x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

China makes air-quality progress

China depends heavily on coal, but is rapidly installing equipment to reduce pollution from power plants, a reader says. Other letters touch on road safety, Turkey and Syria, electrodermal testing, and Emiratisation.

While coal mines are famously dark, China's skies are becoming relatively brighter as the country's coal-burning power plants add more pollution-control equipment, a reader says. Nelson Ching / Bloomberg
While coal mines are famously dark, China's skies are becoming relatively brighter as the country's coal-burning power plants add more pollution-control equipment, a reader says. Nelson Ching / Bloomberg

I was struck by a quote in the story Rally legend calls for road safety action after Theyab Awana's death (September 27).

Mohammed bin Sulayem, president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, said "we have 200 nationalities in this country and each of them has a different attitude towards driving, a different discipline".

But it is apparent that no matter what your cultural background, if you're speeding you're increasing the risk of getting into an accident and hurting yourself and others who may be trying to follow the rules of the road.

It's tragic enough when a driver dies, but it's even more tragic when others who are innocent and law-abiding become victims. I would suggest that these people deserve to be rewarded for abiding by the rules of the road.

They deserve to see stricter and more active enforcement of the laws across the UAE, particularly for speeding and dangerous driving.

James Buckingham, Abu Dhabi

Since 2001, thousands of people have been killed in road accidents in the UAE, many of those in Abu Dhabi.

Most of these people are Emirati, mid-age (between 15-45 years old) and wage-earners, and excessive speeding has been the main factor.

Such accidents can be prevented. There are urgent needs to reduce and enforce excessive and inappropriate speeding in Abu Dhabi and other Emirates, and to develop a road safety plan to take solid and concrete actions.

Sumi Tiwari, Australia

Only Turkey taking action on Syria

I refer to Thomas Seibert's analysis Erdogan set to cut all Turkey's ties with Syria (September 27).

Turkey is making the Assad regime more isolated and dependent on Iranian support than ever.

I believe that Turkey should avoid being drawn into any military intervention in Syria, having close ties with the opposition, or cutting ties with Assad's regime while other countries are unlikely to take any severe action against Damascus.

Gaye Caglayan, Dubai

New laws will stop more tragedies

This is in reference to the story Safety probe into high-rise windows after eight child deaths (September 28).

There should be statutory regulations that these windows should be fitted with safety limiters to stop them opening fully before another person falls to their demise.

Ahmet Kianin, Dubai

Job creation must become practical

I think the issue of Emiratisation is being looked at from an academic point of view instead of a practical one (Emiratis 'need more training on the job', September 28).

It's great that a lot of research is being done regarding the matter, but that research needs to be acted upon for it to work.

Also, more awareness needs to be raised among the younger generations to introduce them to the job market, and to give them an idea of the career possibilities that await them if they get the proper scholing.

Ahmed Al Hashemi, Abu Dhabi

China cleaning up coal power plants

In reference to the story (Old King Coal still a merry old soul in China and beyond, September 20) it must be pointed out that China is doing more than many people realise to control emissions from coal power plants.

There is a study by Yuan Xu of Princetown University that says the Chinese are installing and using sulphur dioxide scrubbers at a fantastic rate.

The paper also reveals that China's emissions from its coal-fired power plants are rapidly declining below the levels at US plants.

Name withheld by request

Allergy test is not always precise

As a practising allergy specialist I feel that the message of the article We try: electrodermal testing to discover food sensitivities (September 26) needs some comment.

The diagnosis of a food allergy or intolerance is not easy, but should be based on a thorough evaluation of symptoms and evidence-based diagnostic tools.

I know of no scientific evidence supporting the claims of so-called electrodermal screenings.

Imprecise test results may lead to delayed proper diagnosis or inappropriate treatments and unnecessary expense to the patient.

Treatment recommendations, such as diets, can lead to serious consequences, especially for children put on wrong diets.

Therefore, most allergy and immunology associations worldwide advise against the use of these devices. Some are even banned in the US.

Dr Thomas Berger, Abu Dhabi