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Israeli park rangers go after the big bad wolf – Jerusalem Post

EIN GEDI – The eyes of a predator prowling through the Judean desert are easily seen in the park ranger’s spotlight from 100 meters (yards) away. Normally this would mean a smaller animal, a fox or the occasional coyote, is after a midnight snack. But since the start of summer, when the natural order got […]

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Racing toward disaster: Israel’s unsustainable population bomb – Jersualem Post

By ALON TAL 09/23/2017 There was a time when having a large family in Israel may have been a patriotic act. Israelis live in the most crowded country in the developed world. But few understand the cumulative price they pay now that quantity of life has begun to degrade quality of life. Signs are everywhere: […]

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Planting the seeds of hope: Local NGO creates rooftop gardens in Palestinian camps – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Sep 21,2017 AMMAN — Driven by their passion for environment and “earthcare”, a group of foreign and local youth has joined efforts to create “Greening the Camps”, a non-profit organisation that designs, develops and maintains rooftop gardens in Palestinian refugee camps. Using their understanding of urban design and its toolsets gained […]

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Ten Attacks in Four Months: Brazen Wolves Preying on Children in Israel’s South – Haaretz

Scientists say wolves acclimating themselves to humans, but Nature and Parks Authority says people feeding wolves is source of problem By Nir Hasson Sep 22, 2017 In May, the Ben David family from Ramat Hasharon went camping near Masada in the Judean Desert. “We were a lot of people, maybe 10 tents,” says Shilhav Ben […]

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Italian scholar warns against natural disasters’ impact on local heritage – Jordan Times

By Saeb Rawashdeh – Sep 18,2017 Claudio Cimino AMMAN — Major natural — hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tornado, flooding and land sliding — and man-made disasters of the past were relatively sporadic compared to the current trend, according to an Italian architect. “Natural and cultural heritage worldwide are exposed to all sorts of threats as […]

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French woman starts initiative to protect Luxor’s Nile from contamination – Egypt Independent

A young French woman living in Luxor is beginning a clean water campaign initiative, along with her friends, to prevent solid waste in Egypt’s Nile. “My love for Egypt and its Pharonic civilization prompted me to leave France and come live close to the country’s historic monuments,” said Marie Derbecourt, who has been living in […]

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Afforestation project begins on Desert Highway – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 21,2017 AMMAN — Work on a project to plant trees on the sideways of the Desert Highway that links the capital to the southern governorates has commenced, according to a government official. The Ministry of Agriculture has started preparing lands for tree planting on both sides of the road in […]

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‘$12m project to link Naour District households to sewage network under way’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 20,2017 AMMAN — Construction of a $12-million project to connect households in west Amman’s Naour District to the sewage network is under way, according to officials at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The project is being implemented in two phases, Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazem Al-Naser, said in […]

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8 community-based organisations granted $350,000 for environmental projects – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 20,2017 AMMAN — Eight community-based organisations (CBOs) on Tuesday received grants worth $350,000 to implement pilot projects enhancing the role of local communities and users of natural resources in addressing environmental issues. The pilot projects are to be sponsored by the Global Environment Fund and supported by the United Nations […]

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FAO workshop follows up on Green Climate Fund Project for Jordan – Jordan Times

Sep 14,2017 AMMAN — A “Validation Workshop” focusing on the effects of climate change in Jordan took place in Amman on Tuesday, as a follow-up to the “Brain Storming Session” held in early August, a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) statement said. The struggle to adapt to the effects of climate change has been […]

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81 dams constructed across Kingdom’s badias — ministry – Jordan Times

Sep 17,2017 AMMAN — Environment Minister Yaseen Khayyat on Saturday said that the ministry has constructed 79 sand and two ordinary dams to collect of 6.4 million cubic metres (mcm) of rain water annually, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Khayyat stressed that the dams were built as breeders have been suffering from water scarcity […]

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NGO teaches refugees to make A/C units out of plastic bottles – Jordan Times

By Camille Dupire – Sep 09,2017 AMMAN — Despite governmental efforts to tackle the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), most of Jordan’s 2.5 million tonnes of MSW end up at dumpsites and landfills each year, according to a Jordan Green Building Council report. A little over half of the waste generated in Jordan is biowaste, with […]

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Israeli high-tech plant now consumes all of Jerusalem’s garbage – Jerusalem Post

By Max Schindler September 10, 2017 A sizeable chunk of the city’s waste comes from disposable diapers used by large religious families. Garbage doesn’t just stink. It also tells us stories. And at Jerusalem’s Atarot’s hi-tech recycling and waste treatment plant, around 10% of the city’s daily trash consists of disposable baby diapers. “It’s the […]

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Local companies announce end of harming substance use in production lines – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 14,2017 AMMAN — Local companies pioneering in the insulation and cooling industries on Thursday celebrated their shift from using gases that harm the ozone layer to more environment-friendly substances, under an ongoing national project to phase out the use of ozone-depleting substances. The companies announced that they have completely transitioned […]

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‘Environmental education to enter national curricula’ – Jordan Times

Topics like climate change, forest protection, energy consumption, waste management will be taught to schoolchildren — Environment Ministry By Hana Namrouqa – Sep 04,2017 Plans are under way to introduce environmental education to school curricula, with the aim of achieving a higher sense of public awareness towards the environment, according to a government official (Photo […]

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US politicians, European technicians stream toward Israeli-run water technology – Jerusalem Post

ByMax Schindler September 12, 2017 20:32 “We are bringing together the heartland of America with the Holy Land, we are bringing both the Mideast and the Midwest together.” US politicians, European technicians stream toward Israeli-run water technology With nearly 90% of wastewater recycled and reused in agriculture, Israel may be the only mostly desert country […]

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Green dream start-up takes Technion to court over ‘devious behavior’ – Jerusalem Post

By AVI HOFFMANN August 20, 2017 “The Technion’s response to the baseless allegations, leveled against it, is detailed in the defense statement submitted by the Technion as part of the court proceedings.” What started out as the dream of a nonagenarian Jewish philanthropist from Chicago to develop, in partnership with the Technion in Haifa, a […]

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Israeli smart device firm leads to eco-boon for hotels – Jerusalem Post

By Max Schindler September 4, 2017 One Israeli smart device firm’s creative technology is set to save a lot of money as well as make significant changes to the green industry in Israel. Israeli smart-device firm Vortex Energy’s pilot program has led to one hotel cutting its CO2 emissions in half and it accruing savings […]

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Agricultural pest threatens Israeli exports to EU – YNET

The false codling moth, known to attack more than 70 fruit and vegetable species, is threatening Israeli exports to Europe; climate conditions in Israel make the pest hard to kill. TPS|Published: 02.09.17 The European Union has warned Israel that some agricultural exports to Europe will be cut at the beginning of 2018 if measures are […]

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Vulture flies into Syria from Israel, returned by rebel fighters – YNET

One of the few remaining vultures in the Golan Heights flies over border before being returned to Israel following intervention from animal activists as expression of gratitude for Israel’s humanitarian efforts on border. Amir Ben-David|Published: 08.09.17 One of the few vultures still remaining in the Golan Heights Gamla Nature Reserve flew over the border to […]

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