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UAE sets new climate standard for Gulf with goal of net-zero carbon dioxide emissions

The UAE could become the first Gulf state to set a net-zero goal, raising questions over emissions of fossil fuels produced to power the global economy.
A man swims near a section of the Palm Jumeirah monorail, with the Atlantis Hotel in the background, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 16, 2020.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is considering setting a net-zero goal, people familiar with the discussions told Bloomberg. If the federation of seven sheikhdoms and nearly 10 million inhabitants declares a net-zero goal, it would become the first Gulf oil producer committed to achieve a balance between emissions produced and emissions taken out of the atmosphere.

As of April 2021, 44 countries and the European Union have pledged to meet a net‐zero emissions target, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) reported. A long-awaited United Nations report published on Aug. 9 says evidence is unequivocal that humans are causing climate change, in particular by burning fossil fuels, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for action to avert a climate catastrophe.

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