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The anti-Jewish arsonists – YNET

Wave of nationalistically motivated arson cases in recent days deserves attention Yoaz Hendel Published: 12.09.10, 00:42 / Israel Opinion The incisive debate over the failures revealed through the blaze disaster left the question of potential matches outside the discussion. This time around, the Carmel blaze resulted from criminal negligence, yet the flames gave rise to […]

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And the moral of the story is… – Jerusalem Post

By KENNETH I. SWARTZ 12/12/2010 06:40 The Carmel fires were a national tragedy, but they provided an important lesson. Fire-fighting airplanes and helicopters are often seen by the public as an easy fix to wildfires, and provide a boost to morale, but controlling wildfires with aircraft is a complex mission. The challenge for Israel is […]

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Prayers answered as heavy rain hits Lebanon – DAILY STAR

Lebanese brace for weekend of intense storms, snowfall at high altitudes By Wassim Mroueh BEIRUT: A heavy weekend storm is expected to lash Lebanon until Monday, ending weeks of unseasonable warm and dry weather and bringing the first snowfall of winter. Despite the heavy rain that battered the capital on Friday evening, Beirut residents took […]

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Winter takes Israel by storm; services down, property damaged, flights disrupted – Haaretz

100 km/h winds and massive rains knock out trees and power throughout the country. After a weekend of storms that contained relatively light rainfall, the havoc-wreaking winter weather pattern that descended on Israel gained strength on Sunday and large quantities of precipitation fell in the northern and central regions of Israel. The harsh weather conditions […]

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Huge storm hits East Mediterranean – Al Jazeera

Deaths as rain, snow and high winds lash Eastern Mediterranean, bringing months of drought to a dramatic end.’ An enormous storm has battered the eastern Mediterranean over the weekend, causing destruction in several countries and bringing to a dramatic end months of drought. Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Jordan and Egypt were all hit by severe weather, […]

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Sand, snow, thunderstorms wreak havoc across Middle East Maan

By Natacha Yazbeck BEIRUT (AFP) — Winds, rain and hail battered the eastern Mediterranean for a second day on Sunday, wreaking havoc across the region as a months-long drought came to a sudden, drastic end. Drought-stricken countries across the Middle East had been praying for rain for weeks when weather conditions turned violent at the […]

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Call for applicants: Across Borders: Managing Trans-Boundary Environmental Resources in the Middle East and the United States

“Across Borders: Managing Trans-Boundary Environmental Resources in the Middle East and the United States” is an international exchange program for Emerging Young Professionals (EYPs), sponsored by the US Department of State’s office of Citizen Exchanges, and delivered by Dickinson College in partnership with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. This highly selective, 4-week study-abroad program […]

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WATER SECURITY BECOMING INCREASINGLY QUESTIONABLE IN THE LEVANTINE MIDDLE-EAST – Finish Institute of International Affairs

Water security, namely the ability of governments to secure a sustainable water supply for their populations, is becoming increasingly questionable in the Levantine countries of the Middle East. Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel not only share a history of conflict but also a challenging, mostly arid climate, and scarce water […]

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Cabinet okays NIS 2.2b. to reduce greenhouse gases – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/29/2010 03:40 Efforts to reduce emissions will focus on green building, energy efficiency and clean technologies. The cabinet approved on Sunday a proposal to spend NIS 2.2 billion over the next 10 years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the decision, efforts to reduce emissions will focus on green building, […]

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How to solve the water crisis – Jerusalem Post

By JPOST EDITORIAL 12/01/2010 06:39 End goal must be sustainable, cleverly managed water economy, in which authorities both act now and plan for future to meet a reality where rainfall may very well never equal what it once did. The lack of rain these past few weeks has been obvious, with this past month being […]

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Cabinet to receive emergency water plan – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 11/23/2010 01:54 Calls for boosting the output of existing solutions; Ongoing lack of rainfall leads to deficit of 400-600 million cu.m. per year; Knesset inaugurates water lobby. Both Water Authority head Prof. Uri Shani and Mekorot CEO Ido Rosolio confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the emergency plan they […]

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Till it rains – Jordan Times

Rain seems to elude the Kingdom, although traditionally the wet season will have started quite some time ago. Unless the weather changes, the country could be facing a worrisome development: acute lack of water, not only for agricultural but also for domestic use, a fear that never really leaves countries poor in this precious commodity. […]

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Experts to help Arab water utilities recover costs – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Challenges facing water utilities across the region will come under the spotlight today in the opening of the first Arab Water Week. Organised by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the event will gather 400 water experts and decision makers […]

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Israeli delegation heads to UN climate change summit – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 12/02/2010 03:05 Commission meets in Cancun to negotiate parameters for cutting emissions; Israel is making an effort to cut emissions by 20% by 2020. If only big or rich countries are compelled to cut their emissions, these reductions still won’t be enough to retard climate change, Shuli Nezer, the Environmental Protection […]

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‘Lack of rain calls for emergency water plan’ – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation is currently drafting an emergency water plan in light of an “unprecedented absence of rain”, a government official said on Wednesday. Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar has instructed the Water Authority of Jordan and the Jordan Valley Authority to draft an emergency […]

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Steep water shortage takes toll on economy – Daily Star

Unusually dry autumn and poor infrastructure leading to water ‘crisis’ experts say By Tamara Qiblawi Friday, December 03, 2010 Steep water shortage takes toll on economy BEIRUT: While Lebanon’s beach-goers bask in the sun of a clear skied autumn season, many potable water tanks in neighborhoods throughout the country are hollowing out and families are […]

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Lack of rain and snow threatens Lebanese livelihoods – Daily Star

Mohamad Ali Harissi Agence France Presse BEIRUT: As Europe shivers under freezing temperatures, unusually balmy weather and a lack of rain or snow have spelled disaster for Lebanon’s farmers and ski resorts. “The delayed rainfall is threatening some of our major springs, in which water is becoming increasingly scarce,” said Fouad Hashwa, the dean of […]

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‘Too early to declare water emergency’ – Jordan Times

By Raed Omari AMMAN – Despite the lack of rain and a serious water shortage, it is still too early to declare a water-related state of emergency, a senior official from the Jordanian Farmers Union (JFU) said. JFU President Ahmad Faour told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday that it is still uncertain whether […]

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EcoPeace to receive Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Award in Brussels [ENPI info centre]

Eco Peace to receive Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Award in Brussels 01-12-2010 link to original news item ECOPEACE Friends of the Earth Middle East, an organisation jointly established by environmentalists from Palestine, Jordan and Israel and member of Friends of the Earth International, will on Friday 3 December receive the 2010 Anna Lindh Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Award, […]

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Mekorot alleges discrimination on desalinated water price [JPost – Globes]

By AMIRAM BARKAT / GLOBES 02/12/2010 link to original article The Finance Ministry is prepared to buy water from private desalination companies at much higher prices than it is prepared to pay Mekorot. The Finance Ministry is prepared to buy water from private desalination companies at much higher prices than it is prepared to pay […]

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