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  • Israel’s miraculous growth may spell its demise – Haaretz
    The Book of Ezekiel calls this land a ‘devourer of men,’ but in modern Israel it’s the other way around Zafrir Rinat | Apr. 11, 2018 | 6:54 PM “It’s a miracle that will be impossible to maintain over the long run.” That’s how Manuel Trajtenberg recently described Israel’s achievements...

  • Proposed tunnel for Jerusalem light rail could triple project’s price – Haaretz
    The tunnel would also damage two local parks and delay the completion of the project by some three years Naama Riba, Nir Hasson | Apr. 13, 2018 | 6:09 AM A tunnel being considered for the Jerusalem light rail’s third line is expected to triple the cost of the project,...

  • Copper exploration study to determine mining potential in Dana Reserve – Jordan Times
    By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 12,2018 AMMAN — Results of an ongoing exploration programme of copper and associated minerals in Dana Biosphere Reserve will determine whether mining in the globally recognised nature sanctuary will be allowed, according to a conservationist. Mining copper in Dana reserve has been a longstanding issue...

  • 16 companies compete to build 4 solar energy plants in Maan – Jordan Times
    By Mohammad Ghazal – Apr 11,2018 AMMAN — Jordan has received 16 technical and financial offers to implement four solar energy power plants with a total capacity of 200 megawatts (MW), the government said on Wednesday. “We received the offers from local, regional and international companies and consortia under the...

  • ‘Nothing will stand in way of Red Sea-Dead Sea water desalination project’ – Jordan Times
    By JT – Apr 11,2018 AMMAN — The government will “go ahead” with implementing water desalination projects and will “not wait for anyone”, Prime Minister Hani Mulki said on Wednesday. Mulki stressed the importance of guaranteeing justice in water distribution to all areas of the Kingdom and of safeguarding water...

  • 5,671 cases of electricity theft uncovered since January – Jordan Times
    By JT – Apr 05,2018 AMMAN — Authorities uncovered 5,671 cases of electricity theft during the first quarter of this year, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) Chief Commissioner Farouq Hiyari said on Wednesday. A total of 484 cases were referred to the courts, while rulings were issued in 478...

  • Authorities bulldoze their way to seal illegal well in Ramtha – Jordan Times
    By Hana Namrouqa – Apr 05,2018 AMMAN — Authorities on Wednesday morning had to bulldoze their way through a private farm in Irbid Governorate’s Ramtha district to seal an illegal well, according to a government official. Acting upon reports of a water violation taking place inside the private property, a...

  • 1,000 waste containers handed out to parks, forests – Jordan Times
    by Hana Namrouqa – Apr 12,2018 In the summer, forests and parks receive large numbers of picknickers who leave their rubbish behind them (Photo courtesy of ECO Hikers) AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment on Thursday completed the distribution of 1,000 waste containers across the country’s forests and public parks...

  • 11 eco-tourism natural reserves open doors to tourists – Jordan Times
    By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN — Eco-tourism in Jordan’s 11 nature reserves opened for a new adventure season, with the numbers of visitors expected to increase this year, according to the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). With new services, hiking trails and picnicking areas introduced to its nature...

  • Japan delivers $7m worth of machinery to water sector – Jordan Times
    By JT – Apr 04,2018 AMMAN — Japan on Wednesday delivered the first batch of equipment and machinery to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in support for the water sector, in the presence of Japanese Ambassador Hidenao Yanagi and Minister of Water and Irrigation Ali Ghezawi, an embassy statement...

  • Dead Sea’s revival with Red Sea canal edges closer to reality – Jordan Times
    By AFP – Mar 18,2018 GHOR AL HADITHA, Jordan — Jordan and Israel have long pursued a common goal to stop the Dead Sea from shrinking while slaking their shared thirst for drinking water with a pipeline from the Red Sea some 200km away. Geopolitical tensions have stalled efforts to...

  • A rabbi, a priest and an imam walk into an environmental conference – Jerusalem Post
    By SARAH LEVI 03/21/2018 The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development has continued to bring religious leaders together to reveal the connection between religion and ecology and move people to act towards more earth-friendly practices with an emphasis on faith since 2010. The Jerusalem-based center has been addressing the world geological...

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"We do not need English coal for plowing the soil. ... We have wires which carry electric power from the Jordan Falls, the Dead Sea Canal, and the brooks of the Hermon to all parts of the country. Instead of coal, we have water."

- from AltNeuLand, by Theodor Herzl

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Air pollution in Israel drops significantly on Yom Kippur.



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