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Does Seaweed can Absorb Carbon Dioxide?

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When we heard about seaweed, the first thing that comes to our mind is tao kae noi, the most famous seaweed snack from Thailand, or if you like sushi, then you definitely know the taste of seaweed that wrapping in the rice. 

Yes, definitely you all already know the beauty taste of the seaweed that melts on your tongue. Seaweed knows has high protein that is good to our health such as 

  • Contains Iodine and Tyrosine, Which Support Thyroid Function 
  • Contains 4 grams of protein 
  • Contains a Variety of Protective Antioxidants 
  • Provides Fiber and Polysaccharides That Can Support Your Gut Health 
  • And other good beneficials.

Recently, people are researching another benefit of seaweed, and one of the researchers was Winberg, a marine ecologist at the University of Wollongong. She has spent decades studying seaweed, she believes that seaweed’s fast growth rate and ability to absorb vast amount of carbon dioxide can help fight climate change, deacidify the oceans, and change the way we farm, not just in the oceans but also on land. In short, Winberg believes averting the worst of climate change will involve growing more seaweed – much more.  

It says that “Globally, seaweeds are thought to sequester nearly 200 million tonnes of CO2 every year – as much as New York State’s annual emissions”. 

It was such a huge number and seem trustworthy. 

But the researchers are not completed yet, as a study published in Nature Geoscience found that our assumptions about seaweed absorbing carbon dioxide could be wrong. The study estimated that about 11 percent of total seaweed production may be sequestered, most of it after it sinks down into the deep sea. 

We may not know the truth about the seaweed, but according to these studies, there is high opportunity that seaweed might can absorb the carbon dioxide and help the world to minimize the level of carbon dioxide. 

Matter and energy

Evaporating the Seawater for Agriculture

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If we take a look at the maps or globe, we will realize that our planet is dominated by the ocean. Then, we will interpret that the freshwater is the biggest natural sources in the world. 

That fact is true, about 2/3 of our planet is dominated by waters rather than land. In fact, our earth has 326 million gallons of water. If calculated as a percentage, our water source comes from: 

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But, did you know that 2/3 out of waters only 1% of water that we can consume? 

The 1% of freshwater we consumed are coming from groundwater, rain water and surface water such as; rivers, streams, open canals, and lakes 

And in most regions of the world, over 70 percent of freshwater is used for agriculture. Can you imagine how much freshwater we will have in the next 50 years? This is the reason why many organizations are researching and developing the rest of 99% of water sources in our planet. 

The lack of freshwater is a serious threat to the survival of many people and wildlife worldwide and the climate change makes the water supplies becoming worse. 

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2025, half of the global population will be living in water-stressed areas, where the demand for clean, usable water surpasses the amount available. 

While we are in crise of freshwater, the Seawater Greenhouse project harness the power of two things of our natural resources ample supply of – seawater and sunlight. 

They evaporate the seawater so it can be used for our agricultural so people can grow food in the middle of the dessert. The beauty of a seawater greenhouse is that water can be reused efficiently. 

Beyond Earth, Oceans

Ocean Sustainability for a better Economy

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There are 14 countries who commits in ocean sustainability in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Ocean is a big asset of economy in the world, and according to data, there are 90% of goods are traded across the ocean and the ocean economy contributes more than $1,5 trillion a year to the global economy. 

Hundreds of millions of people are having a better life and economy because of the ocean since there are many business industries in fishing and mariculture such as, shipping and ports, tourism, offshore energy, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. 

The ocean is so vast, and its role in the global economy and the lives of the world’s people so fundamental, however there are groups that destroying the nature of the sea and cause big damages to the sea animals and biodiversity. 

Ocean provides a wide variety of vital benefits, according to the Ocean Panel, there are 6 benefits of ocean to our life: 

It helps make the planet liveable and is critical to managing the effects of climate change. Besides forests, ocean can also produce oxygen. In fact, half of planet’s oxygen produced by ocean and the ocean absorbs 93% of world’s anthropogenic in the world. 

The global economy and the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people depend on the ocean. The ocean economy contributes more than $1,5 trillion for the worldwide economy. As we can see that many people are work in the ocean sectors. 

The ocean provides billions of people with nutritious food, with a much smaller environmental footprint than land-based food production. Seafood contains are the sources of protein, and key nutrients, including the omega-3 fatty acids and iodine. 

