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UAE’s resource overconsumption leading earth towards ‘point of no return’

: Thursday, August 21 - 2014 @ 16:31

The UAE is the world’s biggest over-consumer, environmental think-tanks reveal.

The country is currently consuming 12.3 times its resource capabilities, which include water, arable land and fish stocks, every year. What is even more shocking is that the UAE consumption doubles the world’s second biggest resource spender, Japan, which goes through seven times its natural supply capacity.

Despite the UAE’s geographical conditions, which affect factors such as water or arable land, it’s important to note that no other GCC states fall into the world’s top 15 over-consumers.

In North Africa, nonetheless, Egypt and Morocco are both using 2.7 and 1.8 times their resource capabilities, respectively.

Globally, we are getting through the resources of more than one and a half Earths each year. Christophe Roturier, scientific director at the WWF, says: “From this day we’re using more than the planet can replenish.”

The issue of overconsumption has, indeed, been recognised by UAE authorities, following reports that, for its size, it consumes more coffee, energy and food than any other GCC country.

Commenting on the overuse of energy resources, the UAE’s minister of energy, Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, said earlier this year: “What is sad is that consumption is double or triple the average of the world.”

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