“Always aim high, work hard and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”
- Hillary Clinton, Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee
Since the feminist movement of the 1960s, women began to enter the workforce in great numbers. Five decades in, whilst other industries see healthy growth in women participation, too few women are pursuing a career in engineering and sciences. …
A lot has been said about parking lots (or car parks as it is commonly called here), but paradise is not one of them. The scarcity of vacant lots, ridiculous rates and encounters with ill-mannered drivers jostling for a parking space, seem far from a blissful scene. It gets worse when it is underground. The overwhelming acrid humid air from poorly ventilated underground space, the loud and excessive noise and the safety risks, are known to cause some degree of unpleasantness, even to the very best of us.
The rise of underground car parks
As new buildings are developed in various parts of the city, predictions are ubiquitous that more underground car parks are to be built, too. …
Noise is everywhere, especially in urbanized areas. Most of us have neglected the impact of noise pollution and see it as a norm. Little did we know that, according to the World Health Organization, it is the second biggest environmental cause of health problems after air pollution. Across Europe every year, studies from 2012 has suggested it has contributed to 910,000 additional cases of hypertension and 10,000 premature deaths related to coronary heart diseases or strokes1.
So why does it seem that no one voices out as much about noise pollution?
As comparison to other waste pollution like chemical, air, oil and etc, noise is invisible. Other tangible and easily quantifiable pollution can be seen to be more alarming when a certain amount is exposed. For example, when an oil spill from a tanker happens, pictures of the incident will immediately cause huge conundrum for authorities and service providers. However, most people cannot imagine the severity of noise pollution unless they could actually hear the impact of the pollution. As said by Dr Shailendra, “You don’t consider it as something bad because you’ve been exposed to it all your life”. “But it’s because you’ve been exposed to it your whole life, that it does affect you. But you don’t realise the importance of it until it reaches that point where the effect is permanent and you can’t recover.”2 That will be the worrying part when the effect becomes irreversible. …