Coastal habitats, such as mangroves, provide protection for hundreds of millions of people, nurture biodiversity, detoxify pollutants flowing off the land, and provide nursery areas for fisheries, increasing the supply of food and providing livelihoods. In fact, the coral reefs contribute $11,5 billion a year to tourism, benefitting more than 100 countries and providing food and livelihoods to local people. 

The ocean provides a sense of wonder, solace and connection to the natural world and is deeply woven into the cultural and spiritual lives of billions of coastal dwellers. It also gives pleasure to the hundreds of millions of people a year who visit it 

The ocean may store unknown treasures. In addition to its known benefits, it may be the home of undiscovered resources—including medical ones—and new knowledge. 

Life

World’s Cleanest Country : Denmark

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Imagine waking up in the morning, opening the window and taking a deep breath of fresh air is like everyone’s dream.  
Well, it must be what every Danes feels like every morning. 

Denmark, is a Nordic country which is known as one of the cleanest countries in the world. In fact, in 2006 – 2008, the University of Leicester and World Database of Happiness from Ruut Veenhoven of Erasmus University Rotterdam has doing a survey of “How happy the Danish are? with the scale of 1 to 10. The results are most Danes were rated at least an eight, and several of them were rated nines and tens. 

The secret behind the Danes are the happiest people in the world. 

Actually, it is not a secret but it is more about culture or tradition, it is Societal Trust”. 

In Denmark, trust is the basis of most social interactions as well as business and government, which is why Danes are trusting their government or people who hold power in these positions to acted in the best interest of society, and there is very little corruption. 

  • Stable government 
  • Low levels of corruption 
  • Access to high-quality education and health care 

As we can see now, Denmark was really made great jobs and be the pioneer in the leadership and climate change in reducing the uses of gas emissions and developing natural resources as energy. 

Denmark is in the rank number 1 of high scorers exhibit long-standing policies and programs to protect public health, preserve natural resources, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

DenmarkThe 2020 EPI scores and ranks the environmental performance for 180 countries, based on the most recent year of data available. It also shows how these scores have changed over the previous decade. – YALE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 

Denmark is doing a great job in creating a better social well-fare and environment. You can travel to Denmark to experience fresher air, healthier environment to revive and relieve yourself from the pollution and hectic days during your working day. 

Life

How to Successfully Throw an Awesome Barbecue Party

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Are you planning to throw a barbecue party? What kind of events are you planning on? Is it a graduation party, birthday party, wedding party, or new year party? Whatever the occasion is, a barbecue party is a great option to celebrate a big event with your friends and your family. 

But, before you start throwing out a party, here are the 6 tips to have an awesome barbecue party! 

1. Theme 

To throw a party, we need a theme of the party. You must know what the objective of this party is. Is it a birthday party or just a celebration of New Year’s Eve or Christmas?  

2. Place 

You have to know where you want to hold the party. You can hold the party it in the park, your house, your backyard, it’s your choice. The place must be matched to the theme. If you are planning on throwing a beach party, then you must hold the party in outdoor. 

3. Invitation 

Design your own design invitation card. If it is possible, use the party theme on your invitation card. 

4. Decorations 

Decorate your venue with table décor, flowers, balloons and other decorations to heat up the ambience. 

5. Foods and Drinks 

What is the point of party without delicious foods? An essential part of any party is the food. As a party maker, you have to serve variety of foods, salads and appetizers to your guests. Here are some party foods that work well with any party theme. 

  • Snack: Chips, Guacamole, Salsa 
  • Main Course: Grilled Salmon, Hamburger, Rib Rubs 
  • Side Dish: Fruit Salad, Pasta Salad, Tortilla 
  • Dessert: Ice Cream, Cupcakes, Apple Pie 
  • Drinks: Cocktail, Mineral Water, Soda 

6. Entertainment 

Think some of entertainment activities to heat up the party. You can make a playlist song to make your guests sing along and dance or prepare some games like Ping Pong or Never Have I Ever. 

 

Life

What Are Possible Sources of Indoor Air Pollution?

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Nobody wants to breathe polluted air, but they have no idea that the air they breathed in inside their home are contaminated to many pollutants. It is sad to be true, but the indoor air quality is 10 times worse than the outdoor air quality. 

Since we spent 80% of our times indoor, there is a high chance that we breathed polluted air every day and infected our lung with pollutants that can impact to our health. 

Common Indoor Air Pollutants 

1. Particulates 

If you use alternative heating coal such as wood stove, then you are exposed to the smoke particulates every day. The particulates in the smoke can fly in the air and inhaled to your lungs. It can absorb to your lung and damaging it. 

