Abu Dhabi considers charging residents for waste collection

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Authorities in Abu Dhabi are studying a proposal to charge residents for collection of waste by mid-2016 as part of its strategic plan to encourage recycling in the emirate.

“To reduce the amount of waste generated by households, we are studying a plan to charge residents for their waste and that will, in turn, encourage them to recycle,” said Udayan Banerji, a policies and legislation specialist at Tadweer.

Dewa adds eight electric cars to fleet

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has added eight electric cars to its fleet, thus becoming the first government organisation in Dubai to use electric cars in support of the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart, integrated and connected city that uses its resources sustainably.

Dewa aims to implement the Dubai Green Transport initiative and encourage the use of sustainable transportation with hybrid and electric vehicles, which will cut total carbon emissions in Dubai by up to 19 per cent.

Winter’s still far ahead but cooler months on the way

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Residents expecting winter “to come soon” due to the foggy conditions on Sunday and Monday in the UAE may just hold their excitement for now as winter is still months away, although cooler weather is on the way.

Residents woke to another foggy, misty, and cool morning yesterday as they commuted to work and school. Some of them took to Twitter to share their excitement over the coming winter.

High humidity in UAE set to stay for weeks

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Little respite is in sight from the recent high humidity as forecasters warn people to be ready for several more weeks of sticky conditions.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said the humidity is the “transition between the UAE summer and winter” and is an effect of the region’s monsoon season.

The NCMS issued a weather warning on Thursday for “fog formation with poor visibility over some coastal and internal areas during late night and early morning”.