Geneva [Switzerland]June 28 (ANI/WAM): The UAE’s economy is less than 20 percent dependent on fossil fuels, making it the best example in the Gulf region in this area, World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Professor Jukka Petteri Taalas said.
In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the international official stressed that moving away from fossil fuel-produced energy is fully considered when discussing the success of minimizing the impact of climate change, as “countries should start replacing fossil fuel energy “The source is climate friendly, like what the UAE has done. “
“The World Economic Forum reaffirms that climate change is a serious economic issue and that if we do not act to mitigate or adapt to climate change within the next decade, the world economy will face a significant threat,” he added. comment on the situation.
“Over the past two decades, the rate of ocean warming has increased significantly, snow melt has accelerated, and sea levels have doubled over the past two decades, according to the World Meteorological Organization. In addition, the world has begun to witness a significant increase in climate hazards such as heat waves. Europe India, Asia and the United States, floods submerged Pakistan, and tropical cyclones hit areas like never before seen in South-East Africa,” he added, commenting on the annual report produced by his organisation.
“The organization has identified growing problems such as water scarcity, drought and forest fires, all of which are extremely detrimental to human life. However, the use of electric vehicles, affordable batteries and other strategies are now part of the solution. A clearer blueprint is being developed on how to address this challenge,” he continued.
He added that the world had begun to look for solutions, but was not moving fast enough to limit global warming and keep the average temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius instead of 2 or 2.3 degrees Celsius. “If the world doesn’t act quickly to make this happen, bigger problems and challenges will emerge,” he warned.
With regard to the UAE hosting COP28, the Secretary-General of the international organization said that he was delighted to visit Abu Dhabi twice this year and meet Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman-designate of COP28. Many fruitful meetings.
“The World Meteorological Organization is very pleased with the actions taken by the United Arab Emirates, including the decision to increase investment in clean energy and other projects that support the organization’s strategy to address climate change issues, as well as the decision to locate its headquarters in the UAE. Renewable Energy International The agency (IRENA) is a key player in this space,” he added. (ANI/WAM)
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