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    UAE can count on French support for Cop28 success, France’s Economy Minister says

    The UAE can count on support from the French government and its corporate sector to make Cop28 a huge success, not only for the UAE but also for the whole region and the planet, French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said. “I want to make very clear to my Emirati friends, you can count on the […]

    How Abu Dhabi prevented the use of 120 million single-use plastic bags in 8 months

    Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi prevented the use of more than 120 million single-use plastic bags over the last eight months, and collected more than 50 million disposable water bottles for recycling in 2022. These strides in curbing the use of single-use products will be ramped up over the course of the year, with authorities aiming […]

    Head of UAE’s weather bureau in the running for top global post

    The chief of the UAE’s weather bureau is in the running for a prestigious global position. Abdulla Al Mandous, director general of the National Centre of Meteorology, has been put forward by the UAE for the 2023 to 2027 presidency of the World Meteorological Organisation, it was announced on Wednesday. Mr Al Mandous has had a distinguished […]

    With all its climate problems, South Asia will be a battleground for Cop28’s success
    01 Feb 2023

    Cop27 was held last November in Egypt, but already intense preparations are being drawn up around the world by governments, activists and corporations for this year’s Cop28 in the UAE. South Asia, as a whole, has become an increasingly significant region at Cop, but it is also increasingly fragmented when it comes to policy at the global […]

    Renewable energy revolution to create 100 million jobs by 2030
    31 Jan 2023

    As humankind grapples with climate change, biodiversity loss and myriad other environmental issues, the world of work is also facing upheaval. About six million people work in the oil and gas sector and more than 10 times as many are employed by the industry indirectly, according to the International Labour Organisation. But as the world moves away from […]

    Masdar-led consortium to produce sustainable aviation fuel from methanol

    A consortium led by Abu Dhabi’s clean energy company Masdar plans to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from methanol. The consortium, which also includes France’s TotalEnergies and Siemens Energy, is currently focused on SAF from green hydrogen, but is “actively working” with licensors to certify a new production pathway for aviation fuel from methanol, the companies said […]

    Outlook for the blue economy

    A handful of hyper-productive fisheries provide sustenance to a billion people and employ tens of millions. These fisheries occur on the eastern edges of the world’s oceans — off the West Coast of the U.S., the Canary Islands, Peru, Chile, and Benguela. There, a process called upwelling brings cold water and nutrients to the surface, […]

    Scientists uncover UAE’s ‘alien’ plant invasion

    The UAE prides itself on being a society that welcomes newcomers — a kindness extended even to plants, a study shows. Scientists have found a growing number of “alien” plants are arriving in the Emirates, but not all are proving to be ideal guests. Their research has identified for the first time five species from other parts […]

    First glimpse as Dubai’s hydroelectric plant in Hatta takes shape
    26 Jan 2023

    The flow of water will soon help power businesses and homes in the UAE with clean energy. A huge hydroelectric power plant is under construction in the rugged Hajar Mountains, outside Dubai, that will utilise the turquoise waters of Hatta Dam. The station is planned for completion towards the end of 2024 and will have a […]

    UAE doubles number of cloud-seeding flights in six years in bid to boost rainfall
    25 Jan 2023

    The UAE is stepping up its mission to make it rain after nearly doubling its annual number of cloud-seeding flights in the past six years. While large parts of the country are braced for heavy downpours on Wednesday and Thursday, efforts to induce more rainfall in a largely arid climate remain crucial. Mariam Al Mheiri, Minister of Climate Change […]