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Poisoned Cups: Dealing With The Iraqi River Where Sewage And Drinking Water Mix – niqash

Dashty Ali Every day litres of waste water and even sewage end up in the rivers and lakes, that are the main source of drinking water for one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s biggest cities. 18.07.2018 | Sulaymaniyah It is as if the government was bombing Halabja with chemical weapons every day, says Salih Najib Majid, an […]

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Plagued by Cuts, Lebanon Survives on Floating Power Plants – Naharnet

22 July 2018 Lebanon has for decades struggled with daily power cuts that leave residents sweating through their shirts summer after sticky summer. The bankrupt national power company, unable to build new power plants, has been buying electricity from Turkish barges docked off-shore. Last week, Lebanon received its third floating power station — the 235-megawatt […]

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Professional associations protest gas deal with Israel – Jordan Times

By Suzanna Goussous – Jul 25,2018 AMMAN — The Professional Associations Council on Wednesday organised a demonstration in Irbid, protesting the ongoing construction work on the Israeli pipeline in Jordan, through which supplies are expected to begin in 2020, according to official sources. Jordan is currently building a 65-kilometre pipeline which will link Jordan’s north […]

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Building New Natural Gas Rig Off Israel’s Shores Poses High Ecological Risks, Expert Warns – Haaretz

Flora, fauna and nature reserves stand to be harmed by Leviathan field off the Dor Beach coast, Prof. Rick Steiner says Zafrir Rinat Jul 30, 2018 10:07 PM One of the world’s leading experts on the environmental consequences of gas and oil pollution, Prof. Rick Steiner, is warning of the risks posed by erecting a […]

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JD6-million pipeline to Zarqa River to end hazards of infamous ‘Pepsi pool’ – Jordan Times

Proposals for addressing environment, health pollution caused by cesspit revealed by Amman mayor By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 25,2018 AMMAN — The technical committee tasked with putting forward proposals for addressing the environment and health pollution caused by Rusaifeh’s so-called “Pepsi pool” recommended micro-tunneling as the method to drain the pool’s wastewater into Zarqa River. […]

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Environmentalists Up in Arms Against Massive Jerusalem Housing Drive – Haaretz

Due to be discussed by planning panel on Tuesday, scheme to build 4,500 housing units in Reches Lavan in city’s southwest would destroy ancient natural springs, parks officials warn Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 23, 2018 Environmental organizations are opposing a massive housing construction plan southwest of Jerusalem, slated to be discussed Tuesday by the municipal […]

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Joint Parliamentary Committees Pass Laws Protecting Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers, Solid Waste Management – Naharnet

Joint Parliamentary Committees Pass Laws Protecting Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers, Solid Waste Management by Naharnet Newsdesk The joint parliamentary committees approved enacting two laws on Thursday on the protection of anti-corruption whistleblowers and a draft on solid waste management after MPs Paula Yacoubian, Sami Gemayel and Elias Hanksh walked out of the meeting following a dispute over […]

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Lebanon Sinks Old Tanks to Create Underwater Dive ‘Park’ – Naharnet

Lebanese environmentalists on Saturday sank 10 old tanks and armored vehicles to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in a novel attempt to attract divers and create new habitats for marine life. Three kilometers off the coast of the city of Sidon, a huge crane on the back of a ship maneuvered the military hardware […]

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Iraqi Farmers Fight to Save Cattle from Drought – Naharnet

Iraqi farmer Sayyed Sattar knows he’ll soon have to let some of his buffalo go as he surveys the herd bathing in a dwindling pond close to the holy city of Najaf. As southern Iraq suffers through a punishing drought, desperate cattle breeders are having to sell off animals to keep others alive. Sattar, 52, […]

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Nine water theft violations stopped across Kingdom in one day – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Authorities on Tuesday said they had ended nine major violations on main carriers and underground water in one day in Ruweished in Mafraq and Muwaqar in east Amman. Security forces from the Public Security Department and the Gendarmerie joined the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in morning raids targeting seven separate locations where […]

