Jan 17 2013
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Climate-change debate heats up as Abu Dhabi hosts summit
The renewable energy experts also showed off the latest solar, wind and hydro power in a three-day summit which kicked off on Tuesday but were bluntly told by some experts that it's just not enough.
Insider spoke with various people in the capital about the importance of conserving energy and what more can be done to protect the environment. Emirati Imran Khalid, who works for a public department in Abu Dhabi, said energy conservation is vital to development.
"There can be no meaningful development in a nation without sustainable energy," he added. He noted that Abu Dhabi authorities however have to increase renewable power generation projects.
"It's very important to control carbon emissions so as to protect the environment and avoid future catastrophes," said Bulgarian expat Allan Henz. "Authorities here have shown endeavors to fight gas emissions but I believe a lot still needs to be done to further protect the environment."
Swaleh believes that better technologies for producing high-quality water through wastewater treatment can help bring more development to the capital. While addressing delegates at the summit on Tuesday, renowned US economist and sustainable development expert Jeffrey Sachs warned that the world is sleepwalking towards an irreversible and dangerous rise in global temperatures.
Sachs said greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise despite efforts to reduce them. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said the UAE would continue to do its part to "ensure energy, water and food security".
French President Francois Hollande said the world would face "catastrophe" if countries didn't collaborate on a renewable future.
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