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Conference Summary: The Water & Sanitation Crisis in Gaza and its Impact on Israel – Ecopeace

EcoPeace Middle East at the Sderot Conference, March 6th, 2018, Israel EcoPeace held a special panel moderated by the journalist Smadar Peri the Middle East Desk Chief of Yediot Ahronot, as part of the Sderot Conference about the Gaza water and sanitation crisis and its impact on Israel. Participants in the panel discussed with residents […]

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Officials: Sewage waste from Israeli settlements destroys Palestinian environment, crops – WAFA

2018/03/24 By Eid Yasin QALQILYA, March 24, 2018 (WAFA) – Israeli settlements in the Qalqilya district, northwest of the West Bank, are the main cause of environmental pollution, which results mainly from wastewater and sewage that flows from these settlements into Palestinian agricultural land nearby. This has destroyed crops and diffused diseases and epidemics in […]

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Amman’s population increased by 1.5 million in ten years — GAM – Jordan Times

Mar 20,2018 AMMAN — The capital’s population stands at 4 million people, up by 1.5 million people compared to 10 years ago, creating greater pressures and challenges for the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) to provide better infrastructure, Deputy Amman Mayor Hazem Neimat said on Tuesday. During a workshop, titled “strategy planning for local economic development”, […]

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Reforestation of 20-dunum Dibeen plot is complete – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 22,2018 AMMAN — A vegetation report on a 20-dunum plot of land which suffered illegal logging and wildfires over the past decade, indicated that its natural regeneration is “very high”, an environmental activist said on Thursday. The report showed that the land, which once enjoyed a thick cover of forest […]

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Community service to replace fines for environment violations – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 21,2018 AMMAN — Under a new municipal initiative, individuals who commit environmental violations will be ordered to do community service to help clean up rubble from Amman’s empty lots rather than paying fines. In accordance with the initiative, truck drivers caught dumping debris in areas undesignated for the disposal of […]

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Man sentenced to one-year jail term for illegal well drilling – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 17,2018 AMMAN — A man was sentenced to one year in prison and fined around JD20,000 for drilling an illegal well in Tafileh, a government official said on Saturday. Following the court ruling, authorities on Saturday sealed the illegal well, the official at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said, […]

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Five illegal wells sealed in Maan Governorate – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 12,2018 AMMAN — Authorities have sealed five illegal wells in one day in the southern Maan Governorate, a government official said on Monday. The emergency unified number 117116 at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation received information from an area resident about the suspected drilling of a well in Athruh […]

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Cairo governor warns against water waste – Egypt Independent

March 14, 2018 initiative to rationalize city residents’ water usage, claiming that inhabitants use too much water in the form of unnecessary spraying of streets and washing cars with excessive amounts of water in addition to ineffective irrigation procedures. In a press statement, Cairo governor Atef Abdel Hamid warned against wasting water, pointing out that […]

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Financing Development by Fighting Corruption – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 2/3/2018 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Arab countries requires an additional $57 billion annually in investments until 2030, according to Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) reports. Countries had agreed on the 2030 deadline to achieve ambitious goals set by the United Nations, including eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring health […]

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Gov’t is studying six wind, solar energy plants’ offers – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Mar 10,2018 AMMAN — Jordan is awaiting technical and financial offers to implement six wind and solar energy power plants with a total capacity of 300 megawatts (MW), the government said on Saturday. “We have shortlisted 45 companies and consortia under the third direct proposals stage and we will get their […]

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Israeli Cities Take the Lead in Recycling and Renewable Energy – Haaretz

Motivated by economic need, environmental awareness and public relations, local governments look to bio-gas, solar energy and reusing construction waste Zafrir Rinat Mar 09, 2018 In the central Israeli town of Kfar Sava, a team meets every few weeks at city hall to discuss a utopian-sounding project to recycle nearly all of the city’s garbage. […]

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Academics file class action suit for pollution of Negev’s Bokek stream – Jerusalem Post

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD 03/06/2018 The suit documents massive contamination from Rotem Amfert Negev and Dead Sea Priclase Fused Products of the Havurat Yehudah aquifer. A consortium of Tel Aviv University professors and internationally recognized environmental experts filed a request to the Beersheba District Court on Monday in one of the country’s most ambitious class […]

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Creating Jobs and Energy from Waste – Egypt Independent

Heba Helmy March 8, 2018 Mona al-Khodairy dreamed of breaking the long-held practice in Egypt of restricting certain jobs to men. Her dream evolved into an even bigger goal: to give women new employment opportunities. While playing a vital role in safeguarding the environment. Khodairy, a graduate from the Faculty of Engineering in Assiut, launched […]

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Gaza perimeter agriculture in peril due to water reservoir contamination – YNET

With Gaza’s sewage treatment facility still nonoperational and Israel having to bear the load of its wastewater, Israeli wastewater reservoirs in strip’s perimeter are paying a toll, as their water becomes so contaminated it can no longer be used for irrigation—hurting the region’s farmers. Matan Tzuri|Published: 03.07.18 The Ministry of Health instructed farmers in Israeli […]

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February Was One of the Hottest in the Last Hundred Years, Israel’s Meteorological Service Determines – Haaretz

Only 1941 and 1955 had higher average daytime temperatures, report finds; rain levels remain unfortunately unchanged compared to previous years Zafrir Rinat Mar 04, 2018 The just-departed month of February was one of the hottest Februaries in the last hundred years, according to the Israel meteorological service (IMS). Since recordings began, only 1941 and 1955 […]

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PA: Shell pulls out of Gaza’s gas field – Al Jazeera

The field is estimated to hold over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the equivalent of Spain’s consumption in 2016. 6 Mar 2018 Royal Dutch Shell is giving up its stake in an undeveloped natural gas field off the Gaza Strip, sending the Palestinians looking for a new global company to replace it, Palestinian […]

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Libyan El Sharara oilfield in shutdown from pollution protest – Environment and Development

5/3/2018 Libya’s giant El Sharara oilfield was shut down on Sunday after a local landowner closed a valve in protest against pollution near a pipeline crossing his land. The closure, which was confirmed by an oilfield engineer and separate Libyan oil sources, is a major blow to the North African country a little more than […]

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Egypt builds world’s largest solar park – Egypt Independent

Farah Tawfeek February 25, 2018 Egypt has the natural potential to become one of the world’s strongest energy players as it contains the three main natural elements to develop an abundance of energy: sunlight, wind and hydro-energy. Despite that, Egypt has been failing to provide a stable source of electricity to its ever-growing population. The […]

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‘Renewable energy projects provide national power grid with 402 megawatts in 2017’ – Jordan Times

Feb 28,2018 AMMAN — Renewable energy projects provided the Kingdom’s national power grid with 402 megawatts of electricity in 2017, which is expected to increase to 1,700 megawatts by 2019, Energy Minister Saleh Kharabsheh said on Wednesday. In a statement following a visit to the Sahara Forest Project (SFP), Kharabsheh said that Jordan is rich […]

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Destroyed part of Dibben forest to be rehabilitated in two weeks – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Mar 04,2018 AMMAN — In two weeks from now, a 15-dunum plot of land which suffered illegal logging and wildfires over the past decade, rendering it bare, is scheduled to be rehabilitated back to its once-thick forest status, conservationists said on Saturday. The vacant tract, except for trunks of chopped and […]

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