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The Other Neglected Conflict This Week in Palestine

By Mercedes San Roman Ruiz It is Saturday morning. After a long week of work, it’s time to tour around and see a little more of the reality of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and enjoy the time here. It is June, not too hot, perfect day for tourism. We decide to go first to […]

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EMWIS Flash – July/August 2010

Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector table of contents only. For full text see http://www.emwis.net/thematicdirs/eflash/flash82 EMWIS is a program of the Union for the Mediterranean. For further information: http://www.emwis.net Monthly Flash produced by the EMWIS Technical Unit- OIEAU, CEDEX, SOGESID- It is available in English, French & Arabic. (French & Arabic […]

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West Bank’s sunshine supercar The National (AE)

Omar Karmi, Foreign Correspondent Last Updated: July 23. 2010 12:08AM UAE The solar-powered car was developed in Hebron at a cost of $4,000. Jamal Aruri for The National HEBRON // It looks like a cross between a jeep and a go-cart, with a sticker-covered front bonnet that brings to mind Formula One. And what it […]

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Accord or Discord on the Nile? – Parts I & II

An assessment of the Agreement on the Nile River Basin Cooperative Framework (CFA) from the International Water Law Project Blog. “Its always a good day when nations come to terms over shared fresh water resources, especially in the more parched regions of the world. Hence, it was a wonderful turn of events when various news […]

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Rahat mayor: Reserve a solar energy quota for Beduin – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/25/2010 07:48 “All of the kibbutzim and moshavim have already bought up the existing quotas.” Rahat Mayor Sheikh Faiz Abu Seheban called a press conference on Thursday to publicize a letter he had sent on behalf of the Beduin community to Minority Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (Labor). “I sent a letter […]

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On the road – Haaretz

While devising a transit system for Bedouin towns, Yaakov Malka discovered their lack of bus service has had a detrimental influence on the health, education and professional lives of residents By Yigal Mashiah It’s very hot. The child pulls a plastic bottle out of the basket and drinks. There are three bottles of water there […]

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Ground laid for first nuclear reactor – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Work is now under way to establish Jordan’s first nuclear reactor following the signing of a $70 million soft loan agreement with South Korea on Monday. The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and a South Korean consortium comprising the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute and Daewoo met yesterday to begin […]

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State-owned forest areas will never be offered for sale – Masri – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – State-owned forest areas will never be offered for sale, Minister of Agriculture Saeed Masri said on Monday. He was responding to news reports stating that a new article in the Agriculture Law will allow the sale of state-owned forest land to investors. The reports said the Agriculture Law is currently […]

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Sidon politicians condemn electricity and water crisis – Daily Star

SIDON: Politicians in Sidon and Tripoli condemned on Friday the severe electricity rationing and its consequences on water supply. Sidon MP Fouad Siniora met with Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi and the head of south Lebanon’s Water Authority Ahmad Nizam to discuss the city’s water and electricity crisis. The officials concluded that the lack of water […]

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Raising the dead – Jerusalem Post

By MAURICE PICOW 07/23/2010 15:57 Is the ‘Red-Dead Sea Conveyance Project’ viable? The Dead Sea’s shoreline is sinking by a meter a year, and it is feared that it will literally ”dry up” by the year 2050 – unless immediate efforts are made to save what many are calling one of the Seven Wonders of […]

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Natural heritage neglected as Tripoli Islands are left to languish, committee head says – Daily Star

By Antoine Amrieh Daily Star correspondent Monday, July 26, 2010 TRIPOLI: Among the many projects that have recently been launched to attract tourists to Lebanon, particularly during the summer season, a number have focused on ecotourism. And while Lebanon has a number of nature attractions, locals to the northern Tripoli islands have complained that the […]

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Introducing nature into the concrete jungle – Jerusalem Post

By MELANIE LIDMAN 07/23/2010 16:06 Vertical gardens, a new craze sweeping landscape architecture firms in Europe, have finally arrived in Israel. Picture a city of the future, in which the outside of buildings are enveloped in green, wrapped in a living, breathing garden. Inside office buildings, special wall hangings bursting with live flowers and ferns […]

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Commercially sized oil field found in central Israel, firm says – Haaretz

Givot Olam Oil notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange of the find in its ‘Megev Five’ drill near the town of Rosh Ha’ayin. By Haaretz Service21.07.10 Commercially sized oil field found in central Israel, firm says. Givot Olam Oil notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange of the find in its ‘Megev Five’ drill near the […]

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Environmentalists urge closure of Jordan River baptism site over poor water quality – Haaretz

FoEME says Israel, Syria and Jordan are diverting 98% the Jordan and are discharging untreated sewage, agricultural run-off, saline water and fish pond effluent into it. By DPA An environmental group Wednesday urged the Israeli government to close down a baptism site at the lower Jordan River until water quality standards for tourists and pilgrims […]

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Baptism site faces closure due to pollution – YNET

Health Ministry calls to shut down Qasr al-Yahud site in Jordan River – where Jesus is believed to have been baptized – due to heavy water pollution, raw sewage Amir Ben-David, Yedioth Ahronoth The baptismal site at Qasr al-Yahud near Jericho is one of the holiest sites for Christianity. According to Christian faith, Jesus was […]

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Culprits in water theft cases face fines, jail – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – People found guilty of water theft will now be jailed and fined under new amendments to the Penal Code, which went into effect as of July 1, Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said on Tuesday. The step seeks to address water loss, a major concern to the ministry, […]

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Erdan attacks Water Authority ads – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/22/2010 Questions whether ‘3 year campaign’ is sustainable. Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan questions the wisdom of the Water Authority’s new PR campaign, in a letter sent earlier this week to National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau and Water Authority head Prof. Uri Shani, his ministry revealed on Wednesday. Erdan wrote that […]

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Disi project on track – Najjar – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Disi Water Conveyance Project is on pace and GAMA, the implementing company, said there will be no delay, Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said on Tuesday. “The number of pipes at the location indicates that the project is on the right track. The company is committed to […]

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How to control pesticide use in Lebanon – Daily Star

By Ismail Abbas Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Exposure to pesticides both occupationally and environmentally causes a range of human health problems. It is estimated that nearly 10,000 deaths annually can be attributed to the use of chemical pesticide worldwide. Humans are exposed to pesticides found in environmental media (soil, water, air and food) by different […]

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Children’s congress delegates call for action to safeguard the environment – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Teenage delegates from 17 countries have called for adopting solar energy, planting trees and promoting recycling to preserve the environment and prevent its degradation. At the closing ceremony of the 30th International Arab Children’s Congress (IACC) on Sunday, the 150 young participants proposed developing solar energy technologies and cultivating trees […]

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