America No ‘A-Team’ For Jordan’s Green Future

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America joins Jordan in a celebration of green, but Laura’s not sold on the deal.  The USA and Jordan recently entered into environmental partnership, cosigning a plan to promote four distinct Jordanian initiatives: ecosystem conservation; increased education; improved private sector performance; and stronger environmental law. This agreement wrapped up a one-day forum on Environmental Technical Cooperation involving […]

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Will Turkey’s New Constitution Include Ecological Protections?

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Turkish environmental journalist Mahmut Boynudelik has proposed a set of fundamental ecological principles to be enshrined in the country’s new constitution. Last Wednesday, Turkey’s Constitution Reconciliation Commission was presented with a new series of articles for inclusion in the country’s new constitution. Led by the Turkish Green Party, the articles were submitted by the Initiative […]

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Fighting ‘Ecocide’: Interview With Environmental Lawyer Polly Higgins

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Arwa speaks to environmental lawyer Polly Higgins about ‘Ecocide’, corporate eco-destruction, water scarcity and why we shouldn’t give up on climate summits just yet Polly Higgins is a lawyer on a mission to bring serious environmental destruction to an end. Whilst this may seem ambitious, she insists that using the legal system to outlaw environmental […]

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Lamu’s Muslim And Indigenous People Demand “Natural Justice”

With help from an international NGO, Lamu’s Swahili and indigenous communities seek to redress potential harm to their natural resources. A small but important enclave of Islamic culture in Kenya is threatened by a super port backed by Chinese interests. So are the surrounding coral reef, mangrove forests, and endangered marine turtles and dugongs. The […]

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Morocco Developing an Environmental Charter

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Morocco, still very undeveloped compared to the west, looks to make an environmental plan of action. Morocco is currently consulting with political and environmental groups and activists over the preliminary draft of the country’s environmental charter, which targets preserving the environment and fostering sustainable development. While the first draft was taking shape, the government in […]

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Jordanian Ministry of Environment to Amend the Country's Environmental Laws within Five Months

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After reviewing Jordan’s current environmental laws and discovering that there were many loopholes that enabled violators to avoid punishment, the Jordanian Ministry of Environment has decided to amend their laws.  And they’ve decided to do it fast, within the next five months. Jordan currently has 21 legislations protecting the environment, but since they often contradict […]

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Air Pollution from Transportation Costing Arab Countries $5 Billion

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Air pollution from transportation is costing Arab countries $5 billion in damages, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Environment and Water recently announced. The cost is calculated based on the number of deaths, medical care for health problems and chronic diseases that are attributed to air pollution. The minister, Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, […]

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"Sustainability Brothers" a Model for Collaboration of Different Environmental Activists

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There are many types of environmental activists.  Not only are there those concerned with one type of environmental issue rather than another (such as being more of an advocate for organic farming than for alternative energy), but there are those involved to a higher degree than others. No matter their differences, however, the big picture […]

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Green Tsunami Washes Over Knesset

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    Maybe it was the teetering government or the water crisis, or maybe it was just the sticky and oppressive summer heat. Whatever the cause, the summer session of the Knesset closed last week with an unprecedented burst of environmental legislation. Leading the charge was a trio of maverick lawmakers – Dov Hanin, Michael […]

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