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Israeli forces uproot trees, demolish water well near Tubas – WAFA

TUBAS, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday morning uprooted dozens of olive trees and demolished a water well, to the east of Tammun town, south of Tubas city, in the northern West Bank. Morshed Bani Odeh, a local resident, told WAFA that Israeli forces stormed the farming area of Umm al-Kabbash, east […]

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No injuries reported after live bullets allegedly fired at water authority employees in Karak – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 04,2019 AMMAN — Authorities were tracking down suspects who reportedly fired live bullets at on-duty employees of the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) on Sunday night in Karak Governorate, a government official said on Monday. The WAJ employees were shot at as they were reporting to complaints from residents of […]

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Authorities dismantle ‘major’ water theft operation in Amman’s Wadi Al Seer – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – May 31,2019 AMMAN — Authorities recently carried out a campaign in Amman’s western Wadi Al Seer neighbourhood, a scene of recurring water violations, and apprehended an alleged violator, while another remains at large, according to government officials. Acting on reports of water violations in Wadi Al Seer, involving the drilling of […]

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Minister hails desalination as strategic solution for water scarcity problem – Jordan Times

May 31,2019 AMMAN — Climate change, the Syrian refugee influx and the massive growth in various sectors have all contributed to increasing demand on water, which requires searching for unconventional water resources, Water Minister Raed Abul Saud said on Wednesday. Abul Saud added that seawater desalination can be a strategic solution for water provision in […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, June 2019

A Delegation from Clermont City in France and Representatives for the General Consulate in Jerusalem visit the Middle East From May 1st – 3rd, a delegation from Clermont-Ferrand City in France, along with representatives for the General Consulate in Jerusalem, visited Al Auja Municipality and the Jordan Valley Regional Council to begin a much anticipated […]

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Tel Aviv ranks third in Mediterranean in amount of plastic waste washing ashore – Haaretz / YNET

World Wildlife Fund report, which did not examine all cities along the Mediterranean, says that on just one kilometer of Tel Aviv beach, 46 pounds of trash reach the shore each day Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 10, 2019 Tel Aviv is the Mediterranean city with the third-highest amount of plastic waste washing up on its […]

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single-use plastic bag bans: Egypt, UAE, Dubai Airport, – Egypt Independent / Environment and Development

Egyptian MP suggests banning single-use plastic bags – Egypt Independent Mira Maged June 11, 2019 Egyptian MP Anisa Hassouna has submitted a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags to the Cabinet of Egypt, along with ministries of Foreign Trade, Minister of Environment and Industry, on Monday 10 June. The MP recommended substituting plastics with more […]

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National Petroleum to drill three new wells – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The National Petroleum Company (NPC) plans to drill three new wells at Al Risha gas field, according to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Tuesday. The new wells aim to ultimately contribute to Jordan’s total energy mix, the statement said, adding that the company has recently increased gas […]

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SSC investments in power generation, renewable energy surpass JD100m – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The Social Security Corporation’s (SSC) investments in electricity generation and distribution projects has recently exceeded JD100 million, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Wednesday. The Social Security Investment Fund’s president, Kholoud Saqqaf, stressed the importance of investing in traditional and renewable energy, adding that the fund directly and indirectly supports electricity-generation and […]

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Six companies shortlisted for wind farm project in south – Jordan Times

AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has selected six international companies that qualified on the technical basis to implement wind power project tender in the southern region of the Kingdom. The project that is designed to generate electricity at a capacity of 50 megawatts (MW), and it is also part of the […]

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‘Ruseifa’s Pepsi Pool problem requires sustainable solution’ – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Monday said that the environmental problems caused by the cesspit, known as the “Pepsi Pool” in the Ruseifa area, need a sustainable engineering and environmental solution. During a phone call with Jordan Radio, the premier said that the government has asked the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development […]

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Jerusalem expands ‘clean air’ zone to whole city – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 06/12/2019 “Transportation is one of the primary sources of air pollution in city centers and population centers,” said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion. The Jerusalem Municipality has approved a plan to expand its existing city center “clean air” zone to the whole city, it announced on Tuesday. The City Council voted in favor […]

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Electric cars clearance peaks in first third – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Clearance on electric cars went up by more than 100 per cent in the first third of the year, before witnessing a slowdown in May, the Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday. According to data of the Jordan Free Zone in Zarqa, the number of electric vehicles cleared increased by 106 per cent by […]

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135 new buses to ply Amman roads as GAM marks accession anniversary – Jordan Times

Greater Amman Municipality also launches 14 new services By Maram Kayed – Jun 13,2019 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is marking His Majesty King Abdullah’s 20th Accession to the Throne anniversary by launching 14 new government services and 135 new buses. According to a report made available to The Jordan Times, Amman Mayor […]

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Do you find it hot now? – Jerusalem Post

By JONATHAN AIKHENBAUM 06/06/2019 By the end of this century, our summer will be 49% longer. The extreme heat we experienced this week provides us with a sad glimpse of what life will be like for future generations in Israel. We can all feel the heat here. We feel it right at the beginning of […]

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Firefighters battle Jordan’s biggest wildfire ever – Jordan Times

More than 800 dunums of centennial forest trees in Jerash’s Thaghret Asfour burned By Hana Namrouqa – May 31,2019 AMMAN — Hundreds of firefighters and security personnel from different state agencies on Thursday battled the blaze that burned through wooded mountains in Jerash Governorate, in what authorities described as the country’s biggest wildfire ever. Early […]

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What do closer Lebanon-Cyprus energy ties mean for Israel? – Jerusalem Post

By MICHAEL HARARI 06/06/2019 The Lebanese are clearly interested in speedy progress on the issue, realizing that their country is lagging behind in developing its energy potential, compared to Israel and Cyprus. Interesting developments have occurred recently in the Mediterranean Basin. On April 11, the foreign and energy ministers of Cyprus and Lebanon met in […]

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Israel expects U.S.-mediated Lebanese sea border talks in weeks – YNET

Formally at war since 1948, the neighbors have long disagreed on border demarcations in the eastern Mediterranean, an issue that gained prominence in the past decade when large deposits of natural gas were found there Israel expects to launch U.S.-mediated talks within weeks with Lebanon on setting their maritime border, a senior Israeli official said […]

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Israeli scientists join colleagues from Sudan, Saudi Arabia to save Red Sea corals – Haaretz / Jerusalem Post

The new center located in Bern, Switzerland, will study the Red Sea corals’ resistance to both global and local threats Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 6, 2019 | 9:42 AM Israeli researchers have joined a cooperative regional venture aimed at saving the corals in the Red Sea. The venture will be led by a research center […]

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Marine conservationists issue first guide to Aqaba’s hard corals – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 03,2019 AMMAN — The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) has released the first field guide on Jordan’s hard corals, which provides comprehensive review and details on hard corals at the Gulf of Aqaba. The 432-page field guide lists hard corals species and provides notes on their taxonomy, distribution […]

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