News & Current Affairs

News Roundup – December 17

By: Max
December 17, 2009

A solar panel in Palestine (on the wane, according to this week’s news).  Photo courtesty of Iyad Aburdeineh.

Here’s what happened environmentally in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine this week:

An interim report published by a Knesset committee of inquiry into Israel’s water crisis slammed the government for not taking enough long-term action to manage the country’s water resources sustainably.  The report also said that desalination is a “no-other-choice solution.”

In Jordan, new Water and Irrigation Minister Mohammaad Najjar emphasized that it is time for Jordan to start working on the Red-Dead conveyance project.

Also in Jordan, this week’s heavy rain helped boost the level of the country’s dams.

In Palestine, the Central Bureau of Statistics released the results of a new household energy and environmental survey showing that Palestinians are using less electricity, more gas and petroleum, and decreasing their use of solar energy.

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