05 Dec 22Enviro Chat
15 December 2019Chem Chat
With the world beset by a host of environmental problems, including global warming, food scarcity and dwindling resources, scientists have been researching new and inventive methods of agriculture for decades. One of these, hydroponics, may well be suited to increasing food independence in a location like the UAE.
Due to a climate that’s unfavourable for farming, the UAE has been forced to i...
15 December 2019Lab Chat
Carbon filters are used to remove toxic gases, hazardous fumes, and odors. These filters are constructed from high quality carbon pellets and durable chemical-resistant cases.
Carbon filters trap gaseous pollutants through the process of adsorption wherein gas molecules adhere to the surface of the carbon granules. When a carbon is activated, its surface and adsorption site increases allowin...
12 December 2019Lab Chat
The chairwoman of a leading environmental organisation in the UAE has advised property owners to upgrade their buildings by retrofitting them with modern air-conditioning units. Habiba Al Marashi, who is the head of Emirates Environmental Group, made the statement at the Knowledge Summit last month.
According to Al Marashi, owners who do not address the root cause of failures and breakages b...
08 December 2019Lab Chat
Robots are already infiltrating many facets of our daily lives. Driverless cars are in the advanced stages of testing in certain parts of the world, drones are scheduled to begin delivering packages to domestic households within the next few months and precision farming uses the sophistication of AI to achieve optimum results.
So what about the operating theatre? Will robot surgeons supplant...
28 November 2019Chem Chat
British Petroleum (BP) is considering investment into the new oil and petrochemicals projects of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), according to the former company’s UAE manager. BP already has a 10% stake in ADNOC LNG, which is the only producer of that type of gas in the country.
The news comes as ADNOC is reshuffling its corporate strategy in an effort to become completely self-suffi...
25 November 2019Lab Chat
The UAE has continued its mission to shed its reputation of being a country powered by the fossil fuel industry by announcing it will build the largest single-site solar project in the world. Abu Dhabi already holds the current record, with its 1.17GW Sweihan photovoltaic (PV) facility, but plans to surpass that threshold with a 2GW project in Al-Dhafri.
The news is welcome to the internatio...
19 November 2019Lab Chat
Over half of Emirati residents take active measures to combat air pollution, according to a study released by YouGov. Compiled from the online answers of 1,005 survey respondents between May 20th and May 27th 2019, the report demonstrates that 57% of UAE residents are doing their bit to fight pollution.
Just over a quarter (26%) of respondents said they employed pollution-reducing measures o...
14 November 2019Lab Chat
According to information published by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, medical tourism in the UAE increased by 5.5% between 2017 and 2018. Last year, total revenue from the industry reached a new record high of Dh12.1 billion, while Emirati health expenditure also increased 5.4% to Dh50.3 billion, marking a bumper year for the industry.
The success of the medical tourism sector is...
11 November 2019Chem Chat
This month, the UAE announced plans to build the biggest single-site solar power facility in the world, cementing its reputation as one of the leaders in renewable energy across the globe. However, that news was tempered somewhat by the revelation that it will continue to increase oil production in the meantime.
As one of the world’s largest oil producers, the UAE (and the surrounding Middle...
10 November 2019Lab Chat
Fishermen who operate off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah in the northern UAE have reported a disturbing phenomenon this autumn – huge expanses of red-tinged water around ten miles away from the mainland. The red tide is thought to be caused by a kind of bacteria, which encourages growth of phytoplankton and reduce oxygen levels in the water.
While this kind of natural occurrence can be dangerou...
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