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The Gulf Monarchies and Climate Change
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The Gulf Monarchies and Climate Change: Abu Dhabi and Qatar in an Era of Natural Unsustainability

Mari Luomi


At the heart of this book is whether oil- and natural gas-dependent rentier monarchies can keep their natural resource use and the environment in balance. By examining the cases of Abu Dhabi and Qatar, it argues that the Gulf monarchies have already reached their limits of “natural sustainability”. As a result of their booming economies, the Gulf Cooperation Council states’ surging electricity and water demand have exerted unexpected pressures on domestic energy supply. Several of them are now dependent on natural gas imports. Groundwater resources are dwindling, food import dependence is high ... More

Keywords: climate change, sustainability, energy policy, rentierism, political economy, Gulf, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199387526
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Luomi, author
Georgetown University in Qatar