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Jordan inaugurates first radioactive waste facility Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Officials marked another milestone in Jordan’s peaceful nuclear programme on Thursday by unveiling the Kingdom’s first storage facility for radioactive waste. The central storage facility, an interim hosting site funded by the US Department of Energy and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), aims to ensure safe and secure storage […]

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Lebanon’s liquid treasure is just trickling away Jordan Times

AMSHEET, Lebanon (AFP) – Rose Hatem’s home overlooks the Mediterranean and is just a short distance from one of Lebanon’s longest rivers. But twice a week the 60-year-old has to buy water for her daily needs. “I have been buying in water since I moved here 14 years ago,” Hatem told AFP in the picturesque […]

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Arab nuclear ambitions facing obstacles Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Although a majority of Arab countries have announced their intentions to establish nuclear programmes, a number of challenges face the utilisation of the energy source in the region, experts said on Monday. A major obstacle to nuclear energy development in the region is a lack of international support due to […]

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Kingdom’s peaceful nuclear programme takes centre stage Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The Kingdom’s peaceful nuclear programme took centre stage as an example of regional development energy at the Middle East Nuclear Energy Summit on Monday. In his address at the opening of the three-day conference yesterday, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Chairman Khaled Toukan said Jordan will become an electricity exporter […]

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‘Women’s empowerment a key factor in water conservation’ Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Experts in water management and sustainable development on Monday called for mainstreaming women’s leadership in improving water services and natural resource conservation efforts. During the International Conference on Integration of Gender Dimensions in Water Management, which opened yesterday, participants from several Mediterranean countries underscored the importance of empowering women as […]

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Landau: Invest in alternative energy to fight radical Islam Jerusalem Post

By BEN HARTMAN 19/03/2010 05:14 National infrastructures minister says lessening the world’s reliance on petroleum is a “strategic necessity.” National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau on Thursday called on the United States and the rest of the international community to work with Israel to lessen the world’s reliance on petroleum, something he said would help dry […]

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Rising waters threaten Nile Delta Al Jazeera

By Barnaby Phillips in Alexandria Deep inside the waterways of the Nile Delta, it is hard to believe that this region is in an environmental crisis. It is an idyllic setting as the canoes of fishermen drift through the swamps; kingfishers and egrets fly overhead, and reeds glisten in the early morning sunshine. But the […]

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Immobilising mobility Jordan Times

Randa Habib’s Corner Nowadays you can judge a country by its public transport system. In the case of Jordan, no one will argue that we are still lagging behind many others and that this sector has to be drastically improved, immediately. Many people have to battle every day to catch buses to go to work. […]

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‘Green building’ could save resources, create jobs – experts Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Experts in sustainable development on Wednesday called for a “green building movement” in Jordan, which they said would help the Kingdom preserve scarce resources, protect its environment and create jobs. Pointing out that 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are produced by buildings, they underscored the benefits of green […]

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Gov’t to select technology for nuclear power plant within one year – Toukan Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – Jordan will select the technology for its first nuclear reactor within the next year, a senior official said on Wednesday. Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Chairman Khaled Toukan said Jordan will select the technology and strategic partner for the Kingdom’s first nuclear power plant within one year, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, […]

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Ministry cracking down on use of untreated fertilisers Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment is drawing up a plan to stop the use and trade of untreated organic fertilisers, which attract domestic flies due to their high percentage of humidity. The plan complements a campaign launched in August last year banning the entry of untreated fertilisers into the Jordan Valley, […]

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Celebrities get dirty for the environment YNET

Prominent local celebrities such as comedian Eli Finish and actress Liraz Charchi agree to be photographed buried up to their necks in coal as part of Greenpeace campaign against construction of additional coal-fired power plant in Ashkelon We usually see them at their best – impeccably dressed and oozing glamour – but as part of […]

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Israel Parks Authority draws up its own list of heritage sites Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat Following a request from UNESCO, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority recently submitted a list of sites it believes constitute Israel’s “cultural landscape.” Cultural landscapes are defined by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee as distinct geographic areas or properties “representing the combined work of nature and man.” The list includes at least […]

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Window rentals, compostable clothing: an eco-pioneer’s new green vision Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat On his travels around the world German chemist Michael Braungart carries a bag whose contents he demonstrates at any opportunity. They include such unlikely items as T-shirts and upholstery samples. None of them will ever see the inside of a trash can, he explains. “Take this T-shirt, for instance: It’s 100%-cotton, without […]

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‘More water for nature, conservation for residents’ Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 17/03/2010 06:51 Coterie of environmental organizations crafts its own vision of how the water economy should look by 2030. A coterie of environmental organizations led by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) has crafted its own vision of how the water economy should look by 2030. In […]

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It’s not a floral shirt Haaretz

By Nehemia Shtrasler Today at noon, Jerusalem will hold its breath. The second Israeli branch of Swedish fashion retailer H&M is opening at the Malha Mall. Oh what a celebration there will be, not to mention the lines. But the Jerusalem opening has no chance of overshadowing the insanity that swept Tel Aviv last Thursday. […]

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State: Tamar group wants to stream gas at dangerous pressure Haaretz

By Avi Bar-Eli The state is worried that the pressure at which the partners intend to supply natural gas from the offshore Tamar field will be too high for safety. The partners in the Tamar drilling site, which is some 90 meters offshore, and the state are facing off over the issue. The present plans […]

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AFED Announces its Annual Conference on 4-5 November 2010 in Beirut AFED

AFED Announces its Annual Conference on 4-5 November 2010 in Beirut Water: Sustainable Management of a Scarce Resource Beirut, 4 March 2010 The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) announced that its Annual Conference will convene in Beirut on 4-5 November 2010. The conference will debate a comprehensive report on water, being prepared by […]

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Ending Israeli Occupation Makes Palestine Participate in Endeavors on Global Warming WAFA

Date : 15/3/2010 Time : 20:09 RAMALLAH, March 15, 2010(WAFA)-Local in a workshop participants agreed that ending the Israeli occupation of will make the future Palestinian state contribute in the international endeavors on solving global warming problem. The Participants were answering a question raised by Representative of Denmark to the Palestinian Authority Lars Adam Rehof […]

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Gaza university students produce biofuel Ma’an

Published Saturday 13/03/2010 (updated) 14/03/2010 11:37 Gaza – Ma’an – Two Gaza science students are using municipal waste to produce biofuel that could replace domestic gas amidst a shortage as the Israeli imposed siege continues. Atiyya Al-Bursh and Mahir Al-Jamal said they put 70 kilograms of municipal waste into a sealed barrel and collected the […]

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