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Illegal logging cases drop in January – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The number of illegal logging cases dropped in January, despite the fact that more trees are usually cut down in winter, according to the Ministry of Environment. “We only registered two cases of illegal logging last month, because authorities stepped up monitoring of forest areas,” environment ministry spokesperson Isa Shboul […]

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Japan Supports Jericho Wastewater Treatment System – WAFA

RAMALLAH, March 1, 2011 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority and Japan Monday signed a cooperation agreement in which Japan would grant the PA $32 million for a water treatment project in Jericho. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signed the agreement at his Ramallah office with the representative of Japan to the PA, Naofumi Hashimoto. The grant […]

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Madaba residents call for improved water supply, sewage services – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa MADABA – Warning that their district is on the verge of an “environmental crisis”, Madaba residents on Monday complained about an insufficient water supply and called for the entire governorate to be connected to the sewage network. During a meeting with Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohmmad Najjar and Water Authority of […]

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Bottom shekel / Water, water everywhere, but not a water saver in sight – Haaretz

Although posters proclaimed that ‘within days’ somebody would show up at our homes and install the devices for free, nobody saw anybody wearing a Water Authority shirt who might be suspected of installing water savers. By Amiram Cohen About six months ago somebody plastered pretty posters all over our neighborhood, and in our building stairwell, […]

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European Commission to fund electric car battery R&D – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 03/03/2011 03:10 Better Place announces that this is the first project in the field to be approved by the European Commission. A Better Place-coordinated consortium will produce an interface enabling any electric car to be outfitted with a switchable battery. This is the first project in the field to be approved […]

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New lab to measure efficiency of water fixtures, electrical appliances – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Water fixtures and electrical appliances that use water will now have their water conservation efficiency tested at the region’s first water efficiency measurement laboratory, which opened at the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) on Thursday. In a speech delivered on her behalf by RSS Executive Director for External Affairs Tareq Hadid, […]

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Ampal: Egypt gas to Israel to resume by March 4 – Haaretz

Pipeline has been shut down since it was sabotaged on February 5 during protests against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. By Reuters and TheMarker Egypt’s natural gas supplies to East Mediterranean Gas and its clients in Israel are expected to resume by March 4, Ampal-American Israel Corporation said on Sunday, in contrast to media speculation […]

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Chinese energy giant Sinopec vying to buy a piece of Israeli natural gas fields – Haaretz

By Lior Zeno Israel’s offshore natural gas deposits haven’t snagged the large international energy companies, until now. TheMarker has learned that China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., also known as Sinopec, is looking to buy into Israeli drilling licenses with the help of All Energy Holdings. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding for All […]

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‘Need for energy efficiency becoming apparent’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/22/2011 01:55 ‘1 megawatt saved at consumption level is equivalent to 3 megawatts at production level, so it’s 3 times more efficient to work on demand than production.’ Sixty percent of global companies did not monitor their energy usage last year, but the need for energy efficiency is increasingly being recognized, […]

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The coming petroleum shock – Jordan Times

By Fahed Fanek Jordan’s economy is very sensitive to the fluctuations of petroleum prices. During 2010, the imported petroleum bill rose by 31 per cent, to form around 12 per cent of the gross domestic product. It contributed at least 3.7 percentage points to the inflation rate. It also had a negative impact on the […]

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‘Israel must have alternative to Egyptian natural gas’ – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/25/2011 03:07 Energy experts tell ‘Post’ as a result of the chaos in Cairo, the gov’t should move immediately to secure backups to gas supply. Talkbacks (2) The government should move immediately to secure alternatives or backups to Egyptian natural gas following the upheavals there, experts told The Jerusalem Post this […]

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Power lines to run under Ramon Crater, not through it – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/24/2011 05:01 Nature and Parks Authority praises decision after waging campaign to convince Israel Electric Corporation not to ruin beauty of the crater. Power lines needed to bring electricity – particularly solar energy – up from the Negev to the center will run under the Ramon Crater and not through it, […]

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Landau: Cost of energy is a top national priority – Jerusalem Post

By BEN HARTMAN 02/23/2011 02:58 Minister vows to lower prices and diversify sources as well as develop periphery. National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau (Israel Beiteinu) said Tuesday that reducing energy costs and using renewable energy programs to develop the periphery are his ministry’s top priorities. He spoke at the opening of the fourth annual Eilat-Eilot […]

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The Environment and the Middle East: Pathways to Sustainability – MIddle East Institute

full text available at: http://www.mei.edu/Publications/WebPublications/Viewpoints/ViewpointsArchive/tabid/541/ctl/Detail/mid/1623/xmid/1640/xmfid/11/Default.aspx 2/10/2011 The Environment and the Middle East: Pathways to Sustainability 11 Leading Experts As this publication is being launched, Egypt enters the third week of nationwide protests. Indeed, there is evidence of political ferment throughout the Arab world, as people have taken to the streets in Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, and […]

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‘Need for energy efficiency becoming apparent’ – Jerusalem Post

’ By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/22/2011 01:55 ‘1 megawatt saved at consumption level is equivalent to 3 megawatts at production level, so it’s 3 times more efficient to work on demand than production.’ Sixty percent of global companies did not monitor their energy usage last year, but the need for energy efficiency is increasingly being […]

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Treasury wants review of renewable energy costs – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/16/2011 05:49 Licenses for large solar fields effectively frozen. Talkbacks (2) Citing the fine print in a 2007 cabinet decision mandating 10 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020, the Treasury has launched a campaign to reevaluate the costs of alternative energy. What began last week intensified on Monday as […]

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Israel finalizing plan to protect disputed oil reserves – Daily Star

BEIRUT: The Israel Navy is finalizing plans which would see it defend its country’s disputed oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, a popular Israeli tabloid reported Sunday. The reserves, to which both Lebanon and Israel lay claim, would see Israeli warships protect an area of sea 1.5 the country’s size, in order to […]

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Effects of climate change in Lebanon to grow more severe – Daily Star

Monday, February 21, 2011 BEIRUT: Lebanon must brace for more heavy rains and storms, coupled with long periods of drought and water shortages as the affects of global warming continue to take their toll, a Canadian climate expert has warned. Professor John Pomeroy, the Canada research chair in water resources and climate change at Saskatchewan […]

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Kingdom’s efforts to adapt to climate change ‘unorganised’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Jordan must take its climate change adaptation measures to the national level in order to enact needed programmes estimated to cost the Kingdom billions of dollars over the next decade, experts and officials say. The fact that the Kingdom doesn’t contribute to greenhouse emissions but is already falling victim to […]

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The Politics of Unilateral Environmentalism: Cooperation and Conflict over Water Management along the Israeli-Palestinian Border – Global Environmental Politics

Itay Fischhendler, Shlomi Dinar, and David Katz Global Environmental Politics 11:1, February 2011 excerpt: Cooperative adaptation has become a fashionable concept that has been prescribed for many transboundary environmental problems. In water/land interactions this option has a distinct spatial form of action that includes establishing joint managerial jurisdictions that span borders. Yet, this study shows […]

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