Food-starved Syrians are switching meat for mushrooms

August 10, 2017 by  
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Mushrooms are not a common crop in Syria . With government blockades creating food shortages, however, Syrians in embattled rebel strongholds like Douma are increasingly turning to mushrooms as a substitute for meat. As years of drawn-out sieges place meat and other staples of Syrian cuisine beyond most people’s reach, The Adala Foundation, a local nonprofit, began brainstorming alternatives. “We turned to cultivating mushrooms because they’re a food that has high nutritional value, similar to meat, and can be grown inside houses and basements,” Abu Nabil, an engineer who is project director of the group, told AFP . Mushrooms have proven to be a good source of protein and mineral salts, according to Muayad Mohieddin, Adala’s director. In addition, mushroom farming requires neither copious space nor deep pockets. Related: These amazing zero-waste buildings were grown from mushrooms There was just one problem: “This type of cultivation was totally unknown in Ghouta before the war,” said Mohieddin. Growing bags of mushrooms in a climate-controlled room known as the incubator, Adala has managed to distribute 1,300 kilograms (2,866 pounds) of mushrooms a week to 500 people across Douma and other parts of Eastern Ghota at no cost. “The distribution is free for the poorest families, and for those suffering malnutrition or spinal cord injuries that need lots of nutrients,” Abu Nabil said. Many of the project’s recipients were unfamiliar with mushrooms and had never eaten them before. One psychosocial center organized a workshop to teach people how to cook with mushrooms. Others turned to the Internet for tips. “On the first day, I fried them up with some onions, and on the second day I cooked them in a yoghurt sauce,” said Abu Adnan al-Sidawi, who received mushrooms through Adala. “Mushrooms are delicious cooked and we liked them in the yogurt sauce.” Via AFP Photos by Harshal Hirve and Jade Wulfraat on Unsplash

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Tree branch water filter removes a surprising 99% of E.coli

July 20, 2015 by  
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Sometimes low-tech solutions make the most sense, particularly in developing countries with limited access to affordable technology. It often happens these same countries experience chronic water shortages, so MIT researchers designed a brilliant solution that relies on nature to clean up after itself. It turns out certain kinds of tree branches, when peeled, rival cilantro’s ability to scrub contaminated water clean of harmful bacteria. In an experiment, they found sapwood is capable of eliminating 99 percent of E.coli bacteria. The same properties that allow xylem tissue to transport sap from a tree’s roots to its crown traps bacteria and other particles over 20 nanometers in size. Read the rest of Tree branch water filter removes a surprising 99% of E.coli

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4 Tips For Watering Your Garden During The Drought

July 6, 2015 by  
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California and other states are seeing unprecedented droughts. Water conservation efforts are in full swing, but how will that affect your summer garden? Watering your garden while there is a drought going on can be difficult. The soil can…

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Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on

May 12, 2015 by  
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As California grapples with is fourth year of record-breaking drought conditions, millions of trees are becoming silent victims to the severe water shortage – and millions more are expected to fall. An aerial survey of the 8.2 million acres of the Sierra Nevada and other parts of Southern California by the U.S. Forest Services (USFS) revealed that roughly 12.5 million trees in the state have died already due to the drought, and the news only gets worse from there. Read the rest of Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bark beetle killing california trees , California drought killing trees , california trees death wildfires , millions of trees dying in California , wildfire dangerin california

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How companies and weather may sway public opinion on climate

April 12, 2013 by  
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Erratic weather can raise the public's view on climate change, but leading firms also should promote the business benefits of putting a price on carbon.

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Nike, EMC, Ikea and other biz giants urge US climate action

April 11, 2013 by  
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High-profile firms, led by the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) group, argue climate action will boost economy.

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Solar City Tower by RAFAA turns into an urban waterfall to generate energy

March 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Self-sustaining tower designed for Olympic Games 2016. RAFAA Architecture & Design has proposed a self-sustaining tower for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro

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Tata Water Filter Purifies Water with Ashes

December 11, 2009 by  
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Image from the Globe & Mail Safe clean water is in dire shortage in India and other developing countries. Without it disease is rampant: typhoid, cholera, jaundice and diarrhoea (which will kill about 380,000 children in India alone this year)

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Court Clears Ritual, Bare Handed Killing of a Bull – Does the Judgement Threaten Wider Environmental Problems?

December 6, 2009 by  
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Yesterday, a “thanksgiving” festival for the seasons first fruits included the killing of a black Nguni bull by hand by 40 young men, after legal attempts to stop it failed. The annual festival was hosted by  King Zwelithini of the Zulu Nation and attended by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and other dignitaries

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