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new publication: Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks.

Dear all, I would like to draw your attention to a major peer-reviewed scientific handbook that was written by 164 authors from 48 countries and edited by eight experts from seven countries: – Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Czeslaw Mesjasz, John Grin, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Béchir Chourou, Pal Dunay, Jörn Birkmann (Eds.): Coping with Global […]

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Arabic training manual on gender, climate change released – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The first Arabic language training manual on gender and climate change was released on Monday with the aim of mainstreaming gender considerations in climate change mitigation and adaptations efforts in Jordan. The Arabic version, which was issued by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), clarifies the linkage […]

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Environmental Peacemaking June 2011 – FOEME

FoEME held a ‘Mass Float’ event at the Dead Sea on May 21st together with the organization “Save the Sea” comprised of people who suffer from illnesses such as psoriasis and rely on the unique therapeutic qualities of the Dead Sea to assist in the treatment and relief of these health conditions. Hundreds of people […]

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Experts in Al Mezan Workshop: over 50% of Water Filtering Plants in Gaza not Licensed; not Monitored by Government – Al Mezan / Reliefweb

Report — Al Mezan Center for Human Rights On Thursday 26 May 2011, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights organized a workshop on “Filtered Water in Gaza Strip: Reality and Horizons”. The workshop was held at Al Mezan’s main office in Gaza City. The workshop is a response to deteriorating water quality in the Gaza […]

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Key hydro-agricultural project announced – Daily Star

By Mohammad Zaatari The Daily Star MARJAYOUN, Lebanon: A meeting was held over the weekend to announce the first steps in implementing a long-awaited hydro-agricultural project that will bring water from the Bekaa to farmers in south Lebanon. The “Hydro Agricultural Development Project of Marjayoun” is a pilot project on the Canal 800, which is […]

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Solution for water shortage in works – YNET

Financing secured for $400 million desalination plant in central Israel, slated for completion in 2013 Ynetnews and Shalom Life Published: 05.29.11, 07:30 / Israel Activism Share on TwitterShare on Facebook share The answer to Israel’s age-old problem of a lack of water appears one step closer to being solved with the announcement that financing has […]

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High water bills: Leaky pipes or faulty meters? – Jerusalem Post

By ASHER MEIR 05/26/2011 22:08 “Guilty until proven innocent” billing by utilities does a disservice to local consumers. Talkbacks (1) In recent weeks, the Israeli investigative TV program Kolbotek has been airing a series on the method used by the water companies to charge customers. The story begins with faulty water meters: • One resident […]

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Drainage plan for polluted Kishon River okayed – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 05/29/2011 18:44 700,000 tons of contaminated sludge to be treated; Park planned near Haifa. Talkbacks (2) The Interior Ministry approved a plan to drain 500,000 tons of contaminated sediment from the Kishon River and then rehabilitate the entire polluted area by creating a vibrant park. The decision was taken at a meeting […]

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Israeli start-up aims to seal world’s leaky pipes – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 05/31/2011 02:42 Curapipe will be launch its new pipe sealant technology in a pilot program this summer; system stops leaks internally through a fire hydrant. Talkbacks (1) In attempt to reduce the 32 billion cubic meters of urban water lost globally to pipe leakage each year, Israeli startup company Curapipe will be […]

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Jordan’s wastewater used in irrigation the best in the world – experts – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Wastewater treatment systems applied in Jordan for the irrigation of crops are the safest in the world, an international expert in treated wastewater reuse said on Sunday. Jordan applies one of the safest wastewater treatment schemes, the expert said. He made the remarks following field visits to Khirbet Al Samra […]

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Recycling bins in select cities receive ‘new look’ – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 05/26/2011 04:43 Bins feature sculpted blossoming tree branches on front of cage; new design comes after complaints that bins were dirty, “didn’t look good.” Talkbacks (2) This week the nation’s streets have begun to grow some new trees – in the wiry metal shape of brand new recycling bins, the Beverage Containers […]

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Green is good – Jordan Times

At a time when financial pundits say that the country has exhausted all avenues to deal with the huge budget deficit and the runaway debt bill, some are opting to go back to basics, attempting to alleviate the financial crisis, at least in part. There is near consensus among citizens, both officials and private, that […]

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Grass-roots society encourages Jordanians to go green – Jordan Times

By Rand Dalgamouni AMMAN – A group of mothers is working to encourage Jordanians to adopt “a green way of life”. With their society GoGreenJordan officially launched late last year, the 16 members are approaching families, schools, companies and officials to adopt more environment-friendly methods in their work, home and life. “We are just a […]

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Activists plan solidarity trip to Bergesh Forest – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Environmentalists and activists will go on a solidarity trip next month to Bergesh Forest, the site selected for the construction of a military academy. The activists are calling for the relocation of the academy, the construction of which could entail uprooting hundreds of centennial trees in one of Jordan’s few […]

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Batroun’s eco-friendly music festival – Daily Star

By Simona Sikimic The Daily Star BATROUN, Lebanon: Living by the sea his entire life with the sound of the Mediterranean lapping against his house every day, Georges “Junior” Daou has always been more attuned to nature than the average Lebanese youth. It was only a few months ago, however, that the 24-year-old recent university […]

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Electric car pioneer unveils price plans – YNET

Better Place says base price for its flagship Renault Fluence Z.E. electric car will be $34,670 Associated Press Published: 05.20.11, 08:36 / Israel Business Share on TwitterShare on Facebook share Electric car company Better Place has unveiled the pricing of its subscription packages ahead of the rollout of the world’s first nationwide battery-charging grid. World’s […]

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Metropoline brings in pilot hybrid bus to Kfar Saba – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 05/19/2011 17:41 Swedish bus to run to Herzliya for the next couple weeks; engine saves about 30% in fuel consumption, 50% in air pollution. Talkbacks (3) The Metropoline Transit Company began using a hybrid Volvo bus this week in Kfar Saba, which will run along the city’s popular No. 29 line to […]

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Energy leaders advocate export plan for gas, oil – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON UDASIN 05/22/2011 23:15 Leading energy firms advocate the future export of both liquefied natural gas from the Leviathan basin, oil shale from the central Israel Shefela rock basin. Leading energy firms advocated the future export of both liquefied natural gas from the enormous Mediterranean Sea Leviathan basin, as well as oil shale from […]

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Sunflower takes hit on solar power as Spanish gov’t reverses on price – Haaretz

By Yoram Gabison Solar energy company Sunflower Sustainable Investments and Shikun & Binui are feeling the European debt crisis, after the Spanish government backed out of sweetheart terms for solar power. Sunflower will write down NIS 16 million of its investment in the Olmeda photovoltaic power project in Spain. Shikun & Binui and Sunflower each […]

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Public institutions to get solar water heaters – Daily Star

BEIRUT: The Environment Ministry is to build hundreds of solar water heaters on the roofs of public institutions, in a project financed by the Italian government. The project, which aims to install around 900 heaters providing hot water for more than 5,000 people, was launched Thursday by caretaker Environment Minister Mohammad Rahhal and the Italian […]

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