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The Daily Star
December 17, 2004

Free trade isn't always fair trade 

Unbalanced agreements hurt local agriculture  
Workshop explores ways to protect small farmers and promote 'food sovereignty'

By Jessy Chahine

BEIRUT: At the invitation of the Green Line Association, and with funding from the Heinrich Boell Foundation, a three-day meeting was held to discuss the impact of free trade agreements on agriculture and produce in the region. 

Discussions convened Thursday focused on the scope of international free trade agreements and the potential impacts on agriculture, in order to come up with a framework for a regional action program that will be implemented in cooperation with national programs. 

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The Daily Star
December 16, 2004

Jiyyeh sand extraction worries environmentalists

Public Works committee demand engineering report after 17 environmental groups sound alarm
Contractor allegedly taking sand day and night and selling it immediately

By Rita Boustani

BEIRUT: Parliament's Public Works Committee demanded Wednesday that engineers at the Central Inspection Department submit a report on sand extraction operations in Jiyyeh after 17 environmental associations sounded the alarm over the weekend. 

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Al Mustaqbal newspaper

15 كانون الأول 2004

تنظيف حوض معمل الجية يتحول إلى شفط منظم للرمل

17 جمعية تدعو إلى وقف الجريمة البيئي

تحولت اشغال تنظيف منطقة معمل الجية الحراري التابع لمؤسسة كهرباء لبنان الى شفط منظم لحري تخطى الحوض المحدد في الترخيص المعطى من المديرية العامة للنقل البري والبحري في وزارة الأشغال والنقل ليشمل عمق البحر قبالة المعمل مع ما يترك ذلك من نتائج مأسوية على البيئة البحرية عموماً وعلى الشاطئ الرملي في المنطقة بشكل خاص ويحول رمال بحر لبنان من ثروة وطنية يجب حمايتها الى استثمار خاص مخالف لأبسط الشروط البيئية.

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The Daily Star
August 17, 2004

With 1.2m cars, why not revive the train system?

Green Line holds photo exhibition at Mar Mikhail railway station
Syria and Lebanon are now looking into using 2 rail tracks from the old system

By Hanna Wettig

BEIRUT: Once upon a time, there was a train running through Lebanon . Now, there are 1.2 million cars. 

With the capital's streets clogged with traffic anytime during working hours, "it's not like we don't need a public transport system," says Firas Abi Ranam from the environmental organization Green Line. 

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The Daily Star
Saturday, July 03, 2004

Bringing the plight of the sea turtle to the public's attention

Green Line releases new documentary on endangered animal
Numbers fell sharply during the war and have only started to recover recently

By Linda Dahdah
Daily Star staff

BEIRUT: In an attempt to raise people's awareness about the dangers sea turtles face on Lebanese shores, the local environmental group Green Line screened the first documentary on the subject Friday at UNESCO Palace, called "Sea Turtles: In Danger."

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The Daily Star
June 25, 2004

Organic foods certification in the works

Lack of document blocks growth of agricultural export sector
Green Line, GTZ, World Vision, AUB's Healthy Basket, Agriculture Ministry are working

By Hanna Wettig

BEIRUT: Even if you shop in Beirut 's largest organic food store, you can't be sure that what you're buying is really organic. 

That's because Elias Ayoub, owner of a completely self-supplying organic market in Achrafieh, doesn't get his produce certified, according to Ali Darwish from the environmental organization Green Line. 

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The Daily Star
June 24, 2004

Government committee discusses lifting restrictions on diesel

Only buses with over 24 seats can use alternative fuel
A Beirut MP said it was too early to say whether a Kuwaiti offer to sell Lebanon fuel products at cost would be accepted

By Leila Hatoum

BEIRUT: With rumors flying that diesel-powered vehicles will once again be allowed on the streets of Lebanon , organizations and politicians of all stripes are lining up to defend or amend the law that is at the center of the controversy - Law 341. 

