More UAE businesses commit to “BANNING SINGLE USE PLASTIC”

11 July 2019

Lab Chat

Dubai Airports is the latest business to commit to outlawing single-use plastic in its premises, joining a growing number of UAE companies which are taking a stand against plastic pollution. The firm, which manages both Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport, revealed last month that it would be banning items such as shopping bags and cutlery made from plastic from the...

CHEVRON PHILLIPS to acquire “UAE CHEMICALS Company”

07 July 2019

Chem Chat

Texan petrochemical company Chevron Phillips has placed a $15 billion bid for Canada-based plastics and chemical company Nova Chemicals. Although Nova is based in Calgary, Alberta, it is owned by the Abu Dhabi investors Mubadala Investment Co, who have been looking to offload this particular asset since the beginning of the year.

Given that Mubadala originally acquired Nova for a fraction of...

Mercury Pollution in Fish and Enviro: Recent Research and Findings

01 July 2019

Lab Chat

Mercury is a ubiquitous heavy metal that biomagnifies at successively higher levels in the aquatic food chain. It can have adverse effects on the fish population itself as well as on both humans and fish-eating wildlife.

 

Recent Researches

Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin and a persistent environmental contaminant that accumulates in the tissues of fish in regions where artisanal scal...

How did UAE students save “188m GALLONS of WATER”?

27 June 2019

Lab Chat

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has recognised the efforts of almost 30,000 students from public and private schools across the Emirate by presenting them with this year’s Conservation Award. Cumulatively, the students achieved never-before-seen reductions in electricity and water consumption, translating to financial savings of Dh24 million (£5.15 million).

The secret of th...

Should restaurants display “CALORIE CONTENT”

20 June 2019

Lab Chat

Dubai is soon to become the first city in the United Arab Emirates to require restaurants to display calorific content on their menus. As of November, all restaurant chains with more than five branches, including many fast food outlets, will be required to inform customers of the number of calories they will be eating with each purchase. In January, that will be extended to restaurants and eati...

How did Costa celebrate “WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY”?

16 June 2019

Lab Chat

Costa Coffee UAE commemorated this year’s World Environment Day by offering free coffee to any customer who brought in a reusable cup to any of their outlets across the country. The national incentive was geared towards raising awareness over the danger of waste pollution (especially with regard to single-use coffee cups) and encouraging caffeine addicts to carry a cup with them wherever they g...

DUBAI celebrates “WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY”

11 June 2019

Lab Chat

Last week, Dubai celebrated “World No Tobacco Day”, an annual event that takes place around the world on the 31st May each year. Its aim is to raise awareness about the health threats posed by cigarette smoking and to encourage people to give up the habit. This year’s theme focused on the relationship between tobacco and lung health, with a specific focus on how the former damages the latter.

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Why did Saudi Aramco Sell Bonds

30 May 2019

Lab Chat

Why Did Saudi Aramco Sell $12 Billion in Bonds?

Saudi Aramco made global headlines last month when it announced the sale of $12 billion of bonds. Following a worldwide tour in which representatives from the Saudi government and some of the biggest banks in the world presented the company’s bonds to prospective investors, the company found itself so oversubscribed that it was able to borrow a...

Why are Mosquitoes on the rise?

27 May 2019

Lab Chat

A recent study to document the number and type of mosquitoes found in the UAE has uncovered alarming results in terms of both the amount and variety of species prevalent in the country. Conducted by the Institute of Virology at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, the study placed mosquito traps at seven locations across the country and found more than 1,000 samples from 10...

What is Smart farming?

21 May 2019

Lab Chat

With the UN predicting that the global population will reach almost 10 billion by 2050, food security is sure to become a real concern in the coming years. Indeed, experts forecast that to meet the rising demand of the world’s increasing population, our food production capacities must rise by 70% in the next few decades.

To make sure that happens, we must take a modern approach to agricultur...

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