2. Tobacco 

If you are a smoker or live with a smoker, chances of compounds and chemicals in your indoor air are heavily high. The only solution to avoid this is to make your home smoke-free and do not let anyone smoke inside your house. 

3. Volatiles 

You may not know about this, but, your cleaning products, hairsprays, paints, fabrics are the sources of volatile organic compounds. You can reduce the uses of hairsprays to protect yourself from the exposure of pollutants. 

 

These indoor air pollutants are dangerous to our health. You can protect yourself and your family by cleaning-up your house regularly, let the window open to circulate the air or installing an air purifier in your living room or your bedroom to keep your indoor air fresh. 

 

Life

5 Smart Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor Air Pollution 

Did you know that the indoor air quality is 10 times worse than the outdoor air quality? Yes, the air that you breathe in your home is as bad – or even worse than it is outdoors.  To make it worse, 80% of our time are spent in indoor area which makes us breathe pollute air every day 

What is exactly air pollution? 

According to the British Lung Foundation defines indoor air pollution as “dust, dirt or gases in the air inside a building that harms us if we breathe it in”. 

It means that without us knowing, the indoor air is contained so many dust, gases, bacteria and other pollutants in the airborne. The World Health Organization (WHO) said, the indoor air pollution killed a staggering 4.3 million people worldwide in 2012, of which 99,000 people were in Europe suffering from serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease. 

But there are still ways for us to breathe cleaner and fresher air.  

5 Smart Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality 

  • Clean your house regularly 
    Clean your house, carpets and sofas regularly can reduce the level of pollutants in your home or your office. So, make sure to clean it up regularly or hire a professional to clean it up for you.
  • Make your home smoke-free zone 
    If you are a smoker, then you should hold yourself a bit to not smoke cigarettes inside your house. Why? Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals and the smoke and odour of your cigarettes can pollute your air.  It would be better if you stop smoking, or smoke outside your house and do not let anyone smoke inside your house. 
  • Use Cooking Vents 
    Gas stoves release harmful contaminants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Which is why, you need to install a kitchen vents to remove and filter out the air to improve indoor air quality. 
  • Buy indoor plants 
    Plants are nature’s natural air filters. Besides, investing indoor plants can boost your mood by looking at the green fresh leaves. 
  • Invest in an air purifier 
    Yes, an air purifier is great to trap and remove almost 100% of pollutants, bacteria and viruses, filtering it and releasing it back out into the room with cleaner and fresher air.
    It is highly recommended tools to improve your indoor air quality. 
Life

How To Remove Cigarette Smell in 3 Ways

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Who likes the smell of cigarette smoke? Even though you are smokers or non-smokers, we all do not like the smells from cigarette smoke or another object lingering in our house or cars, isn’t it? 

However, the cigarette smoke leaves a strong odour in your car and even your house. The reason why cigarettes leave a strong odour in your fabric, sofa, hairs and leather is because these types of material can easily be absorbed by cigarette smoke.  

Unfortunately, removing the lingering cigarette smells in your t-shirt, sofa, fabric or your room is not as easy as we thought. But there are ways for you to try to remove the cigarette smell easier. 

Here are the three ways for you to remove cigarette smell: 

Coffee Grounds 

If you are a coffee lover, then you can easily have this thing. The coffee grounds can absorb the odour of cigarette smoke in your car or your room. 

How to use coffee grounds to remove odours? 

  1. You need to prepare coffee grounds and a bowl 
  2. Fill the bowl with the coffee grounds 
  3. Please place it in the place you want to remove the odours 

Charcoal

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Some of you do not think that charcoal can help you to remove odour in your room. It turns out, charcoal contains pores (small microscopic holes), that attract molecules (gases, liquids, and even solids). That is why charcoal is a highly recommended option for you to remove odours. 

How to use charcoal to remove odours? 

  1. You need to prepare activated charcoal and a bowl 
  2. Fill the bowl with the activated charcoal 
  3. Please place it in the place you want to remove the odours 

Note: the more activated charcoal you use, the faster the odours absorb. 

Baking Soda

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Baking soda has the ability to absorb the odour of cigarette smoke in your carpet or furniture. 

How to use baking soda to remove odours? 

  1. Prepare the baking soda 
  2. Spread the baking soda on the carpets, sofas or other furnitures 
  3. Wait for 1 or 2 hours for baking soda to absorb the odour 
  4. Clean it. 

After trying this way to remove cigarette smells, do not forget to keep your house or your car clean by regularly cleaning your home or your vehicle so the odour will not linger for a long time.