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. Wild Jordan (WJ) is the business arm of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), tasked with developing socioeconomic programs in Jordan’s varied nature reserves. 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.

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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This eco hotel in Jordan is ideal for desert escapism

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There is a wonderful place to explore in Jordan in the region of Wadi Feynan. Feynan Ecolodge is one of the most basic and eco-friendly places in Jordan. When it was established in 2005 by Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, the Feynan Ecolodge was to offer travelers, particularly hikers and young people, the opportunity to learn more about untouched wilderness, the ancient history of Wadi Feynan and local communities. Looking for Covid escapism?

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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. The voice of Jordan’s disparate nature and environmental entities is about to change, when they join up as the kingdom’s new Environmental Societies Union (ESU). Jordan Environment Society. Jordan Green Building Council.

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.

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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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. I learned that 80 percent of its electricity is generated from imported Egyptian gas, routed along pipelines serving both Jordan and Israel: “We depend 96% on importing our energy from outside of Jordan. Jordan + renewables = zip.

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.

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. The plan is also crucial to providing a source of fresh water to Jordan, which faces a severe shortage of water, and to rescuing the shrinking Dead Sea.

Religions Sign On to Save the River Jordan

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Our favorite peace-water NGO Friends of the Earth Middle East have just held a conference in Israel last week and there had faith leaders sign the “Covenant for the Jordan River” to save the Jordan River. After years of on the ground peace-building the NGO has gone the way of faith and has managed to get faith leaders: Jewish, Muslim and Christian from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan to sign up to save the great River Jordan.

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. Mosques use large amounts of electricity and the project will help to significantly reduce their electricity bills as around 300 days in the year are sunny,” Ahmad Abu Saa, a spokesman for Jordan’s energy ministry, told The Jordan Times. Energy clean energy Jordan moves towards solar solar mosques

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. The group is giving the Syrian refugees who have fled their homes during the civil war in Syria to Jordan, lessons on landscaping and gardening. One question though for Save the Children: there are winter rains to sustain the gardens in Jordan in the upcoming months.

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. The report demonstrates Jordan’s potential to achieve full energy independence through renewable sources whilst campaigning against kingdom ambitions to develop nuclear energy. The Ministry of Energy and the Jordan River Foundation have teamed up to provide $1.8

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

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. ” This truism also extends to environmental protection and remediation activities for internationally shared waters, such as the Jordan River. Jordan River Basin Governance.

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. Nestled in the hills and landscape of north-western Jordan, lies a green oasis with an eco-minded philosophy: Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark (SHE.). With its growing popularity (it’s even hosting the annual Jordan Valley Triathlon and Duathlon next month!)

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.

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. Environmental researcher Batir Wardam told The Jordan Times,“ Plastic bags do not dissolve [and] therefore cause permanent pollution.”. Many of Jordan’s neighbors have already commenced bans on the free issue of plastics.

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. Queen Rania’s participation at ADSW underscores Jordan’s growing commitment to renewable energy. In 2012, Jordan announced the Middle East’s first feed-in tariff to support production of domestic renewable energy.

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. I’ll share a day in my week as a cautionary tale (and offer a peek into Amman’s excellent, and sometimes culturally surreal, medical system). File this one under “Please, everyone, take care of yourself”.

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. According to the local press, the government is expected to announce the name of the winning bid in November as the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission is currently assessing offers from three shortlisted companies. 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 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. Over two dozen anti-nuclear activists protested near Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh’s Amman offices last Saturday, in vocal reaction to a government policy statement reaffirming Jordan’s commitment to nuclear development.

Kids Forced Into Garbage Sorting in Jordan

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Young Syrian refugees are being forced into sex and child labor in Jordan. Officials from the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) say they assist more than 300,000 refugee children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, providing drinkable water, adequate sanitation, education, and protection from verbal and sexual abuse. Jordan is home to 400,000 Syrian refugees, with about a quarter of them living in the Za’atari refugee camp.

‘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. Greenpeace campaigners in Jordan have urged the government to consider “the dire risks” the proposed nuclear project will have on current and future generations. For more on Jordan and it’s nuclear plans: .

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. The deal defines a collaborative plan to foster Jordan’s transition from fossil fuels to a more diversified and secure energy mix, according to a statement from Masdar. Batayneh told The Jordan Times.

