Political Drama Over Water Prices in Israel: An Update on the Drought Tax

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Israel’s been dragging its feet over the proposed drought tax. It’s been a pretty tumultuous month for water politics in Israel.  After more than five years of abnormally low rainfall, as well as decades of unsustainable water consumption (at least according to Prof. Hillel Shuval) Israel faces an increasingly dire water crisis.  Back in July, […]

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World Bank Report Recommends New, Equal Water-Sharing Regime Between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

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The World Bank published a report yesterday recommending an immediate change in the water regime between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Coming at a particularly sensitive time, considering the region’s ever-worsening water crisis, the report, entitled Assessment of Restrictions on Palestinian Water Sector Development, concluded that “the joint governance rules and water allocations established under […]

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Second International Conference on Water to Commence in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority

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With the regional water crisis weighing so heavily on everyone’s minds, it’s no wonder that the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology and the Palestinian Water Authoirty have teamed up to host the 2nd International Conference on Water: Values and Rights. The conference, to be held in Ramallah from April 13-15, will bring together academics, […]

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Canadian Organization Introduces Household Grey Water Recycling System for the Middle East

As the global community celebrated World Water Day on Sunday, many eyes were on the Middle East.  The region’s ongoing water crisis is a cause for serious economic, political, and – most importantly – humanitarian concern. So it’s great to hear that, as one of many possible solutions to the ongoing scarcity, Canada’s International Development […]

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Israel to Compensate Jordan for Polluted River Water With the Sea of Galilee

Israel’s Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).  As compensation for polluting the Yarmouk River, Israel will pump freshwater from the lake into Jordan As if the regional water scarcity wasn’t bad enough already, Israel will soon begin compensating Jordan with freshwater after oil waste and sewage contaminated the shared Yarmouk River water supply. After detecting pollution […]

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Israel's Big Water Conference WATEC To Make A Splash This November

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The “WATEC 2009” Exhibition, along with an international conference featuring a problem-solving forum for water, energy, and environmental technology issues, will be held in Israel on November 17-19, 2009. Time to book your hotels, and airplane if you are planning on coming from abroad. According to Oded Distel, director of the National Water Technology Program […]

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Praying for Rain in Jerusalem

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Green Prophet’s Ilana Teitelbaum recently wrote an article about Israel’s water crisis at the Huffington Post. Rainstorms have been raging throughout Israel in the past week, after a warm and bone-dry winter. Winter, which is the only rainy season in the Middle East. There is no such thing as spring or summer rain, and in […]

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Canarius' Tiny "Lab-on-a-Chip" and Glow Bacteria Can Detect Pollutants in Water

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For centuries, animals have been our first line of defense against toxins. A canary in a coalmine served as a living monitor for poisonous gases. Scientists used fish to test for contaminants in our water. Even with modern advances, though, it can take days to detect a fatal chemical or organism. Until now. Working in […]

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Supermodels, Free Parking, Biblical Parchments All Part of Israel's Zany Solutions for Combatting Water Shortage

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Israel has officially pulled out all the stops for water conservation: Last month, Israeli officials led by Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon sought to combat the country’s urgent water crisis by changing all the mezuzot in the Water Authority offices (Jews traditionally affix a mezuzah, a piece of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah, to […]

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High Radioactive Content Found in Jordanian Groundwater

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The Middle East is pretty thirsty right now.  Headlines from all over the region chronicle the increasingly serious drought conditions affecting agriculture, industry, and health. Unfortunately, new research from the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology adds reason for even more concern. In their study, “High Naturally Occurring Radioactivity in Fossil Groundwater from the Middle […]

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Analyzing the Middle East Water Crisis: In Israel, Jordan and Beyond

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“Water, water everywhere/Nor any drop to drink…” Those immortal words in the poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by 18th century English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge only help the emphasize the reality of the water crises that countries in the Middle East and other arid regions are now facing. As annual rainfall amounts become […]

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Syria Suffers Water Shortage – More News on Middle Eastern Drought

Yesterday Daniel wrote a sobering report on the increasingly serious drought conditions throughout the entire region.  Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and Iraq have all reported water shortages that are sure to affect both the environment and international security. Sadly, Syria can also join this unfortunately long list. Syria has been suffering from a […]

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Strategic Solution's Floating Gas Pipes Could Avert Red-Dead Environmental Catastrophe

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Those who have been following the Red-Dead canal proposal, and all its controversies, know that a lot is at stake. The Dead Sea is dying because natural estuaries, such as the Jordan River, Ein Gedi bottled spring water and rainwater are not making it to its shores. Politicians think that by carving a tunnel from […]

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Jordanians, Israelis and Palestinians Collaborate to Save the Jordan River

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There are few environmental topics in the Middle East more controversial than the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal to revive the Dead Sea, which has the potential to cause lasting damage to the composition of the sea’s ecosystem. The multinational organization Friends of the Earth Middle East (FEME), who are working to build a peace […]

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Will Climate Change Reduce Or Increase Middle East Rainfall?

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Well, that depends on how you look at it… Scientists are predicting that climate change will cause upheavals in the patterns of rainfall, drought, floods, and desertification.  The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that temperatures in the Middle East have increased between 2-3 degrees Celsius in the last century, […]

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Can Israel and Palestinians Resolve Water Politics in California?

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  Can environmental professionals from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority help solve the epic water battles in California? How similar are the issues of water scarcity and political conflict in the Middle East to those in the Western United States? Can recent examples of successful conflict resolution and cooperation for environmental gains in the Middle East provide valuable lessons […]

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It's Possible to Harvest More Crop Per Drop, Find Israeli Cleantech Researchers

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A new solution addresses the problem of water loss and promises farmers “more crop per drop” A part of the global food crisis is the inefficiency of current irrigation methods. More irrigated water evaporates than reaches the roots of crops, amounting to an enormous waste of water and energy. Tel Aviv University researchers, however, are […]

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