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Air pollution rampant in UAE ahead of the UN's COP28

Toxic pollutants released during gas flaring are endangering millions more people than previously feared, a BBC investigation suggests. Flaring - the burning of waste gas during oil drilling - is taking place across the Gulf, including by COP28 hosts the United Arab Emirates. New research suggests pollution is spreading hundreds of miles, worsening air quality across the entire region. It comes as the UAE hosts the UN's COP28 climate summit on Thursday. The UAE banned flaring 20 years ago, but images show it is continuing, despite the potential health consequences for its inhabitants and those in neighbouring countries. Flaring is avoidable and the gas can be captured and used to generate electricity or heat homes - yet it continues to take place across the world. Pollutants from this type of flaring include PM2.5, Ozone, NO2, and benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) which at high levels or continued exposure have been linked to strokes, cancer, asthma and heart disease according to international experts including the World Health Organisation (WHO). Global flaring is also a major source of the planet-warming greenhouse gases CO2 and methane. Two decades ago, the UAE national oil company, Adnoc - run by the president of this year's COP28 climate summit, Sultan al-Jaber - committed to ending "routine flaring". Yet assessment of satellite images by the BBC shows it is taking place on a daily basis at offshore sites. The UAE is one of the biggest sources of oil for the UK market. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-67522413?xtor=AL-72-%5Bpartner%5D-%5Bbbc.news.twitter%5D-%5Bheadline%5D-%5Bnews%5D-%5Bbizdev%5D-%5Bisapi%5D&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_link_id=2258EDD0-8D8F-11EE-87C8-2AAAE03B214A&at_link_type=web_link&at_medium=social&at_format=link&at_link_origin=BBCWorld&at_ptr_name=twitter&at_campaign_type=owned&at_campaign=Social_Flow

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  • winnie nguru

    19 w

    And the same people still invest heavily on fossil fuel.. They need to rethink their ways for sure.. We don't have time!

    • walter lungayi

      19 w

      Air pollution is a serious concern in the UAE, and it is disheartening to see it continuing to worsen. As the country prepares to host the UN's COP28, it is crucial for the UAE government and stakeholders to take immediate action to address this issue. Implementing stricter regulations on industries, promoting renewable energy sources, and encouraging sustainable transportation are some steps that can be taken to combat air pollution.

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      • George Kariuki

        19 w

        This situation underscores the necessity for international collaboration and stringent enforcement of environmental regulations to address such practices.

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        • Kevin

          20 w

          The COP28 summit is due in a few days and it is very sad that the region hosting it has to be leading in massive air pollution

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          • Rashid Kamau

            20 w

            Hosting a summit of greatest importance in Dubai will simply be full of deceitfulness.

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

              20 w

              The BBC investigation reveals concerning levels of air pollution in the UAE ahead of the UN's COP28 summit. Toxic pollutants released during gas flaring, a practice banned in the UAE 20 years ago, are found to persist, endangering millions of people and worsening air quality across the region. Flaring, occurring during oil drilling, releases pollutants linked to serious health issues, including strokes, cancer, asthma, and heart disease. The continued flaring contradicts the commitment made by the UAE's national oil company two decades ago to end routine flaring. This revelation highlights the urgent need for stricter enforcement of environmental regulations and sustainable practices, especially as the UAE hosts a global climate summit. #AirPollution #COP28 #ClimateAction #EnvironmentalRegulation

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              • Rotich Kim

                20 w

                This air pollution need a solution from united Arab Emirates government

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                • rosebellendiritu

                  20 w

                  Could it be a scare tactic for people to fear attending this summit?

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                  • Gorffly mokua

                    20 w

                    @rosebellendiritu They are just getting ready to secure coal and gas deals⚠

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                    • Princess

                      20 w

                      @rosebellendiritu It's unlikely that the reported air pollution is a deliberate scare tactic. However, environmental concerns, including air quality, can impact the overall experience and effectiveness of global summits.

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                      • rosebellendiritu

                        20 w

                        @princess_nel_268 I understand it was banned two decades ago,yet it has been recently seen in force,meaning were they silent for two decades and only came to report of it now?so many?????????

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                        • Jane Wangui

                          20 w

                          @rosebellendiritu could be.Those who do not want the summit to succeed could do everything in their power to make sure there is a low turn up.

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                        • Esther Wanjiku

                          20 w

                          Given that Dubai is hosting this year's COP28 this seems like an absolute mockery of the entire summit.

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                          • rosebellendiritu

                            20 w

                            @esther_wanjiku_785 I think they are trying to send a message indirectly

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                            • Gorffly mokua

                              20 w

                              @esther_wanjiku_785 Soon COP will lose its meaning!

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                              • Princess

                                20 w

                                @esther_wanjiku_785 it raises legitimate concerns.

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                                • rosebellendiritu

                                  20 w

                                  @gorffly_mokua true!if it doesn't deliver the intended purpose

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                                  • Kevin

                                    20 w

                                    @esther_wanjiku_785 It is indeed a total mockery

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                                    • zelda ninga

                                      19 w

                                      @gorffly_mokua my thoughts too there's too much going on in the house.

                                      • zelda ninga

                                        19 w

                                        @esther_wanjiku_785 it doesn't make sence at all.

                                        • walter lungayi

                                          19 w

                                          @esther_wanjiku_785 I strongly agree with you

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