Freewheeling With Wild Jordan

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Guests descend like locusts since I moved to Jordan. Wild Jordan tops the list of travel alternatives. A few of the late arrivals turn out to be Wild Jordan staff; a high energy young woman is our guide. If you’re headed this way, do check out Wild Jordan.

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Happy Birthday Jordan

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It doesn’t even make sense that you are five years old today, it seems like only yesterday that I had you I remember the doctor placing you in my arms, I cried a lot and smiled like crazy, and you cried a lot and smiled too.

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Jordan’s Enviro-Agencies Unite!

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Jordan’s Ministry of Social Development just approved the first coalition of the kingdom’s environmental protection societies. Jordan Environment Society. Jordan Green Building Council.

Happy Birthday Jordan

Hug a Tree with Me

It doesn’t even make sense that you are five years old today, it seems like only yesterday that I had you I remember the doctor placing you in my arms, I cried a lot and smiled like crazy, and you cried a lot and smiled too.

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Understanding Jordan’s Nuclear Ambitions

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My interest in Jordan’s nuclear ambitions began at work –– researching if green energy is commercially available in Jordan. Jordan has no gas or oil reserves, and virtually no water. Jordan + renewables = zip. Image of Beduin tent in Jordan from Shutterstock.

Oldest Known Bread Discovered In Jordan

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But charred crumbs discovered in northeast Jordan reveal that Paleolithic hunter-gatherers in this region ate bread about 5,000 years before the Çatalhöyük bread was baked. Fancy some fresh bread, right out of the fire pit? It was fresh…14,400 years ago.

Israel and Jordan sign deal to save the Dead Sea

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Israel and Jordan have signed a historic deal to press ahead with a plan to save the Dead Sea. The agreement was signed In Jordan by the Israeli National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Minister Silvan Shalom and Jordan’s, Water and Irrigation Minister Hazim el-Naser.

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Jordan’s 6,000 mosques to be sun-powered

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Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources announced a new initiative that will convert all 6,000 of the kingdom’s mosques to solar generated power beginning this year. Payback on investment is roughly 30 to 36 months in Jordan, depending on system components.

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Secret gardens planted by Syrian refugees in Jordan

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But the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, a place where Green Prophet’s Laurie Balbo is knitting together and flying hope , there are new sprigs of hope. One question though for Save the Children: there are winter rains to sustain the gardens in Jordan in the upcoming months.

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Galilee to Dead Sea: Jordan Valley’s first-ever regional master plan!

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A consortium of leading environmental groups released a Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley. They announced the action – the first of its kind – earlier today at a conference held on the Jordan side of the Dead Sea.

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Jordan’s eco park helps the country go green!

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It might not have the archaeological marvels of Petra or the adventure of Wadi Rum, but a two-hour drive from Amman’s dusty streets, you’ll find something special that you won’t find elsewhere in Jordan.

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Greenpeace Assesses Jordan’s Energy Future Without Nuclear Option

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Greenpeace Jordan recently launched its first report specific to the Arab World entitled Jordan’s Energy Future (pdf link) to a packed audience of environmentalists, activists and political stakeholders in Amman. Image of anti-nuclear protestor via Greenpeace Jordan facebook page.

Jordan bans plastic bags, joining Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE

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The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced plans to ban the use of plastic bags starting next year. The well-being of consumers is all that we care about,” JFDA Director General Hayel Obeidat told The Jordan Times. Cities plastic bag ban plastic pollution The Jordan Time

Jordan’s Queen Rania Featured at World Future Energy Summit

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We hope to meet Jordan’s beautiful Queen Rania; or at least catch a glimpse of her today as she pushes a sustainability message. . Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan has a history of environmental stewardship. Jordan imports about 97% of its energy.

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Obamacare: Amman, Jordan Style

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So I spend the day at Jordan Hospital getting poked and pricked. Green Prophets burn lots of calories trying to make the planet a better place , but you can’t do much do-gooding if you’re dead.

Jordan Pushes On With Its Nuclear Plans

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Jordan is now months away from announcing the company they have selected to construct the country’s first nuclear reactor. The nuclear plant will be located at Majdal, near Mafraq, which is some 40 kilometres northeast of Amman which is the capital of Jordan.

