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Middle East should pay attention to global warming: Hamdan

posted on 10/02/2001: 2009 views

Tough decisions are needed if the threat to the common future of humanity posed by global warming and other threats to the environment is to be reversed, according to UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In an OpEd article with the headline "The Middle East is setting an environmental example,” contributed to today's issue of the ‘International Herald Tribune,' Sheikh Hamdan, who is also Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, warns that the Middle East, including the UAE, has "special reason to pay attention to global warming.”

"Many of the countries of the region are low-lying and short of water. We are under threat from rising sea levels and desertification,” Sheikh Hamdan said. With rising sea levels, he noted coastal areas of the UAE, as well as other areas like the Nile Delta and the lower reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates River system in Iraq could be flooded. The UAE Minister said in the UAE, the UAE is trying to do its part to remedy the situation. "To conserve oil reserves, we are examining the possible uses of renewable sources of energy...

Results from research into the capturing of clean energy from the sun through a new generation of solar panels are encouraging. A major achievement in recent years has been a dramatic reduction in the flaring of gases from onshore and offshore oilfields.” Sheikh Hamdan noted that the UAE was "but one small country, and we still have a long way to go, and much to learn.”

He stressed, however, that a global approach was required. "Bigger countries that are fully developed must join in a compact with their global neighbours, rich and poor, to ward off the threat to the global environment.” "The stakes are high for us, and high for our planet. We shall try to play our part. We pray that others will do likewise,” the Minister concluded. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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