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20 September 2021Enviro Chat
The UAE is set to embark upon an ambitious trial programme that will extract up to 6,700 litres of drinking water from the air on a daily basis. The network of sophisticated water generators at the heart of the initiative are developed by US company Aquovum and will come online when the temperature reaches 26°C and humidity levels exceed 60%.
Once the water has been collected, it will be tra...
17 September 2021Lab Chat
Over 40 business events lined up from September to December - a 40% increase on 2020
Dubai: Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is readying to boost the emirate’s post-pandemic economic recovery with an unparalleled and action-packed calendar of conferences and exhibitions starting next week. After setting new global industry benchmarks in 2020 by hosting a series of industry-specific hybrid eve...
16 September 2021Chem Chat
Saudi Aramco appear to be following the example of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in selling off stakes in their energy assets, according to sources within the sector. They companies are expecting to raise tens of billions of dollars as they attempt to diversify their economic portfolios in a world where fossil fuels are increasingly maligned for their environmental impact.
12 September 2021Enviro Chat
The Emirati city of Dubai is looking to move away from its overreliance on landfill towards more sustainable methods of waste disposal. To this end, Dubai Municipality has launched a dedicated environmental strategy aimed at increasing rates of recycling, complying with international best practices and curbing the volume of waste that is sent to landfill.
At present, that constitutes some 75...
08 September 2021Lab Chat
Drinking alcohol on a regular basis can increase the risk of contracting cancer, according to a major new study backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Published in The Lancet, the research found that 741,300 diagnoses of cancer around the globe last year were caused by alcohol abuse.
Although the number of alcohol-related cancer cases recorded in the UAE in 2020 were comparatively lo...
02 September 2021Lab Chat
Sotrovimab, the antiviral drug produced by GlaxoSmithKline, has received very favourable results from its first initial implementation phase in the UAE. After administering the drug to some 6,000 patients over a two-week period, the UAE authorities have concluded that it is 100% effective in preventing COVID-19-related deaths.
Other early indications suggest that Sotrovimab is highly effecti...
31 August 2021Enviro Chat
The UAE is considering becoming the first major oil exporter to boast a net-zero carbon profile by 2050, according to sources within the government. The push to commit to such an ambitious objective is being spearheaded by the country’s special envoy for climate change, Sultan Ahmed al Jaber, who also doubles as its minister for industry and advanced technology.
Although the announcement is ...
29 August 2021Chem Chat
The world-famous home furnishing company IKEA, which is headquartered in Sweden, has made headlines in the UAE by switching to biofuels in its delivery vehicles. The move is expected to reduce carbon emissions by up to 90% and serve as part of the company’s overall strategy to achieve emission-free deliveries within four years.
As a readily available alternative to diesel which requires no s...
25 August 2021Lab Chat
The infertility rate in the Middle East is higher than in other parts of the world, according to a study conducted by market research firm Colliers. The UAE is one of the countries who are most afflicted by these rising rates of infertility, with experts blaming lifestyle choices for the phenomenon.
But while the decision to have children later in life, alongside poor physical health, might ...
23 August 2021Enviro Chat
The Abu Dhabi emirate has introduced a new piece of legislation aimed at safeguarding its coastal waters and the marine life which inhabits them. The regulation has been designed and will be enforced by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and will come into effect on a staggered basis over the next two years.
Among other things, the law will regulate the discharge of liquid waste into m...