Scientists to map Gulf’s elusive coral reefs

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Coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman are recovering from recent natural and man-made disasters at a healthy rate.

But speakers at the New York University Abu Dhabi Coral Reef Conference said on Monday that more research into the subject was still needed.

The Ministry of Environment and Water and NYUAD recently spent three weeks mapping their locations, to determine the state of coral reefs in the region.

Mohammed bin Zayed Wildlife Fund supports hundreds of projects

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A rare species of dragonfly found in the UAE’s Hajjar Mountains and a small type of gecko living on Yemeni islands may have the Mohammed bin Zayed Wildlife Fund to thank for their survival.

Research projects on the two creatures are among more than 1,000 around the world that have been supported by the fund since its establishment in 2009.

EAD developing plans to address environmental risks

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The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi said it has received 250 reports of environmental issues since 2013, seven of which were received last month, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National.

Dewa announces plan for smart meters in residents’ homes

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Residents will soon be able to tell how much water and electricity they have consumed and resolve issues within seconds, according to the chief executive of Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

Saeed Al Tayer said the smart meter would offer valuable and efficient real-time information to customers.