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Seaweed as a compostable, marine-safe packaging?

By Roger Rodrigo

Seaweed has been a food source for many years but now scientists have uncovered another use for this resilient plant: packaging.

UK-based start-up Oceanium has developed "green and clean" technology that can turn seaweed into both a food source and compostable, marine-safe packaging.

One of the emerging facts is that seaweed farms also protect the seabed from commercial fishing and other harmful practices and contribute to a low-carbon economy.

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Can seaweed be used as biofuel?

By Roger Rodrigo

It remains a tantalizing question, doesn’t it? Imagine the possibilities worldwide.

Now the U.S. government is providing funding for two research projects whose mission is to produce seaweed in large numbers then convert this into biofuel and bio-based chemicals.

The U.S. authorities have ascertained that should the project bear fruit they could fulfil as much as 10% of transportation sector needs.

Singapore sets aside S$25 million for research on rising sea levels and temperatures.

Recognising the clear impact of climate change on its coastal areas the city republic has embarked on a programme looking into ecological resilience, eco-engineering and blue carbon.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/25m-boost-for-research-on-marine-climate-change

Govt rides public trend with set rules for urban community farming

Special Report by Back To Earth News

Amid the doom and gloom of Covid-19 comes a silver lining. How so? Marooned in their homes because of the lockdown many people have turned to community farming to occupy themselves in a meaningful way and to share the fruits of their harvests.

Hence community plots have sprouted in places like USJ12, Subang Jaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor and even in public housing areas where unused land have been converted into productive food gardens.

This trend has not gone unnoticed by the government who in the meantime felt it was timely to formulate guidelines that community farms could abide by. Before this, there was no policy regarding urban farming.

Even these gentle creatures that swim, dance and change colours to attract mates are not spared. Yes, they are being taken, traded and eaten as delicacies across the world.

The University of Malaya has mounted a campaign to trace our seahorses in a bid to stop this feeding frenzy.

Please fill up the survey form:
https://m.facebook.com/saveourseahorse/photos/a.10151718065651508/10158843451391508/?type=3&source=48

Once done please post on all your social media handles so that more Malaysians can be informed.

#tracingourseahorses
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