How can GLOVE WASTE be reduced?

17 October 2021

Enviro Chat

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a dramatic rise in the use of medical grade gloves. In order to prevent the spread of infection, healthcare professionals, patients and members of the general public are asked to wear gloves when interacting with one another, with the vast majority of these gloves thrown away after just one use.

What’s worse, experts predict that over a third of those gloves ar...

Could SALICORNIA work as a BIOFUEL?

13 October 2021

Enviro Chat

A non-profit organisation in the UAE is investigating the production of a salt-tolerant crop to diversify its energy portfolio. Set up in 1999, the ICBA is committed to sourcing highly resistant plants which can tolerate extreme climates and thrive when fed with saline water. Salicornia, a genus of edible succulent from the southern United States, fits that bill.

Having already been establis...

Can Oil-Rich UAE hit NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS?

10 October 2021

Enviro Chat

A prominent UAE official made headlines last month by hinting that the UAE may become the first oil-rich nation to introduce a net-zero carbon target. Speaking to Bloomberg, the Minister for Climate Change and Environment Qais Al Suwaidi said that the country was considering such an announcement in the near future.

To date, some 44 countries have made net-zero proposals, although only 10 of ...

Can a drone reduce AIR POLLUTION?

03 October 2021

Enviro Chat

An Indian student at a UAE school has come up with an innovative method of reducing air pollution and combatting climate change. Tanay Jagannathan, who is a Grade 8 pupil at GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai, is aiming to design an attachment carrying sodium hydroxide which can be fitted to the underside of the main body of a drone aircraft.

Sodium hydroxide is a chemical capable of absorbing car...

Dubai World Trade Centre commences exciting exhibition and conferences season to boost Dubai's post-pandemic economic recovery

01 October 2021

Enviro 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...

Can you make DRINKING WATER from the Air?

20 September 2021

Enviro 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...

How is DUBAI moving away from LANDFILL?

12 September 2021

Enviro 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...

Could the UAE become the first NET-ZERO Oil Exporter?

31 August 2021

Enviro 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 ...

How is Abu Dhabi regulating Marine Water?

23 August 2021

Enviro 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...

Why PPE is creating a POLLUTION PROBLEM?

20 June 2021

Enviro Chat

The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gowns and gloves has been instrumental in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Limiting the spread of the disease by reducing person-to-person contact and minimising the proliferation of infected droplets have saved countless lives already.

However, there is another, less desirable side-effect of this mass consumption of ...


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