A review of the environmental implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates

Shaikha Alalawi, Sahar T. Issa, Aseel A. Takshe, Iffat ElBarazi

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Abstract

This paper reviews the environmental implications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic at the individual and community levels in the UAE. The positive effects emanating from the pandemic include improved air quality and reduced contamination of public spaces with pollutants. On the other hand, far-reaching negative effects include poor disposal of medical plastic waste and facemasks and the rise in unhygienic health practices amongst residents of UAE. The long-term ecological implications of the pandemic are still not well understood. The findings shed the light on the importance of addressing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic through preventative policies and strategies for better environmental health and readiness for future crises. Future research could assess the long-term environmental conse-quences of the pandemic on the UAE.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100561
JournalEnvironmental Challenges
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Pandemic
  • Sustainable behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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