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Brushfires rage in the South from incendiary kites launched from Gaza – Jerusalem Post / YNET

Brushfires rage in the South from incendiary kites launched from Gaza – Jerusalem Post By ANNA AHRONHEIM 06/03/2018 Teams of firefighters worked throughout the day on Sunday putting out large brush fires in fields belonging to communities in southern Israel, after they had been hit by flaming-kites launched from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Hundreds of […]

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Kite terrorism’s catastrophic damages revealed – YNET

Thousands of dunam of western Negev forests, nature reserves have gone up in flames in past few weeks as a result of incendiary kites; damages may take 30 years to repair, KKL says; drone captures footage of Besor Stream devastation. Ilana Curiel|Published: 06.01.18 More than 260 fires broke out in vicinity of Israel’s border with […]

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Water deficit drops by 8 per cent thanks to ‘more efficient supply’ – Jordan Times

Drop in water deficit accompanied by raise in water allocations By Hana Namrouqa – May 31,2018 AMMAN — Jordan’s water deficit dropped by 8 per cent this year compared to 2017, government officials said, attributing the decline to an increase in the efficiency of the supply system, among other factors. The water deficit in 2017 […]

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Authorities foil attempt to dig illegal well in Irbid – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 30,2018 AMMAN — Authorities on Tuesday foiled an attempt to dig an illegal well in Irbid Governorate and arrested a man in connection with the violation, according to an official source. A team from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Public Security Department raided an olive farm in […]

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Water level at country’s dams ‘acceptable’ given year’s circumstances – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 05,2018 AMMAN — As the rainy season is officially over, officials on Monday described current water storage at the country’s dams as “acceptable” given the weak precipitations of this year’s winter. Water levels at the main dams are now a little less than half their storage capacity of 336 million […]

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Lebanon to Begin Offshore Oil Exploration – Naharnet

Lebanon’s outgoing energy minister said Tuesday that the first phase of oil and gas exploration off the country’s coast has begun. Cesar Abi Khalil told reporters that he has approved an exploration plan submitted by three international companies who will search in two of the country’s 10 offshore blocks. Abi Khalil said Lebanon’s first well […]

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Egypt to eliminate most dangerous garbage dumps by 2019: Environment Minister – Egypt Independent

May 30, 2018 Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy stressed in a press statement on Tuesday that the Environment Ministry plans to eliminate the most dangerous garbage dumps in Cairo, Qalyubia, Monufiya, Daqaliya, and Gharbia between July 2018 and June 2019. A plan has been developed with a timeline and a budget for each garbage dump, he […]

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Superman coral in Red Sea can take climate change but not sewage too, scientists warn – Haaretz

Hardy coral by Eilat and Aqaba voted most likely to survive global warming, but even it can’t overcome explosive algal growth fed by effluence and the rise in floodwaters Ruth Schuster | May 23, 2018 Of all the world’s reefs, the coral in the northern Red Sea is particularly resilient to temperature change and ocean […]

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Over 300 incendiary kites flown into Israel since April 13 – YNET

Although IDF has been fighting flaming kites with drones developed to intercept them, this ‘aerial terror offensive’ keeps disrupting Gaza border communities’ daily routine, causing farmers millions of shekels worth of damage. Matan Tzuri|Published: 05.27.18 , 12:00 On April 13, a new era of combat commenced as part of the ongoing conflict between Israel and […]

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Navy veterans gear up for last stand on Kishon dives – YNET

Veterans who dove in Kishon Stream and were later afflicted with cancer to submit petition to High Court of Justice seeking recognition, compensation; petition aimed at state for first time, demanding authorities to divulge full breadth of morbidity; Navy veteran says that while he won’t live to reap the benefits, he has made it his […]

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Water self-reliance remains elusive (editorial) – Jordan Times

May 22,2018 Despite efforts by the government to address the problem of water shortage in the country by making huge investments on mega projects and improved water management of existing sources, the goal of becoming self-reliant in this vital area remains elusive and probably a distant mirage. The reason is obvious: every time Jordan gets […]

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120mcm of fresh water saved through water theft crackdown campaign – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 27,2018 AMMAN — The government has saved 120 million cubic metres (mcm) of fresh water over the past five years, following the launch of a “groundbreaking” national crackdown on water theft and violations, according to government officials. Teams from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and security forces have stopped […]

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20 per cent of water sector’s electricity to soon come from renewable sources – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 26,2018 AMMAN — In three years’ time, a total of 20 per cent of electricity consumed by the water sector will be generated with renewable energy, under the Water and Irrigation Ministry’s new “self-reliance” approach, government officials said. The ministry is currently implementing five mega renewable energy projects to reach […]

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Israelis asked to cut down shower time in bid to combat five-year drought – Haaretz

More efficient use of water at home and in municipal gardens, along with increased desalination efforts are among means mooted to address huge rise in consumption Zafrir Rinat | May 22, 2018 The Israel Water Authority is asking the public to shorten shower time by two minutes as part of a new campaign to save […]

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Kill those invaders or welcome them? Scientists split over invasive species = Haaretz

Several critical voices have been calling for a re-evaluation of the role of these animal and plant migrants and even urge compassion toward these invaders Zafrir Rinat | May 23, 2018 Do you wage an all-out war against invaders — or do you treat them with compassion? The question is a burning one — at […]

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Israel is stuck in traffic with a PM who hates the word ‘public’ = Haaretz

Increased use of cars instead of public transportation is causing huge damage. But Netanyahu despises public expenditures that take the entire public into account Nitzan Horowitz | May 27, 2018 “They see traffic jams; I see interchanges,” was the unforgettable statement Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once made to the media. While a good deal of […]

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Nile dam won’t harm Egypt, says new Ethiopian leader – Al Arabiya

AFP Thursday, 3 May 2018 Ethiopia’s newly appointed prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, said on Thursday that the controversial dam his country is building on the Nile will not harm Egypt’s share of water supplies. Egypt relies almost totally on the Nile for irrigation and drinking water, and says it has “historic rights” to the river, […]

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Major drop in Mediterranean pollution off Israeli coast, report says – Haaretz

The biggest source of pollution was removed last year when the Dan Region’s sewage treatment plants stopped pumping their sludge into the sea and began dealing with it on land Zafrir Rinat | May 6, 2018 | 11:17 PM | 1 Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea off the Israeli coast from land-based sources has dropped […]

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Israel has world’s greatest poultry-related carbon footprint – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 05/08/2018 Israel has the unenviable title of having the world’s largest per capita poultry-related carbon footprint, a study comparing annual carbon dioxide emissions across 130 countries revealed on Tuesday. German nutrition retailer nu3 analyzed data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to assess which countries have the […]

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Kingdom updates plan to eliminate persistant organic pollutants – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 09,2018 AMMAN — Jordan is reviewing and updating its National Implementation Plan (NIP) to eliminate and restrict new persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are organic chemicals toxic to humans and wildlife, according to environment and sustainable industrialisation experts. The review and update of the NIP is part of Jordan’s commitment […]

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