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The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how quickly human societies can transform themselves. While businesses work their way through the economic crisis, every individual can play a huge part in creating a sustainable environment just by making a few lifestyle changes. A spike in electricity bills from May to September is a common issue faced by UAE residents, as there is a constant need for air-conditioning throughout the summer season in the desert. Here are some...

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The world’s biggest solar power plant is being developed by an Abu Dhabi-led consortium. The Al Dhafra Solar PV (photovoltaic) plant will deliver solar energy to around 160,000 homes in the UAE — more than the Nour Abu Dhabi planet at Sweihan, which is currently the world’s biggest independent solar power plant. The consortium is led by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Taqa, and Masdar, the renewable energy specialists in partnership with the French...

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  This story by Julia Fine originally appeared in Teen Vogue and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story.     Want to go behind the confusing headlines and learn more about the climate crisis? Check out this list of everything from grimly realistic takes on the severity of the crisis to optimistic visions of social and technological solutions, compiled by...

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Coffee. It’s everyone’s favorite pick-me-up, whether gulped down on the run while rushing to work or sipped in leisurely fashion after a weekend lie-in. But how often do any of us give any thought to what it takes to produce that reviving dark liquid?  RAW Coffee is a company that wants us to care. In fact, more than that, the owners have made it their mission to make us care. Started in Dubai 13 years...

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This story by Olivia Boyd originally appeared on Huffington Post and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story.       In college, Eben Bayer grew mushrooms under his dorm room bed. The mechanical engineering student, who had grown up on a farm in the US state of Vermont, was convinced the fungus was one of nature’s most effective “technologies” and...

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There’s no polite way to say this: residents of the UAE are a bunch of wasters. The country is sitting on an ever-growing mound of trash.  The UAE imports a whopping 80 to 90 percent of its food – and then throws away as much as a third of it, unused. The country ranks highly in plastic usage, using most of it just once.  The environment is in peril and so are we if we...

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The food and beverage industry has faced huge challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. While people’s health and wellbeing are currently the number one priority, it is now more important than ever to ask questions about the world and the environment we have created. At Cassette, our focus has always gone beyond just food. We wanted to create a business with sustainability and environmental awareness at its core. Going green is not a new concept. However,...

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Several countries in the Middle East, including the UAE, generates on average 2kg of waste every day for every man, woman and child. During Ramadan, that figure increases significantly, according to Bioenergyconsult. Waste is a fundamental global issue and the Middle East has made great strides in dealing with this worldwide problem, such as increasing green areas, developing water resources, and improving marine environment and protecting it from pollution.  Veolia Middle East is working to raise...

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  This story by Jillian Ambrose was originally published by The Guardian, and is republished here as part of the Covering Climate Now partnership to strengthen the media’s focus on the climate crisis.     Renewable energy could power an economic recovery from Covid-19 by spurring global gross domestic product (GDP) gains of almost US$100 trillion (Dh367 trillion) between now and 2050, according to a report. The International Renewable Energy Agency found that accelerating investment in...

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This story is a part of Covering Climate Now’s week of coverage focused on Climate Solutions, to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Covering Climate Now is a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story.   Mother Nature is a powerful force, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need a helping hand. The UAE’s prosperity is built on oil but that goes hand in hand with care for the environment...