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In the wake of the recent torrential rainfall in Dubai, a contentious debate has emerged within the meteorological community regarding the role of cloud seeding in inducing precipitation. While some attribute the heavy downpour to cloud seeding operations, others remain skeptical, sparking a discourse on the potential diplomatic and environmental ramifications of such weather modification techniques.

Leading meteorologist Johan Jaques, Senior Meteorologist at environmental technology company KISTERS, has cautioned against the proliferation of cloud seeding practices, warning of potential “weather wars” between nations if the technology is not used judiciously. Jaques emphasizes the unpredictable nature of altering weather patterns through artificial means, highlighting the risk of unintended consequences.

“Cloud seeding aims to enhance and accelerate the precipitation process, particularly in regions experiencing prolonged dry spells. However, intense precipitation resulting from such interventions can lead to unforeseen challenges, including flash floods,” Jaques remarked in a statement.

He further underscored the inherent uncertainty associated with cloud seeding, noting the inability to precisely predict the outcomes of such interventions. While cloud seeding may bring much-needed rainfall to certain areas, Jaques cautioned that it could exacerbate drought conditions and trigger flash floods elsewhere.

Despite speculation linking the Dubai rainfall to cloud seeding efforts, there is no conclusive evidence to support these claims. The UAE government agency responsible for overseeing cloud seeding operations has refuted allegations of conducting such activities prior to the storm.

In response to the adverse effects of the heavy rainfall, President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has directed authorities to assess the damage and provide assistance to affected families, as reported by the UAE state news agency.

The controversy surrounding cloud seeding and its potential impact on weather patterns underscores the need for comprehensive evaluation and regulation of weather modification technologies. As meteorologists and policymakers navigate this complex terrain, the debate continues to evolve, raising critical questions about the ethical and environmental implications of altering natural weather systems.

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A spectacular display of hospitality: The iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit up with a vibrant message welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “Guest of Honor – Republic of India.” Ahead of PM Modi’s keynote address at the World Government Summit, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum extended a warm reception, emphasizing the strong ties between the two nations (India – UAE) that set an example for global cooperation.

PM Modi, participating in the World Government Summit 2024 as a Guest of Honour, is poised to deliver a special keynote address, showcasing India’s innovative initiatives, projects, and success stories across diverse sectors. The summit has evolved into a premier global platform for sharing governance best practices and envisioning the future of government.

Dubai’s Crown Prince expressed his pleasure at having India as a distinguished guest, highlighting the nation’s role in accelerating development through groundbreaking projects and government service delivery. The welcoming message on Burj Khalifa symbolizes the warmth of the diplomatic ties and the anticipation surrounding PM Modi’s participation in the international event.

During his two-day official visit to the UAE, PM Modi engaged in a bilateral meeting with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, where several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were exchanged, fostering deeper cooperation between the two nations. The visit also includes the inauguration of the BAPS Mandir in Abu Dhabi, further solidifying cultural ties.

As the Burj Khalifa lights up the Dubai skyline, it symbolizes the shared aspirations and collaborative spirit between India and the UAE, creating a moment of celebration for the Indian diaspora and the global audience.

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The UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Simon Stiell, has issued an urgent call to action as world leaders gather in Dubai for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In his opening remarks at the COP28 plenary, Stiell warned that the world is “on the brink of climate catastrophe” and that “we need to act now, and with unprecedented urgency, to avert a climate disaster.”

“The science is clear: we are running out of time to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” Stiell said. “We need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.”

Stiell called on world leaders to “accelerate climate action” by:

  • Ambitiously reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Providing adequate finance for climate action
  • Building resilience to climate change impacts
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change that are already happening

“We can still avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but we need to act now,” Stiell said. “We need to make a fundamental shift in our relationship with the planet. We need to move from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean, renewable energy economy.”

Stiell’s call to action comes as the world faces a number of climate-related crises, including extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and mass displacement.

COP28 is seen as a crucial opportunity for world leaders to make progress on climate action. The conference is taking place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

Key priorities for COP28

In addition to the urgent call to action, Stiell also outlined a number of key priorities for COP28. These include:

  • Accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement
  • Addressing loss and damage from climate change
  • Enhancing climate finance
  • Supporting the most vulnerable countries

“COP28 must be a moment of action and transformation,” Stiell said. “We need to leave Dubai with concrete commitments to reduce emissions, build resilience, and address loss and damage.”

World leaders must heed the call to action

World leaders have a responsibility to heed the call to action and take urgent action on climate change. The future of our planet depends on it.

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UN Climate Change News, 14 November 2023 – A new report from UN Climate Change finds national climate action plans remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Even with increased efforts by some countries, the report shows much more action is needed now to bend the world’s emissions trajectory further downward and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

“Today’s report shows that governments combined are taking baby steps to avert the climate crisis. And it shows why governments must make bold strides forward at COP28 in Dubai, to get on track,” said the Executive-Secretary of UN Climate Change, Simon Stiell. “This means COP28 must be a clear turning point. Governments must not only agree what stronger climate actions will be taken but also start showing exactly how to deliver them.”

