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World Wetlands Day 2014: Wetlands and Agriculture

February 3, 2014, 12:50 amFiled under: Home — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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World Wetlands Day 2014: Wetlands and Agriculture

Healthy wetlands are essential to feed growing global population

On Sunday 2 February, World Wetlands Day, the Convention on Wetlands calls for greater collaboration between the agriculture, water and wetlands sectors to ensure that healthy wetlands continue to provide clean water, food, and many other benefits to people and nature.
Across the world, 70% of all water withdrawn from wetlands, including aquifers, rivers and lakes, is used for agriculture. Wetlands support agriculture by providing water, transport and fertile soils but also by directly supplying food and other products such as thatch or biofuel. They also provide benefits to others further downstream such as helping to store water for drinking and for energy production and providing habitat for local and migrating animals.

Food production needs to increase by 60% to feed a growing global population that could exceed nine billion people by 2050. Agricultural water consumption is estimated to increase by 19%, with much of the increased demand being for irrigation in areas which are already water-scarce.

“Wetlands provide all the water we use in our daily lives, as well as the precious  water needed to grow crops and produce food,” said Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. “They also reduce the impact of storms, floods and droughts, and clean polluted water. It is important to maintain wetlands and to manage them wisely to ensure that they continue to support agriculture.”



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MYX: Pendant Lamp Produced in Mushroom based Textile

December 23, 2013, 12:30 amFiled under: Eco Design — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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The lamps consist of plant fibre and mushroom-mycelium. The lamp is grown into the shape during a period of 2 weeks, where the mushroom eats and grows together the plant fibres into a flexible and soft living textile. After harvesting of the edible mushrooms, the waste can be used a dry and lightweight material, that is both organic, compostable and sustainable.

The mushroom mycelium stabilizes the construction by physically growing together the material behaving as a glue between the fibres. During the production period every lamps produces 500-600 gr of Oyster mushrooms, that is both nutritious and healthy. The material consists of living waste from a commercial mushroom production and natural plant fibres. The Mushroom mycelium grows the fruits while stabilizing the material in a matrix of mycelium roots, that creates a optimized end-waste product with a nutritious food product during the growing cycle.

Material: Plant fibres, Oyster mushroom mycelium – Pleurotus Ostreatus

Association: Master Project in product design at the Royal Academy of Art, school of design, Copenhagen Denmark 2013

Dimensions: Diameter: 32 cm Height: 29 cm


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Philippines Typhoon Appeal

November 13, 2013, 1:58 amFiled under: Philippines Relief — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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Philippines Typhoon Appeal


More than 9.8 million people in the Philippines have had their lives torn apart by Typhoon Haiyan. They urgently need food, water and emergency shelter.

It’s estimated that at least 10,000 people have died, and over 600,000 have been displaced. Power and communication lines are down, many roads are impassable, and airports are out of action.

DEC member agencies and their partners are providing immediate assistance to those affected and will be helping them to rebuild their lives.

The DEC brings together the 14 leading UK aid agencies to finance relief for people affected by major disasters





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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Fundraiser

Filed under: Philippines Relief — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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Organizer: Thresher Shark Divers
Beneficiary: The people of Malapascua Island, Philippines

Fundraiser Details

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) recently devastated many parts of the Philippines. Malapascua Island was right in its path. This is the worst typhoon the island has ever seen. Most of the island was flattened.

Most of the locals have lost everything they own, including their houses. We have been devastated to see this happen to these wonderful people who we have lived with and worked with for 10 years.

Of immediate need is emergency shelter, food and supplies. After this, they will need to rebuild their homes.  We are asking for your help.

Please be assured that all funds will go directly towards emergency supplies in the initial weeks, and building materials in the ongoing weeks. The funds will be directly administered by us to ensure every penny goes where it most needed.

Every little bit helps – even as little as a $10 donation can buy 50 gallons of drinking water or 10 kilos of rice!

The account is in GBP (British pounds). 1GBP = USD$1.6 = PHP 69 approx.




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CARE Plans to Help 150,000 Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

November 12, 2013, 3:24 amFiled under: Philippines Relief — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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MANILA (Nov. 10) - As the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan begins to emerge, CARE is working to deliver emergency aid to families impacted by one of the worst storms ever recorded.

An estimated 4.3 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with hundreds already confirmed dead. CARE teams have arrived in the Philippines to assist with what is likely to be one of the biggest international emergency relief efforts in years.

CARE Philippines’ Disaster Reduction Adviser, Celso Dulce, said the extent of Typhoon Haiyan was beginning to emerge, with Southern Leyte Province and Samar having felt its full force.

“Our teams are reporting scenes of complete devastation, with entire communities flattened, and countless families having lost everything – loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods,” he said. “Many parts of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar remain cut off, and without food, water or shelter. The need for immediate emergency supplies is critical.”

CARE’s preliminary planned response aims to help 30,000 families with emergency assistance over the coming months and to help them recover in the longer term. Dulce said support from the international community would be critical, and urged people to support CARE’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, which would provide shelter and relief and help families begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

“Our current focus is on providing the immediate essentials – shelter, water and food – to communities hit hardest by this disaster. International support will be essential to preventing further loss of life and helping families begin to rebuild their lives over the coming weeks and months.”




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Donate Now! to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan

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Donate Now! to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Please donate to help 150,000 victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines.

To donate to Raks Thai Foundation, please use the following account number:

  • The Siam Commercial Bank : No. 056-2-21065-4
  • Kasikorn Bank : No.799-2-50785-8
  • Bangkok Bank : No. 127-4-05900-3

If you want to make a donation in another country, please contact your nearest CARE Member as links: http://www.care-international.org/donate-now.aspx


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