Jordan Gets REEL About Renewables

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Jordan’s nuclear industry is wildly volatile, especially when you consider it doesn’t actually exist. Arwa reported on last week’s parliamentary vote to shelve Jordan’s first nuclear reactor. The time is now for Jordan’s renewable proponents to demonstrate the viability of alternative energy. Last April, Jordan’s Parliament adopted the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Law (REEL). REEL brings Jordan up to speed on a number of energy fronts.

Jordan Implements New Recycling Program

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In August, Jordan’s Ministry of the Environment started a waste sorting and recycling project at public agencies. Khayyat said that he hopes these waste management projects create a culture of recycling in Jordan. Perhaps these new public programs will be able to invigorate Jordan’s economy while increasing environmental awareness. Image of Amman, Jordan via Andy Clarke , Shutterstock. New Eco-Park Opens In Jordan. Jordan Gets REEL About Renewables.

Jordan Jumps Forward on Energy Development

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Jordan hits a fork in the energy development road: each route inciting ardent support and dissidence. Environmental activists united in protest for a second time in six months urging public debate over Jordan’s emerging atomic energy program.

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Kids Forced Into Garbage Sorting in Jordan

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Young Syrian refugees are being forced into sex and child labor in Jordan. Jordan is home to 400,000 Syrian refugees, with about a quarter of them living in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the security situation in Syria worsens, up to 4,000 Syrians are fleeing to Jordan daily.

Jordan and Masdar Ink Clean Energy Deal

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Masdar , Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company and host of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) has signed a framework agreement with Jordan to help develop the kingdom’s renewable energy potential. Batayneh told The Jordan Times.

‘Our Jordan is Not Nuclear’ Say Greenpeace Activists

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Campaigners step up their lobbying for a nuclear-free Jordan as the final decision with regards to the chosen firm approaches. The Jordanian government will pick the firm which will build Jordan’s first nuclear station in May. For more on Jordan and it’s nuclear plans: .

Jordan regal residence fully powered by sun!

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The most powerful family in Jordan is tapping into the most powerful energy source in the Universe to electrify their private residence. Prince Muhammad bin Talal, brother of Jordan’s King Hussein I, has installed what is the largest, self-use photovoltaic (PV) array in the Middle East.

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Caveman found living in Jordan mountains!

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For the past two decades a 70-year old man lived in a cave in northern Jordan, alone with no water or power or reliable access to food, exposed to the elements and wild animals. Amen FM is the radio station for PSD, the Jordan police.

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Jordan Announces Oil Shale Plans Without Opposition

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While Israeli activists fight oil shale exploration, Jordan announces plans to explore oil shale next door. . Perhaps spurred on by chronic energy shortages, Jordan intends to go where no one else has been. Jordan’s second biggest power plant relies on controversial oil shale.

The Real Jordan River Will Flow from the Sea of Galilee Once Again

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The lower Jordan River, the baptismal river of Jesus, has been dead at its source for some time. Christian pilgrims to Israel may be thrilled to have a chance to bathe in the historic Jordan River , believed to be the original baptismal river of Jesus.

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Jordan Mandates Domestic Solar Water Heating

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Jordan passes new building codes requiring solar water heaters on all new commercial and residential buildings. It’s about time: Regulations come into effect in April 2013 and make solar water heaters obligatory for every new residence (including apartments) sized 150 m2 or greater in Jordan where there is ample sun. To help households make the solar switch, the Ministry of Energy and the Jordan River Foundation have teamed up to provide $1.8

Water rights of Ireland and Jordan

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The right photo is in Jordan’s Wadi-Rum desert. Jordan is one of the world’s driest countries, with desert comprising 75 percent of its land area. mm of rain fell, more than twice Jordan’s average rainfall. Meanwhile in Jordan, water costs €1.92

Yoga in Jordan’s Spectacular Outdoors

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Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature didn’t name its eco-tourism division Wild Jordan for no reason; there is plenty of adventure to be had in the country’s great outdoors. The Yoga in Jordan project was started in 2010 by a Russian exchange student and a Japanese physiotherapist soon after they met one another in Jordan. Saying Namaste to nature opens up a world of benefits; Yoga in Jordan has caught onto that idea. :: Yoga in Jordan.