Stiell stressed that the conclusion of the first global stocktake at COP28 is where nations can regain momentum to scale up their efforts across all areas and get on track with meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. The stocktake is intended to inform the next round of climate action plans under the Paris Agreement (known as nationally determined contributions, or ‘NDCs’) to be put forward by 2025, paving the way for accelerated action.

“The Global Stocktake report released by UN Climate Change this year clearly shows where progress is too slow. But it also lays out the vast array of tools and solutions put forward by countries. Billions of people expect to see their governments pick up this toolbox and put it to work,” Stiell said.

The latest science from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut 43% by 2030, compared to 2019 levels. This is critical to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including more frequent and severe droughts, heatwaves and rainfall.

“Every fraction of a degree matters, but we are severely off track. COP28 is our time to change that,” Stiell said. “It’s time to show the massive benefits now of bolder climate action: more jobs, higher wages, economic growth, opportunity and stability, less pollution and better health.”

UN Climate Change analyzed the NDCs of 195 Parties to the Paris Agreement, including 20 new or updated NDCs submitted up until 25 September 2023. In line with the findings from last year’s analysis, today’s report shows that while emissions are no longer increasing after 2030, compared to 2019 levels, they are still not demonstrating the rapid downward trend science says is necessary this decade.

If the latest available NDCs are implemented, current commitments will increase emissions by about 8.8%, compared to 2010 levels. This is a marginal improvement over last year’s assessment, which found countries were on a path to increase emissions 10.6% by 2030, compared to 2010 levels.

By 2030 emissions are projected to be 2% below 2019 levels, highlighting that peaking of global emissions will occur within this decade.

In order to achieve peaking of emissions before 2030, the report says, “the conditional elements of the NDCs need to be implemented, which depends mostly on access to enhanced financial resources, technology transfer and technical cooperation, and capacity-building support; as well as the availability of market-based mechanisms.”

“Using the Global Stocktake to plan ahead, we can make COP28 a game-changer. And provide a springboard for a two-year climate action surge,” Stiell said. “We need to rebuild trust in the Paris process. Which means delivering on all commitments, particularly on finance, the great enabler of climate action. And ensuring that we are increasing resilience to climate impacts everywhere.”

“Today’s synthesis report of national climate plans underscores the need for us to act with greater ambition and urgency to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – there is simply no time left for delays,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President Designate. “COP28 must be a historic turning point in this critical decade for Parties to seize the moment of the Global Stocktake to commit to raise their ambition and to unite, act and deliver outcomes that keep 1.5C within reach, while leaving no one behind.”

“NDCs remain the cornerstone of our shared vision of achieving the Paris targets, including keeping the target of below 2 degrees and aspiring to limiting increase to below 1.5 degrees,” COP27 President and Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said. “In Sharm El-Sheikh leaders discussed several initiatives to assist us to reach that goal, as well as assist the Global South in adapting their economies accordingly. We need to keep the momentum going as there is no time to waste or lose focus on the target.”

“It is essential while we pursue our undertaking to continue seeking climate justice and assist the Global South, who contribute the least in emissions yet bear the brunt of the most vicious effects of climate change, to not only survive but also transition into more sustainable economy through just transition pathways,” Shoukry said.

Long-term low-emission development strategies

A second UN Climate Change report on long-term low-emission development strategies, also released today, looked at countries’ plans to transition to net-zero emissions by or around mid-century. The report indicated that these countries’ greenhouse gas emissions could be roughly 63% per cent lower in 2050 than in 2019, if all the long-term strategies are fully implemented on time.

Current long-term strategies (representing 75 Parties to the Paris Agreement) account for 87% of the world’s GDP, 68% of global population in 2019, and around 77% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. This is a strong signal that the world is starting to aim for net-zero emissions.

The report notes, however, that many net-zero targets remain uncertain and postpone into the future critical action that needs to take place now.

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December this year.

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The world’s largest and most inclusive gathering for the energy industry, ADIPEC 2023, opened today in Abu Dhabi. Over 2,200 companies from across the globe are expected to attend the event, which will focus on the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition.

The theme of ADIPEC 2023 is “Decarbonising. Faster. Together.” The event will bring together leaders from across the energy value chain to discuss how to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions.

Some of the key topics that will be discussed at ADIPEC 2023 include:

  • The role of hydrogen in a net-zero future
  • Advancing the decarbonisation agenda from goals to action
  • The future of oil and gas in a low-carbon world
  • Investing in clean energy technologies and innovation
  • Energy security and geopolitical challenges

ADIPEC 2023 is an important event for the global energy industry, and is expected to play a key role in shaping the future of energy.

