Water Conservation Methods for United Arab Emirates


Freshwater supply in the United Arab Emirates is decreasing on a daily basis. With limited rainfall, conservation and a limit on the use of water is critical. In the future, the use of freshwater and the lack of desalinated water production will force the country to reverse the usage of both fresh and desalinated water.

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Water conservation will not only help to save water but it will also conserve the energy which would otherwise be used for the desalination, treatment and transportation of water. The biggest challenge for the UAE is not finding different water sources but decreasing the demand for it as well as minimising water losses.

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What is Sustainable Living?


Salman Zafar:

As individuals and as human race, we impact the earth simply by living. How we mass grow our food in factories, build cities of cement to live in and pollute the water and air as if we have much of it. We forget, that it’s our children’s children that will inherit the world we left behind. I believe we can all make a change through how live, so that the quality of life for future generations will hopefully be greener.

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I run a number of Sustainable Living Workshops but what does sustainable living really mean?

To me, it’s choosing to live a lifestyle that is in harmony with the planet. Choosing to make use of the Earth’s resources in a way that is sustainable in the long term. I believe we are the caretakers of the planet for future generations. And, it’s our duty we find ways of living, that ensures we live in a symbiotic relationship with mother earth.

Would you agree, we only have one planet to live on?

As individuals and as human race, we impact the earth simply by living. How we mass grow our food in factories, build cities of cement to live in and pollute the water and air as if we have much of it. We forget, that it’s our children’s children that will inherit the world we left behind. I believe we…

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Basic Misconceptions about Bioplastics


Consumers are increasingly buying more and more bioplastics but are not fully being educated on the differences between the various different types of bioplastics on the markets. While as a whole, bioplastics may have many notable attributes making them excellent alternatives to traditional plastics, they are not considered flawless solutions.

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It is very important for consumers to know that “bio-based,” “biodegradable” and “compostable” are individual attributes and be educated on what these characteristics actually mean. It is equally important for manufacturers to be educated on these differences and make proper labeling of their bioplastic products.

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Striving for a Waste-Free Economy


The folly of endless resources extraction, endlessly unmet human needs and endless waste dumping can end. Linear economics can be replaced by ‘circular economics. A switch towards waste-free growth would preserve and regenerate material value and natural capital instead of losing it, so growth would work to build the physical basis for more growth. 

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In a circular economy profits, jobs and growth come not from extracting, moving, shaping, selling and dumping ever more resources, but from the work done and value created by handling resources with sufficient care that ecosystems and total natural resources actually expand, making it possible to meet human needs everywhere.

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How Climate Change affects Water Resources


Warmer temperatures increase the rate of evaporation of water into the atmosphere, in effect increasing the atmosphere’s capacity to “hold” water. This causes earlier and shorter runoff seasons and increases dry seasons. Increased evaporation also decreases soil moisture levels, which in turn increases the frequency of droughts, and increases the likelihood of desertification. 

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Global warming is undeniable and the increase in greenhouse gas emissions will have profound climatic, environmental, and societal impacts worldwide, especially in terms of water resources. 

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Insights into Recycling of Greywater


Reusing greywater for irrigation and other non-potable water applications will help in reconnection of urban habitats to the natural water cycle, which will contribute significantly to sustainable urban development.

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Reuse of greywater can help in substituting precious drinking water in applications which do not need drinking water quality such as industrial, irrigation, toilet flushing and laundry washing. This will, in turn, reduce freshwater consumption, apart from wastewater generation. 

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Reducing the Impact of Sand and Dust Storms


Sand and dust storms cause significant negative impacts on society, economy and environment at local, regional and global scale.  There are three key factors responsible for the generation of sand and dust storms – strong wind, lack of vegetation and absence of rainfall. 

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The effects of sand and dust storms can be reduced by using a number of health & safety measures and environmental control strategies. Localised small-scale dust emission due to human induced activities can be reduced by using temporary mechanical methods such as concrete barrier, mulching, tree buffer etc. 

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