Water resources

    Iraq will only be able to meet 15% of its water needs by 2035, UN official warns

    Iraq will only be able to meet 15 per cent of its water demands by 2035 if current trends continue, a top UN official said on Thursday, warning that water scarcity has become the country’s most critical environmental issue. The dire situation is made worse by the fact that 90 per cent of Iraq’s rivers are contaminated, leaving […]

    Oceans changing for the worse, says Indian sailor after round-the-world race

    An Indian sailor who completed a gruelling 236-day solo race around the world with no technological support said he saw first-hand the devastating impact of climate change on our oceans. “I have been to the sea three times in the past 10 years in attempted circumnavigations. I can tell you that the sea is changing for the […]

    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 […]

    Researchers in Europe turn to microscopic algae for answers to our environmental problems

    Every drop of seawater is teeming with microscopic life. But researchers in Europe believe that one particular kind could be the answer to the planet’s most pressing problems. Microalgae, which is invisible to the human eye, has the potential to make farming more sustainable and be an alternative to plastic. Microalgae can be natural pesticides […]

    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, […]

    Abu Dhabi launches Middle East’s most advanced marine research vessel

    Abu Dhabi has launched the Middle East’s most advanced marine research vessel that will help in efforts to safeguard marine life in the emirate. The vessel Jaywun ― a term that symbolises one of the finest and most valuable types of pearl ― will enable the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) to monitor and assess the marine environment and biodiversity. […]

    Where to find more water: eight unconventional resources to tap

    As climate change worsens, and with populations rising worldwide, water shortages are a top threat to human development and security. One in four people on Earth face shortages of water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture and economic development. Water scarcity is expected to intensify in regions like the Middle East and North Africa region, which has 6% of the global population […]

    UAE to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030 through National Carbon Sequestration Project
    19 Dec 2022

    Abu Dhabi: As part of its efforts to implement the UAE’s strategic initiative to achieve Net Zero by 2050, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced on Saturday the roadmap for the ‘National Carbon Sequestration Project’, which aims to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030 across the coutry. The declaration came during the […]

    Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Fresh Water Norway sign agreement to explore expanding water supply chain

    Dubai: Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fresh Water Norway, aiming to explore expanding the water supply chain and bolster water security in the region. The collaboration, which stands to support Fresh Water Norway’s UAE foothold and expand its water supply chain throughout the region, could see a […]

    How UAE works to protect water supplies – and what you can do to help

    Given that it receives little rainfall and is far from overflowing with lakes and rivers, the UAE has achieved a remarkable feat in growing its population while ensuring that there is enough water to go around. In the middle of the 20th century, there were 70,000 people living in what became the Emirates, but now […]