UAE | Environment

UAE residents have biggest ecological footprint — WWF

This places strain on natural resources

  • By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 October 14, 2010
  • Gulf News

Dubai: The UAE has once again topped the table of countries whose residents have the biggest ecological footprint.

The information was released yesterday in the 2010 Living Planet Report by the World Wildlife Fund.

If everyone in the world lived like a resident of the United Arab Emirates, the equivalent of six planets would be needed to regenerate resources and absorb the CO2 emissions.

The nine other countries with the biggest footprint per capita are Qatar, Denmark, Belgium, United States, Estonia, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and Ireland.

The biennial report is produced by WWF in collaboration with Global Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, and compiles a Living Planet Index which measures the health of the world's biodiversity and ranks it as an ecological footprint.

Natural resources

The footprint measures human demand on the Earth's natural resources like water or fossil fuels.

The eighth edition of the Living Planet Report was released yesterday at the Wild Screen Film Festival in Bristol, UK.

The 2010 report is compiled from the most recent statistics gathered in 2007.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 10:42 October 14, 2010

    It's surprising that, given the high profile of sustainable initiatives in the country, it has not had any major trickle down impact on the general population. While public education is an important factor, infrastructure is key. An important component for this is a full blown garbage segregation system which starts from the home/office to collection and recycling. Also there is a need for clear policy on littering. I think there also needs to be a rethink on the use of lighting in public areas (mall parking lots, etc), signage, marquee, etc. You can just imagine how much power is consumed just to light one single billboard or storefront. The issue is not about what one can afford, but what the environment can handle.

    Wes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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