Nouakchott – Making of a City

Like other major cities worldwide, Nouakchott is plagued by environmental, social and economical challenges. Sewage disposal network, dating back to 1960’s is no longer sufficient for Nouakchott. Solid waste management is becoming a major headache for city planners. Population is increasing at a tremendous pace which is putting tremendous strain on meager civic resources.


There are huge challenges to be tackled to transform Nouakchott into a modern city. Due to nomadic links, Mauritania’s Arabs have a special link to desert and are counted among the environmentally-conscious people of Western and North Africa. However considerable efforts are required to educate the people living in and around Nouakchott and motivate them to become an active participant in sustainable development of the city.

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Qatar’s Solar Energy Program

Qatar’s solar energy future is steadily developing. With average daily sunshine of around 9.5 hours, low-cloud cover conditions and plentiful space, there is great scope for small, medium as …


Qatar’s global horizontal irradiance is 2,140 kWh per m2 per year which makes it well-suited for solar PV systems. The country is geographically well-positioned to tap its tremendous solar energy potential and has set an ambitious target of 2 percent renewable energy contribution in the national energy mix by 2022. 

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Sustainable Urban Planning, Cities Saving the World

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Sustainable urban planning brings the most important concepts from the Green movement together into a single coherent plan. The heat island affect, solar heat gain, population density, alternative transportation, renewable energy, conservation, water capture and recycling are all ideas, threats and solutions that fall under the jurisdiction of sustainable urban planning.

The principles include creating lasting, compact walkable neighborhoods that encourage frequent “collisions” between citizens, eliminating separate use zoning and high volume road standards, promoting shared and mixed use form, focusing on sustainability and reinvigorating urban spaces that have been lost to urban blight.

24_Las Vegas Cyclery_LVC_ssThe concepts of the Triple Bottom Line philosophy are perfectly expressed in sustainable urban planning. As a community development, considering people is imperative because space is the product and the space must be filled.

Low waste design saves money for tenants, cheap energy saves money for everyone, native plants add to beautification, which pleases people, and reduces…

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Tips to Minimize Plastic Footprint

We must all learn how to reduce the amount of plastic waste we are producing in the first place. Here are my five favorite ways to reduce your personal plastic footprint.


Billions of plastic shopping bags are used worldwide every year. Shops give them out for free to their customers, but they have a huge environmental cost. Help cut down on the number of plastic bags used by bringing your own reusable bags to the supermarkets and refusing the disposable ones.

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Water Conservation Methods for United Arab Emirates

Freshwater supply in the United Arab Emirates is decreasing on a daily basis. With limited rainfall, conservation and a limit on the use of water is critical. In the future, the use of freshwater and the lack of desalinated water production will force the country to reverse the usage of both fresh and desalinated water.


Water conservation will not only help to save water but it will also conserve the energy which would otherwise be used for the desalination, treatment and transportation of water. The biggest challenge for the UAE is not finding different water sources but decreasing the demand for it as well as minimising water losses.

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What is Sustainable Living?

Salman Zafar:

As individuals and as human race, we impact the earth simply by living. How we mass grow our food in factories, build cities of cement to live in and pollute the water and air as if we have much of it. We forget, that it’s our children’s children that will inherit the world we left behind. I believe we can all make a change through how live, so that the quality of life for future generations will hopefully be greener.

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I run a number of Sustainable Living Workshops but what does sustainable living really mean?

To me, it’s choosing to live a lifestyle that is in harmony with the planet. Choosing to make use of the Earth’s resources in a way that is sustainable in the long term. I believe we are the caretakers of the planet for future generations. And, it’s our duty we find ways of living, that ensures we live in a symbiotic relationship with mother earth.

Would you agree, we only have one planet to live on?

As individuals and as human race, we impact the earth simply by living. How we mass grow our food in factories, build cities of cement to live in and pollute the water and air as if we have much of it. We forget, that it’s our children’s children that will inherit the world we left behind. I believe we…

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Basic Misconceptions about Bioplastics

Consumers are increasingly buying more and more bioplastics but are not fully being educated on the differences between the various different types of bioplastics on the markets. While as a whole, bioplastics may have many notable attributes making them excellent alternatives to traditional plastics, they are not considered flawless solutions.


It is very important for consumers to know that “bio-based,” “biodegradable” and “compostable” are individual attributes and be educated on what these characteristics actually mean. It is equally important for manufacturers to be educated on these differences and make proper labeling of their bioplastic products.

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