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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

France Provides €4 million for Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant – WAFA

Date : 19/10/2010 Time : 18:45 JERUSALEM, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- On Sunday 17 of October 2010, at Ministry of Planning, Mr Dov Zerah, CEO of the French Development Agency (AFD), Dr Ali Jarbawi, Minister of Planning and Administration Development (MOPAD) and Mr Frederic Desagneaux, French Consul General in Jerusalem, signed a new financial agreement […]

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Green OECD tourism conference set to open in J’lem – Jerusalem Post

By MELANIE LIDMAN 10/20/2010 05:18 Delegations from 26 of 33 OECD member states will take part in summit focused on sustainable, environmentally-friendly tourism. Delegations from 26 of the 33 OECD member states began arriving on Tuesday evening for a OECD tourism conference in Jerusalem with a special focus on sustainable, environmentally- friendly tourism. The Australians […]

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Water: The defining factor for development and peace in the Middle East – Arab Environment Watch

Friday, October 15, 2010 It is interesting that the Blog Action day (October 15th) coincides with the Arab Environment day (October 14th), and as this year’s topic is water it is highly relevant to blog about water challenges in the Arab world, considered to be one of the most water scarce regions in the world. […]

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New plan aims at Mediterranean biodiversity ‘hotspots’ – Arab Environment Watch

Monday, October 18, 2010 Source: Middle East Online PARIS – An alliance of conservationists and international donors unveiled a map of six areas on the Mediterranean rim aimed at guiding policy for preserving precious habitats and threatened species. The 251-page “ecosystem profile” was launched by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, including the US-based NGO Conservation International, […]

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Water-saving devices in public buildings held up – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/13/2010 03:31 10m. cubic meters being wasted as a result, says Society for Protection of Nature. The Water Authority has yet to publish guidelines for installing water-saving devices in public buildings despite the fact that the timetable in the law states that it should have done so by April. After the […]

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Green group: Revoke government grant to Timna Hotels – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/20/2010 10:06 The Israel Union for Environmental Defense calls for government to cancel grant due to failure to meet terms. The Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED) has demanded that the government cancel a grant of at least NIS 75 million from the public coffers to the developer of the Timna […]

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Raising gas royalties: A sea of demagoguery – Haaretz

A short guide to weed through the grains of truth, neo-Bolshevism and mountains of disinformation. By Yoram Gabison “It is unconscionable that the Israeli public be left with just the crumbs from gas profits,” Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich stated last week during a radio interview. Battling interests: Shelly Yachimovitch and the Forum versus Yitzhak Tshuva […]

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State hikes royalties on phosphate by 85% – Haaretz

Damage to Israel Chemicals won’t be significant, estimates Meitav analyst. The Ministry of National Infrastructure yesterday almost doubled the royalty fee it collects on phosphates mined in Israel. That affects mainly Israel Chemicals, which mines phosphate rock in the Dead Sea area. ICL will have to pay the state 44.3¢ for every ton of phosphate […]

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Regrettable – Jordan Times

By Walid M. Sadi It is most regrettable that the Amman Office of Friends of the Earth Middle East had to cancel its participation in the “torch run” cycling tour, originally scheduled for October 10 to raise awareness about environmental concerns, a decision taken under pressure from anti-normalisation groups. While one can understand and appreciate […]

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Israeli solar water heater producer enters US market -YNET

Rehovot-based company signs multi-million dollar exclusive distribution deal with American solar energy giant; deal worth $50 million over 5 years Navit Zomer Israel is turning into a leading solar water heater supplier in the United States – M.C.O Industries, a Rehovot-based veteran solar water heater manufacturer and one of Israel’s top solar panel producers, signed […]

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Arrow missile inventor looks to energize the solar market – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/17/2010 01:37 National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau (Israel Beiteinu) dedicated the first Israeli concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system to be hooked up to the national grid in Arad on Thursday. The system was designed by the MST solar energy company, which was founded by Dov Raviv – the father of the Arrow […]

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Sea sickness – Jerusalem Post

By MAURICE PICOW 10/15/2010 16:41 Can Israel, a substantial contributor to the Mediterranean’s present unwholesome state, do more than it has done to save it? “Sick and getting sicker” is how oceanographers and environmentalists often describe the Mediterranean. The sea’s already polluted waters are becoming increasingly choked with large quantities of plastic and other debris, […]

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MKs, Big Gas spar in Knesset – Haaretz

Noble Energy threatens to sue, treasury rebuts: threat is unseemly. By Avi Bar-Eli and Zvi Zrahiya The battle over royalties on Israel’s natural resources reached the Knesset Economics Committee, which held a special session yesterday despite the parliament being in recess. Seventeen Knesset members showed up for the debate, including five not on the committee. […]

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Gulf states ‘need increased environmental awareness’ – Jordan Times

DUBAI (AFP) – Environmental awareness needs to be increased in Gulf states, which the WWF says have among the highest per capita ecological footprints in the world, an Emirates Wildlife Society official said Thursday. “We believe that there’s a lot more awareness that needs to happen,” said the society’s policy director Tanzeed Alam, when asked […]

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Environmental education campaign to start next week – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – A campaign to implement environmental education in more than 18 Jordanian schools and others around the world will commence next week, it was announced in a workshop for teachers held at the UNESCO Amman office on Thursday. The five-year Earth Care Campaign, which started this year and ends in 2014, […]

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Super-Sol launches green retail chain – Haaretz

First store opens next to arch-rival. By Adi Dovrat-Meseritz The Super-Sol supermarket chain has ventured into natural food retailing, under the name Super-Sol Green. The first branch of the new retailing format, which opened a few days ago inside the Super-Sol Deal branch in Ra’anana, is a store within a store. It is only about […]

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NIS 25m. more to be invested in recycling infrastructure – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/13/2010 03:19 New public relations campaign to be launched on Sunday; 2500 more receptacles will be placed around the country this year. Recycling has picked up over the last couple of years and will continue to increase, according to the ELA recycling corporation’s strategic plan unveiled Tuesday. The corporation will invest […]

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So, what can be recycled and what does it turn into? – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/13/2010 03:08 Any plastic bottle with a cap can be placed in the receptacle. So, any personal hygiene bottle, shampoo container, water, soda bottle – big, small – can be recycled. ELA officials clarified what can and cannot be thrown into the recycling receptacles. Any plastic bottle with a cap can […]

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Conservationists to restore, protect Kingdom’s World Heritage Site – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Experts will work to save one of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites from degradation under an agreement signed on Thursday. The Department of Antiquities (DoA), the Italian government and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) will embark on a project to restore and protect the 1,300-year-old frescoes of Quseir Amra. Under […]

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Volunteers to clean up Dibbeen Forest Reserve – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Schoolchildren and people from all walks of life will converge on the Dibbeen Forest Reserve on Saturday to clean up litter left by picnickers at the site, which is considered a sanctuary for globally endangered species. More than 200 volunteers from schools, and public, private and civic institutions will head […]

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