A Glance at Sick Building Syndrome


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Sickness of buildings results from a group of factors associated with effects of high concentrations of toxic pollutants present inside the building. In many cases, occupant’s behaviors such as closing windows while using ACs in summer or central heating system in winter leads to an unhealthy indoor atmosphere due to poor ventilation,.

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

To ensure elimination of SBS-related problems, several measures must be taken including improving the indoor air quality, as building sickness will diminish once the pollutant source is removed or modified.  Another key measure is repairing or replacement of ventilation system to meet ventilation standards in the local building codes. 

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Rationale for Protecting Wetlands


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Wetlands are wonderful for numerous reasons but these wonders weren’t always known to man and it was often common to overlook the importance of this distinct ecosystem. The mention of a wetla…

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

The structure of wetlands enables them to absorb rainfall and thus reduce the volume of water that enters into rivers and streams which naturally lowers the risk of flooding. 

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Environment Protection Outlook for the Middle East


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Environmental protection has become an increasingly important item on the social and economic policy agenda of Middle East nations. Having studied in Cairo and visited Doha and Dubai several times, I can attest to the environmental degradation occurring in the Middle East. 

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

It would be beneficial to draw upon the Islamic environmental traditions in marketing to the Arab world, in addition to leveraging the example of other locally-relevant respected religious and social figures. Essentially, the success of any environmental initiative stems largely from it being seen as fashionable and easy to do. 

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Moving Beyond the Niche in Green Sector


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The problem with green products, even the ones that are actually effective/not green-washing, is that they still fall into a niche category. Every product out there, from solar PV installation services to biopolymer household disposables, is made for everyone – yet very often not marketed to everyone or used by everyone, at least not a percentage worth celebrating.  

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

Encouraging consumer behavior includes thinking on that level; it’s why superficiality has successfully trumped the grandness of the planet’s dilemma for decades. The entire concept of “recycling hasn’t proven effective either in technicality or in adoption as a mass behavior, so let’s recycle harder” is not smart environmentalism.

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Global Waste Management Trends


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Waste management is highly context specific. Therefore it is important to distinguish between the conditions in the Global North and the Global South. Recent ILO figures suggest that 24 million people around the world are involved in the informal waste recycling sector, 80% of whom are waste …

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

The composition of waste is also very different in the Global South where organic waste is a much larger percentage of the waste stream. Because of the high percentage of organics in the waste stream in many cities in the Global South, innovations in decentralised composting and small scale biogas have been seen across the Global South (particularly in India) and can be used effectively by the informal sector, making a zero waste future a real possibility.

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Unending Benefits of Connected Vehicles


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Connected vehicles technology is a wireless-based technology which enables vehicles (light as well as heavy) to instantly communicate with each other, through an onboard installed device that recei…

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

The system focuses on improving air quality, reducing GHG emissions and decreasing fuel consumption. Connected vehicles technology is a good tool to mitigate climate change and achieve emissions reduction targets.

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Dealing with Plastic Wastes


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While use and consumption of plastic is increasingly high, doubts about viable options for reuse, recycling and disposal are also on the rise. Complications such as the increasing number of additives used alter the strength, texture, flexibility, colour, resistance to microbes, and other characteristics of plastics, make plastics less recyclable. 

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

Plastic waste directly and indirectly affects living organisms throughout the ecosystem, including an increasingly high impact on marine life at a macro and micro scale. 

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