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Gaza’s ‘incendiary kites unit’ to escalate fires until siege lifted – Maan / YNET

July 18, 2018 1:53 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2018 The “incendiary kites unit” of the Gaza Strip announced on Wednesday that the amount of incendiary kites and balloons targeting Israeli areas surrounding Gaza would increase as a response to the increased siege on the Gaza Strip. The unit, calling themselves the “Sons of Zouari” in […]

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‘Birth rate has dropped significantly since 1990’ – Jordan Times

Number of children per woman aged between 15-45 decreases from 5.6 births 28 years ago to 2.7 now By JT – Jul 16,2018 AMMAN — The average birth rate per woman in Jordan dropped from 5.6 births in 1990 to 2.7 in 2018, the Department of Statistics’ (DoS) 2017-2018 health and population survey showed. In […]

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Expanding ‘Dead Zone’ in Arabian Sea Raises Climate Change Fears – Naharnet

In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast “dead zone” the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame. In his lab in Abu Dhabi, Zouhair Lachkar is labouring over a colourful computer model of the Gulf of Oman, showing changing temperatures, sea levels and oxygen concentrations. His […]

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Turkey, Iraq trade blame as concern rises over low water – Al-Monitor

Iraq points to Turkey’s Ilisu Dam as the cause of its water crisis, but Ankara says Baghdad needs to manage its resources more efficiently. June 28, 2018 URL: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/06/turkey-iraq-ilisu-dam-water-crisis.html Author: Fehim Tastekin The world is seeing images of people walking across the much-diminished Tigris River in Iraq. Dead fish abound. Some disaster scenarios even predict […]

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Iraq’s favorite lake dries up in sign of worse to come – Al Monitor

Iraq’s once-impressive Lake Milh used to be a major touristic site near Karbala, but now its vanishing water is part of a growing regional crisis. June 11, 2018 URL: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/06/can-this-iraqi-lake-be-saved.html Author: Wassim Bassem Karbala’s Lake Milh hasn’t seen a lot of visitors in the last few years. Once a popular picnic destination for Karbala residents, […]

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Egypt launches initiative to plant 1 million fruit trees – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm July 19, 2018 The Agricultural Professions Syndicate started implementing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s initiative to plant one million fruit trees in poorer areas, parks, public squares, schools, and the main and secondary roads in various cities and villages, said the Chairman of the Agricultural Professions Syndicate Sayyed Khalifa. The campaign began with the […]

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Where there’s a will there’s a way (editorial) – Jordan Times

Jul 19,2018 By personally visiting the so-called Pepsi pool on Tuesday, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz did something that all previous prime minsters did literally nothing about and preferred to put blinds on their eyes in the face of this grave source of danger to health, simply because it is out of sight of the affluent […]

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Plan for wind turbines in Golan Heights – while sparing local vultures – passes key hurdle

The move is part of a program under which by 2030, 17 percent of Israel’s energy production will be derived from renewable sources Zafrir Rinat | Jul. 17, 2018 The National Infrastructure Committee has approved a plan to build a wind turbine farm in the Golan Heights, leaving final approval by a housing panel largely […]

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Train wreck: How Tel Aviv’s new transport system is going off the rails – Haaretz

The coastal city is meant to have three new rail lines by 2024, but critics say the project is unnecessarily shrouded in secrecy, unresponsive to public concerns and falling behind schedule Naama Riba | Jun. 5, 2018 Behind Wolfson Park in east Tel Aviv, you’ll find a small, quiet street that looks like a suburban […]

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Residential construction at Jerusalem’s ‘City of David’ national park – Emek Shaveh / Haaretz /WAFA

Change in National Parks Law to Harm Natural and Heritage Sites, Play into Hands of Silwan Settlers, and Perpetuate Harm to Palestinians – EMEK SHAVEH June 27, 2018 Essence of the amendment: On Wednesday, July 4, the Knesset Interior Committee will discuss a proposal to amend the National Parks, Nature Reserves, National Sites and Memorial […]

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