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Eilat's Corals Have Better Chance Of Survival Than Other Sites
2013-09-30 10:40:55

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel's southern Red Sea resort of Eilat, one of whose prime attractions is its colorful and multi-shaped underwater coral reefs, may have a clear advantage in the future over rival coral-viewing sites around the world, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University have found. Coral reefs, earth's richest and most diverse ecosystem, are deteriorating rapidly. One of the most devastating causes for that deterioration is coral...

New Age Suggested For East African Rift
2012-03-28 09:33:57

A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience is suggesting that the human species may have taken much longer to evolve thanks to plate tectonics that changed Africa´s landscape millions of years before experts previously believed. Scientists from James Cook University, Ohio University, and Michigan State University said their findings show evidence that a major tectonic event occurred in East Africa as far back as 25 - 30 million years ago, reshaping large rivers such as the...

2011-07-19 22:15:00

LOS ALTOS, Calif., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) today announced that its Kenya-based elephant conservation partner, Save the Elephants (STE), endorses the decision by the Kenya Wildlife Service to publicly set fire to five tons of confiscated tusks and processed ivory, which were seized in Singapore in 2002. The July 20 action in Tsavo West National Park is directed toward engaging the cooperation of the nations of the world in fighting illicit...

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2010-05-04 06:40:38

According to Uganda's Wildlife Authority (UWA), a split has occurred in an ice cap on Uganda's highest peak as a result of global warming. The split is on a glacier located in the Rwenzori mountain range, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It sits at an altitude of 16,736 feet and is blocking access to the Margherita summit, said authorities. Margherita is Africa's third highest peak and is a popular spot for climbers. Scientists say the glaciers in the Rwenzori range...

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2009-11-16 15:17:36

RIT professor organizes workshop in Rwanda to grapple with the problem of Lake Kivu A dangerous level of carbon dioxide and methane gas haunts Lake Kivu, the freshwater lake system bordering Rwanda and the Republic of Congo. Scientists can't say for sure if the volatile mixture at the bottom of the lake will remain still for another 1,000 years or someday explode without warning. In a region prone to volcanic and seismic activity, the fragility of Lake Kivu is a serious matter. Compounding...

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2009-08-25 16:20:00

Scientists from Stanford University have teamed up with Israeli and Jordanian researchers to protect the Gulf of Aqaba, a strategic waterway whose fragile marine ecosystem is vital to both Israel and Jordan. Participants in the NATO-funded project say they are bridging the Arab-Israeli political divide for the sake of science, peace and environmental conservation."The people involved are interested in international collaboration in science and protecting the place they live," said project...

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2009-03-20 10:40:00

If the shrinking waters of the Dead Sea are to be saved, it will most likely take some assistance from the Red Sea. The decision to create a tunnel through the Jordanian desert to the Gulf of Aqaba could be made by the end of next year. In order for the $7 billion tunnel to be built, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians would have to agree to the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance project. Each nation stands to benefit from the project. Jordan alone would have enough water for the next 40-50...

2008-12-26 13:26:01

A $4.4 billion canal that would stretch from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea would provide an abundance of power and fresh water, Jordanian officials say. The proposed canal also would keep the Dead Sea from drying up and disappearing within 50 years, said Adnan Zoubi, a spokesman for the Jordanian water ministry. The plan calls for a 110-mile long canal to channel several million tons of seawater into the Dead Sea each day, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The Dead Sea sits about 1,300 feet...

2008-10-01 09:00:35

Somali pirates free Malaysian chemical tanker NAIROBI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Somali pirates have released Malaysian-flagged chemical tanker M/T Bunga Melati which was hijacked off the Gulf of Aden on August 29, a regional maritime official disclosed on Tuesday. Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program said the chemical tanker owned by Malaysian national carrier MISC was freed after its owners paid a ransom of two million U.S. dollars. "The Somali pirates...

2008-09-05 09:00:27

Jordan, Syria discuss fair share of water resources in Yarmouk river AMMAN, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Water-thirst Jordan is discussing with Syria on fair share of water resources in the Yarmouk River, local daily The Jordan Times reported on Thursday. Musa Jamaini, Secretary General of the Jordan Valley Authority, headed a delegation in Syria on Wednesday to take part in a joint committee meetings for the talks, according to the report. The committee is to discuss the storage in Whideh...