by Nicholas Brown. Many of the world's countries have been trying to address current or impending water shortages, adopt renewable energy sources, and more. However, while some have made strides, others are struggling. They need ideas, and Masdar is addressing this...
by Nicholas Brown. People often argue about whether the economy or the environment is more important. As they are both critical, we must find a way to protect both. Fortunately, much can be done for both the environment without compromising...
Arab Water Crisis is, at its core, a matter of governance, says UNDP in their latest report. Regional Report underlines need for policy shift from managing supply to sustainable demand and from crisis management to long-term planning Water challenges must be...
Global Water Distress: Water is a basic requirement for humanity, yet for 783 million people, water is a somewhat unattainable luxury. Eleven percent of the global population doesn't have access to clean drinking water, according to the African Wildlife Foundation...
Dubai’s most environmentally friendly 'greenest' hotel opened. After months of working by specialists, the giant “hanging garden” on the outside of the new Novotel Dubai Al Barsha is now officially open. Fitted with a unique irrigation and plant feeding system, Dubai's...
The images of the Gulf Oil Spill caused by the negligence of BP are still fresh in people’s minds. President Obama’s early days in office saw the oil spill take place, and continuous efforts were ongoing to plug the...
The Port Victoria Wind Farm delivers clean energy to more than 2,100 homes on Mahé Island, Seychelles. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) today launched a 6-megawatt, eight-turbine wind farm in the...
IEA Report. World Energy Outlook Special Report 2013: Redrawing the Energy Climate Map. World Energy demand projection. Image courtesy of tqe.quaker.org  Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2...
In celebration of World Environment Day, the UAE’s well-known environmental organization Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) held an award ceremony and art competition for the participants and winners of several recycling campaigns that are underway in Dubai. Held at the Dubai...
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 3 million years. After resting comfortably below 300ppm for the past 30,000 centuries, CO2 levels in the planetary atmosphere have suddenly jumped...
A growing and forward thinking organisation called the C40 Initiative, promotes sustainable development for the world’s cities. C40 cities are conducting empirical research to perfect ways to lower CO2 levels and employ programmes such as ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ within city...
SolarWorld successfully sells large-scale solar projects with overall capacity of 46 megawatts SolarWorld AG has constructed and recently sold, three large-scale solar projects at locations in Germany and the United States, which together comprised a total capacity of 46...
The EPA’s newly-proposed Tier 3 rule would cut sulfur levels in American gasoline by two-thirds, and by 2018 the new standard could be fully implemented. According to the EPA, introducing and enforcing the new regulations would cost $3.4 billion between...
The Chinese government has committed itself to producing 16% of its primary (electrical) energy from renewable sources by 2020 (UNEP) Wind power surpassed nuclear power in 2012 to become China's third-largest energy source. Back in 2007, due to the political leadership...
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort works with TDIC and island contractors preparing for the turtle nesting season The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort along with support from Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of Saadiyat in Abu...
First came the announcement this week by Shell senior executives that oil extraction in the Arctic would be postponed for the second year in a row, and second is yesterday’s announcement foreshadowing the company’s plan for the future, Shell...
For decades, we have measured fuel economy and miles traveled by car or truck in the familiar miles traveled per gallon of gasoline, or MPG. Some nations don’t use miles as they use the metric system and distance is measured...
  Residents of Jeddah have demanded the authorities to ensure that factories are relocated from residential areas at an accelerated pace. The Jeddah Municipality has been working closely with Makkah province, Jeddah governorate, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI),...
Center of Waste Management Joins Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group Move to Support Sustainable Development Roadmap of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 The Center of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi today announced it has joined the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group in line with...
Greenhouse gas is a catch-all term used to describe a class of gases -- either naturally-occurring or man-made (anthropogenic) which have a detrimental effect on the Earth’s atmosphere. It is no longer in academic dispute that any upset to...
The world energy industry is suddenly transforming into something very different from the industry we have grown accustomed to over the past decades. It used to be, pump and burn more oil, mine and burn more coal and build...
In past decades, oil wells were considered ‘spent wells’ when only one-third of their total volume was pumped to the surface for our use. It turns out that the astonishingly-high energy costs to pump crude oil from the bottom two-thirds...
The European Commission announced on Thursday it will allocate €34 million ($41.73m) to fund environmental programmes in Algeria. Under the programme, the Algiers' coastal region will be protected and efforts will be made to tackle the impact of climate...
Back in the old days of sustainable energy, circa 2000, the cost of switching to solar or wind was so expensive that only the well-intentioned considered it - and only the very wealthy could afford it. How times have changed!...
Dubai will have a modern, eco-friendly mosque by the end of 2013 that will be powered by solar panels and have a water-recycling plant that will reduce energy and water consumption by 15-19%. The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF),...
Morocco's minister of Mines, Energy, Water and Environment, Fouad Douri, announced the government has set the target of seeking 25% of the country’s energy needs from renewable resources like wind and sun by 2020, Brazil-Arab News Agency reported. The North...
Qatar is one of the biggest countries in the world in terms of investment in environmental research and development, spending around 2.8% of GDP. The tiny gas-rich nation said it will be participating in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable...
A new research published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said Qatar has the worst ecological footprint per person in the world. The wildlife and environmental organisation also said that an ever-growing demand for resources by a growing population is putting tremendous...
Below the global radar-screen, the Mexican Parliament gave final passage on April 19 to the General Law on Climate Change, a landmark piece of national environmental legislation. This is a truly significant move and comes at a time when...
Sharjah is ready to launch 10 Reverse Vending Machines (RVD) which will be placed in different locations in UAE and is also the part of myBeech recycling rewards campaign, in connection with Earth Day which is marked on 22nd of April...
The first time I became fully aware of the grandiosity of the firmament above was as a teenager, on a trip to New Mexico, USA with my dad. Coming home from a dinner to our ruggedly charming rented bungalow...
As many of you know most of the gasoline available in North America today has a biofuel component of between 5 - 10 percent. Newer cars and trucks are E85 compatible, meaning they can operate with up to 85...
The first solar panels ever installed, were photo-voltaic solar panels mounted on military satellites and blasted into space from Cape Kennedy, Florida during the 'Space Race' of the 1960's. Many of those old, reliable PV solar-powered satellites are still up...
Two Austrian companies have announced they have built the world's largest solar power plant which will power an educational campus in Saudi capital Riyadh. The GREENoneTEC company, said it manufactured solar panels worth 3.6 million euros ($4.3 million) which cover...
Jordan has announced that the work on the first phase of the Jordan Red Sea Project (JRSP) will commence in 2013. The project aims to provide the Hashemite Kingdom with one billion cubic meters of water by 2022, aiding the existing Disi...
The attention of much of the Arab world has recently been focused on the landmark Arab League summit, held between 27 and 29 March, the first to be held in Iraq since 1990.  Going forwards, however, preparations are already...
Eco evolution is a new concept that is being adopted by many developers and architects. Can we transform our cities into urban forests with environmental friendly construction plans? Michael Green is an architect based in Vancouver, Canada, and plans to...
Delegates from 26 countries are meeting in Moscow to discuss measures against the new EU carbon tax on airlines amid concerns of a looming trade war. Since January, all airlines using EU airports have to buy a permit under the...
The European Commission’s New Year resolution of imposing a limit over carbon dioxide emissions on all the airlines flying to or from Europe airports has created furore in the Aviation Industry. The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has drawn howls...
Amid rising inequality, environmental decline and economic instability the world must rethink its abilities and manifest its potential to do business, a UN report concluded. The world body emphasised that governments around the world must focus on health and education...