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Battling Litter in Jordan’s Open Spaces – January 3, 2017

On the outskirts of Amman, a doctor spends his weekends picking up trash

As soon as spring begins in Jordan, which is to say around March when temperatures reach well above 20 degrees, so too begins the picnic season. In Jordan, picnics and weekends are synonymous. On Fridays and Saturdays, people are often drawn to the outdoors and, when possible, to a stretch of green. Such stretches are hard to come by in a country that is primarily covered in rock and desert. According to the Jordanian Department of Agriculture, only about 1 percent of the 97,000 square kilometers that make up Jordan is wooded. The worldwide average is around 15 percent, and Germany’s forests cover one-third of its surface. With that in mind,… more

by: Dana Ritzmann

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