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Steady as She Goes Syria Today

from the special April 2010 issue on the future of Syria’s oil and gas sector http://www.syria-today.com/index.php/focus/7687-steady-as-she-goes By John Dagge Photos Carole al-Farah & Adel Samara This month the Syrian government will auction off the exploration and production rights to eight blocks located in the north-east, east and south of the country. The auction comes hot […]

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Israel helps African farmers fight desert YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3881669,00.html Having ‘conquered the desert’ at home, Jewish state ready to share technology and skills with African countries struggling to sustain agricultural output due to increasingly unreliable rains Reuters Published: 05.04.10, 07:50 / Israel Activism Having “conquered the desert” at home, Israel is ready to share technology and skills with African countries struggling to sustain […]

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How long will Tel Avivians wait for the light rail? Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/how-long-will-tel-avivians-wait-for-the-light-rail-1.288840 Finance Ministry to cancel contract with consortium that won Tel Aviv light rail tender. Work on the train lines has been delayed time after time. By TheMarker The Finance Ministry has decided to cancel its contract with the consortium that won the Tel Aviv light rail tender. Channel 10 news reported last night that […]

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Top economist: Bio-fuels may lead to land shortages Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=174810 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/05/2010 05:29 Hans Werner Sinnas warns of “serious conundrum” embodied by energy production vying with food yields. Creating large amounts of bio-fuel raises a serious conundrum not felt since the Middle Ages, noted German economist Hans Werner Sinn told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday. The president of the Ifo Institute for […]

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Li Ka-shing may tap Israel for oil-sands technology Jerusalem Post

Li Ka-shing may tap Israel for oil-sands technology http://www.jpost.com/Business/BusinessNews/Article.aspx?id=174736 By BLOOMBERG 05/05/2010 09:04 Hong Kong billionaire tells Steinitz he’s keen to invest in means of reducing pollution. Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing may invest in Israeli oil-sands companies to expand his interests in energy production. Li’s Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. is keen to invest in oil-sands […]

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Middle East Report: Special Issue on Water no. 254, April 2010

http://www.merip.org/mer/mer254/mer254.html   See website for articles. Running Dry MER 254 — Spring 2010 Editorial ARTICLES Speaking of Water George R. Trumbull IV Waking the Red-Dead Lizabeth Zack Turkey’s Rivers of Dispute Hilal Elver Iraq’s Water Woes: A Primer Saudi Alchemy: Water Into Oil, Oil Into Water Toby Jones Water Conflict and Cooperation in Yemen Gerhard Lichtenthaeler […]

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AL-BIA WAL-TANMIA / ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT May 2010

http://www.mectat.com.lb/ Volume 15, No.146, May 2010 CONTENTS 7 Environment needs vision before money (editorial by Najib Saab) 10 When hell opened in Iceland     18 Recycling electronic wastes: a health and environment hazard (cover story) 26 Conservation agriculture: the Lebanese experience 29 Alexandria Dialogue: scarce water, rising seas 30 Africa’s food basket covered by sand desertification […]

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Poll: 98% of Israelis concerned about environment YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3879536,00.html Environmental Protection Ministry survey suggests 95% of Israelis have high environmental awareness Ynet Published: 05.02.10, 07:48 / Israel Activism The vast majority of the Israeli public is concerned with environmental issues, according to a survey issued by the Environmental Protection Ministry and published recently in honor of Israel’s Earth Hour. According to the poll, […]

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Get out of the car Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Article.aspx?id=173760 By JERUSALEM POST EDITORIAL 23/04/2010 04:00 Environmental issues are an obstacle to a headlong push for growth. For one hour last night, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., 14 cities across the nation – including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheba – turned off their lights to unite with one billion people in 190 […]

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We’ve been very wasteful Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/we-ve-been-very-wasteful-1.287559 The public has always supported the need to prevent corruption, but the real challenge is for decision-makers to understand that they manage public land. By Zafrir Rinat Police probes into real estate deals in Atlit, the Holyland complex in Jerusalem and areas near the Hiriya waste facility raise concerns about systemic corruption. But an […]

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Jordan River to run dry by next year Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=174550 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 03/05/2010 07:51 400 million cu.m. needed to rehabilitate river. Talkbacks (12) Unless urgent action is taken, large sections of the Lower Jordan River, which runs from Lake Kinneret to the Dead Sea, will dry out next year, according to a study released on Sunday by EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle […]

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Jordan River to run dry next year, experts warn Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26239 River Jordan will reportedly run dry next year as a consequence of overexploitation (File photo) River Jordan will reportedly run dry next year as a consequence of overexploitation (File photo) By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The historic Jordan River, immortalised in the three holy books of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, will run dry by […]

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Activists slam conference for including Israelis Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26240 By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – The Professional Associations’ Anti-Normalisation Committee on Monday criticised the Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) for inviting Israeli officials to take part in a conference in Amman on the Jordan River. Badi Rafaya, the committee’s president, said the “Bringing the Jordan River Back to Life: Strategies for […]

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JNF sheds light on solar deal Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/anglo-file/jnf-sheds-light-on-solar-deal-1.287500 By Raphael Ahren Keren Kayemet L’Israel-Jewish National Fund slammed a report this month in Globes that slammed its contract with a local solar energy company. Calling it “one of the strangest deals in its 110-year history,” the Israeli business paper Globes last month described alleged problems in KKL-JNF’s $3 million investment in APC, a […]

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State wants herders to police grazing lands against illegal builders Haaretrz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/state-wants-herders-to-police-grazing-lands-against-illegal-builders-1.288042 By Yuval Azoulay Herders grazing their livestock on designated pasture lands will now be required to report illegal construction or dumping on those lands, according to a new Agriculture Ministry directive that will be presented to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation at some point over the next few months. For years, a shortage of […]

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Cabinet to ratify oil shale deal Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26241 By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Jordan is set to ratify a “landmark” oil shale deal today, a senior energy official said on Monday. The Cabinet is expected to approve an agreement for the exploration and production of oil shale reached by the Natural Resource Authority (NRA) and Estonian firm Eesti Energia, Minister of Energy […]

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Kingdom receives grant to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26217 By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Jordan received a $2.16 million grant from the Montreal Fund on Sunday to support the disposal of ozone-layer depleting chemicals used in cooling systems, officials said yesterday. The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is financing the Kingdom’s strategy to get rid of 1,500 tonnes of […]

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Experts baffled by disappearance of Kishon source Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1165915.html Nature experts and other scientists and nature experts are feverishly trying to figure out what happened (and why) to the only source of clean water for the Kishon River. It seems to have disappeared. The Sa’adia River, which was considered to be a pristine oasis of clean water surrounded by the […]

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Good news for the bleak (a fish): The Yarkon is cleaning up Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1165916.html Barring any last-minute delays, within months the Yarkon will become the first of Israel’s polluted coastal rivers to meet water quality standards. Two purification projects are close to completion and will pour treated wastewater into the Yarkon. Though the injected water will meet quality standards, it will take time for the […]

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Packaging bill gets coalition backing Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 26/04/2010 08:56 http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=173949 Erdan: Recycling revolution has begun today. The proposed packaging law took a giant step forward on Sunday after it was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which means the bill has coalition approval and should pass through the Knesset pretty easily. “The recycling revolution in Israel has […]

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