Water resources

    How do wind farms manage climate change variability?

    Last year winds were at historic lows in some parts of Europe and unusually high in other areas of the continent. In this episode of Climate Now, Euronews has the chance to visit a wind turbine construction site in Spain to see how the renewable energy industry is learning to manage the growing variability of […]

    Fighting illegal fishing: the deal helping to close ‘the black hole in the sea’

    West Africa has been called “the black hole in the sea” due to the huge amount of illegal fishing that takes place in the region. This unregulated fishing is estimated to cost billions of euros and is thought to have resulted in hundreds of thousands of local fishing jobs being lost. The EU imports more than 100 million […]

    UAE supports global movement to address soil degradation

    ABU DHABI, 11th May, 2022 (WAM) — Food producers around the world face multiple challenges, and soil degradation is one of the most serious ones. According to global statistics, 52 percent of the world’s agricultural soil is currently degraded to varying degrees. Unsustainable human activities put a strain on the soil and deplete its organic […]

    Water consumption for irrigation slashed by 75 per cent in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra region

    Water consumption in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra region has been slashed by 75 per cent, thanks to irrigation methods used by the Department of Municipalities and Transport. Government figures show 12.4 billion gallons of water were saved in 2021, thanks to better use of natural resources. Only 1.2 millimetres of rain fell in the first […]

    Department of Municipalities and Transport saves 12.4 billion gallons of water in 2021

    ABU DHABI, 22nd April, 2022 (WAM) — The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has completed the initial phase of its campaign to maintain the appearance of cities and to responsibly use natural resources by increasing groundwater efficiency in 2021 in the Al Dhafrah region through the Al Dhafrah Region Municipality (DRM). Seasonal irrigation tactics […]

    Beach-goers’ sun cream could damage coral reefs, Gulf island study suggests

    Beach-goers lather on sun cream on a daily basis to protect their skin from harmful UVB rays. As well as stopping your skin from burning, the cream or oil helps to guard against more harmful effects of the sun, such as skin cancer. However, a study has suggested that the use of sun cream could be endangering coral […]

    EAD announces 2021 achievements regarding groundwater conservation

    ABU DHABI, 18th April, 2022 (WAM) — The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) today announced its achievements for 2021 regarding groundwater conservation. Groundwater in Abu Dhabi Emirate is a non-renewable resource, so it must be well protected. The Agency continues its rigorous efforts to monitor groundwater usage and last year launched new initiatives to […]

    Microplastics found in half of oyster samples tested at five sites off UAE coast

    Oyster beds off the UAE coast contain elevated concentrations of microplastics, according to a new study that highlights the contamination of the marine environment. Old fishing gear, shipping waste and plastics discarded on land could all be contributing to the microplastic pollution found in the research, according to scientists. The study by the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in collaboration […]

    DEWA, TRANSCO to increase UAE’s water security with three water-interconnection projects

    DUBAI, 11th April, 2022 (WAM) — Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA Group), will install three interconnections that can transfer 117 MIGD to different areas in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, supporting reliable water supplies to customers across the […]

    UN chief names panel to probe companies’ climate efforts

    NEW YORK, 31st March, 2022 (WAM) — The Secretary General of the United Nations has announced the appointment of an expert panel led by Canada’s former environment minister to examining net-zero pledges by the private sector. “Governments have the lion’s share of responsibility to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, adding […]