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Wildfire spreads towards Haifa University, Denya neighborhood – Haaretz

Operations of firefighting aircraft have been called off until Saturday morning, leaving ground crews with the task of battling the blaze overnight. By Yaniv Kubovich, Fadi Eyadat and Anshel Pfeffer The wildfire in the Carmel hills continued to spread on Friday evening, approaching Haifa University, the Denya neighborhood of Haifa and the Carmel Forest Hotel […]

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Carmel fire approaches Haifa University, burns uncontrolled – Jerusalem Post

By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM STAFF Fire crews fighting blaze’s spread towards Denya neighborhood of Haifa; 8,600 acres scorched in Carmel; planes forced to stop flying for the night; forest fires burn in lower Galilee near Tal-El, Kfar Mashad. Over 8,600 acres (35,000 dunams) had burned in the Carmel fire, as of Friday evening. Firefighters […]

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Netanyahu seeks help from more European countries – Jerusalem Post

PM thanks Erdogan for airplanes to battle Carmel fire, praises Israeli rescue workers; firefighting plane lands from Russia. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday evening carried out telephone conversations with leaders from Norway, Finland, Belgium, Holland and Germany in an attempt to secure additional firefighting planes. A firefighting plane landed in Israel from Russia to […]

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Wildfire spreads towards Haifa University, Denya neighborhood – Haaretz

The lives of hundreds of rare animals are threatened as flames spread towards the Hai-Bar nature reserve. By Zafrir Rinat The Hai-Bar nature reserve is again under threat from the wildfire that is blazing in the Carmel hills. Earlier Friday, the nature reserve appeared to be safe after firefighters had contained the blaze in the […]

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Huge Israel forest fire kills dozens – rescue services – Daily Star / Reuters

Friday, December 03, 2010 Rami Amichai HAIFA, Israel: A huge fire swept through a forest in northern Israel Thursday, killing up to 40 people, many of them prison guards who were trapped in a bus trying to flee the flames, security services said. Israel called on Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Russia to send aircraft to […]

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Palestinian firefighters join efforts to control blaze – Maan

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian firefighters are aiding efforts to control a forest fire which has spread across northern Israel, Palestinian civil defense officials said. The blaze, which has killed at least 41 people and devastated more than 10,000 acres of land, was still burning out of control 24 hours after it started in the Carmel […]

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UNEP AND AFED ORGANISE REGIONAL CONSULTATION MEETING FOR CIVIL SOCIETY IN WEST ASIA – AFED

Manama-Beirut, 25 November 2010 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a regional consultation meeting for civil society organizations in West Asia region, to be held in Beirut on 30 November and 1 December, in cooperation with the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). The meeting will group some 35 representatives of civil […]

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Dolphins spotted near Rishon Letzion coast – Haaretz

Researchers observe five dolphins swimming 5 kilometers from the shore. By Zafrir Rinat Researchers observed Saturday a group of five dolphins near the Rishon Letzion coastline. In a survey carried out by members of the Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Center, five dolphins of the species Tursiops truncates, were found swimming 5 kilometers from […]

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New bird research fund to take flight next week – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/29/2010 05:00 Hi-tech millionaire Moshe Yanai has decided to contribute NIS 1 million a year over the next 10 years for research, habitat preservation, bird rescue. Israel’s national bird – the hoopoe – will now have a generous fund named after it that will promote bird research and education. Hi-tech millionaire […]

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‘Don’t pave security road through Caesarea nature reserve’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/30/2010 04:06 Security services contact Parks Authority to pave road through sand dune in order to provide more security for prime minister. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday asking him not to allow an access road to […]

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Forum recommends focus on green housing, transportation – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/21/2010 03:05 Buildings are the biggest producers of greenhouse gases, vehicles are the biggest emitters of air pollution. Buildings emit 67 to 87 percent of greenhouse gases (GHG) and transportation is responsible for more than 80% of air pollution in Israel’s biggest cities. That’s the bottom line of a new set […]

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Urbanisation Outlook for the Metropolitan Area of Bethlehem – This Week in Palestine

By Ahmad El-Atrash Palestine is a small country that is engulfed by problems that have evolved throughout modern history as a serious challenge to the sustainable development of contemporary Palestinian society. Inevitably, un-harmonised urbanisation within the Palestinian context is one of the most persistent challenges that undermine the development of Palestinian statehood. One tangible cause […]

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The green does not justify the housing project – Haaretz

National planning bodies approved a park but threw cold water on Petah Tikva’s plan to pay for it by building more homes and shops By Zafrir Rinat The city of Petah Tikva found out the hard way that the state won’t stand for paying for the preservation of a green area by developing more land. […]

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Lack of winter rains even worse than predicted – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/25/2010 20:24 November set to be worst ever for Kinneret, forecasters predict dry spell to continue into December; cabinet to discuss emergency water plan. With no significant rainfall thus far, the dire predictions about this winter have become a reality, the Water Authority said on Thursday. With November nearing its end, […]

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Till it rains – Jordan Times

Rain seems to elude the Kingdom, although traditionally the wet season will have started quite some time ago. Unless the weather changes, the country could be facing a worrisome development: acute lack of water, not only for agricultural but also for domestic use, a fear that never really leaves countries poor in this precious commodity. […]

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Hundreds pray for rain – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – The Muslim Brotherhood movement on Thursday organised a mass prayer for rain in Tabarbour amid concerns that the delay in the onset of the wet season could lead to a substantial decline in the Kingdom’s water reserves. Hundreds participated in the event, including women, children and the elderly. This […]

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Praying hard to make the rain fall – Common Ground News

by Arieh O’Sullivan 25 November 2010 JERUSALEM – It’s been said that everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. Well, seven years of drought in the Holy Land has been so bad that it has brought together Muslim, Christian and Jewish clerics to offer prayers for rain. The rainy season […]

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Construction begins on Gaza wastewater treatment plant – Maan

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The first concrete was poured Thursday morning in the Western-funded construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip. French Consul General Frederic Desagneaux participated in the ceremony along with representatives of the other donors, which include the World Bank, the European Union, Belgium, and […]

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Three dead after toxic leak at Haifa oil refinery – Haaretz

One more refinery worker in critical condition, with seven others ill after inhaling poisonous gas. By Eli Ashkenazi and News Agencies * * Published 21:42 23.11.10 * Latest update 23:15 23.11.10 Three dead after toxic leak at Haifa oil refinery One more refinery worker in critical condition, with seven others ill after inhaling poisonous gas. […]

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Ben-Eliezer: Haifa refinery was a ‘ticking nuclear time bomb’ – Haaretz

Industry minister threatens to shut down the oil installation after a toxic leak that left three workers dead. Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer threatened Wednesday to close down oil refineries in the city of Haifa, a day after a toxic leak left three workers dead. “The whole area is like a nuclear bomb […]

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