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Masdar participates in climate action day

Carbon-neutral city joins fight to lower global carbon dioxide levels

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The Masdar community raises awareness of the danger of high carbon dioxide concentrations.
The Masdar community raises awareness of the danger of high carbon dioxide concentrations.

By Peter Ward

More than 350 members of the Madar community participated in the International Day of Climate Action on Saturday in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of excessive carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Some of the members were taken to the 10MW PV solar array at Masdar City – in the UAE’s first electric powered bus, which is the result of a partnership between Masdar and the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport.

The group then formed the number 350, in order to draw attention to the theory that 350 parts per million (ppm) is the maximum safe level of carbon dioxide in the world’s atmosphere. The current CO2 concentration is 387ppm.

“At Masdar, we understand the importance of contributing as individuals to the need to reduce carbon emissions. More importantly, we recognise the need for collaborative efforts that lead to real solutions,” Khaled Awad, director of Masdar City said.

“Less than two months from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen we believe it is necessary to place great focus on issues of climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy,” he added.

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