Sustainable Use of Old Clothes

Tens of millions of tons of old clothes are discarded worldwide each year. In affluent countries, around 5-6% of the municipal solid waste is comprised of used clothes.  Americans discarded 13.1 million tons of textiles in 2010, out of which only 15 percent was recycled, while more …

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When thrown in garbage bins, textile wastes are transported to the landfill site, where it is dumped and buried taking a sizeable area of the landfill space and entailing cost of transportation and handling. Decomposing textiles releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas and a significant contributor to global warming. There are dyes and chemicals in fabric and other components of clothing that can leach into the soil, contaminating both surface and groundwater.

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Climate Change: A health catastrophe in Making

Salman Zafar:

Global climate change would affect human health through pathways of varying complexity, scale and directness and with different timing. Similarly, impacts would vary geographically as a function both of environment, topography and vulnerability of the local population.

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NeeshadNeeshad VS is a youth environmental activist and outspoken climate change advocate, who campaigns extensively on social media platforms to raise the awareness about climate change, water and wildlife conservation and sustainable development. He currently holds community manager position at CliMates and co-coordinator at AYCM Qatar (Arab Youth Climate Movement), Online Digital Advocate at World Humanitarian Summit and Executive Member with African Youth Advocacy Platform (AYAP). He is also an active member with numerous social initiatives like QGBC (Qatar Green Building Council, Qatar), Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) Qatar, Estedama Qatar, WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education, Qatar), Eco Mena, Greenpeace India and 350 India.

The effects of climate change are being felt today and future projections present an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health. The overall health effects of a changing climate are overwhelmingly seen across the globe. Climate change affects social and environmental determinants of health:…

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Transitioning to Circular Economy

The transition towards a circular economy requires a new mindset from government that acknowledges and empowers individuals. Not only must we approach the issue from the bottom-up, but also from the side and above. Consumer behaviour must be steered by both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ controls: through information and communication, because of the importance of psychological factors; but also through financial instruments, because both consumers and industry are clearly responsive to such stimuli.

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The interpretation of municipal duty of care determines options for waste collection, disposal and processing. Also essential is the way in which producer responsibility takes shape, and the government must provide a clear separation of private and public duties. Businesses may be liable for the negative aspects of unbridled growth and irresponsible actions.

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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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