Action needed to tackle climate change, scientist tells UAE

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The UAE, along with the rest of the world, is already experiencing the effects of climate change, according to a French scientist.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi and Dubai about the latest findings in climate science, Dr Francois-Marie Breon said humanity needed to act immediately on reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

He noted the UAE – and the region – was warming and that the changes in temperature were faster than the global average.

UAE groundwater levels falling

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Abu Dhabi: The UAE’s groundwater is being pumped out for irrigation at a rate of about 860 billion litres per year, and is dropping at a rate of 0.5 centimetres a year, according to new research from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.

This is significant, considering that the UAE relies on its groundwater reserves to provide over 50 per cent of the country’s freshwater.

UAE should reduce CO2 emission by 15% by 2021

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Dubai: According to the UAE National strategy 2021, the Ministry of Energy should lead the efforts to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission by 15 per cent by 2021, Meshayel Lehsooni, head of climate change in the Ministry of Energy, said.

“Many countries use non-market mechanisms, such as carbon tax regimes, to promote the uptake of environmentally friendly technologies. The UAE doesn’t have such a system of corporate taxation, making it more difficult to pursue a fiscal approach,” said Ivano Iannelli, CEO of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence. “However, the UAE is not simply standing by, waiting for an agreement to be reached. It is taking a proactive approach towards developing a long-term carbon market strategy.”

Every day should be Earth Day

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The carbon footprint of our planet is increasing by the hour and consequent global warming is causing irreparable damage to the environment. Our energy-hungry society guzzles tons of fossil fuels every second, belching out carbon-intensive smoke into the surroundings, inexorably choking the very life out of our ecosystems.

This drive towards self-destruction is quite ironical given the fact that Nature offers us such varied sources of natural energy which are clean, renewable, abundant and as yet untapped. Today, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day and it seeks to draw attention to the fact that we need to take urgent action to save our planet and move to a sustainable future.