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Slow train to the subway Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/slow-train-to-the-subway-1.289344 Editorial Tel Aviv’s lack of a subway system (or as it is officially known, the Dan Region Mass Transit System ) is one of most grave infrastructure failures Israel has ever known. This country, whose scientists have won Nobel prizes and whose entrepreneurs shine in high-tech markets, has been unable to build a basic […]

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Street cats are paying the price of saving the birds Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/street-cats-are-paying-the-price-of-saving-the-birds-1.289177 Some wildlife conservationists say that street cats are decimating urban songbird populations and call for extreme measures to control them. Pro-cat charities favor sterilization. By Zafrir Rinat An opinion piece posted recently on a Jewish National Fund Web site by Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov and Dr. Eli Gefen of Tel Aviv University was removed soon […]

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Two new reports on the Lower Jordan River released today 2010-05-03 EcoPeace / FoEME

http://www.foeme.org/press.php?ind=77 the media release on FoEME Jordan River reports MEDIA RELEASE Two new reports released today identify the amount of water needed to rehabilitate the Jordan River and where the water must come from if we are to bring back to life one of the most famous rivers on earth. EcoPeace / Friends of the […]

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Parting the Waters National Geographic

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2010/04/parting-the-waters/belt-text from the special issue on water, April 2010 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/04/table-of-contents Published: April 2010 A source of conflict between Israel and its neighbors for decades, the Jordan River is now depleted by drought, pollution, and overuse. Could the fight to save it forge a path toward peace? By Don Belt For a biblical stream whose name […]

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Fresh initiative needed Jordan Times

editorial on the FoEME report on the Jordan River http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26336 It does not come as a surprise to hear that the Jordan River is destined to run dry by next year due to overexploitation and pollution. What is surprising is the fact that environmentalists waited for so long to reach this conclusion. A report of […]

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Steady as She Goes Syria Today

from the special April 2010 issue on the future of Syria’s oil and gas sector http://www.syria-today.com/index.php/focus/7687-steady-as-she-goes By John Dagge Photos Carole al-Farah & Adel Samara This month the Syrian government will auction off the exploration and production rights to eight blocks located in the north-east, east and south of the country. The auction comes hot […]

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Israel helps African farmers fight desert YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3881669,00.html Having ‘conquered the desert’ at home, Jewish state ready to share technology and skills with African countries struggling to sustain agricultural output due to increasingly unreliable rains Reuters Published: 05.04.10, 07:50 / Israel Activism Having “conquered the desert” at home, Israel is ready to share technology and skills with African countries struggling to sustain […]

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How long will Tel Avivians wait for the light rail? Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/how-long-will-tel-avivians-wait-for-the-light-rail-1.288840 Finance Ministry to cancel contract with consortium that won Tel Aviv light rail tender. Work on the train lines has been delayed time after time. By TheMarker The Finance Ministry has decided to cancel its contract with the consortium that won the Tel Aviv light rail tender. Channel 10 news reported last night that […]

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Top economist: Bio-fuels may lead to land shortages Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=174810 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/05/2010 05:29 Hans Werner Sinnas warns of “serious conundrum” embodied by energy production vying with food yields. Creating large amounts of bio-fuel raises a serious conundrum not felt since the Middle Ages, noted German economist Hans Werner Sinn told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday. The president of the Ifo Institute for […]

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Li Ka-shing may tap Israel for oil-sands technology Jerusalem Post

Li Ka-shing may tap Israel for oil-sands technology http://www.jpost.com/Business/BusinessNews/Article.aspx?id=174736 By BLOOMBERG 05/05/2010 09:04 Hong Kong billionaire tells Steinitz he’s keen to invest in means of reducing pollution. Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing may invest in Israeli oil-sands companies to expand his interests in energy production. Li’s Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. is keen to invest in oil-sands […]

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Middle East Report: Special Issue on Water no. 254, April 2010

http://www.merip.org/mer/mer254/mer254.html   See website for articles. Running Dry MER 254 — Spring 2010 Editorial ARTICLES Speaking of Water George R. Trumbull IV Waking the Red-Dead Lizabeth Zack Turkey’s Rivers of Dispute Hilal Elver Iraq’s Water Woes: A Primer Saudi Alchemy: Water Into Oil, Oil Into Water Toby Jones Water Conflict and Cooperation in Yemen Gerhard Lichtenthaeler […]

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AL-BIA WAL-TANMIA / ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT May 2010

http://www.mectat.com.lb/ Volume 15, No.146, May 2010 CONTENTS 7 Environment needs vision before money (editorial by Najib Saab) 10 When hell opened in Iceland     18 Recycling electronic wastes: a health and environment hazard (cover story) 26 Conservation agriculture: the Lebanese experience 29 Alexandria Dialogue: scarce water, rising seas 30 Africa’s food basket covered by sand desertification […]

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Poll: 98% of Israelis concerned about environment YNET

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3879536,00.html Environmental Protection Ministry survey suggests 95% of Israelis have high environmental awareness Ynet Published: 05.02.10, 07:48 / Israel Activism The vast majority of the Israeli public is concerned with environmental issues, according to a survey issued by the Environmental Protection Ministry and published recently in honor of Israel’s Earth Hour. According to the poll, […]

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Get out of the car Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Article.aspx?id=173760 By JERUSALEM POST EDITORIAL 23/04/2010 04:00 Environmental issues are an obstacle to a headlong push for growth. For one hour last night, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., 14 cities across the nation – including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheba – turned off their lights to unite with one billion people in 190 […]

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We’ve been very wasteful Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/we-ve-been-very-wasteful-1.287559 The public has always supported the need to prevent corruption, but the real challenge is for decision-makers to understand that they manage public land. By Zafrir Rinat Police probes into real estate deals in Atlit, the Holyland complex in Jerusalem and areas near the Hiriya waste facility raise concerns about systemic corruption. But an […]

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Jordan River to run dry by next year Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=174550 By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 03/05/2010 07:51 400 million cu.m. needed to rehabilitate river. Talkbacks (12) Unless urgent action is taken, large sections of the Lower Jordan River, which runs from Lake Kinneret to the Dead Sea, will dry out next year, according to a study released on Sunday by EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle […]

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Jordan River to run dry next year, experts warn Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26239 River Jordan will reportedly run dry next year as a consequence of overexploitation (File photo) River Jordan will reportedly run dry next year as a consequence of overexploitation (File photo) By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The historic Jordan River, immortalised in the three holy books of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, will run dry by […]

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Activists slam conference for including Israelis Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26240 By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – The Professional Associations’ Anti-Normalisation Committee on Monday criticised the Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) for inviting Israeli officials to take part in a conference in Amman on the Jordan River. Badi Rafaya, the committee’s president, said the “Bringing the Jordan River Back to Life: Strategies for […]

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JNF sheds light on solar deal Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/anglo-file/jnf-sheds-light-on-solar-deal-1.287500 By Raphael Ahren Keren Kayemet L’Israel-Jewish National Fund slammed a report this month in Globes that slammed its contract with a local solar energy company. Calling it “one of the strangest deals in its 110-year history,” the Israeli business paper Globes last month described alleged problems in KKL-JNF’s $3 million investment in APC, a […]

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State wants herders to police grazing lands against illegal builders Haaretrz

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/state-wants-herders-to-police-grazing-lands-against-illegal-builders-1.288042 By Yuval Azoulay Herders grazing their livestock on designated pasture lands will now be required to report illegal construction or dumping on those lands, according to a new Agriculture Ministry directive that will be presented to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation at some point over the next few months. For years, a shortage of […]

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