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Covid-19 pollution : the UAE react accordingly

While the temporary society-wide slowdown may have had some beneficial effects on the environment, the pandemic that caused it, unfortunately, comes with its own set of incivilities. And Emirati authorities do not hear it this way...

It’s hard to believe, and yet it’s true. In France, as in the emirates, and many other places in the world, there are more and more deplorable acts linked to the disease and the measures taken to counter it. Between local residents who, faced with the closure of rubbish dumps, abandon their rubbish in the middle of nature, and certain individuals who, out of an undeniable lack of respect for others and for the environment, leave masks, gloves, and other one-use-only objects, there again, in the middle of nature (and even in the open sea), it’s hard to keep track. As if humans wanted to make sure that the little bit of health the planet enjoyed during our pit stop had to be reimbursed.

 

Faced with this phenomenon, the Emirati authorities will not look away. It is now forbidden for anyone to engage in this kind of incivility and any offender can be fined up to $272 and six traffic points. Like the emirates, France is also toughening the tone. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecology, has announced that she intends to increase the fine from 68 to 135 euros.

A decision that many countries around the world might do well to imitate…