Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

C’tee urges changes to water economy Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 25/03/2010 07:27 Nation on verge of water crisis due to pollution, lack of enforcement. The National Investigation Committee – Regarding the Water Crisis in Israel did not recommend any sweeping changes to the way the government handles the country’s water resources in its final report released on Wednesday. Instead, in a […]

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Landau to present low water stats Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 28/03/2010 Infrastructures minister will tell cabinet annual rainfall was below average. National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau will tell the cabinet on Sunday, during a briefing about the status of the water economy, that overall rainfall was still below average this year. Alongside Water Authority head Prof. Uri Shani and Mekorot director-general […]

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Forum puts energy efficiency on the map Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 30/03/2010 23:33 NGO pushes for “virtual power stations” – the ones you can avoid building by cutting electricity use. Practical environmentalism might be a good way to describe what the Israel Energy Forum does. The two-year-old nongovernmental organization “aims to develop energy policy from a full-picture perspective. We start from the […]

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Eco-activist faces down suits from firm he fought to create Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat Daniel Morgenstern, a veteran environmental activist and economic adviser, has fought for eco-friendly legislation for years. His efforts paid off in 2001 when the Knesset passed the Deposit Law on Beverage Containers, requiring soft drink manufacturers to recycle 65 percent of all bottles with volumes of less than 1.5 liters. A recycling […]

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Bill would make local councils responsible for building waste Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat The Environmental Protection Ministry is to promote new regulations for the removal of construction waste, making local authorities responsible for such dumping. The ministry, which only manages to stop one out of every thousand illegal dumpings of construction waste, wants the regulations to ensure that construction waste reaches only legal dumps. Waste […]

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A recycling revolution? Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat The last place one would think to go to enjoy a cup of coffee is probably the Hiriya landfill (Ayalon Park). However, as of a few months ago, the site has a cafe where you can sit next to a pleasant pool, surrounded by abundant greenery, adjacent to a new visitors center. […]

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Viewers held their breath as the lesser kestrel laid an egg Haaretz

By Eli Ashkenazi On Friday afternoon it happened: The lesser kestrel from the Hatikvah School in Moshav Elyakim laid an egg. Dozens of thrilled onlookers watched and reminded each other about the history of the kestrel family that is about to expand. After the lives of entertainer Shimi Tavori and his four children, or the […]

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As world marks day for H2O, report claims Israel’s water is getting cleaner and people consuming less Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat As governments and organizations marked World Water Day yesterday, a report commissioned by the state’s top agency responsible for water management pointed to an increase in Israel’s water conservation as well as an improvement in its water quality. According to Mekorot, the better water quality has led to a one-third reduction in […]

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Middle East Environmental Directory

You may enjoy viewing my company’s new free environmental directory of the Middle East which can be viewed at: www.earthdirectory.net/middleeast. Thank you for your attention to this email and I hope that you enjoy the Directory. Sincerely, John C. Brainard, Editor & Manager The EarthDirectory Network www.DiscoverEarth.net U. S. Environmental Directories, Inc. St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, […]

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Water Purchased from Israel for Domestic Use in 2009 was 47.4 Million m3, PCBS Says WAFA

Date : 21/3/2010 RAMALLAH, March 21,2010 (WAFA)- The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a press release on the occasion of World Water Day, March 22, that the quantity of Water Purchased From the Israeli Water Company (Mekorot) for Domestic Use in 2009 was 47.4 Million m3. World Water Day 2010 will be […]

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Birthrate nearly halves over 33 years – DoS Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN – The birthrate in Jordan stood at 3.8 births per woman in 2009, down from 7.4 in 1976, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Statistics. The “Population and Family Health Survey”, released at a press conference on Tuesday, indicated that the average number of children born per woman […]

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UN conference tackles Mideast animal trade YNET

Co-founder of Lebanese animal rights group says flourishing trade in endangered animals ‘can no longer be ignored’ Associated Press 03.23.10, 08:13 A two-year-old lion, emaciated and barely breathing, is found in a tiny cage off a Beirut highway. Monkeys are hauled through the dark tunnels of Gaza, bound for private zoos. Rare prize falcons are […]

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Ministry cracking down on use of untreated fertilisers Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment is drawing up a plan to stop the use and trade of untreated organic fertilisers, which attract domestic flies due to their high percentage of humidity. The plan complements a campaign launched in August last year banning the entry of untreated fertilisers into the Jordan Valley, […]

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Jordan inaugurates first radioactive waste facility Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Officials marked another milestone in Jordan’s peaceful nuclear programme on Thursday by unveiling the Kingdom’s first storage facility for radioactive waste. The central storage facility, an interim hosting site funded by the US Department of Energy and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), aims to ensure safe and secure storage […]

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Lebanon’s liquid treasure is just trickling away Jordan Times

AMSHEET, Lebanon (AFP) – Rose Hatem’s home overlooks the Mediterranean and is just a short distance from one of Lebanon’s longest rivers. But twice a week the 60-year-old has to buy water for her daily needs. “I have been buying in water since I moved here 14 years ago,” Hatem told AFP in the picturesque […]

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Arab nuclear ambitions facing obstacles Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Although a majority of Arab countries have announced their intentions to establish nuclear programmes, a number of challenges face the utilisation of the energy source in the region, experts said on Monday. A major obstacle to nuclear energy development in the region is a lack of international support due to […]

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Kingdom’s peaceful nuclear programme takes centre stage Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The Kingdom’s peaceful nuclear programme took centre stage as an example of regional development energy at the Middle East Nuclear Energy Summit on Monday. In his address at the opening of the three-day conference yesterday, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Chairman Khaled Toukan said Jordan will become an electricity exporter […]

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‘Women’s empowerment a key factor in water conservation’ Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Experts in water management and sustainable development on Monday called for mainstreaming women’s leadership in improving water services and natural resource conservation efforts. During the International Conference on Integration of Gender Dimensions in Water Management, which opened yesterday, participants from several Mediterranean countries underscored the importance of empowering women as […]

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Landau: Invest in alternative energy to fight radical Islam Jerusalem Post

By BEN HARTMAN 19/03/2010 05:14 National infrastructures minister says lessening the world’s reliance on petroleum is a “strategic necessity.” National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau on Thursday called on the United States and the rest of the international community to work with Israel to lessen the world’s reliance on petroleum, something he said would help dry […]

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Rising waters threaten Nile Delta Al Jazeera

By Barnaby Phillips in Alexandria Deep inside the waterways of the Nile Delta, it is hard to believe that this region is in an environmental crisis. It is an idyllic setting as the canoes of fishermen drift through the swamps; kingfishers and egrets fly overhead, and reeds glisten in the early morning sunshine. But the […]

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