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THE BLUE PEACE: Rethinking Middle East Water – Al Bia Wal Tanmia

“The Blue Peace: Rethinking Middle East Water” is a recent report launched in February of this year by Strategic Foresight Group, a think tank group based in India with support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Switzerland. The scope of the […]

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Encountering Peace: The greening of Palestine – Jerusalem Post

By GERSHON BASKIN 20/06/2011 The Palestinian path to independence should include as much energy independence as possible. Palestine may soon become the newest nation on the planet. Within half a decade, it could easily become a leader in renewable energy. Imagine using “Google Earth” to view Palestine and zooming in on the Tubas region in […]

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Green awakening coming soon to Lebanon – Daily Star

June 15, 2011 02:01 AM By Tamara Qiblawi The Daily Star BEIRUT: Lebanon will soon arrive at an “awakening” when it comes to greening business, said Nemat Frem, president of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists at the launch of Lebanon Opportunities’ Green Business Initiative Tuesday. “As long as we are conscious of the importance of […]

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Environment at risk as parched Jordan taps water – YNET

In desperate efforts to battle chronic water shortages, experts say one of world’s 10 driest countries mulling ‘unconventional’, ‘environmentally unfriendly’ plans AFP Published: 06.19.11, 07:39 / Israel Activism Share on TwitterShare on Facebook share In its desperate efforts to battle chronic water shortages, Jordan, one of the world’s 10 driest countries, is mulling “unconventional” and […]

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Water-saving initiative seeks to increase green cover – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – An initiative that seeks to increase the Kingdom’s green cover by utilising an “intelligent water incubator” that produces and captures water from the air through condensation and rain, will be launched soon in Jordan. The initiative will be implemented by several local NGOs in partnership with Desert Tulip, a Dutch-Jordanian […]

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Fire damages 2,000 dunams of open space in Golan – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 06/18/2011 21:06 Fire commission praises different groups’ cooperation in dousing the flames; cause of the fire still remains unknown. A fire that blighted approximately 2,000 dunams (200 hectares) of open space and nature reserves – but caused no injuries – on the Golan Heights on Saturday morning was under control by about […]

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Nablus village months without water – Maan

NABLUS (Ma’an) — With both the Palestinian Authority and Israel’s Civil Administration abdicating responsibility, local officials say parts of a Nablus-area village have been without water for months. While drought is common in the mid-summer, many of the residents of Salem village have been purchasing high-priced water from local companies, or carrying buckets from municipal […]

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Report urges priority for conservation be given to threatened flora in internationally significant areas – Haaretz

Some 1,600 species of wild plants are found in over 5,800 square kilometers in the PA, a relatively large number for the size of the area. By Zafrir Rinat Israel and the Palestinian Authority are home to 19 areas of international significance for plant conservation that are subject to various threats and must be given […]

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‘Hunters track down Nubian ibex as a hobby’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa MUJIB NATURE RESERVE – Inspectors at the Mujib Nature Reserve have recorded seven hunting violations against the Nubian ibex since the beginning of the year. The inspectors also foil an average of one attempt every 10 days to hunt the globally endangered animal in the Mujib reserve, which was established in 1985 […]

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Hundreds gather in Bergesh Forest in show of solidarity – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa BERGESH FOREST/AJLOUN – Fatmeh Zaytoun sat under an oak tree in Bergesh Forest on Friday, recalling her childhood spent between the nooks and crannies of the wooded area. And as the sexagenarian baked taboon bread on a saj (convex metal griddle), she vowed that she would not abandon her land and family […]

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Israeli, Arab researchers unite over shared ecosystem – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 06/09/2011 23:37 Graduate students from Israel, Lebanon and the PA unite for marine research project off the coast of Italy. Talkbacks (1) Twelve marine and environmental studies graduate students from the Middle East and Europe are taking part in a two-week Mediterranean research project off the shores of La Spezia, Italy, to […]

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Dutch pollution experts introduce Israelis to clean tech – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 06/15/2011 05:22 “Israel must emulate European model in monitoring air quality,” is message at Netherlands’ embassy in Tel Aviv. Talkbacks (3) Dutch air quality experts spoke about their air pollution technologies and encouraged Israel to implement its new Clean Air Act at a conference organized by the Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv […]

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Environmentalists battle with tuna fishermen on the Mediterranean – Daily Star

June 14, 2011 02:07 AM By Don Melvin Associated Press ABOARD THE STEVE IRWIN: Tuna fishermen battled environmentalists on the Mediterranean, hurling heavy links of chain at them as the environmentalists attempted to disrupt illegal tuna fishing under the no-fly zone north of Libya. The fishermen also attempted to lay a rope in front of […]

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Infrastructures Ministry: Develop second small gas field – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 06/16/2011 03:24 Israel Oil Co. instructed to begin developing one-billion cubic meter Or natural gas reservoir this week. The National Infrastructures Ministry instructed the Israel Oil Co. and its partners to begin developing the one-billion cubic meter Or natural gas reservoir, just after instructing Noble Energy to do the same in the […]

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J’lem trash crisis solved, Abu Dis dump to be phased out – Jerusalem Post

By MELANIE LIDMAN 06/17/2011 20:18 J’lem municipality, PMO, Finance Ministry, and Environmental Ministry reach solution to fund new southern landfill for city’s waste. The trash conundrum in Jerusalem was solved on Friday afternoon, after the Jerusalem Municipality, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Finance Ministry, and the Environmental Protection Ministry came to an agreement over the […]

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Ketura solar power installation, Israel’s first, begins capturing clean energy – Haaretz

But questions remain over whether venture can help government meet targets. By David Sheen A group of Anglos are largely responsible for Israel’s first major solar power field, which was inaugurated earlier this week to much fanfare. But while the desert installation is harnessing the power of the sun to the peak tune of 4.95 […]

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Japanese grant to improve water services in Tafileh – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – The government of Japan will extend a JD16.6 million grant ($23,500,000) to Jordan under its “Grant Aid for Environment and Climate Change” programme, a Japanese embassy statement said Monday. Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan and Japan’s ambassador to Jordan Junichi Kosuge are scheduled to sign the agreement for the […]

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Both shrinking and flooding threaten Dead Sea – Daily Star

June 14, 2011 02:07 AM By Daniel Estrin EIN BOKEK, Israel: The Dead Sea is dying, goes the conventional wisdom: The water level of the fabled salty lake is dropping nearly 1.2 meters a year. Less well known: Part of the lake is actually overflowing, threatening one of Israel’s key tourism destinations.Israel is feverishly campaigning […]

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Pisgat Ze’ev mikve to get recycled-water system in August – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 06/17/2011 06:35 Mikve Yair will be the first among the city’s 36 ritual baths to be piloting a special recycled- water system. Talkbacks (1) Women using one northern Jerusalem mivke might now be reentering the same waters that they had enjoyed the month before. Mikve Yair, in the northern Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood […]

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Introducing SafeMed

Environment and Climate in the Middle East received several postings from SafeMed, an EU project. The cover letter and contact information is in this posting. Postings for Lebanon, Jordan and Israel follow. ========== I am writing to you from the Mediterranean island of Malta where SafeMed, a project funded by the European Union is based. As the […]

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