Saturday to evaluate Jordan’s nomination of Wadi Rum as a World Heritage Site. The delegation, which comprises experts and representatives of UNESCO’s consulting institutions, is scheduled to tour the southern desert and meet with local […]

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