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Traffic jams cost Israel NIS 20 billion a year – Haaretz

Treasury report: By 2015, cars will crawl into Tel Aviv from the south during rush hour at a mere 7 kilometers per hour. By Avi Bar-Eli Israel is paying a stiff price for not addressing the economic threat posed by the country’s gridlocked roads 10 years ago: The Finance Ministry says the Israeli economy loses […]

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Overflowing cesspit contaminates water supply in Jerash town – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Water authorities have cleaned and sterilised tanks in four households in a Jerash town that received polluted water last week when a cesspit overflowed and contaminated part of the area’s water network, an official said on Saturday. Residents of Al Ketteh in the northern Governorate of Jerash complained to the […]

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new publication: Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East

Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East Edited by Alon Tal and Alfred Abed Rabbo Rutgers University Press Pages: 336 pages Publication Date: August 2010 Description: Israel and Palestine are, by international criteria, water scarce. As the peace process continues amidst ongoing violence, water remains a political […]

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Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development – AFED

For the 3rd consecutive year, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will hold its annual conference and present its annual report on water, highlighting the need for more sustainable management of a scarce resource. The conference, scheduled for 4-5 November 2010 at Habtoor Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Beirut, will discuss a […]

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Peace and Pause in the Middle East – Newsvine.com: Saleem Ali

By Saleem H. Ali Statement at the Peace-building and Environmental Stewardship award ceremony for the Friends of Arava Institute, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, September 26, 2010. Dear friends, I am deeply honored by this award and would like to thank the nominators and the organizers of this event, particularly Rabbi Michael Cohen, David […]

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Water more important than oil for Middle East peace by Mira Edelstein – Common Ground

Tel Aviv – People often associate the Middle East with oil. But in the region’s cities, villages and farms, access to a different resource is becoming rather problematic: water. Addressing this issue can not only ensure a sustainable future, but will also help create conditions for lasting peace. There is a shortage of water in […]

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Med Union summit depends on peace talks – Egypt — Jordan Times

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt said on Monday that the holding of a Mediterranean Union summit, scheduled for November in Barcelona, depends on the progress of stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. “The holding of the summit hinges on realising a breakthrough in the direct Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations,” Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit told […]

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Canada and Israel to cooperate on birding, environment – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/06/2010 06:29 Memorandum of understanding with Canadian province of Manitoba to remain in effect for 5 years; share common interest in preserving habitats. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and the Canadian Province of Manitoba will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) next Wednesday to further cooperation […]

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Brazil, Jordan to team up to address water issues – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Jordan and Brazil will soon start sharing expertise and technologies to improve water management in semi-arid areas, according to a Brazilian official. Brazilian and Jordanian scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs will compile a study to identify challenges and solutions to addressing the water situation in semi-arid lands, according to Jose Monserrat […]

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Conservationists raise alarm over mysterious dead fish in Aqaba – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Conservationists on Sunday called on the public to report to the authorities any individuals emptying materials into the Gulf of Aqaba, following the discovery of dead fish in the Red Sea. On September 5, Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) teams recorded several dead fish floating in the Gulf […]

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EGYPT: Seeking to grow cereals on African farmland – IRIN

The “land-grab” phenomenon of foreign agricultural investment in Africa has grown since the 2008 food crisis. An Indian worker transplants rice on a major commercial agricultural scheme in Ethiopia CAIRO, 11 October 2010 (IRIN) – The Egyptian government is hoping to cultivate wheat and other cereals on fertile land in African countries to feed its […]

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The latest round of peace talks: Why failure is not an option – Arab News

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen At the start of the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority the other week at the White House President Barack Obama reminded us of the similar introspective messages of the months of Elul and Ramadan. These Jewish and Muslim months, born in the shared landscape and sky of the […]

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Jordanians pull out of cycling tour due to local opposition – Jordan Times

By Thameen Kheetan AMMAN – Jordanian activists have pulled out from a cycling tour for environmental awareness that included Israeli and Palestinian participants, due to local opposition, organisers said Tuesday. Neither Jordanians nor Palestinians will take part in the activity, which drew harsh criticism from local professional associations and a youth group, who said it […]

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FOEME Environmental Peacemaking October 2010

October 2010 FoEME congratulates the European Parliament for passing an historic resolution on September 9th, bringing attention to the critical state of the Lower Jordan River and calling upon the governments of Israel, Jordan and Palestine to work together to rehabilitate the Jordan River. Initiated by leaders of the Group of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) […]

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Recent Publications – Friends of the Earth Middle East

An Economic Analysis of Policy Options for Water Conservation in Israel – July 2010 Towards a Living Jordan River: An Environmental Flows Report on the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River – May 2010 Towards a Living Jordan River: An Economic Analysis of Policy Options for Water Conservation in Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Draft Report […]

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Erdan threatens to block building of new Palestinian city – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 10/06/2010 01:55 “Pollution respects no borders, affects surrounding settlements – Jewish and Arab – even has an effect across Green Line,” Erdan says of Rawabi. Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) threatened on Tuesday to do his utmost to prevent construction of the new Palestinian city of Rawabi if the developer […]

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“Rebuilding Dead Sea hotels will cost double the estimate’ – Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN 10/08/2010 05:57 Israel Hotel Association releases a new study as possibilities are investigated s a solution for rising water levels in the southern part of the sea. With the decision on the fate of the Dead Sea hotels only weeks away, the Israel Hotel Association released a new study on Wednesday claiming […]

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Sea of corruption – Haaretz

The state must immediately set limits on Israel Chemicals’ mining of the Dead Sea and charge it royalties in keeping with the profits it makes and the damage it does to the sea, and to us. By Merav Michaeli The Finance Ministry is considering a compromise with Israel Chemicals. This company mines Israel’s natural mineral […]

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Top chemists to attend int’l conference at Dead Sea – Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN – More than 300 chemists will convene at the Dead Sea on Wednesday to discuss contemporary issues in their field and to provide young scientists with the opportunity to meet top chemists from around world. The 11th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences (EuAsC2S-11) is being held in an Arab country for […]

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Lebanese maps give Israel more territorial water – YNET

Despite claims of gas reserves ‘theft’, maps drawn up by Lebanon, Cyprus show Israel relinquished large area in sea Amir Ben David Published: 10.07.10, 13:42 While Lebanon claims Israel “stole” some of its natural gas reserves and “invaded” its territorial waters, it appears the Israeli border drawn up in Lebanese maps is further to the […]

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