Tag: water scarcity

    Mariam Almheiri highlights the importance of innovation in sustainable development at the ABB Seminar at Expo 2020 Dubai

    Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, today delivered a keynote speech at the ABB Seminar on Innovation and Learning for Sustainable Solutions at the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, WAM reports. Co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland and the Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation ABB, the high-level event drew […]

    UAE leverages cloud seeding to tackle water scarcity locally, regionally, and globally

    The UAE has adopted state-of-the-art technologies to ensure the sustainability of water resources mainly fed by precipitation, as part of the country’s leading role in tackling the most pressing global issues that demand urgent action, including water security, WAM reports. Cloud seeding plays a crucial role in reengineering the planet earth through mitigating drought, enhancing […]

    Water crisis forces Iraq to reduce winter crop area further

    This year, Iraq will halve its cultivation area for winter crops as the country tries to conserve water amid a crippling shortage that shows no sign of abating. The shortage is caused by insufficient rainfall and dams built on major rivers in Turkey and Iran, The National News states. The decision, announced by the Ministry […]

    Egypt eyes quadrupling desalination capacity in 5 years

    Water-scarce Egypt aims to more than quadruple desalination capacity by granting private companies concessions from its sovereign wealth fund to build 17 plants with sustainable solar energy over the next five years. The plan fits into Egypt’s push to diversify its freshwater sources for a fast-growing population as it faces competition for Nile river water […]

    NCM Director-General highlights the role of cloud seeding as the catalyst for reengineering earth

    Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director-General of National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) and President of the Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), has participated in a panel session titled ‘Reengineering Planet Earth’ hosted by the World Majlis at Expo 2020 Dubai as part of the Climate and Biodiversity Week, WAM reports. In […]

    Saudi Arabia launches ‘G20 Water Platform’

    The Group of Twenty (G20) Wednesday launched the “G20 Water Platform” which was established, hosted, and supervised by the Kingdom during the first five years, Saudi Gazette states. The platform’s launch came during the second meeting of the Water Dialogue hosted by Italy (remotely), in which the Italian Minister of Environmental Transformation, the Indonesian Minister […]

    Arab Water Forum opened in Dubai with the participation of 22 countries

    Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, on September 21 inaugurated the 5th Arab Water Forum (AWF5) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. There’s more than 600 delegates and participants from 22 Arab countries. Minister pledged their strong commitment to water security for peace and sustainable development in the Arab World. […]

    The power of soil: How MENA precarious climate shaped the Arab Spring

    The history of the Middle East, and the recent teachings of the 2010-11 uprisings, highlight an important lesson: ignore ecological integrity at your peril. Let’s check what Olivia Lazard states on this issue. *** In 149 BC, Marcus Porcius Cato – a politician, soldier and citizen dedicated to the study of agriculture – saw a […]

    Tigris, Euphrates water levels drop more than 50%: Iraqi water ministry

    An Iraqi delegation will visit Turkey early next month as water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have decreased by more than 50%, a spokesperson for Iraq’s water ministry told state media on August 22. “This year is a water-scarce one, and there is a clear decrease in water levels in the Tigris and […]

    Water crisis drives Kurdish women to seek out mountain springs

    With one of the hottest and driest periods in recent years, the villages in the Kurdistan province of Iran face a severe shortage of clean drinking water. The increase in demand for electrical energy causing widespread power outages, further worsening the situation, Rudaw reports. Gulabakh Jamali, 42, is forced to wake up at 5:00 in […]