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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Launch of 2024 Heat Alert in the UAE Amid Worsening Climate Change

Heat Alert In response to a series of unprecedented heat waves in recent years, the Abu Dhabi government is taking decisive action, planning to launch a heat alert in 2024. This initiative comes as part of the capital’s comprehensive Climate Change Strategy presented at COP 28, outlining strategies to tackle the impact of climate change on the region.

Environmental Stewardship and Conservation

Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD), underscored the longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship. Emphasizing the awareness of global impacts, she highlighted the need for collaborative efforts to address unforeseen heat waves and sandstorms experienced in the last two years.

Carbon Reduction Goals by 2027: Heat Alert

Aligned with the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, Abu Dhabi aims to achieve a significant 22% reduction in carbon emissions by 2027. This ambitious goal is equivalent to the sequestration achieved by planting 500 million trees over a decade.

Human Health and Environmental Impact Mitigation

Matar Saeed Al Nuaimi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), shared plans for a heat alert set to launch in 2024. This initiative aims to develop procedures and action plans to effectively mitigate the impact of environmental factors on human health.

Enhancing Climate Resilience Across Sectors

Critical sectors such as infrastructure, energy, environment, and health will undergo enhancements to ensure climate resilience and agility. The Department of Energy, chaired by Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar, focuses on crafting policies that prioritize continuous security and supply of vital resources like water and electricity.

Scientific Approaches to Agriculture in Harsh Conditions

Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Agriculture & Food Safety Authority, discussed scientific approaches in agriculture. Initiatives like the agricultural genomics program aim to breed resilient plants and animals, optimize water usage through precision agriculture, and reduce post-harvest waste.

This multifaceted approach reflects Abu Dhabi’s commitment to environmental conservation, climate resilience, and adapting to the challenges posed by a changing climate.

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