Climate change warriors find an ally in radical technology

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The best solution to the environmental crisis facing us today may not be to cut back on our usage of water and electricity (which we should be doing anyway) but radical technology, Professor Richard Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, said on Wednesday, ahead of his lecture at the Dubai branch of the university in Academic City.

Professor Williams’ ventures in radical technology include: Xeros, a domestic washing machine that doesn’t use water; car-engines fuelled by cold air, and imaging without nuclear sensors. According to him, radical or ‘disruptive’ technologies are thus labelled for their disruption of existing businesses, “because what’s good for the environment and society may not be good for businesses”.

Cool weather forecast in UAE until Sunday

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Light showers and moderate winds brought down temperatures in Dubai and the Northern Emirates on Friday.

Generally warm weather by day throughout last week — with a maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius on Wednesday — had provided indications of early onset of warmer weather. However, Friday’s drizzle brought a cool respite and the forecast by the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) suggests that the weather will remain cool with chances of light rain over the next couple of days.

UAE-India relations strengthened by Mohammad Bin Zayed visit

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Abu Dhabi: The upcoming visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India will add fresh momentum to the bridge of bilateral relations that go back more than a century, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE said.

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.