Why is ADIPEC 2023 important?

ADIPEC 2023 is important because it is a unique opportunity for the global energy industry to come together and discuss the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition. The event will bring together leaders from across the energy value chain, including governments, oil and gas companies, renewable energy companies, and technology companies.

ADIPEC 2023 is also important because it will be held in Abu Dhabi, which is a global leader in energy innovation. Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s largest solar power plant, and is investing heavily in other clean energy technologies, such as hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

What are the key takeaways from ADIPEC 2023 so far?

One of the key takeaways from ADIPEC 2023 so far is that the energy transition is accelerating. The world is moving towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy future, and the oil and gas industry is playing a key role in this transition.

Another key takeaway is that the energy industry is facing a number of challenges, including energy security, geopolitical instability, and the need to invest in new technologies. However, the industry is also facing a number of opportunities, such as the growing demand for clean energy and the development of new technologies.

What does the future hold for the energy industry?

The future of the energy industry is bright. The world is moving towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy future, and the oil and gas industry is playing a key role in this transition. The industry is also facing a number of challenges, but it is also facing a number of opportunities.

ADIPEC 2023 is an important event for the global energy industry, and it is expected to play a key role in shaping the future of energy.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held their inaugural Leaders’ Meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council in Delhi on Monday, marking a significant step in strengthening bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia. The leaders engaged in extensive discussions encompassing various areas of cooperation, including energy security, trade and investment, defence, security, healthcare, and food security.

The meeting laid the groundwork for several key agreements, with a particular focus on energy and agriculture, signifying the commitment of both nations to enhance their economic collaboration. The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India, which coincided with the G20 Summit, further solidified the burgeoning economic ties between the two countries. In the fiscal year 2022-23, bilateral trade reached an all-time high of $52.75 billion, underscoring the significance of their economic partnership.

The visit also saw the launch of a substantial railway and port project, in collaboration with several countries, including India. This ambitious endeavour aims to streamline the flow of commerce, energy, and data from India across the Middle East to Europe, presenting significant opportunities for economic growth and connectivity.

The Strategic Partnership Council, established in 2019, serves as a pivotal mechanism for enhancing cooperation across diverse domains, including political, security, social, cultural, economic, and investment cooperation. The Leaders’ Meeting, co-chaired by PM Modi and the Saudi Crown Prince, underscores the commitment to elevate this partnership to new heights, fostering deeper collaboration and understanding between the two nations.

The visit also featured ceremonial aspects, including a warm welcome extended to the Saudi Crown Prince at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, highlighting the importance of diplomatic ties. Both leaders expressed optimism about the future of their bilateral relations and their shared commitment to creating a prosperous future for both nations.

As India and Saudi Arabia continue to build upon their strong economic partnership and strategic cooperation, this meeting signifies a pivotal moment in their relationship, setting the stage for further collaboration and mutual benefit on regional and international matters of concern to both countries.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE – In a momentous gathering of global leaders, experts, and innovators, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) is scheduled to take place from October 2nd to 5th, 2023, under the overarching theme of ‘Decarbonising. Faster. Together.’ This international event, hosted by ADNOC and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, aspires to accelerate collective efforts towards decarbonisation and the transformation of the global energy landscape.

With nearly four decades of legacy as a significant platform for dialogue and collaboration in the energy sector, ADIPEC aims to bring together diverse stakeholders, including government representatives, energy and technology leaders, financiers, and private enterprises. It also serves as a nurturing ground for nurturing future talent within the industry.

ADIPEC 2023 will address the pressing issues of energy and climate change, fostering discussions across the entire energy spectrum and encouraging partnerships to develop credible solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure cleaner, more affordable, and reliable energy for the world.

In light of the upcoming COP28 event in November 2023, where global leaders will convene to discuss climate action, ADIPEC assumes a pivotal role in shaping the energy narrative. It serves as a platform for diverse conversations spanning the entire energy value chain and beyond, while also driving investments into clean and sustainable energy solutions.

Over the course of the event, ADIPEC will host more than 1,600 speakers, featuring government ministers, CEOs, policymakers, energy experts, and innovators. Through 350 unique sessions, it seeks to mobilize industries, sectors, and individuals to collaborate in pursuit of common goals and action plans to advance global decarbonisation efforts.

The conference includes both technical and strategic tracks, with a new summit focused on hydrogen. Topics of discussion range from energy security and finance mobilization to the development of a zero-carbon value chain. Furthermore, the event will feature over 2,200 companies in its 15 exhibition halls, including four specialized areas designed to foster cross-sector collaboration and brand-new partnerships.

As the world grapples with the urgent need to combat climate change and transition to sustainable energy sources, ADIPEC 2023 emerges as a critical nexus where stakeholders unite to expedite the global decarbonisation agenda, ushering in a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

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