Middle East towns and cities could be hit by rising sea levels through global warming, displacing millions of people, claims the British University of Dubai in its new research on climate change.
- United Arab Emirates: Monday, February 25 – 2008 at 15:15
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To help understand the impact of changes in global temperatures, research is needed to seek the best approaches to combat future problems. This includes the need to reduce carbon emissions.
The UAE, despite being quite a small population, has one of the highest carbon footprints on a per capita tonne basis in the world. In fact, four of the worst offenders are from the GCC – Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait.
‘Human impact on the planet has accelerated over the last hundred years, with the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere being radically altered by burning fossil fuels. Understanding that impact and agreeing steps forward is a critical imperative for the future,’ said Professor Geoffrey Boulton of the University of Edinburgh.
The UAE is now putting more effort into reducing its footprint. In February, Abu Dhabi announced Masdar, which is being badged as the world’s greenest city. It claims once ready it will be a carbon neutral place to live where cars will not be allowed.
Also, new laws are in discussion in Dubai to improve the environmental standards of buildings in the emirate. This would look at reducing water usage and improving power consumption required for cooling properties in the hot summers.