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Predicted climate change and water scarcity are two of the most pressing environmental concerns for Jordanian citizens.1 Small scale subsistence farmers are finding it very difficult to make a living when water is scarce.2 There are underground aquifers that are being depleted at twice the rate that they should and it is taking longer to replenish them.3 The water scarcity issues have increased the use of illegal water pumping throughout the country.4 The government has recently introduced a plan that on track to be fully implemented in 2018 that will include sharing water with Israel and Palestine.5 The project will create a Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyor and include the construction of a desalination plant.6

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1 http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/11/jordans-farmers-struggle-to-weather-climate-change/
2-4 ibid
5http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/mar/20/jordan-water-red-sea-dead-sea-project
6 Ibid
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CBSSports.com 
Daniel Berger's reaction to Jordan Spieth's all-time bunker shot on Sunday at the Travelers Championship was telling. Berger had just been waylaid by one of the great shots of Spieth's life in the first hole of a playoff. "He hit an unbelievable bunker ... See more..
New York Post 
Jordan Montgomery limited the White Sox to one run and five hits in seven innings and whiffed eight. Tyler Austin drove in a run in the three-run fourth and homered with the bases empty in the three-run sixth. Chase Headley had a second straight three ... See more..
CBSSports.com 
Jordan Spieth's caddie keeping rake he tossed in the air to celebrate Travelers win. Why wouldn't you keep a souvenir from one of the great hole-outs of the last decade? Kyle Porter mugshot; by Kyle Porter · @KylePorterCBS; 6h ago • 1 min read ... See more..
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FOXSports.com 
The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to reshape their roster, releasing center Jordan Hill on Monday afternoon. Hill averaged 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game in just seven games last season. He signed a two-year deal last July worth ... See more..
FOXSports.com 
With all due respect to Masters champion Sergio Garcia and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth had the PGA Tour's signature moment of the season at one of the most unlikely venues Sunday afternoon – the Travelers Championship in ... See more..
For The Win 
TMZ Sports caught up with LaVar Ball's dad, who only identifies himself as Grandpa Ball, and asked Grandpa Ball about LaVar's Michael Jordan claim. Well, we can see where LaVar gets the confidence from. See more..
Bleacher Report 
The father of the Big Baller Brand entrepreneur spoke to TMZ Sports over the weekend, backing up LaVar's claim that he would have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one. "Yes. When he was younger and he was 6'6", 270 [pounds], I would've put him against ... See more..
Deseret News 
SALT LAKE CITY — Six parents have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of their high school-age daughters claiming the Granite, Canyons and Jordan school districts discriminate on the basis of sex because they do not offer female students the opportunity ... See more..
NFL.com 
A snapshot of the news emanating from New Orleans this offseason doesn't scream positivity. Two of the Saints top offensive linemen, Max Unger and Terron Armstead, have undergone surgery. New Orleans traded speedy No. 1 receiver Brandin Cooks, ... See more..
Bleacher Report 
LeBron James, who has long cited Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson as his two basketball idols when he was growing up, called The Answer "the god" when asked to describe the Philadelphia 76ers legend's impact. "He represented what black kids were all ... See more..
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Geography

Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia, between Israel (to the west) and Iraq
Area

Total 89,342 sq km
Land 88,802 sq km
Water 540 sq km

Climate

mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)
Natural Resources

phosphates, potash, shale oil ;
Natural Hazards

droughts; periodic earthquakes
Current Environmental Issues

limited natural freshwater resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Demographics

Nationality
Jordanian
Population
6,482,081 (July 2013 est.)
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Jordan's economy is among the smallest in the Middle East, with insufficient supplies of water, oil, and other natural resources, underlying the government's heavy reliance on foreign assistance. Other economic challenges for the government include chronic high rates of poverty, unemployment, inflation, and a large budget deficit. Since assuming the throne in 1999, King ABDALLAH has implemented significant economic reforms, such as opening the trade regime, privatizing state-owned companies, and eliminating some fuel subsidies, which in the last decade spurred economic growth by attracting foreign investment and creating some jobs. The global economic slowdown and regional turmoil, however, have depressed ...See More Jordan''s GDP growth, impacting export-oriented sectors, construction, and tourism. In 2011 and 2012, the government approved two economic relief packages and a budgetary supplement, meant to improve the living conditions for the middle and poor classes. Jordan''s finances have also been strained by a series of natural gas pipeline attacks in Egypt, causing Jordan to substitute more expensive diesel imports, primarily from Saudi Arabia, to generate electricity. Jordan is currently exploring nuclear power generation in addition to the exploitation of abundant oil shale reserves and renewable technologies to forestall energy shortfalls. In 2012, to correct budgetary and balance of payments imbalances, Jordan entered into a $2.1 billion, multiple year International Monetary Fund Stand-By Arrangement. Jordan''s financial sector has been relatively isolated from the international financial crisis because of its limited exposure to overseas capital markets. Jordan will continue to depend heavily on foreign assistance to finance the deficit in 2013. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$39.29 billion (2012 est.); $38.22 billion (2011 est.); $37.25 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

6.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 12.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 19.6% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

citrus, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, strawberries, stone fruits; sheep, poultry, dairy
Industries

clothing, fertilizers, potash, phosphate mining, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, cement, inorganic chemicals, light manufacturing, tourism