Protest Against Nuclear Power In Jordan

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Protesters in Jordan are campaigning against the country’s plans to build a nuclear reactor which they state carries more risks than positive impacts. As a water scare country , Jordan is also badly placed to provide the copious amounts of water that are needed to cool a nuclear reactor.

Jordan’s Grassroots Efforts to Manage Municipal Trash

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The city of Amman in Jordan where I live is experiencing a deteriorating level of municipal services, most notably in garbage collection and public space cleaning. Even Jordan’s natural jewels are tarnished. Featured image by Sabri Hakin; all others from Stop Dumping on Jordan.

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‘Solar Mama’ – A Film About Jordan’s Solar Women

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‘Rafea – Solar Mama’ marks a young mother’s battle to bring solar power to her village in the deserts of Jordan. Now, an award-winning documentary has being made about an inspiring young woman from Jordan who travelled to India to learn to become a solar engineer.

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Jordan Drops Out of Red Dead Project, Citing Financial Woes

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Sketch of the map of the Red Dead Canal commissioned by Jordan. Estimated to cost anywhere from $5 to $10 billion dollars, an energy-strapped Jordan says it cannot foot the bill and if it were to go ahead the Red Dead Canal would need to be scaled back.

Jordan Valley Boasts the Lowest Museum on Earth

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After Israel, no nation has as many Biblical sites as Jordan. Jesus was baptized by John in Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, before the baptist lost his head in Machaerus. He gazed across the Jordan Valley to the Promised Land, then died at Mount Nebo.

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Jordan To Host International Permaculture Conference

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Green-fingered activists will be flocking to Jordan to attend the tenth International Permaculture Conference this September. The bustling city of Amman and sweeping red sands of Wadi Rum in Jordan will be hosting the International Permaculture conference this month.

Jordan Terminates Uranium Mining License with French Firm AREVA

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” And if there is no uranium to supply their nuclear power plants, is there still a future for Jordan’s nuclear ambitions? ” The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission has previously claimed that local uranium will be used in the planned nuclear energy reactor.

Jordan’s Green Fairytale- ‘Once Upon A Water’ Campaign

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Launched by 7iberINC, Once Upon A Water aims to tell the story of Jordan’s vanishing water supply and how they can have a ‘happily ever after’ According to the WHO, Jordan has one of the lowest water resource availability per capita in the world.

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Green Prophet Upcycles Jordan’s Politicians Into Hip Handbags

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Voting is underway for Jordan’s Parliament. The end products might appeal to modern shoppers (think “up-cycling” and a hip Jordan connection). With Jordan’s rising fuel prices, they’ll probably be more wood-takers than voters.).

If Jordan waives visa fees, will tourists come?

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Jordan will waive its 40 dinar ($57) visa fee for incoming tourists to make visits to Jordan “more convenient and affordable for people of all nationalities,” according to a government press release. The Jordan Tourism Board expects these changes to be in place by September.

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Jordan Enjoys An Endless Summer

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The logistical headaches of keeping daylight savings year-round in Jordan. No explanation was given for the sudden decision, which moves Jordan into a different time zone. Jordan now joins the “Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)+3″ zone which includes Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen.

In Jordan, 33 percent standing can’t see their feet

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Jordan is becoming a heavyweight on the global stage, but this is nothing to puff up about. Health Amman diabetes Jordan obesity Oxfam World Health Organization

Jordan Suspends Its Nuclear Plans Amid Controversy

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After a busy week of debate and controversy, MPs in Jordan have supported a parliamentary committee recommendation to suspend Jordan’s projected nuclear programme. It’s certainly been a busy week for Khaled Toukan who is commissioner of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission.

Holy Chick Pea! Jordan Bursts Falafel World Record

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Last Saturday, ten chefs from Jordan cooked up the world’s largest falafel. . Jordan joined the Guinness Book of World Records this week for the world’s largest falafel. Food & Health falafel food Jordan Middle East World Record

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