Environment and Climate in the Middle East

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Environment and Climate in the Middle East

A recycling revolution? Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat The last place one would think to go to enjoy a cup of coffee is probably the Hiriya landfill (Ayalon Park). However, as of a few months ago, the site has a cafe where you can sit next to a pleasant pool, surrounded by abundant greenery, adjacent to a new visitors center. […]

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Viewers held their breath as the lesser kestrel laid an egg Haaretz

By Eli Ashkenazi On Friday afternoon it happened: The lesser kestrel from the Hatikvah School in Moshav Elyakim laid an egg. Dozens of thrilled onlookers watched and reminded each other about the history of the kestrel family that is about to expand. After the lives of entertainer Shimi Tavori and his four children, or the […]

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As world marks day for H2O, report claims Israel’s water is getting cleaner and people consuming less Haaretz

By Zafrir Rinat As governments and organizations marked World Water Day yesterday, a report commissioned by the state’s top agency responsible for water management pointed to an increase in Israel’s water conservation as well as an improvement in its water quality. According to Mekorot, the better water quality has led to a one-third reduction in […]

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Middle East Environmental Directory

You may enjoy viewing my company’s new free environmental directory of the Middle East which can be viewed at: www.earthdirectory.net/middleeast. Thank you for your attention to this email and I hope that you enjoy the Directory. Sincerely, John C. Brainard, Editor & Manager The EarthDirectory Network www.DiscoverEarth.net U. S. Environmental Directories, Inc. St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, […]

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Water Purchased from Israel for Domestic Use in 2009 was 47.4 Million m3, PCBS Says WAFA

Date : 21/3/2010 RAMALLAH, March 21,2010 (WAFA)- The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a press release on the occasion of World Water Day, March 22, that the quantity of Water Purchased From the Israeli Water Company (Mekorot) for Domestic Use in 2009 was 47.4 Million m3. World Water Day 2010 will be […]

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Birthrate nearly halves over 33 years – DoS Jordan Times

By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN – The birthrate in Jordan stood at 3.8 births per woman in 2009, down from 7.4 in 1976, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Statistics. The “Population and Family Health Survey”, released at a press conference on Tuesday, indicated that the average number of children born per woman […]

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UN conference tackles Mideast animal trade YNET

Co-founder of Lebanese animal rights group says flourishing trade in endangered animals ‘can no longer be ignored’ Associated Press 03.23.10, 08:13 A two-year-old lion, emaciated and barely breathing, is found in a tiny cage off a Beirut highway. Monkeys are hauled through the dark tunnels of Gaza, bound for private zoos. Rare prize falcons are […]

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Ministry cracking down on use of untreated fertilisers Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment is drawing up a plan to stop the use and trade of untreated organic fertilisers, which attract domestic flies due to their high percentage of humidity. The plan complements a campaign launched in August last year banning the entry of untreated fertilisers into the Jordan Valley, […]

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Jordan inaugurates first radioactive waste facility Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Officials marked another milestone in Jordan’s peaceful nuclear programme on Thursday by unveiling the Kingdom’s first storage facility for radioactive waste. The central storage facility, an interim hosting site funded by the US Department of Energy and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), aims to ensure safe and secure storage […]

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Lebanon’s liquid treasure is just trickling away Jordan Times

AMSHEET, Lebanon (AFP) – Rose Hatem’s home overlooks the Mediterranean and is just a short distance from one of Lebanon’s longest rivers. But twice a week the 60-year-old has to buy water for her daily needs. “I have been buying in water since I moved here 14 years ago,” Hatem told AFP in the picturesque […]

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Arab nuclear ambitions facing obstacles Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Although a majority of Arab countries have announced their intentions to establish nuclear programmes, a number of challenges face the utilisation of the energy source in the region, experts said on Monday. A major obstacle to nuclear energy development in the region is a lack of international support due to […]

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Kingdom’s peaceful nuclear programme takes centre stage Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The Kingdom’s peaceful nuclear programme took centre stage as an example of regional development energy at the Middle East Nuclear Energy Summit on Monday. In his address at the opening of the three-day conference yesterday, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Chairman Khaled Toukan said Jordan will become an electricity exporter […]

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‘Women’s empowerment a key factor in water conservation’ Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Experts in water management and sustainable development on Monday called for mainstreaming women’s leadership in improving water services and natural resource conservation efforts. During the International Conference on Integration of Gender Dimensions in Water Management, which opened yesterday, participants from several Mediterranean countries underscored the importance of empowering women as […]

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Landau: Invest in alternative energy to fight radical Islam Jerusalem Post

By BEN HARTMAN 19/03/2010 05:14 National infrastructures minister says lessening the world’s reliance on petroleum is a “strategic necessity.” National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau on Thursday called on the United States and the rest of the international community to work with Israel to lessen the world’s reliance on petroleum, something he said would help dry […]

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Rising waters threaten Nile Delta Al Jazeera

By Barnaby Phillips in Alexandria Deep inside the waterways of the Nile Delta, it is hard to believe that this region is in an environmental crisis. It is an idyllic setting as the canoes of fishermen drift through the swamps; kingfishers and egrets fly overhead, and reeds glisten in the early morning sunshine. But the […]

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Immobilising mobility Jordan Times

Randa Habib’s Corner Nowadays you can judge a country by its public transport system. In the case of Jordan, no one will argue that we are still lagging behind many others and that this sector has to be drastically improved, immediately. Many people have to battle every day to catch buses to go to work. […]

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‘Green building’ could save resources, create jobs – experts Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Experts in sustainable development on Wednesday called for a “green building movement” in Jordan, which they said would help the Kingdom preserve scarce resources, protect its environment and create jobs. Pointing out that 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are produced by buildings, they underscored the benefits of green […]

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Gov’t to select technology for nuclear power plant within one year – Toukan Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – Jordan will select the technology for its first nuclear reactor within the next year, a senior official said on Wednesday. Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Chairman Khaled Toukan said Jordan will select the technology and strategic partner for the Kingdom’s first nuclear power plant within one year, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, […]

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Ministry cracking down on use of untreated fertilisers Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Environment is drawing up a plan to stop the use and trade of untreated organic fertilisers, which attract domestic flies due to their high percentage of humidity. The plan complements a campaign launched in August last year banning the entry of untreated fertilisers into the Jordan Valley, […]

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Celebrities get dirty for the environment YNET

Prominent local celebrities such as comedian Eli Finish and actress Liraz Charchi agree to be photographed buried up to their necks in coal as part of Greenpeace campaign against construction of additional coal-fired power plant in Ashkelon We usually see them at their best – impeccably dressed and oozing glamour – but as part of […]

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