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Palestinian family makes use of unique power house – Jordan Times

DAHRIYA, Palestinian Territories — Power comes in many forms, but Kamal Al Jebrini’s family looked to where others may fear to tread for a new source of it: cow dung. The family has begun recycling waste from its cows to produce electricity for one of the largest Palestinian dairy plants and even to provide power […]

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Israel to open Kerem Shalom crossing on Friday to allow fuel into Gaza -Maan

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities announced on Thursday that the Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing between Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip would be opened for Friday in order to allow fuel to enter the small Palestinian territory. Gaza’s borders committee reported that Israeli authorities had said that the crossing would be opened to […]

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Gaza’s power authority cuts off electricity to all districts amid deepening crisis – Maan

GAZA (Ma’an) — Gaza’s power authority on Friday temporarily cut off electricity to all districts of the besieged Gaza Strip in protest of “unfair measures” imposed on the coastal enclave, as Hamas and the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority (PA) have continued to blame each other for a deepening crisis in the small Palestinian territory. The authority […]

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New seawater quality monitoring station installed off Aqaba – Jordan Times

by Hana Namrouqa – Apr 15,2017 Photo courtesy of the AMP’s Facebook page AMMAN — A new seawater quality monitoring station in the southern part of the Gulf of Aqaba is now disseminating constant data to specialists on sea temperature, salinity and oxygen levels as well as any polluting agents, a conservationist said on Saturday. […]

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Israeli start-up extracting water from air, around the world – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 04/08/2017 Water Gen tech works in remote locations, and where pipes are no longer safe. From the remote corners of India to the palm-lined streets of Miami-Dade County, one Israeli company is aiming to do the unthinkable – extract safe, inexpensive potable water from the air we breathe. “We created a product […]

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Thousands join campaign to keep Kingdom litter-free -Jordan Times

By Laila Azzeh – Apr 09,2017 AMMAN – The Kingdom on Saturday witnessed the largest ever clean-up campaign targeting dozens of public and tourist sites across the country. Under the “cry of a homeland”, thousands of people descended on streets, sport centres, parks, forests, schools and universities to take part in the cleaning campaign. “I […]

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Natural history museum at Bethlehem University opens to the public – WAFA / Maan

BETHLEHEM, April 15, 2017 (WAFA) – The Bethlehem University-based Palestine Museum of Natural History and the botanical gardens that are part of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University opened to the public on Saturday, according to the founders of the project. The official opening ceremony was held on Wednesday and […]

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Israel, European states advance plans for world’s longest underwater gas pipeline – Jerusalem Post / YNET

By Sharon Udasin April 3, 2017 15:02 The proposed 2,000 kilometer (subsea pipeline would connect gas fields offshore Israel and Cyprus with Greece and possibly Italy. Aiming to transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a regional energy hub, Israeli and European officials signed a joint declaration on Monday to promote construction of the world’s longest subsea […]

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In First, Israel Wants to Build Power Plants in Open Areas Using Private Developers – Haaretz

Environmental Protection Ministry and Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel have come out against the plan, saying it could compromise open spaces. Zafrir Rinat Apr 02, 2017 For the first time, private developers will be able to submit plans for power plants in open areas, according to a new ministry proposal to be […]

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Driver of growth (Editorial) – Jordan Times

The volume of Arab and foreign investments attracted by Jordan in the field of energy stands at about $5 billion, the prime minister said on Sunday at the 3rd Jordan International Energy Summit in which some 500 experts, businesspeople and officials from 40 countries took part. The volume of investment, like the number of attendees, […]

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Third phase of waste-to-energy project to begin soon — municipal official – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 01,2017 The methane gas at Ghabawi landfill will be collected and burned to prevent it from being released into the air to protect the environment, according to the municipality (Photo by Amjad Ghsoun) AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will soon start implementing the third phase of a project […]

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ACWA Power donates 2.6MW solar power plant to King’s Academy – Jordan Times

Apr 01,2017 – Last updated at Apr 01,2017 King’s Academy Chairman Bassem Khalil Al Salem and ACWA Power Chairman Mohammad Abunayyan sign a memorandum of understanding in the presence of Headmaster John Austin (Photo courtesy of King’s Academy) AMMAN — King’s Academy has signed a memorandum of understanding with ACWA Power to design, develop and […]

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Israeli Nature Reserve Dries Up, Putting Unique Vegetation at Risk – Haaretz

Implementation of a plan to return a local spring to its natural state has stalled, leading to deaths of trees hundreds of years old at the Nahal Betzet nature reserve. Zafrir Rinat Apr 04, 2017 The Nahal Betzet nature reserve in the Upper Galilee is languishing due to a lack of water, putting the area’s […]

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Ammonia workers implore PM to intervene to settle crisis – YNET

After court orders that the ammonia chemicals facility in Haifa Bay be emptied and shut down amid fears that its poisonous contents constitute a threat to the residents, hundreds of workers, whose jobs now hang in the balance, stage yet another protest and urge Netanyahu to step in and ‘save the workers.’ Itay Blumenthal, Raanan […]

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Authorities hunt falconers as activity thrives during spring – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 02,2017 In less than two weeks, authorities have confiscated 17 lanner and peregrine falcons which were in the possession of non-Jordanians, according to the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (Photo courtesy of the RSCN) AMMAN — As falconry training thrives during spring, authorities are intensifying inspections in desert […]

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Haifa Chemicals workers block major Tel Aviv intersection in protest – YNET

In an effort to prevent the closure of the Haifa ammonia facility, Haifa Chemicals threatened to lay off all of its employees, leading the workers to escalate their struggle, paralyzing one of the biggest intersections in Israel. Itay Blumenthal, Ahiya Raved|Published: 28.03.17 Hundreds of Haifa Chemicals employees blocked a major intersection in Tel Aviv on […]

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Hamdallah denounces Israeli control of Palestinian water resources – Maan

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah denounced Israel’s policies affecting Palestinians’ access to water during a speech on Wednesday, calling on the international community to intervene in improving access to safe, clean water in the occupied Palestinian territory and Gaza. In his speech, intended to commemorate International Water Day which occurred a week […]

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Israel uproots trees planted by environmentalists in Bethlehem area – WAFA

Bethlehem, March 22, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces uprooted on Wednesday a number of trees planted the day before by the Environmental Quality Authority (EQA), the Environmental Organizations Network and Laji Center in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, according to a statement by the EQA. It said the trees were planted in an area isolated […]

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The next phase of climate action – Jordan Times

Moha Ennaji Last November, while much of the world was trying to unpack Donald Trump’s election as US president, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) was held in Marrakesh, Morocco. Participants from all over the world, including 38 heads of state and government, came together to create a plan for implementing the 2015 […]

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Egypt may face fresh water shortage by 2025 – Egypt Independent

Hend El-Behary The ongoing reduction in Egypt’s Nile fresh water may subject the country to fresh water and energy shortages by 2025, according to a report published in the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) March issue. It explained that any further decrease in Nile fresh water would be ‘grave’ because at best, the river barely […]

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