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The Daily Star
June 21, 2004

Pollutant found at Lasa dump site

Toluene also detected in village's spring water
'My children's skin gets infected every time they take a shower'

By Nada Raad

JBEIL: The detection of a pollutant in a spring serving one Jbeil village is raising suspicions among some residents that it was the cause of skin infections afflicting area children. 

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The Daily Star
Friday, June 18, 2004

Green Line highlights environmental violations

'Officials raise anti-pollution campaigns just to serve their own interests'
Campaigner says government is not providing alternative means of transport

By Nada Raad
Daily Star staff

BEIRUT : The environmental association Green Line highlighted Thursday several environmental violations and political scandals that are harming the public interest in the absence of any official monitoring.

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The Daily Star
Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Parliamentary committees to discuss return to diesel
Public buses may once again be allowed to use cheaper fuel

By Nada Raad
Daily Star staff

BEIRUT : Five Parliament committees will meet jointly on Thursday to discuss an urgent draft law proposed by Kesrouan MP Farid Khazen and Marjayoun-Hasbaya MP Nazih Mansour that would allow 16 and 24-seat buses to run on diesel outside major cities.

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The Daily Star
April 3, 2004

French scientist bikes the salt route along the Mediterranean coast

Wants to Raise awareness of the importance of marshes
Dessomme's goal is to promote the value of salt marshes, collect information from different countries and create contacts to optimize salt production

By Linda Dahdah

You might have seen him laying back, biking on the country's roads. Dragging a small trailer behind what is called a recumbent bike, French scientist Gilles Dessomme is riding around the Mediterranean in defense of salt marshes. 

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The Daily Star
February 24, 2004

Lebanese environmental film wins prize at Tunis festival 

‘Cry Of The Mediterranean ' aims to increase awareness of dangers of pollution

By Tania Tavoukjian

A Lebanese film on environmental pollution called “The Cry Of The Mediterranean” has been awarded the prize for environmental film of the year at the Kirwan International Environmental Festival.

A total of 72 different films from 23 countries were entered in the festival, which took place in Tunis between February 8-14. 

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Safir Newspaper

24 شباط 2004

" الخط الأخضر " تروج ل"الكافيتريا الخضراء "

نظمت لجنة التغذية المدرسية ورشة عمل تدريبية حول التغذية المدرسية لمدة ثلاثة أيام من 20 الى 22 الجاري. تمحورت الجلسات حول أسس التغذية ومرض السمنة الزائدة والغذاء غير الصحي ومشكلة نفايات الطعام وتأثير وسائل الإعلام والإعلان على السلوك الغذائي وخصوصا لدى الأطفال .... وذلك بهدف إدخال فكرة "الكافيتريا الخضراء " إلى المدارس. شارك في الورشة 60 مدّرساً ومدّرسة من 20 مدرسة خاصة ورسمية، من مختلف المناطق اللبنانية .


Safir Newspaper

21 شباط 2004

" الخط الأخضر" تطرح أسباب الهدر في "النقل المشترك"

أصدرت جمعية الخط الأخضر بياناً أمس ردت فيه على ما ورد في مشروع القانون المتعلق بإنشاء هيئة للنقل البري والبحري والذي نشر في "السفير" من: " إن مصلحة سكك الحديد والنقل المشترك تعاني من تعثرات إدارية مالية كبيرة تتمثل بعدم قدرتها على تأمين خدمة إنتقال منتظمة وفعالة بحيث لا تتجاوز نسبة هذه الخدمة 3% من مجمل الطلب على حركات الإنتقال إضافة إلى عجز مالي سنوي بحدود 13 مليار ليرة لبنانية ".

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The Daily Star
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Green activists set out to reclaim the streets from cars

Civic group says that the 1.2 million vehicles clogging the country's roads are wasting our time and money, and destroying the environment

By Bashir Barrage
Special to The Daily Star

Sustainable transportation as a viable alternative to automobiles is economically imperative as the country's commuters waste nearly $144 million each year, according to a leading Lebanese environmental group.

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