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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Conference for sustainability focuses on improving air quality

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The second day of the Oman Conference for Sustainability focused on air pollution and climate change.


The conference included sessions on indicators of climate change, air quality and efforts made in this regard, apart from workshops on green hydrogen.


Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Conference, explained to Oman News Agency that the conference focuses on three main axes represented in the employment of scientific research through the presentation of scientific papers by a committee of experts and scientists to ensure the quality of the scientific product.


Dr Abdullah al Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority (EA), said “Pollution does not adhere to specific areas and there is a need to develop solutions to meet challenges facing the environment to reduce emissions and maintain air quality.”


He added, “It is possible to provide solutions to many local, regional and international environmental issues and challenges, explaining that the scientific papers will be published in an internationally refereed scientific journal and in category A and among the best scientific fields, and high standards have been set for selecting the research participating in the conference.”


The conference highlighted the role of the youth to provide innovative solutions related to climate change and air quality and the conference aims to make Muscat a main station for scientific research.


Anneke Roger of the German Aerospace Center stated that methane is the second most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, due to the relatively short life of methane, which is about 10 years, indicating that the significant decrease in anthropogenic methane emissions would help reduce the concentration of the atmosphere within a decade.


Walid al Hamoud, Director of the Environment Department at the General Secretariat of the GCC states, said that within the framework of the GCC countries’ follow-up to the current environmental situation in the world, and the challenges and difficulties that the common environment is going through, it requires everyone to increase attention and ensure coordination and cooperation in a way that limits and reduces environmental damage, and preserves its components, resources, and sustainability for future generations.”


He pointed out that the GCC countries are committed to comprehensive and sustainable development for current and future generations.


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