Greening Your Roofs

Green roofs are emerging technologies that can provide a wide range of tangible and intangible benefits to communities interested in enhancement of their environment. Green roof development involves the construction of a vegetative layer on top of a human-made structure or building adding green spaces to areas that would otherwise be unused.  The major benefits […]

Rooftop Gardens: Catalyst for Green Cities

Rooftop gardens, also known as green roofs, are vegetative green layer grown on a rooftop of buildings providing greenery, useful products, shade, acoustic benefits as well as remove heat from the air through evapo-transpiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. On hot and humid summer days, the surface temperature of a […]

Chemical Pollution and its Contribution to Disease Proliferation

While the effects of chemical pollution on human health are poorly defined, its contribution to the global burden of disease is almost certainly underestimated? Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide, which is three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria […]

Climate Change and Public Health

Climate change is now a major universal challenge and needs urgent attention. The impacts of climate change are not only restricted to the physical and climatological events like changing weather patterns, heavy rainfalls, floods, hurricanes, droughts, wildfires, heat stress, food and water shortages etc. but also has a major impact on individual and public health. Climate change is severely affecting […]

Winter Smog – Causes, Impacts and Management

The recent winter smog in New Delhi was in the news worldwide. This year, the air quality during the winter hit a record low as per global standards which not only caused massive disruption in daily activities but also created a mass public health crisis with spike in patient population with asthma and lung and […]

Top Reasons to Purchase Hybrid Cars

When you’re made to choose between buying a hybrid car and a normal car, you’d probably by the latter. Reasons could be that hybrid cars “might” be more expensive than normal cars, while for others changing preferences with a usual car to a hybrid one is like changing your views and might end up choosing […]

Green Roofs – Catalyst for Sustainable Urbanism

Green roofs can provide a wide range of benefits to urban communities interested in enhancement and protection of their environment. Some of the most important merits of green roofs are reduction in energy use, decrease in air pollution, improved water quality, enhanced stormwater management and decreasing heat island effect. Stormwater Management According to a USEPA study, […]

The Menace of Trash Burning

Trash burning as a means of solid waste disposal is a common phenomenon worldwide, especially in developing countries. The lack of waste management infrastructure leads to burning of trash as a form of inexpensive waste disposal. Unfortunately, the major environmental and health effects of burning trash are either widely unknown or grossly under-estimated to the […]