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. Global Renewable Energy Systems LLC, a leading PV installation company, designed a solar system that would give long-term, reliable energy output in Jordan’s desert climate.

Enforcing Smoke-free Workplaces in Jordan

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See a news alert from The Jordan Times : Jordan featured as regional pioneer in enforcing smoke-free business environments? Last month in Dubai, Jordan’s leading drug manufacturer, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, and King Abdullah II Center for Excellence (KACE) represented Jordan along with King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) at the World Congress on Cardiology. Every attempt to curb Jordan’s tobacco addiction deserves support and respect. I just spit out my coffee.

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in Jordan get Green Globe certified

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F ive upscale Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts are the first in Jordan to be declared eco-friendly by Green Globe , a leading global certifier for sustainability. Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in Jordan get Green Globe certified is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Permaculture & Sustainability Project Takes Off In Jordan

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A permaculture garden and a mud-brick house, the Dead Sea Harmony Centre in Jordan spreads the word on sustainability. Around three years ago, his passion to build a garden and host visitors staying in Jordan collided in new ways. For more on green developments in Jordan see: INTERVIEW: Nadia Lawton Talks About The Green-Silver Bullet Of Permaculture. Go Green With Jordan’s New Generation of Eco-Warriors. Jordan’s Plans For Railway On The Right Track.

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. He was exposed to the dangers of harsh weather, stray dogs and reptiles,” a PSD officer told The Jordan Times. Green Prophet has brought you to at least five options for underground accommodation when touring Turkey , Iran, and Jordan.

Jordan Finally Phases out Ozone-depleting Chemicals

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has wrapped up a national phase-out of all central cooling systems using chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), reports the Jordan Times : ”Jordan’s program for phasing out the use of CFCs, aimed at disposing 1500 tons of the harmful substance, was achieved one year ahead of schedule”, said Ghazi Odat, Director of the Ministry of Environment’s ozone project. Jordan is a signatory to the Montreal Protocol.

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. . While activists continue to fight against oil shale testing in Israel because of its potentially harmful environmental and social impacts, on the other side of the Dead Sea, Jordan has just announced its intention to explore oil-shale without any opposition from within its borders. 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. A series of dams on the Sea of Galilee block water from flowing to the River Jordan. This is what I learned a few years ago while on a Jordan River tour with the eco group Friends of the Earth Middle East.

New Eco-Park Opens In Jordan

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After six years of hard work, Friends of the Earth Middle East have opened an eco-park in Jordan dedicated to preserving biodiversity. FoE-ME are currently offering tours of the eco-park for adults and children to learn more about the natural diversity of the Jordan Valley.

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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 So unless you’re willing to soap up outside in the rain, a shower in Cork Ireland (1207mm rain/year) will cost more than three times as much as a shower in Amman Jordan.

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. Stop Dumping on Jordan was established last year: its mission is “to look for solutions to Jordan’s chronic litter problem” Followers are urged to post their most egregious litter photos and suggestions for positive action.

‘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. They were surprised at the real obstacles that she faced as well as the intervention of her husband which forced her to return to Jordan half way through her training.

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. Israel has hinted that it may build a ‘safe nuclear station’ , Turkey is pushing on with its nuclear ambitions and Jordan recently announced that it is forging ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant despite local resistance and regional instability. Shams Ma’an Solar Plant for South Jordan.

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. While we don’t celebrate the energy crisis and financial woes in Jordan, it is poor finances that’s reportedly putting the highly controversial Red-Dead Canal on hold, Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Maariv cited the Jordan Times. Meanwhile the Israeli developers said they hadn’t heard the news from Jordan.

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. Jordan was a favorite stomping ground for Moses : he struck a rock in ‘Ain Musa and his people and their livestock drank of its flowing waters. He gazed across the Jordan Valley to the Promised Land, then died at Mount Nebo.

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. “Clean renewable energy solutions are available to generate power and help Jordan to secure its energy needs.” For more on Jordan’s Nuclear Plans see: .

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. The theme of the event is ‘Plan Jordan – Water’ which is rather apt considering that desertification and water scarcity is an issue which the entire Middle East is struggling with.

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.). Jordan River Foundation and The Royal Society of Nature Conservation come to mind). Come on Jordan, let’s Occupy Plastic Outdoor Signage! Laurie recycles a Jordanian political poster into a handbag.