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Copper exploration study to determine mining potential in Dana Reserve – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 12,2018 AMMAN — Results of an ongoing exploration programme of copper and associated minerals in Dana Biosphere Reserve will determine whether mining in the globally recognised nature sanctuary will be allowed, according to a conservationist. Mining copper in Dana reserve has been a longstanding issue rejected by environmentalists who claim […]

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16 companies compete to build 4 solar energy plants in Maan – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Apr 11,2018 AMMAN — Jordan has received 16 technical and financial offers to implement four solar energy power plants with a total capacity of 200 megawatts (MW), the government said on Wednesday. “We received the offers from local, regional and international companies and consortia under the third direct proposals stage,” Amani […]

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‘Nothing will stand in way of Red Sea-Dead Sea water desalination project’ – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 11,2018 AMMAN — The government will “go ahead” with implementing water desalination projects and will “not wait for anyone”, Prime Minister Hani Mulki said on Wednesday. Mulki stressed the importance of guaranteeing justice in water distribution to all areas of the Kingdom and of safeguarding water resources, the Jordan News Agency, […]

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5,671 cases of electricity theft uncovered since January – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 05,2018 AMMAN — Authorities uncovered 5,671 cases of electricity theft during the first quarter of this year, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) Chief Commissioner Farouq Hiyari said on Wednesday. A total of 484 cases were referred to the courts, while rulings were issued in 478 cases, he was quoted by […]

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Authorities bulldoze their way to seal illegal well in Ramtha – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 05,2018 AMMAN — Authorities on Wednesday morning had to bulldoze their way through a private farm in Irbid Governorate’s Ramtha district to seal an illegal well, according to a government official. Acting upon reports of a water violation taking place inside the private property, a joint team from the Ministry […]

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1,000 waste containers handed out to parks, forests – Jordan Times

by Hana Namrouqa – Apr 12,2018 In the summer, forests and parks receive large numbers of picknickers who leave their rubbish behind them (Photo courtesy of ECO Hikers) AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment on Thursday completed the distribution of 1,000 waste containers across the country’s forests and public parks in a step seeking to […]

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11 eco-tourism natural reserves open doors to tourists – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN — Eco-tourism in Jordan’s 11 nature reserves opened for a new adventure season, with the numbers of visitors expected to increase this year, according to the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). With new services, hiking trails and picnicking areas introduced to its nature reserves over the past year, […]

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Japan delivers $7m worth of machinery to water sector – Jordan Times

By JT – Apr 04,2018 AMMAN — Japan on Wednesday delivered the first batch of equipment and machinery to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in support for the water sector, in the presence of Japanese Ambassador Hidenao Yanagi and Minister of Water and Irrigation Ali Ghezawi, an embassy statement said. The $7 million grant […]

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Dead Sea’s revival with Red Sea canal edges closer to reality – Jordan Times

By AFP – Mar 18,2018 GHOR AL HADITHA, Jordan — Jordan and Israel have long pursued a common goal to stop the Dead Sea from shrinking while slaking their shared thirst for drinking water with a pipeline from the Red Sea some 200km away. Geopolitical tensions have stalled efforts to break ground on the ambitious […]

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A rabbi, a priest and an imam walk into an environmental conference – Jerusalem Post

By SARAH LEVI 03/21/2018 The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development has continued to bring religious leaders together to reveal the connection between religion and ecology and move people to act towards more earth-friendly practices with an emphasis on faith since 2010. The Jerusalem-based center has been addressing the world geological crisis both in Israel and […]

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Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic – YNET

Hoping to make landfills obsolete, UBQ, which has raised $30 million in private investments, says it can take trash and make everyday use of garbage, from recyclable goods, to banana peels and chicken bones. Associated Press|Published: 03.22.18 , 22:43 Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting […]

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‘Owners of lands in Irbid to challenge compensation rates for their properties acquired for gas pipeline ‘ – Jordan Times

by Raed Omari – Mar 15,2018 AMMAN — Expecting “low” compensation rates for the lands the government has recently acquired to build a gas pipeline, lawyer of the land owners said on Wednesday that he will start legal procedures as of next week to claim higher payments. The government has officially acquired lands in the […]

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Israeli Greens Fume as Noble Energy Asks to Block Publication of Leviathan Data – Haaretz

At issue is data meant to be privy to the public under the emissions permit the company will be receiving, which will set the pollution limits allowed during operation of the rigs Zafrir Rinat | Mar. 27, 2018 | 4:20 AM The Noble Energy company has asked to block publication of some of the data […]

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British energy giant scouring Israeli energy tech with £100 million fund – Jerusalem Post

By MAX SCHINDLER 03/25/2018 In a bid to stay competitive, executives from the energy giant toured the country last week, meeting with and looking at investments in several Israeli start-ups. Centrica Innovations – the investment arm of Centrica Plc., Britain’s largest energy and gas supplier – is scouring Israel for energy technology with a £100 […]

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Fight to Save Mediterranean Turtles Successful, but Far From Over – Haaretz

Israel has made headway by tenderly digging up and collecting precious eggs from the beaches to hatch them where it’s safe, but green sea turtles are still critically endangered Zafrir Rinat Apr 05, 2018 In early May, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority inspectors will begin their annual quest for turtle eggs, combing Israel’s beaches […]

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Scientists Mount Emergency Rescue of Ancient Olive Trees in Negev Desert – Haaretz

Mission includes archaeologists fixing up water systems that haven’t been maintained in 1,100 years and trimming wasteful leafage as climate change slams the Middle East By Ruth Schuster Mar 19, 2018 A few olive trees, some possibly over 1,000 years old, cling to life the heart of the barren Negev – barely. After several winters […]

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Yellow, red colored tap water alarms residents of northern Israel – Haaretz

The color is due to use of desalinated water, says the Water Authority, and is not dangerous Zafrir Rinat | Mar. 23, 2018 | 4:44 AM Israel’s Water Authority admitted on Wednesday that the addition of desalinated water to the supply in parts of northern Israel is responsible for what consumers described as yellow and […]

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Kingdom seeks global community’s help to address water crisis – Jordan Times

UN launches 10-year action plan to overcome water scarcity challenge By JT – Mar 24,2018 AMMAN — Jordan has participated in the high-level meeting on water that was held at the UN headquarters in New York, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Saturday. The UN on Thursday launched a 10-year water action plan that […]

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new publication: The Impact of Environmental Cooperation on Peacemaking: Definitions, Mechanisms, and Empirical Evidence – International Studies Review

Tobias Ide March 2018 International Studies Review DOI10.1093/isr/viy014 The literature on environmental peacemaking claims that groups in conflict can put aside their differences and cooperate in the face of shared environmental challenges, thereby facilitating more peaceful relations between them. This study provides the first comprehensive review of the widely dispersed empirical evidence on such environment-peace […]

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Public Event: PROMOTING MIDDLE EAST WATER & ENERGY SECURITY THROUGH INVESTMENT IN A WATER-RENEWABLE ENERGY EXCHANGE FOR PEACE & STABILITY – EcoPeace

Date: Wednesday 11 April 2018 Time:12:00 – 14:00 Venue: Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG RSVP: EcoPeace Middle East in association with Herbert Smith Freehills, theFTWeekend and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cordially invite you to Promoting Middle East Water & Energy Security Through Investment in a Water-Renewable Energy Exchange for Peace & Stability. Water-Energy […]

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