Abu Dhabi to minimise carbon emissions

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Abu Dhabi Although the UAE’s contribution to global carbon emissions is about 0.2 per cent, the nation is taking all measures to minimise the emissions, officials said here yesterday.

However, the UAE and especially Abu Dhabi, have been dubbed as one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions, based on the per-capita emissions — about 37 tonnes. Although this high figure is due to the small population in the emirate, the authorities have stepped up their efforts to minimise the emissions.

Dubai to host first green economy summit in Mena region

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Dubai: Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) and MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, on Thursday announced that Dubai is hosting the first green economy summit in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region on April 15 and 16, 2014, to complement the sustainable future vision of the UAE and global efforts to combat climate change.

Qatar: Union urges ‘bolder steps’ for workers

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Doha: International trade unionists inspecting the plight of migrant workers in Qatar on Thursday urged immediate “bolder” steps by the 2022 football World Cup host country to protect workers.

Evidence has shown that “decent work deficit remains widespread and a climate of fear persists,” said a statement by the Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) federation, whose 18-member team on Thursday concluded a four-day mission to the gas-rich state.

Summit seeks groundwater conservation solutions

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Abu Dhabi: Conserving precious groundwater resources, which accounts for 63.3 per cent of water resources in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be a key focus of an upcoming global summit.

The Sustainable Water Solutions Village at the second International Water Summit (IWS) from January 20 to 22, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, hosted by Masdar, will bring together global ideas and best practices that have been successfully implemented in water-scarce communities to achieve water sustainability and conserve natural resources.