UAE joins discussions on climate change

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A UAE high-level delegation attended the September Paris Ministerial Consultations, the second in a series of meetings being held in an effort to find political consensus on key issues of contention in the lead up to a landmark global climate agreement expected to be reached at the UN climate conference, COP21, in Paris in December.

The second ministerial consultation discussions focused on two important issues, which representatives hope will be resolved ahead of COP 21, how the new agreement can include a mechanism to help countries adapt to the physical impacts of climate change, and mechanisms for providing support, through finance, technology transfer and capacity building to developing countries.

Middle East is least water secure region in the world

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Nearly half of 33 countries expected to face extremely high water stress by 2040 are in the Middle East, where surface water is limited and demand is high, said experts who ranked 167 nations.

Thirteen Middle Eastern countries plus the Palestinian Territories are projected to face extremely high water stress in 25 years’ time, and eight fell in the global Top 10: Bahrain, Kuwait, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, UAE, territory claimed by the Israeli regime, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Cyclone Ashobaa 160km from Omani coast

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Cyclone Ashobaa is now just 160km away from Oman, with heavy rain and high winds expected, according to the latest update from meteorologists.

Satellite imagery as well as weather station observations in the region reveal the storm is currently to the south-east province of the UAE’s southerly neighbour.

Tropical storm may lead to fresh UAE weather warning

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The developing Cyclone Ashobaa off the coast of Oman was being monitored by forecasters on Tuesday morning in case fresh weather warnings need to be issued in the UAE.

The tropical storm has been increasing in intensity over the Arabian Sea and is predicted to strengthen as it edges closer to Oman during the next 24 hours.