While Southeast Asia is known as one of the world’s fastest-growing economic regions, home to booming metropolises like Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, it also hosts some of the planet’s most vital ecological areas. The Greater Mekong, which includes Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, is key to this environmental vitality. According to the WWF, more than 2,200 new vertebrate and vascular plant species have been discovered in the region since 1997. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In the 1970s it was the most densely forested area on Earth. Since then, a third of that tree cover has been lost. Another third is expected to disappear by 2030. Urbanization, land use changes and agribusiness such as palm oil and rubber have devastated forests, along with the wildlife species which rely on them for habitat. The Greater Mekong is also home to one of the world’s major mangrove forest distributions, along with … [Read more...] about Charcoal trade a threat to Myanmar’s vital mangrove forests
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Paalala ng isang doktora na ikonsulta muna sa dentista kung nais gamitan ng baking soda at activated charcoal ang ngipin Minsan ba ay napapaisip ka ukol sa hitsura ng iyong ngipin – kung ito ay maputi o pantay-pantay ang kulay – tuwing ikaw ay napapangiti? Sa programang “Salamat Dok,” tinalakay ng oral surgeon na si Dr. Joyce Ambray kung paano nakatutulong ang baking soda at activated charcoal sa pagpapaputi ng ngipin, at ang mga tamang paraan ng pag-aplay nito sa ngipin. Ayon kay Ambray, mayroon mga katangian ang baking soda na nakatatanggal sa mga “stain” o mantsang naiiwan sa ngipin. “Mayroon kasi siyang property na cleansing, antiseptic and at the same time abrasive. So ang tinatanggal ng baking soda are extrinsic stains – ‘yong stains na nakukuha natin sa coffee, tea, chocolates, soda and other habits like smoking and ‘yong mga nagnganganga,” paliwanag ni Ambray. Isasama lamang ang baking soda sa toothbrush na may … [Read more...] about News Baking soda, activated charcoal mabisa nga bang pampaputi ng ngipin?
In a mountainous farming village near the Oze National Park, a popular eastern Japan marshland frequented by hikers, an artist who crafts accessories and ornaments out of charcoal is using the spirit of DIY to lead full country life. Michiko Setoyama, 39, a former accessory store manager in Tokyo's busy Shibuya shopping district, gave up her stressful city life 15 years ago and pursued farming, charcoal burning and her artisan accessory craft in the village of Katashina in Gunma Prefecture, about a three-hour drive north of the capital. Overcoming difficulties such as living in a house without running water or parenting without relatives' support in a village with an aging population of some 4,500, her motto is to "create whatever is necessary" and "forge a path while keeping an easygoing outlook." "I came up with the idea to make charcoal accessories after seeing a man who put a piece of charcoal in his pocket as a charm," recalled Setoyama, who took up her craft about a decade ago … [Read more...] about Charcoal artist uses DIY spirit to lead full country life
LOOP, an eco-friendly festival, popped up in Singapore on Dec 1, and will run until the end of the month. Sean Lim / Business Insider Doing one’s part to create a greener, more sustainable Earth is all the rage these days. One after another, companies and institutions are banning single-use plastic straws, restaurants are implementing plant-based “meat” in their menus, and now, a new eco-themed lifestyle festival has hit town. On Dec 1, LOOP, a pop-up championing environmental sustainability, made its first appearance in Singapore. Organisers claim it is the country’s first and longest pop-up of its kind. Located at The Incubator at Esplanade Park, the festival is free for all, and will run till Dec 31 this year. I paid the festival a visit during its launch and was immensely impressed by its welcoming, inclusive environment, and its interactive programmes. There are over 100 local eco-conscious craft makers, food and beverage vendors, and a series of … [Read more...] about I made a terrarium at Singapore’s first environmental pop-up festival – here are all the activities you can check out before year-end
IDLIB, Syria: Hudhayfa al-Shahad strapped a colourful paper cup filled with cotton and charcoal to a child's face and tightened a plastic bag around his head: an improvised gas mask if chemicals once again fall on Syria's Idlib.Civilians in Syria's last major stronghold of active opposition to President Bashar al-Assad's rule are preparing food and digging shelters ahead of an expected army offensive.They are also putting their faith in neighbouring Turkey's diplomacy to spare them from military action, which could become a humanitarian disaster."We are preparing what little we can: small primitive masks we can place on our children's mouths in case we are hit with chemicals," 20-year-old Shahad told Reuters from his village south of Idlib city, where he shares a house with his pregnant wife, three children and around 15 other people.His brother, 35-year-old construction worker Ahmed Abdulkarim al-Shahad, shows off the cavernous space under a cool, vine-covered courtyard the family has … [Read more...] about Party cups as gas masks: Idlib civilians prepare for battle