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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

Report: Israelis recycle only 18 percent of household garbage Haaretz

Activists call on the Environmental Protection Ministry to move ahead on a law requiring the recycling of packaging and for local authorities to separate wet and dry waste and sending it for recycling. By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/report-israelis-recycle-only-18-percent-of-household-garbage-1.294391 A report by the environmental group Union for Environmental Defense reveals that the extent of recycling of household […]

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Environment activists warn against off-shore oil drilling Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=115647#axzz0q7YF1D8I Greenpeace tells Bassil move could lead to disaster similar to US Gulf By Patrick Galey Daily Star staff Monday, June 07, 2010 Listen to the Article – Powered by Patrick Galey Daily Star staff BEIRUT: World Environment Day brought with it dire warnings of natural catastrophe, should the Energy Ministry go through with a […]

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Ministry drive aims to wean shoppers off of plastic bags The Daily Star

Monday, June 07, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=115650#axzz0q7Ys3e6k BEIRUT: Environment Minister Mohammad Rahhal distributed about 50,000 eco-friendly shopping bags on Saturday, as part of the ministry’s new environmental campaign. For the occasion of National Environment Week and World Environment Day, the ministry launched a campaign to encourage the use of eco-friendly shopping bags instead of nylon and plastic […]

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The magic mountain Haaretz

At his own initiative, Dr. Martin Weyl has decided to save Hiriya and transform the vast garbage dump outside Tel Aviv into a huge park. In the meantime, he says he’s learned more than he bargained for about capital, government and vested interests − as well as about Ehud Olmert. http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/friday-supplement/the-magic-mountain-1.292598 By Noam Dvir Two […]

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‘Young engineers’ compete in environmental projects Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/06/2010 05:37 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=177580 Winners design program to control lights via iPhone. The contestants might have been louder and more excited than your average engineering competition competitors – but these were high school seniors so a little noise was understandable. However, when it came time to explain their projects, these pupils were […]

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Schools taught about role of beekeeping for conservation Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=115651#ixzz0q7bzwwG9 By Robert Cusack Special to The Daily Star Monday, June 07, 2010 Listen to the Article – Powered by Robert Cusack Special to The Daily Star BEIRUT: The importance of bee-keeping and its special role in nature conservation was highlighted at the closing celebrations for project “Oak Honey” at UNESCO palace, Saturday. Project “Oak […]

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EMWIS Flash – May 2010 Euro-Mediterranean Information System

table of contents. See http://www.emwis.net for full document Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector EMWIS is a program of the Union for the Mediterranean. For further information: http://www.emwis.net Monthly Flash produced by the EMWIS Technical Unit- OIEAU, CEDEX, SOGESID- It is available in English, French & Arabic. (French & Arabic versions […]

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Environmental Peacemaking FoEME June 3mail

Friends of the Earth Middle East is deeply shocked and saddened by the latest violence on the Gaza flotilla, tragically ending with 9 deaths and many more wounded. FoEME, as a member of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace NGO Forum, seeks to reiterate its position that we are working against violence from any side, towards solving every […]

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PCBS Explains Environmental Threats in OPT WAFA

http://english.wafa.ps/?action=detail&id=14304 التاريخ : 3/6/2010 الوقت : 12:17 RAMALLAH, June 3, 2010 (WAFA)- The exploitation and misuse of natural resources by the Israeli occupation affect the environment, and cause pressure on natural resources. The Palestinian Territory suffers from a high population density and a lack of natural resources. The Palestine Central Bureau for Statistics (PCBS) said […]

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Excessive use of plastic bags warrants action Jordan Times

By Luc Stevens http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27128 Every year, Jordanians use 3 billion plastic bags. That makes 500 per person per year, to be compared against approximately 300 or less per person in much richer countries such as Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. Plastic bags made of polyethylene take up to 1,000 years to decompose and, unless […]

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Fire-ravaged Golan nature reserve ‘will take years to recover’ Haaretz

IDF to erect investigation committee over allegations that military tank sparked the fire as its metal wheels moved over rocks. By Eli Ashkenazi http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/fire-ravaged-golan-nature-reserve-will-take-years-to-recover-1.292554 Golan Plain extinguishing flames over Golan Heights nature reserve, 27 May 2010. Golan Plain extinguishing flames over Golan Heights nature reserve, 27 May 2010.Yaron Kaminsky 1/9 Head of Israeli Northern Command […]

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Environmental offenses are crimes against humanity Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 05/28/2010 05:17 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=176708 Major environmental violations should be considered crimes against humanity, criminologist says in new book. Serious environmental crimes match many of the criteria for crimes against humanity, Dr. Danny Gymshi, head of the Criminology and Law Enforcement Institute at the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Lezion (COMAS), […]

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French company to study, invest in thermal power Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26990 AMMAN – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has approved granting a licence to a French company for studying and investing in the thermal power of deep water aquifers in Jordan, a government official said on Saturday. Aquifers with a depth ranging between 1,000-3,000 metres are characterised by high temperatures, which […]

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Disi to pave way for ‘constant water supply’ – Najjar Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27139 AMMAN – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation plans to provide a constant water supply in the Kingdom to reduce deterioration of water networks and pollution, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The ministry has identified the implementation of the Disi Water Conveyance Project as an opportunity to switch from […]

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‘Red-Dead project pumping site not selected yet Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27141 AMMAN – Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar on Wednesday said the location for pumping water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea under the Red-Dead Water Conveyance Project has not been selected yet. Concerned parties are still in the phase of studying the project’s economic feasibility and environmental […]

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Variety is the spice of (city) life Jerusalem Post

By GAIL LICHTMAN http://www.jpost.com/LocalIsrael/InJerusalem/Article.aspx?id=176770 05/28/2010 22:43 As Jerusalem joins the Local Action for Biodiversity network, 40 of the city’s urban nature sites are granted protection. For years, the study of biodiversity – the variety of life on Earth – was thought to lie in remote areas of our planet untouched by human hands, such as […]

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Conservation Agriculture A pathway towards sustainable agriculture Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia

Conservation Agriculture A pathway towards sustainable agriculture http://www.mectat.com.lb/metopic/ConservationAgri/ConservationAgri.htm May 2010 By: Berthold Hansman and Boghos Ghougassian Conventional agricultural practices in the world, such as tillage, have led into the deterioration and degradation of soils and decrease in their productivity. It became more and more evident that the existing production systems are no longer sustainable and […]

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Health sector key to overcoming demographic pressures – USAID Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26899 By Matthew Bresnahan ZARQA/AMMAN – Jordan’s expected population growth will have a major economic, social and environmental impact on the Kingdom, according to USAID Mission Director in Jordan Jay Knott. At the current growth rate of 2.3 per cent, Jordan’s population is expected to double from six million to nearly 12 million persons by […]

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IDF bases to be connected to sewage systems YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3893071,00.html For years some150 army bases have poured their waste water into open areas, causing severe environmental damage. Now, after long-running dispute over budget, agreement reached to allocate NIS 400 million towards connecting bases to sewage systems by 2015. Environmental Protection Minister Erdan: Historic decision Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.25.10, 08:14 / Israel Activism IDF bases […]

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Report: Israel’s streams getting cleaner, but still much work to be done Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/report-israel-s-streams-getting-cleaner-but-still-much-work-to-be-done-1.291607 Waterways remain sullied due to failing sewage systems and waste from Palestinian cities. They also need a fresh dose of water after years of poor rainfall. By Zafrir Rinat Almost two decades after the government started its project to clean Israel’s streams, most of the country’s waterways remain sullied due to failing sewage systems […]

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