Tag: COP26

    Five good-news environmental stories from 2021

    From new protected areas to ozone layer gains, this year saw some positive trends, even as myriad problems persist. Let’s read Al Jazeera review on this issue. From record heatwaves causing devastating wildfires in Russia’s Siberia, to a prolonged drought hitting South America and the worst floods to hit South Sudan in 60 years, there […]

    The amount of electricity generated by coal jumped to all-time highs in 2021 – opinion
    04 Jan 2022

    Frank Kane, a business journalist based in Dubai, believes that it is a supreme irony that, despite the vocal calls of environmental activists for the complete abandonment of coal as a source of power generation, 2021 will go down as the year King Coal resumed his throne in the global energy markets. Let’s check his […]

    The 2021 Year in Review: Green events whose impact was felt across the Arab world

    From the second year of the global pandemic to the overthrow of governments, from glimmers of hope for environmental justice to the world’s biggest sporting and cultural events, the past 12 months have been a roller-coaster ride for the Middle East and North Africa region. Let’s get to know what “green” events influenced the MENA […]

    The 2021 Year in Review: When climate change got real, and the world took notice
    30 Dec 2021

    Apocalyptic warnings by the IPCC underscored the urgency of tackling global warming. Saudi Arabia launched two initiatives to emphasize its leadership role in the campaign. Let’s read the full story written by Arab News. 2021 could go down in history as the that year when climate change made the transition from being mainly the concern […]

    Riyadh plans climate neutrality for 2060 but will continue to pump oil actively
    29 Dec 2021

    Leading oil exporter Saudi Arabia will strive to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2060, its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on October 23 at the Future Investment Initiative forum ahead of the UN Climate Conference (COP-26). Ben Salman stressed that Saudi Arabia would fight climate change while ensuring stability in the […]

    There was common ground at COP26 and ADIPEC, but fundamental differences remain
    29 Dec 2021

    There was common ground at COP26 and ADIPEC. Both conferences covered the same ground, but a conundrum sits at the heart of sustainability debate, writes Badar Chaudhry, Senior Vice President, Unit Manager at Energy Sector, Mashreq. (The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) is one of the world’s most influential events for the […]

    Climate change, rising sea level threaten Egypt’s Alexandria
    27 Dec 2021

    During the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson painted a bleak picture of Egypt’s Alexandria, warning that it could disappear under rising seas. During the inauguration speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) held in the Scottish city of Glasgow from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, British Prime […]

    GCC – United Kingdom Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, 20 December 2021: joint communiqué
    22 Dec 2021

    The Rt. Hon Liz Truss MP, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland met Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states and the Secretary-General of the GCC at Chevening on 20 December. They published a joint communiqué. Foreign Ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the UK […]

    Climate change has made the weather the “enemy of humanity” – Financial Times
    21 Dec 2021

    Abnormal weather has become a “killer” due to the climate crisis. Climate change can make abnormal heat a habit. News of the “heat records” should not come as a shock, because humanity has long known that the planet is warming up, the Financial Times writes. What is striking about the news coverage of the recent […]

    Responsible finance urged for Middle East-linked FinTechs

    The Responsible Finance and Investment (RFI) Foundation, in partnership with HSBC Middle East Ltd, is working to accelerate the adoption of responsible finance by FinTechs, GDNonline reports.  The newly-launched RFI’s Global Virtual Innovation (GVI) Hub is striving to bring responsible finance to the forefront at FinTech startups during their early development stages. The goal of […]