Warning for UAE drivers as more rain forecast

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Al Ain: With two more days left before the current unsettled weather clears off, motorists have been advised to exercise caution on rain-soaked roads, particularly in the mountainous areas.

Police and weather forecasters said driving in rainy conditions can be challenging.

Rain in Abu Dhabi provokes mixed reaction

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Abu Dhabi: Scattered rain once again fell in the capital on Sunday, after an unusually wet weekend. Even when the sun came out for a short while in the morning, it was not enough to dry the wet roads. Omar Albinni, a 29-year-old oilfield executive from Palestine, told Gulf News he was loving the weather.

“It doesn’t feel like I’m in UAE. The rain is so light and enjoyable that we are able to continue with our daily activities as usual,” Albinni said.

Freshwater Stores Shrank in Tigris-Euphrates Basin

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Scientists using the twin gravity-measuring satellites of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) have found that a large portion of the Middle East lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. The research team observed the Tigris and Euphrates river basins—including parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran—and found that 117 million acre feet (144 cubic kilometers) of fresh water was lost from 2003 to 2009. That amount is roughly equivalent to the volume of the Dead Sea. About 60 percent of the loss was attributed to the pumping of groundwater from underground reservoirs.

UAE Hosts Ministerial Roundtable to Emphasize Role of Women in Climate Change Negotiations at COP 18 in Doha

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Regional and international leaders in the energy and climate change sector convened in Doha to discuss the empowerment of women in the United Nations' climate change negotiations. The meeting was hosted by Masdar, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Directorate of Energy Climate Change, and Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Change.