UN members reach historic ocean treaty to protect marine environment

    UN member states have reached agreement on the first international treaty to protect the high seas following years of talks, a step that environmental groups say will help reverse marine biodiversity losses and ensure sustainable development. “The ship has reached the shore,” conference chair Rena Lee announced at the UN headquarters in New York on Saturday […]

    UAE’s Reem Al Hashimy says climate finance ‘business as usual’ is not enough

    Business as usual in climate finance is not enough, said Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Co-operation, on the second day of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. Ms Al Hashimy said funds are not being allocated efficiently to countries that are transitioning or in need of capital for development, especially when it comes […]

    Digitalisation can help biggest industrial companies reduce carbon footprint, GSMA says

    Mobile and digital technology can help cut about 40 per cent of the required carbon dioxide emissions within the industrial world’s top emitters in the next 10 years, London-based industry body GSMA has said. If deployed at scale, digitalisation, considered a key enabler of the decarbonisation transition, can help the manufacturing, power and energy, transport, and building sectors […]

    Thousands of microplastic ‘nurdles’ wash up on Dubai beach

    Surfers and city workers gathered to clean up Sunset Beach on Sunday after thousands of nurdles, little plastic balls, were washed ashore. Beachgoers in Dubai shared the photos of the clean-up on social media. Candy Fanucci, who leads the Pirates Surf Rescue Dubai and Abu Dhabi group, and led the clean-up, told The National: “It happened around […]

    Cop28 raises envoys’ hopes for climate solutions under UAE’s model approach

    Delegates and visitors to the Munich Security Conference heard officials speak of their hopes that the Cop28 summit in Dubai this November can put the world back on track towards its climate goals. Robert Habeck, Germany’s Minister for Economy and Climate, told a panel that transformation must result in a renewal of globalisation, not a turning away […]

    Adani crisis highlights need for India to diversify green energy financing
    13 Feb 2023

    The crisis engulfing India’s Adani Group highlights the need for India to further expand its sources of green energy investment and production beyond a heavy dependence on a few private conglomerates, analysts say. The sector could see a slowdown in investment amid the fallout of the Adani crisis, although experts say that the country’s renewable energy industry is in a […]

    Sheikh Abdullah says Cop28 must ‘unleash climate progress’
    11 Feb 2023

    The Cop28 summit must galvanise countries to act against climate change, the head of the UAE’s delivery committee has said. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, convened the committee to discuss preparations for the summit that will take place from November 30 to December 12. As host country, the UAE is determined […]

    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 […]