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Can speeding cause more than just accidents? YES!

Whenever we think of speeding, the first thing that usually comes to our mind is traffic accident. This is not surprising because the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) once reported speeding as the contributing factor to 50% of road accidents in Nigeria. The country is ranked as the second in the world in terms of […]

via The Negative impacts of Speeding – Environmental Perspective — Green Habitat Initiative


The Heat Island Effect

When you are living in a city, you naturally feel the need to crank up the AC; whether at home or in your cars. It feels hot, oh so hot. In Delhi, summers can touch temperatures of 45 degree Celsius or more!

But when you move to open spaces, where there is a bit of greenery, you immediately feel the change. There is a breeze that flows, you feel less suffocated and less “closed up”.

Why is that? It’s because cities are, in fact, closed up.

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Human habitation in coastal environments

In a previous post, I talked about how climate change is a major threat to the coastal ecosystems of the world. But I also said that that’s not the only threat….

Truth is, most of the effects of climate change can be buffered by the ecosystem itself. That’s because climate change is not a new phenomenon. Ecosystems of the past have learnt to deal with it and have even survived it. The real reason why the current climate change poses a threat is that it is coupled with something that has never happened before in geological past: human effect.

Humans possibly pose a bigger threat to the coastal ecosystems than climate change, because our intervention is more direct, more rigorous and more continuous…

In this post, I will specifically look at the effect of human habitation on coastal ecosystems.

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Environmental Impact Assessment-Opportunities

The environment is complex. It’s got a lot of things; air, water, soil, rocks. Add to that living things; people, animals, plants, trees, insects. They all interact with each and every other to form what is called the ecosystem.

People have had the biggest, most profound impact on the ecosystem among all living beings that ever lived on this planet. We are intelligent beings, and we can do things no other being has ever done. Unfortunately, not everything we do is “good” with respect the the ecosystem. As I mentioned, everything interacts with everything. In big and small ways. In visible and invisible ways. Short-term and long term. The same is true for humans vis a vis. everything in the ecosystem.

It was in order to rectify and prevent the “bad” impacts that the whole concept of EIA came to be. And since it involves so many known and unknown interactions, EIA is one of the most versatile fields ever conceived. Continue reading Environmental Impact Assessment-Opportunities

Environmental Impact Assessment-an introduction

The need of the hour!

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a tool, that is fast growing to be the most useful and the most important tool in developmental projects to prevent/mitigate damage to the environment as much as possible.

As the name suggests, it is an all out study on all possible effects a project can have on the environment surrounding it, and the environment of places it is connected to in any direct way like rivers etc. Continue reading Environmental Impact Assessment-an introduction

Slope stability

Construction of buildings in itself is a big, big project. It’s something that sets human beings apart as a species. And we have broken so many barriers when it comes to choosing a site to construct anything. When you look at construction projects being taken up under the sea floor, or hundreds of feet below ground, the remarkability of constructions on a slope diminishes. Nevertheless, this is one of the basic challenges a civil engineer faces and plays an important role in preventing damages through disasters like earthquakes and landslides.

An important factor taken into consideration in such situations is the slope stability analysis.  Continue reading Slope stability

Growing metropolis

Everyone wants to move to the city. It’s the place to be. It’s where everything is happening. It’s got the goods, the income, the happiness and everything else that everyone could possibly want out of life.

No, this is not a moral article. I’m going to be very practical, and I’m going to take one specific example to show what a growing city means/could mean to the people there, and to the environment there.  Continue reading Growing metropolis