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Egypt’s population stands at nearly 95 mln, according to latest census – Al Arabiya

Cairo Saturday, 30 September 2017 Egypt says its population stands at nearly 95 million, in addition to an estimated 9.4 million who live abroad, according to the latest census figures. The figures were announced during a televised ceremony on Saturday in which the findings of the country’s latest census were read by Abu-Bakr el-Gindy, head […]

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Greenpeace launches “Morocco – Harnessing the Power of Solar” (VIDEO) -= Environment and Development

Greenpeace Arab World and North Africa launched its short documentary “Morocco – Harnessing the Power of Solar” which highlights the incredible potential of decentralised solar energy in improving the daily life of Moroccan citizens, especially the most vulnerable ones. The film tells the story of the people of Morocco, from the harsh reality of their […]

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Historic electricity theft discovered in eastern desert – Jordan Times

Oct 04,2017 AMMAN — The Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO), the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) and a joint force of public security and Gendarmerie departments’ personnel have put an end to the “biggest electricity theft” in the history of the Kingdom, which included installations worth JD300,000. A JEPCO source told the Jordan News […]

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Experts discuss upscaling of sustainable energy in buildings – Jordan Times

Oct 01,2017 AMMAN — A group of 30 international experts on Thursday convened in Amman to discuss ways to upscale sustainable energy investments in community buildings in Jordan, according to a joint statement from the West Asia — North Africa (WANA) Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Citing the increased energy […]

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Energy efficiency fund promotes use of solar water heaters – Jordan Times

Sep 25,2017 AMMAN — Ten thousand solar water heaters were installed under a programme for homes implemented by the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund in various governorates. The Executive Director of the Fund Rasmi Hamzeh on Monday said that the fund seeks to raise the number of households benefiting from the programme from […]

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‘5,000 alleged water violations stopped since start of year’ – Jordan Times

Sep 30,2017 AMMAN — Authorities stopped more than 5,000 alleged violations on water mains and networks since January, government officials said on Saturday, indicating that court rulings on 22 water-related cases were also issued. Under an ongoing campaign to end all forms of violations on the water networks and resources, the Ministry of Water and […]

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Lassen Discusses Waste Management with Shehayyeb – Naharnet

September 30, 2017 Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, met with the Head of the Environment Parliamentary Committee, MP Akram Shehayeb, and discussed with him the urgent challenges that Lebanon is facing in managing solid waste, particularly in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, a press release said. Lassen addressed […]

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Grassroots business recycles trash into furniture for ‘a greener Jordan’ – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Oct 08,2017 AMMAN — Alarmed by the realisation of how much waste people throw out in the street of Amman, Alaa Ziadeh decided to take action and beautify the city by turning the garbage into unique home-made furniture at his Ziadat4recycling workshop. In a promotional video that calls for more citizen […]

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Israeli park rangers go after the big bad wolf – Jerusalem Post

EIN GEDI – The eyes of a predator prowling through the Judean desert are easily seen in the park ranger’s spotlight from 100 meters (yards) away. Normally this would mean a smaller animal, a fox or the occasional coyote, is after a midnight snack. But since the start of summer, when the natural order got […]

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Racing toward disaster: Israel’s unsustainable population bomb – Jersualem Post

By ALON TAL 09/23/2017 There was a time when having a large family in Israel may have been a patriotic act. Israelis live in the most crowded country in the developed world. But few understand the cumulative price they pay now that quantity of life has begun to degrade quality of life. Signs are everywhere: […]

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Planting the seeds of hope: Local NGO creates rooftop gardens in Palestinian camps – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Sep 21,2017 AMMAN — Driven by their passion for environment and “earthcare”, a group of foreign and local youth has joined efforts to create “Greening the Camps”, a non-profit organisation that designs, develops and maintains rooftop gardens in Palestinian refugee camps. Using their understanding of urban design and its toolsets gained […]

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Ten Attacks in Four Months: Brazen Wolves Preying on Children in Israel’s South – Haaretz

Scientists say wolves acclimating themselves to humans, but Nature and Parks Authority says people feeding wolves is source of problem By Nir Hasson Sep 22, 2017 In May, the Ben David family from Ramat Hasharon went camping near Masada in the Judean Desert. “We were a lot of people, maybe 10 tents,” says Shilhav Ben […]

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Italian scholar warns against natural disasters’ impact on local heritage – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – Sep 18,2017 Claudio Cimino AMMAN — Major natural — hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tornado, flooding and land sliding — and man-made disasters of the past were relatively sporadic compared to the current trend, according to an Italian architect. “Natural and cultural heritage worldwide are exposed to all sorts of threats as […]

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French woman starts initiative to protect Luxor’s Nile from contamination – Egypt Independent

A young French woman living in Luxor is beginning a clean water campaign initiative, along with her friends, to prevent solid waste in Egypt’s Nile. “My love for Egypt and its Pharonic civilization prompted me to leave France and come live close to the country’s historic monuments,” said Marie Derbecourt, who has been living in […]

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Afforestation project begins on Desert Highway – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 21,2017 AMMAN — Work on a project to plant trees on the sideways of the Desert Highway that links the capital to the southern governorates has commenced, according to a government official. The Ministry of Agriculture has started preparing lands for tree planting on both sides of the road in […]

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‘$12m project to link Naour District households to sewage network under way’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 20,2017 AMMAN — Construction of a $12-million project to connect households in west Amman’s Naour District to the sewage network is under way, according to officials at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The project is being implemented in two phases, Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazem Al-Naser, said in […]

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8 community-based organisations granted $350,000 for environmental projects – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 20,2017 AMMAN — Eight community-based organisations (CBOs) on Tuesday received grants worth $350,000 to implement pilot projects enhancing the role of local communities and users of natural resources in addressing environmental issues. The pilot projects are to be sponsored by the Global Environment Fund and supported by the United Nations […]

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FAO workshop follows up on Green Climate Fund Project for Jordan – Jordan Times

Sep 14,2017 AMMAN — A “Validation Workshop” focusing on the effects of climate change in Jordan took place in Amman on Tuesday, as a follow-up to the “Brain Storming Session” held in early August, a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) statement said. The struggle to adapt to the effects of climate change has been […]

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81 dams constructed across Kingdom’s badias — ministry – Jordan Times

Sep 17,2017 AMMAN — Environment Minister Yaseen Khayyat on Saturday said that the ministry has constructed 79 sand and two ordinary dams to collect of 6.4 million cubic metres (mcm) of rain water annually, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Khayyat stressed that the dams were built as breeders have been suffering from water scarcity […]

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NGO teaches refugees to make A/C units out of plastic bottles – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Sep 09,2017 AMMAN — Despite governmental efforts to tackle the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), most of Jordan’s 2.5 million tonnes of MSW end up at dumpsites and landfills each year, according to a Jordan Green Building Council report. A little over half of the waste generated in Jordan is biowaste, with […]

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