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Quality Control Could Save Dubai 82 Million Trees

Quality Control Could Save Dubai 82 Million Trees

A bustling metropolis like Dubai can save the equivalent of 82 million trees by reducing water and electricity losses and by minimizing emissions by an average of 10% proves HE Saed Ahmad Al Tayer, CEO and Managing Director of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. Al Tayer, who will give the […]

 
 

Engagement, the Key to Sustainability!

Engagement, the Key to Sustainability!

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 the economy, and economic rewards accumulate even in the near […]

 
 

Indoor air quality affects your family’s health

Indoor air quality has a profound effect on human health.

When we complain about pollution and how it holds the potential to affect our health, we are usually referring to the air we breathe outdoors. However, it should be noted the quality of our indoor environment is often more polluted than outdoor air. During UAE summers, residents experience an increased […]

 
 

The Next Trillion-dollar Business

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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 of an oil reservoir is one of two main reasons […]

 
 

Leadership and Opportunity – China’s New Leaders

Leadership and Opportunity – China’s New Leaders

While some might think that the sky is falling now that a new President of China and a new Chinese Premier will be installed in March 2013 — Stephen S. Roach with his years of professional experience working with many of the individuals involved, tells us in his latest Project Syndicate article China’s Dream Team we should feel hopeful this time […]

 
 

Algeria to receive EU funds to protect environment

Algeria to receive EU funds to protect environment

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 change at the heart of the country’s development policies. The ambitious […]

 
 

Dubai’s $6.81 million eco-friendly mosque to open in 2013

Dubai’s $6.81 million eco-friendly mosque to open in 2013

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), which is funding the project, said that the AED25 million […]

 
 

Dubai Tourism launches new environment initiative for green tourism

Dubai Tourism launches new environment initiative for green tourism

Press Release The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched a new initiative to improve the service standards and excellence in the green tourism industry. Together for a Green Enviroment was launched by the DTCM at a ceremony organised at the Le Meridien Dubai yesterday (June 5) to mark […]

 
 

Qatar among top spenders on environmental research, development

Qatar among top spenders on environmental research, development

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 Development, also known as Rio +20, and project its developments […]

 
 

Gas-rich Qatar has highest ecological footprint on the planet – WWF

Gas-rich Qatar has highest ecological footprint on the planet – WWF

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 pressures on our planet’s biodiversity and is threatening our future […]

 
 

Sharjah marks Earth Day by launching Reverse Vending Machines

Sharjah marks Earth Day by launching Reverse Vending Machines

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 every year. This machines will be installed at high-footfall locations like […]

 
 

President Barack Obama: Too Smart to Take the Bait

President Barack Obama: Too Smart to Take the Bait

Only four months ago, many pundits in the US were predicting political chaos along with a dramatic drop in the polls for President Barack Obama if he refused to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built directly over the Ogallala reservoir in Nebraska. Everything from Congressional gridlock to lame-duck disease […]

 
 

Jordan announces work on ambitious Red Sea water project

Jordan announces work on ambitious Red Sea water project

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 Water Conveyance Project, to reduce the country’s acute water problems. “Water […]

 
 

UAE switching to green lights

UAE switching to green lights

By mid-2013, only fluorescent bulbs and LED lamps will be used across the UAE, as Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology is expanding its range of efficiency standards to cover more electrical appliances including washing machines and refrigerators. According to the new standards, all light bulbs sold and used in […]

 
 

Wooden skyscrapers – The next big urban transformation in the making

Wooden skyscrapers – The next big urban transformation in the making

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 construct a 30 story wooden skyscraper in the British Columbian […]

 
 

Toyota plans mass hydrogen-powered cars by 2015

Toyota plans mass hydrogen-powered cars by 2015

Toyota has announced it aims to sell hydrogen powered cars in the “tens of thousands” by 2020, a significant commitment to fuel-cell technology by one of the industry’s top car making company. The Japanese automobile giant said it planned to begin testing hydrogen-powered cars in Japan, which will be later […]

 
 

Intriguing bamboo phone concept comes to life

Intriguing bamboo phone concept comes to life

A British startup named ADzerois all set to release a bamboo-based smartphone on a concept devised by Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, a final year student of product design at the Middlesex University, who decided to design a smartphone due to lack of variety in mobile handset designs. A technology entrepreneur contacted Woodhouse […]

 
 

Middle East Business Review – 12 February

Middle East Business Review – 12 February

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) announced it has awarded a 13-year maintenance contract of the Al Sufouh tram project in Dubai to a consortium of comprising of Alstom and Cofely-Besix worth AED851 million. “The selection of Alstom for the maintenance of Al Sufouh Tramway was prompted by the fact […]

 
 

China bars airlines from supporting EU Carbon Scheme

China bars airlines from supporting EU Carbon Scheme

China has banned its airlines from complying with the EU’s carbon-emission system which has been introduced to curb air pollution.In addition to that, Beijing has also barred air carriers from increasing the airfares and adding new schemes in the airline sector. The ban came just after China Air Transport Association […]

 
 

UN panel urges world governments to choose ‘a worthy future’

UN panel urges world governments to choose ‘a worthy future’

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 while ending subsidies on fossil fuels. The pros and cons […]

 
 

Canada first nation to cut ties with Kyoto protocol

Canada first nation to cut ties with Kyoto protocol

Canada became the first country to announce its withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol on climate change delivering a major blow to an already troubled global treaty. The country’s environment minister said Ottawa has better things to do rather than adhering to the protocols that ‘present no way forward’ to Canada. […]

 
 

ADIC Headquarters unveil new dynamics of architecture

ADIC Headquarters unveil new dynamics of architecture

The new headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), consisting of twin towers is gaining media attention for being one of the most innovative buildings in the world. It is not easy to stand out in Abu Dhabis skyline, with all the creative architecture finding its place among the […]