Marine parks bring global boost for fish and finances

    Marine Protected Areas boost fishing and tourism, with profits sometimes in the billions, according to the most comprehensive global assessment of its kind to date. MPAs, or national parks at sea, are found in many of the world’s oceans, with past research showing fully protected areas can help restore fish populations by 500 per cent on average, […]

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid establishes Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority
    02 Apr 2024

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the establishment of a new authority to boost the emirate’s green drive. The Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority will be tasked with promoting sustainable practices, safeguarding biodiversity and expanding the number of green spaces and natural reserves. Sheikh Mohammed named Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani […]

    Storm brewing: How climate change could cause a coffee crisis and threaten other key crops

    Since agriculture developed in the Middle East about 12,000 years ago, farmers have been at the mercy of the weather when hoping for a good harvest. That remains the case today, but the age-old dependence on the weather is now being complicated by climate change’s effects on rainfall, temperature and nutrient availability, among much else. “The problem of climate […]

    Warmest January on record as world logs first 12 months above 1.5°C level

    The global average temperature was for 12 months more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for the first time, according to data from Copernicus Climate Change Service. The record, set between February 2023 and January 2024, brings the world closer to breaching the Paris Agreement, which aims to pursue efforts “to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above […]

    President Sheikh Mohamed extends UAE’s Year of Sustainability for 2024

    President Sheikh Mohamed marked the 27th National Environment Day on Sunday by declaring that the UAE’s Year of Sustainability will continue throughout 2024. The UAE leader said the decision underlined the country’s efforts to “protect and preserve the environment for the benefit of future generations”. Sheikh Mohamed announced the themed Year of Sustainability on January 20 last year. […]

    Technology, water and peace: Azerbaijan’s vision for Cop29 revealed
    28 Jan 2024

    Azerbaijan will put pollution, water shortages and the need to help poorer countries get their hands on clean technology top of the agenda when it hosts Cop29 later this year, The National has been told. Taking place in Baku in November, the government wants to send a signal of peace to the region after an exchange of olive […]

    Flame-retardant chemicals found in TVs and cars ‘pose global threat to wildlife’

    More than 150 species of wildlife around the world, ranging from belugas to butterflies, are at risk due to contamination from chemicals used in flame-retardant materials, a study said. Research carried out by the Green Science Policy Institute found that these chemicals have reached wildlife across every continent, affecting species on land and in the oceans, such as killer whales, red […]

    UAE launches new cloud-seeding campaign to boost rainfall

    The UAE has launched a month-long cloud-seeding campaign aimed at improving technologies used to boost rainfall across the country. The National Centre of Meteorology has joined forces with Stratton Park Engineering Company, a US-based climate research specialist, to conduct key experiments. The Cloudix initiative – cloud-aerosol-electrical interactions for rainfall enhancement experiment – will capture the effectiveness of various cloud-seeding […]

    Cop28 to focus on delivering real results for global south

    Cop28 President-delegate Dr Sultan Al Jaber has reaffirmed the need to reform climate finance and international financial institutions (IFIs). Dr Al Jaber, also UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, made the comments during a virtual address at the meeting of G77 + China ministers and high authorities of environment, science, technology and innovation on Tuesday. “With 80 per cent of the global […]

    UK net-zero goals could be missed due to government inertia

    The UK’s climate change watchdog has warned the government will fail to hit its net-zero targets unless immediate action is taken. In its 15th annual report, the Climate Change Committee said it has lost confidence in the UK’s ability to meet its pledges due to inertia on pushing ahead with key initiatives, including installing heat […]