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Steinitz drops plan to hike royalties on gas fields – Haaretz

Proposed royalty hike from 12.5 percent to 25 percent threatened to create tension between Israel and the U.S. By The Associated Press * * Published 20:35 10.11.10 * Latest update 20:35 10.11.10 Steinitz drops plan to hike royalties on gas fields Proposed royalty hike from 12.5 percent to 25 percent threatened to create tension between […]

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Recommendations of the Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment & Development – AFED

Final, 5/11/2010 Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment & Development Recommendations The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) held its third annual conference in Beirut on 4-5 November 2010, dedicated to discussing the sustainable management of water resources in the Arab world. The conference, held under the patronage of His Excellency the […]

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AFED Announces its Recommendations in Grand Serail – AFED

he Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) concluded its third annual conference on Arab water that was held on 4-5 November in Habtoor Grand Hotel, Beirut, issuing the final recommendations in Grand Serail. This was followed by a lunch, hosted by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a founding member of AFED. Hariri met a delegation […]

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AFED Announces the Publication of a Water Efficiency Handbook – AFED

Beirut, 4 November 2010 The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) announced today the publication of a Water Efficiency Handbook at the organization’s Annual Conference “Arab Environment 2010” being held on 4-5 November at Al Habtoor Grand Conference Center in Beirut. The handbook is intended for use as a reference manual for identifying and […]

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AFED Premiere Screening: The Last Drop – AFED

Beirut, 4 November 2010 The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) presented its latest documentary The Last Drop, at the opening session of AFED’s third annual conference at Habtoor Grand Hotel in Beirut. The Last Drop takes viewers on an interesting 12 minute tour around different Arab countries, located in the world’s driest region […]

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Arabs to Face Severe Water Shortages by 2015 – AFED

Beirut, 4 November 2010 Arabs to Face Severe Water Shortages by 2015 The Arab world is facing the prospect of severe water and food shortages as early as 2015, as the annual per capita share will be less than 500 cubic meters. This is below one-tenth of the world’s average, currently estimated at over 6,000 […]

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A little humor, a little cartooning – lots of water saved – jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/07/2010 02:30 Ra’anana Anglos encourage the public to conserve – in ways both funny and smart. The water crisis is expected to get much worse before it gets better. Six years of little rain are stressing resources to the limit. Having cut back water allotments for agriculture and public gardening, the […]

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Japan offers help for Jordan’s water loss woes – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal NAGOYA – Japan is committed to providing its expertise to help the Kingdom reduce water loss, according to a Japanese development official. Japan, which has succeeded in reducing its non-revenue water percentage (water loss) to 3.5 per cent, is actively implementing projects in Jordan and providing training to Jordanian experts to address […]

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‘Japan could play role in Red-Dead project’ – Jordan Times

by Mohammad Ghazal TOKYO – Several Japanese technology firms have expressed interest in assisting in the implementation of the Red-Dead canal project, according to a Japanese official. Japanese water and energy firms would consider assisting the transfer of water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea should the project be deemed feasible, said Koichi […]

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EGYPT: Black cloud season sees rise in health problems- IRIN

CAIRO, 7 November 2010 (IRIN) – Every year a noxious black smog hangs over Egypt as the seasonal burning of rice straw by farmers begins, and with it comes a surge in allergic reactions and lung infections. The inky haze lasts from October to November; it is a time when hospitals see a rise in […]

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Climate change and its effects on the Middle East – Palestine Note

Climate change and its effects on the Middle East – Palestine Note Nov, 10 2010 Lana Abu-Hijleh. http://palestinenote.com/blogs/blogs/archive/2010/11/10/climate-change-and-its-effects-on-the-middle-east.aspx The future of the Middle East is a cause for concern – and I am not referring to peace or politics, but to the many environmental challenges that lie ahead. Despite regionally being one of the lowest […]

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Two environment-related publications from the Samuel Neaman Institute

The Israeli water Management master plan- management policy of the effluent system in Israel – full report of the SNI water forum, by Avi Shaviv, Miki Zaide, Tal Goldrath, 2010. Three main issues were discussed during the one-day seminar, in compliance with the water authority master plan work frames: 1) Effluent quality at the treatment […]

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New publication: Policy recommendations for treatment of packaging waste in Israel

Policy recommendations for treatment of packaging waste in Israel By Ofira Ayalon, Michal Nachmany, Tal Goldrath, Gad Rosental, Idan Dorfman, Michal Grossman, Mordechai Shechter, 2010 The publication itself is in Hebrew. See full document here The purpose of this document, written by the Energy and Environment Team at the Samuel Neaman institute, with support from […]

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Sustainable Engineering in the Eastern Mediterranean

We missed noting this event when it was held in March! March 3-6, 2010 Meeting, Larnaca, Cyprus Palm Beach Hotel and Bungalows Background Development in the Eastern Mediterranean region that does not take into account delicate environmental and geopolitical constraints may contribute to further problems that cross national borders. Engineers Without Borders International (EWB-I) in […]

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AL-BIA WAL TANMIA / ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT Volume 15, No.151, October 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS Volume 15, No.151, October 2010 CONTENTS 4 The road to Cancun (editorial by Najib Saab) 16 Poisons in your cosmetics (cover story) 24 Parting the waters conflicts on Jordan River 28 Sand storms in the Arabian Peninsula ROPME Report 32 Sports for life activities of Qatar’s Olympic committee 34 Impact of global […]

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FoEME wins ARISTOTLE ONASSIS PRIZE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT – FOEME

The Aristotle Onassis International Prize for the Protection of the Environment 2010 awarded to “Friends of the Earth Middle East“ November 4, 2010 Tel Aviv / Amman / Bethlehem “Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)” is the recipient of the first Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment. The official award ceremony will […]

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AFED Launches its Annual Conference Tomorrow – AFED

Beirut, 3-11-2010 500 Participants from 52 Countries AFED Launches its Annual Conference Tomorrow Beirut,3/11/2010 The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) announced the participation of more than 500 delegates from 52 countries, among them 30 ministers and presidents of regional and international organizations, as well as 20 foreign correspondents and 50 reporters from Arab […]

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New publication: Water Governance in the Middle East and North Africa: An Unfinished Agenda. By Eglal Rached & David B. Brooks

Water Resources Development, Vol. 26, No. 2, 141–155, June 2010. ABSTRACT. All aspects of the fresh water situation in the Middle East and North Africa are underlain by the scarcity of fresh water in the region compared with the demands for it. However, physical scarcity has been worsened by institutions that may once have been […]

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New jellyfish seen as evidence of troubled local waters – Haaretz

DNA tests confirm that the species is of a type not previously known to science. By Zafrir Rinat A hitherto unknown species of jellyfish has been sighted off Israel’s Mediterranean cost and is being studied by Israeli and Australian scientists. While the sting of the new visitor is less painful than that of the type […]

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Cratering fortunes at Makhteshim-Agan – Haaretz

How protracted mismanagement reduced the pesticides maker touted as the second coming of Teva to heavy layoffs and, possibly, its sale to a Chinese firm. By Yoram Gabison Just four years ago, tycoon Nochi Dankner put his chips on Makhteshim-Agan Industries, the biggest maker of generic pesticides in the world. Today the company is in […]

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