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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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Cabinet to ratify oil shale deal Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26241 By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Jordan is set to ratify a “landmark” oil shale deal today, a senior energy official said on Monday. The Cabinet is expected to approve an agreement for the exploration and production of oil shale reached by the Natural Resource Authority (NRA) and Estonian firm Eesti Energia, Minister of Energy […]

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Kingdom receives grant to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26217 By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Jordan received a $2.16 million grant from the Montreal Fund on Sunday to support the disposal of ozone-layer depleting chemicals used in cooling systems, officials said yesterday. The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is financing the Kingdom’s strategy to get rid of 1,500 tonnes of […]

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Experts baffled by disappearance of Kishon source Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1165915.html Nature experts and other scientists and nature experts are feverishly trying to figure out what happened (and why) to the only source of clean water for the Kishon River. It seems to have disappeared. The Sa’adia River, which was considered to be a pristine oasis of clean water surrounded by the […]

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Good news for the bleak (a fish): The Yarkon is cleaning up Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1165916.html Barring any last-minute delays, within months the Yarkon will become the first of Israel’s polluted coastal rivers to meet water quality standards. Two purification projects are close to completion and will pour treated wastewater into the Yarkon. Though the injected water will meet quality standards, it will take time for the […]

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Packaging bill gets coalition backing Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 26/04/2010 08:56 http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=173949 Erdan: Recycling revolution has begun today. The proposed packaging law took a giant step forward on Sunday after it was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which means the bill has coalition approval and should pass through the Knesset pretty easily. “The recycling revolution in Israel has […]

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Better Place to unveil Tokyo electric taxi stn. Jeruslaem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 26/04/2010 09:40 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=173935 World’s first electric taxi station to use Better Place cars, battery-switch apparatus. Electric car infrastructure innovator Better Place will unveil the world’s first electric taxi station on Monday in Tokyo. The four-taxi station will use electric cars and Better Place’s battery-switch apparatus. The firm has reduced the time […]

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Bonfires and air pollution – a tale of competing values Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS AND JONAH MANDEL 27/04/2010 05:47 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=174030 Ra’anana mayor, trying to create sustainable city, calls on parents to save environment by implementing alternative activities for Lag Ba’omer. What do you do when Jewish values and environmental values seemingly conflict? Ra’anana Mayor Nahum Hofree is faced with that dilemma as his city approaches […]

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Ministry evaluating potential master developers for Jordan Red Sea Project Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26060 AMMAN – The government is currently evaluating proposals from companies interested in serving as the master developer of the Jordan Red Sea Project (JRSP), a water official said on Monday. According to Adnan Zu’bi, Ministry of Water and Irrigation assistant secretary general and spokesperson, “scores” of prominent international companies have sent […]

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Aqaba reactor site ‘geologically sound’ Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=26043 AMMAN – The results of a geological feasibility study show that a proposed site in southern Aqaba is suitable for the construction of the Kingdom’s first nuclear reactor, officials announced on Monday. During a workshop on nuclear power financing with Japanese and French officials yesterday, attended by Prime Minister Samir Rifai, […]

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Gov’t will not delay imposing tax on green cars Jordan Times

By Omar Obeidat http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=26093 AMMAN –– The government will not delay the implementation of its recent decision to cancel part of the tax exemption on hybrid vehicles, Finance Minister Mohammad Abu Hammour said Tuesday. Car dealers had been pushing for postponing the imposition of a 55 per cent special tax on green cars to May […]

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Water Taxi Project could help free up nation’s roads Daily Star

By Dalila Mahdawi Daily Star staff Wednesday, April 28, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=114285#axzz0mOmF3o9T BEIRUT: With the summer approaching, 26-year-old Rayya is keen to hit the beach with friends. But for many, the joy of a day by the sea is marred by the long hours spent in traffic trying to get there. Despite government promises to improve […]

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Polluted beaches result of insufficient state funding

Coast was clean just 60% of the time in 2009, Environmental Protection Ministry says. Jerusalem Post By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 15/04/2010 http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=173167 As the swimming season opens today, those planning to hit the beach must ask themselves: How clean are the beaches? How many times will the beaches be closed this summer because of pollution? […]

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The diet of worms / Keep it real, greenies Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164326.html By Oren Majar A while ago, I took part in a seminar hosted by urban ecology center City Tree. I wanted to learn how to turn my trash into compost. Brimming with good intentions I came to the home of Tami Zori, City Tree’s founder, on lovely Bialik Street in Tel Aviv. The house […]

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Zvi Tavor, why do Israelis still not know how to use solar energy effectively? Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164615.html By Zafrir Rinat More than 50 years after people first began developing solar energy to address energy and environmental problems, Israeli scientist Dr. Zvi Tavor has managed to turn solar energy into a widely available electricity-saving product. Today, when Earth Day is being marked all over the world, the 93-year-old Tavor will receive a […]

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