Researchers smuggle ancient seeds out of Syria to save agricultural heritage

September 22, 2015 by  
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A unique collection of seeds is safe from destruction in Syria after scientists managed to smuggle their precious cargo out of the country. Since 2012, scientists from The International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), located just outside of Aleppo, have been working to protect their seed bank. The bank holds one of the world’s most important seed collections, preserving ancient seeds as well as seeds from staple food crops, like wheat and barley. The researchers have managed to get 140,000 seed packets out of the country. Read the rest of Researchers smuggle ancient seeds out of Syria to save agricultural heritage

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A tower of 3,000 tiny ceramic shops criticizes London’s crazed consumerism

September 22, 2015 by  
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Syrian refugees are losing their homes to war – along with their culture

September 10, 2015 by  
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The world has been watching the struggle of the Syrian refugees to gain acceptance in Europe this week, and while the human cost of the war has been devastating, so has been the toll on Syrian culture. The recent news has turned the world spotlight back on the Syrian people, but for them, war has been their reality for more than four years. Almost 4 million people have fled the country and more than 7 million people inside Syria have been displaced. Bombings and horrific human rights violations are widespread, and not only are many Syrians losing the place that they call home, but they are losing their heritage as well. Read the rest of Syrian refugees are losing their homes to war – along with their culture

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WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

December 19, 2013 by  
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An estimated 6.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing civil war, which has claimed over 100,000 lives since 2011. With many refugees struggling to find access to adequate shelter, power, safe light sources and clean water, Solar start-up WakaWaka , in collaboration from Solease , are working to provide portable solar power devices to help Syrians in need. Read the rest of WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: humanitarian design , kerosene lamps , portable solar power , refugee camp , solar charger , solar lamp , solar light , Solar Power , Syria , syrian war , waka waka , WakaWaka        

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Young at Art Museum: Florida’s First LEED Gold Certified Children’s Museum Completed

December 19, 2013 by  
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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

December 17, 2013 by  
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Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees , the shelters are ideal for situations such as the ongoing mass displacement of individuals fleeing from the war in Syria. However, as many Syrian refugees enter Lebanon, the Lebanese government has been hesitant to approve the use of the IKEA shelters for fear that they might prove too permanent . Now, after six months of negotiations, the IKEA housing will finally be available to Syrians in Lebanon, but they may not be ready in time to protect many from the harsh winter. Read the rest of IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Emergency housing , emergency shelter , humanitarian design , ikea , lebanon , refugee camp , Refugee Housing , shelter , Solar Power , sustainable design , Syria , syrian war , unhcr , united nations refugee        

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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

December 17, 2013 by  
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