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Graphene. You might have heard about it. But if you haven’t, it’s coming your way in more forms than you can possibly imagine — from water desalination, to car parts, to sport equipment and T-shirts even. It’s also being studied for use in detecting Covid-19 infection. This carbon nano-material is flexible and more elastic than rubber, lighter than aluminum, almost transparent to light, and more than 200 times stronger than steel. It’s even more bulletproof than...

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The National Pavilion UAE has earned a top architecture prize in Venice for a “bold experiment” that uses a byproduct of desalination to change the way one of the world’s most energy-intensive compounds is made. When the Biennale Architecture 2021 jury awarded the Golden Lion Award to Wetland out of 60 pavilions vying for the prize, the panel’s president, Kazuyo Sejima, a Pritzker prize laureate, called it “a bold experiment that encourages us to think about the relationship...

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Regional experts reacting to the recent, dire report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say the Middle East is more than up to the job of responding to its red alert for humanity.  The report confirmed that human influence has indisputably warmed the climate system, raising global surface temperature. It also confirmed that there is no going back from some changes already affecting the climate system. With contributions from 750 authors, citing...

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When you speak to Emily Armstrong, chief protector of Saadiyat Island’s turtle population, you hear about  the best and worst sides to humanity.  On the one hand, her role as Marine & Environmental Manager at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island has revealed the most caring and selfless side to Abu Dhabi’s multi-national population. But on the other, she’s discovered that plastic is finding its way into the stomachs of our precious turtles and that ‘bags and...

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Every year since 1970, Earth Day brings together the world’s countries and communities in a bid to highlight how important it is to assist mother nature when it comes to restoring equilibrium among our precious planetary ecosystems. But this year, the need has never been more critical, says Sébastien Chauvin, chief executive of Veolia Middle East. “It is our duty to do whatever we can to reduce water consumption, electricity wastage as well as actively recycle whenever...

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  This story by Isobel Whitcomb originally appeared in Earther and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.     Andrew Bryant, a therapist based in Tacoma, Washington, felt helpless the first time climate change came up in his office. It was 2016, and a client was agonizing over whether to have a baby. His partner wanted one, but the young man couldn’t...