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.

Climate change concerns creating heat

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The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the first part of its fifth Assessment Report after almost six years of spade work. The release covers the work of Working Group-I, in charge of the scientific assessment of climate change, while the other two groups responsible for impact and mitigation will release their reports next year.

SR1.3b Saudi-Japanese water desalination venture set up

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Under the patronage of Abdullah Al-Hussayyen, Minister of Water and Electricity, a Saudi and two Japanese companies announced the formation of the Arabian Japanese Membrane Company (AJMC) with an estimated capitalization of over SR1.3 billion, the first ever industrial project established for manufacturing reverse osmosis membranes in Saudi Arabia.