United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Environment Stats


  • Acidification: Percentage of country with acidification excedence
    Units: Percent of Land Area
    Units: From a map of acidification excedence, all areas at risk within each country were added together in order to calculate the percentage of the entire country at risk of excedence. See pages 21-22 of the 2001 ESI report for more details on how the acidification excedence map was produced.
  • Areas under protection: Protected Areas under IUCN management categories I - VI (1992-2003)
  • CFC > Consumption: CFC consumption
    Units: Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) Tons (Metric Tons x ODP)
    Units: The indicator was obtained by multiplying the Total CFCs emissions (metric tons per ozone depletion potential) with the Per capita CFCs emissions (obtained by dividing the total CFCs emissions by the population in 1997). In calculating the ESI, the base-10 logarithm of this variable was used.
  • CO2 Emissions: CO2: Total Emissions (excluding land-use) Units: thousand metric tonnes of carbon dioxide
  • CO2 emissions > Kt: Carbon dioxide emissions are those stemming from the burning of fossil fuels and the manufacture of cement. They include carbon dioxide produced during consumption of solid, liquid, and gas fuels and gas flaring.
  • Carbon efficiency: Carbon economic efficiency (CO2 emissions per dollar GDP)
    Units: Metric Tons/US Dollar GDP
  • Current issues: This entry lists the most pressing and important environmental problems. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry:
  • Ecological footprint: Ecological footprint per capita
    Units: Hectares per Person
  • Endangered species protection: Percent of CITES reporting requirements met
    Units: Percent of Requirements Met
    Units: Countries that have not ratified the CITES convention are recorded as having zero percent of their requirements met.
  • Known mammal species: Known mammal species (1992-2002).
  • Marine fish catch: Total marine fish catch
    Units: Metric Tons
  • Threatened species: Number of Threatened Species (1990-99)
  • Water > Availability: Water availability per capita (1961-1990 (avg.))
    Units: Thousands Cubic Meters/Person
    Units: This variable measures internal renewable water (average annual surface runoff and groundwater recharge generated from endogenous precipitation)
Acidification 0.0 2001 85th out of 141
Areas under protection 2 2003 139th out of 146
CFC > Consumption 137,378 1997 13th out of 107
CO2 Emissions 72,309.8 2003 38th out of 178
CO2 emissions > Kt 135,025.5 kt 2003 30th out of 194
Carbon efficiency 4.92 CO2 emissions/$ GDP 1998 7th out of 141
Current issues lack of natural freshwater resources compensated by desalination plants; desertification; beach pollution from oil spills 2011
Ecological footprint 15.99 2000 1st out of 141
Endangered species protection 66.7% 2000 74th out of 141
Freshwater > Withdrawal 2.3 2000 63th out of 124
Known mammal species 25 2002 138th out of 145
Marine fish catch 117,462 tons 1999 51st out of 139
Threatened species 10 1990 130th out of 158
Total renewable water resources 0.2 cu km 1997 28th out of 31
Water > Availability -0.91 thousand cubic metres 1990 138th out of 141

SOURCES: Stockholm Environment Institute at York, Acidification in Developing Countries: Ecosystem Sensitivity and the Critical Loads Approach at the Global scale, 2000 via ciesin.org; World Resources Institute; UNEP, Production and Consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances, 1986-1998, October 1999. via ciesin.org; World Resources Institute. 2003. Carbon Emissions from energy use and cement manufacturing, 1850 to 2000. Available on-line through the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) at Washington, DC: World Resources Institute; World Development Indicators database; Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Living Planet Report 2000, Gland, Switzerland: 2000, and Redefining Progress.; Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Report on National Reports Required Under Article VIII, Paragraph 7(a), of the Convention, Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Gigiri, Kenya, April 2000; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; FAOSTAT on-line database; United Nations World Statistics Pocketbook and Statistical Yearbook; Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, WaterGAP 2.1B, 2001 via ciesin.org


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