NUQ students launch ‘Qatarvironment’ website to investigate the country’s environmental issues
Qatar has the highest carbon emissions per capita in the world, about 40.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person, according to World Bank estimates.
In order to understand the initiatives that the government is undertaking to lower that number, a group of students from Advanced Online Storytelling journalism course at North-western University in Qatar have launched a website called qatarvironment.org that explores the various environmental issues plaguing the country through a collection of articles, videos, photographs and statistics.
In a press statement, instructor of the NU-Q journalism course, Christina Paschyn said, “Qatar has the highest carbon emissions per capita in the world, and I think it is important for people to cover the story and what Qatar is doing to lower its environmental footprint.”
One such initiative was the launch of the The Baytna project, Qatar’s first Passivhaus experiment in Barwa City at Mesaimeer last year, by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), Barwa Real Estate Group (BRE) and Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa). These houses are said to consume 50% less energy and water, and also emit 50% less carbon emissions than a traditional house.
Some other issues that the website would explore are overfishing, food security, recycling, endangered species and over consumption of energy. Though at a nascent stage, students hope to make Qatarvironment a central source of information on all topics pertaining to environment.
[Photo Courtesy: Qatarvironment on Flickr]