Green policy for Qatar to cut pollutants
Carbon dioxide levels and general pollutants to be studied
Following a rise in energy of 57 per cent between 2001 and 2006, officials in Qatar have announced the nation will develop a national green policy to manage levels of pollution, The Peninsular has reported.
Fuel combustion during energy production accounts for 67 per cent of Qatar’s carbon dioxide emissions, and a National Development Report released by the government has revealed that while Qatar’s carbon dioxide emissions are relatively low, its small population makes it the world’s highest emitter on a per-capita basis.
“Qatar would be much lower if only emissions stemming from consumption were measured,” said the report, continuing: “Qatar lacks forests and green areas to offset the effects of greenhouse emissions.”
A rise in temperature as a result of global warming would see demand for water in the country soar, and a similar rise in sea levels would also see an increase in the groundwater’s salinity, further stressing the nation’s infrastructure. Qatar remains one of the top 10 countries to be most affected by a rise in sea level.