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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s six member countries — Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman – are home to more than 60 percent of the world’s water desalination facilities. The majority of clean drinking water ...
Despite the challenging economic and political environment in the Middle East, renewables -- especially solar power technologies -- are enjoying a surge, from the Mediterranean shores of North Africa to the posh cities within the oil-rich Gulf nations.
When the Masdar Initiative was first announced 10 years ago, it was greeted by a mix of excitement and skepticism. Masdar City's long-term plan has slowed down, frustrating many. But now the city, and Masdar's clean-energy deployment team, are on the move.
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project, the mission of which is to shield the owners of assets such as securities, stocks and bonds from climate change risks, recently released its Global Climate 500 index. And for those who believe climate change poses risks to investors' portfolios, the results are not pretty.
Oil ministers from OPEC countries met in Doha, Qatar, to see if they could all find a way to freeze production in order to bring price stability. But those talks ended in acrimony and with no agreement on prices.
Despite reports to the contrary, more than a third of Masdar City's developed area will be completed within the next five years, a significant proportion of it by third-party developers whose projects will be realized according to Abu Dhabi's Estidama sustainable building standards.
It is estimated that more than 2.3 million Filipinos work abroad — and that is the official statistic. Many work without the proper visas, making them even more vulnerable to poor working conditions and human rights abuses.
In Masdar City, the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) is officially opened after being on the drawing board for a few years. The facility will tackled the intertwined challenges of food production and energy efficiency.
A program launched this week during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week aims to engage Middle Eastern youth and inspire them to consider alternatives to a career within the petroleum sector.
One geoengineering idea that has caught on in the United Arab Emirates is cloud seeding or, as it's called here, rain enhancement science. The UAE recently doled out $5 million in grants to advance cloud-seeding research.
Masdar is sponsoring its fourth annual Engage Blogging Contest. The winner will be flown to Abu Dhabi by Masdar to cover the conference’s high-profile events.
As you can see in recent months I have not been posting much, and that has been because I had returned to Abu Dhabi to work on some projects again for Masdar.