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AUK Hosts Talk on Air Quality in Kuwait

In collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA), the Environmental Club (Al- Akhdar) at AUK hosted a talk entitled "Every Breath You Take: Understanding Air Quality". The event was part of the Environmental Month that took place in April 2012. The Environmental month was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait, and organized by Edara Group & Vision Company.

The lecture was conducted by Brian Freeman, Team Leader of Air Regulatory Management Systems for the Kuwait Integrated Environmental Management project funded by the UNDP. During his lecture, Freeman talked about air pollutants in Kuwait, how they are generated, and their impact on health and environment. The lecture also brought up the newly approved amendments to Kuwait's environmental regulations dealing with air quality and their impact on Kuwait.

Freeman's lecture proved both a technical and informative perspective into the different components of air and how they interact with the natural and industrial surroundings. Focusing on Kuwait's environment, Freeman discussed the coastal effect and the land erosion caused by wave action. He explained the difference between the sea breeze and land breeze and their effects on temperature.

According to Freeman, the human body has been equipped to tolerate certain levels of toxins so long as it doesn't get exposed to them too much or too long. Freeman defined the different sources of pollutants Kuwait is exposed to including, power plants, fossil fuel combustion, waste disposal, industrial pollutants, road vehicles and area sources among others. There are many schemes and methods to measure and monitor emissions, according to Freeman. These include, software monitoring, process monitoring, stack monitors, engineering models and continuous emission monitoring systems. Adopting any of these methods relies on economic and technical considerations. Concluding his discussion, Freeman shed light on Kuwait's action plan to control and reduce air pollution and how the public could contribute to this through awareness.

Freeman holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio. His twenty years of experience include service with the United States Department of Defense and international environmental regulatory authorities. Freeman lived in the region for over seven years including Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan.

Al Akhdar Environmental Club, led by Rasha Abdelhamid, is a student organization at AUK that aims to implement schemes that enrich appreciation for the environment, demonstrating the link between environmental and social relations and enhancing environmental sustainability within Kuwait and the Arab vicinity. Under the supervision of its Academic Advisors, Dr. Ali Al Jamal and Dr. Aly Mansour, Al Akhdar Environmental Club aspires to precede its reputation as a non-profit environmental organization and to become a leading figure in accordance to ecosystem conservation and ecology.
Images from the Event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 20th May 2012

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2012

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