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Egypt’s energy crisis stirs public unrest – Jerusalem Post

By DAVID E. MILLER / THE MEDIA LINE 08/24/2010 22:12 Recurring power shortages cause demonstrations. The Egyptian government has announced its intention to continue decreasing electric output pending the end of a heat-wave which saw temperatures climb to 40 degrees Celsius. Government spokesman Magdi Radi announced that an “emergency plan” prepared by the government would […]

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Lebanon: Weapons…Or Electricity? – Asharq Alawsat

By Ali Ibrahim August is a hot summer month, and in some cases, a month of problems. August in Lebanon has been characterized by two problems, which reflect two aspects of the lives and concerns of the people there. The first was the clash that erupted suddenly, amidst rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, between Hezbollah […]

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Is the electric car feasible for Israel? – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 08/26/2010 22:22 Government issues tender to analyze alternative energy vehicles. The National Infrastructures Ministry on Thursday issued a tender for a consultant to do an economic analysis of the feasibility of electric cars compared to gasoline-powered and other alternative energy vehicles. The ministry said it was committed to cleaner transport to […]

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Gov’t to introduce electric cars in bid to go green – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Starting next year, several electric cars will be introduced to public agency fleets as part of the country’s commitment to adopt eco-friendly practices, the government said on Wednesday. The Nissan LEAF, manufactured by Nissan Motor Co., Lt., will be introduced in the public sector in 2011 to help the Kingdom […]

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Talks continue over stalled wind power project – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Talks are ongoing between the government and a firm selected to carry out the country’s first wind power plant, according to a senior energy official. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Greek firm Terna Energy SA remain in negotiations over the construction of a 40 megawatt (MW) wind […]

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‘Gov’t committed to renewable energy despite costs’ – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The government has said that it remains committed to renewable energy, with senior officials studying various financing plans to utilise alternative energy resources in the Kingdom. Despite facing a budget deficit of over JD1 billion, the government has made renewable energy projects a priority to secure the country’s energy independence, […]

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Nation’s electric grid gets first small wind turbine – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 08/24/2010 04:02 Four years after founding Leviathan Energy, US oleh Daniel Farb proves his Wind Lotus really works. The winds are blowing favorably for Leviathan Energy, a four-yearold renewable energy technology company, whose first small wind turbine, the Wind Lotus, connected to the power grid on Monday and began producing electricity […]

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Sidon fishermen outraged over sewage near harbor – Daily Star

By Mohammed Zaatari Tuesday, August 31, 2010 SIDON: Sidon’s fishermen are outraged by the death of huge quantities of fish in their harbor, with some attributing the incident and its impact on their livelihoods to the high levels of sewage pouring into the area. Sidon’s municipality has been gradually closing up sewage outlets which poured […]

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OECD rules forcing Israel’s industrial polluters to improve – Haaretrz

More than 100 major industrial firms will participate in the pollution curbing program by the end of 2012, at which point they will be subject to OECD requirements. By Ora Coren More than 100 major industrial firms will participate in the pollution curbing program by the end of 2012, at which point they will be […]

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West Bank and Gaza – North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment Project – World Bank

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2010 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project: IDA Grant: US$7 million Project ID: P117446 Project Description: The proposed additional financing will support the original objectives of the project, which are a) to mitigate the immediate and gathering health and environmental safety threats to the communities […]

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Waste management program sees landfills close – M aan

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Several landfills in Hebron were shut down this week, officials said Saturday, as part of an ongoing project to improve waste management in the southern West Bank. The closures were part of a plan by the council for waste management in the Hebron and Bethlehem districts, to shut down a total of […]

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There’s something about Mary’s Spring – Jerusalem Post

By GIL ZOHAR 08/27/2010 17:02 A Christian holy place and a unique historic site preserving millennia-old agricultural terraces. Ein Kerem activists scored a victory on August 18 when Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur issued a temporary cease work order freezing the Tourism Ministry’s redevelopment of the area facing Mary’s Spring – both a Christian holy […]

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Last tree standing – Haaretz

There’s something impressive about the sight of trees clinging to a mound amid an empty expanse, but the trees themselves are dying. By Zafrir Rinat A few weeks ago Sivan Shiknagy was on her way to visit family near Eilat. Around Nahal Shehoret, not far from Eilat, she noticed some acacia trees clinging to a […]

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A battle to save some of Tel Aviv’s oldest residents – Haaretz

Lawyer and photographer Dani Nissim is fighting to preserve trees he believes are vital to the Tel Aviv cityscape. By Noah Kosharek “Hi there – here’s a picture of trees uprooted on Tumarkin Street.” That is one of numerous posts Web surfers taking virtual tours of Tel Aviv on Google Earth will find. Alongside Bauhaus […]

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In Gaza, it’s not easy being green [Global Post]

In Gaza, it’s not easy being green. Hamas, seeking to portray Gaza as undeveloped, stifles green projects. By Theodore May GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the small central Gaza town of Deir el Belah, one family has made a cottage industry out of green innovation. “There was a period in Gaza when there was […]

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Winter rains reach average levels for first time in 5 years – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS Sticking to its decade-long average, the Dead Sea dropped a meter this year. It ended up at 423.19 meters below sea level. In perhaps the first slightly positive hydrological summary in the last five years, the Water Authority said Monday that mostly average rainfall fell during the 2009-10 winter. According to […]

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The CEDRO Impact Community energy efficiency and renewable energy demonstration project for the recovery of Lebanon – Al Bia Wal Tanmia

By:Hassan Harajli CEDRO stands for ‘Community Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration project for the Recovery of Lebanon’. It stands for cedar tree in the Spanish language given that the Spanish government donated 9.73 million USD via the Lebanon Recovery Fund (LRF) to establish the CEDRO project in 2007 in the aftermath of the 2006 […]

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English-speaking greens, Adam Teva V’Din file petition to block shale oil project near Beit Shemesh – Haaretz

By Cnaan Liphshiz English-speaking immigrants living in the Beit Shemesh area who are fighting to prevent a regional oil drilling project this week petitioned the High Court of Justice to issue a restraining order for the controversial venture, claiming it is being carried out without proper review. The petition was filed by Adam Teva V’Din, […]

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Going green with gusto – Jerusalem Post

By KARIN KLOOSTERMAN/ISRAEL 21C Ben-Gurion University is passionate about reducing its ecological footprint. It may not be the first, or the only, university campus in Israel to receive the “Green Campus” label from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, but Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in the country’s Negev desert can be singled out for having the most […]

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Green, in uniform – Haaretz

Each new generation of recruits raises the bar higher, reminding their commanders to recycle and save energy, asking tough questions that are echoed up the ranks. By Jon Liberzon When I tell people what I do in the military, the reply is invariably nonplussed: “I had no idea such a thing existed.” This would be […]

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