The recipe is here > http://greenissuessingapore.blogspot.sg/2009/08/recipe-for-mushroom-barley-dish.html!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
What got me interested was that the Crocs are (in)famous for its durability. In fact, why would you want to buy many pairs of Crocs, especially if your first pair is doing just fine. And that's the irony of it all for some businesses. Do you make durable ones or do you create a less durable product that people will throw away after a few months and buy another? I remember the Scholl clogs were around during the 80s and then they disappeared. The sales lady told my mum that the co. took them off the market as people weren't buying them anymore. True, my mum's lasted 10 years! I'm not joking! In Singapore, we gals know that C&K have really pretty shoes, but we do know that they don't last anywhere near the 6mth mark.
I wonder how you balance it? Consumerism = good business = jobs ? Less consumerism = business goes into decline = fewer jobs ? Oh no, I'm not making sense..... need some zzzz....
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
"Since January 2009, the Fairmont Hotel Singapore has ceased to serve and offer shark's fin soup to its diners at Szechuan Court and guests at Raffles City Convention Centre. The hotel aims to educate consumers on the cruelty involved in the production of shark's fin soup, whilst offering alternative dishes to customers. SPCA was invited by the Fairmont Hotel Singapore to collaborate on its specially-designed brochure, "Make our Culinary Choice a Responsible Choice" by providing the write-up on the cruelty involved in the shark's fin trade. It is hoped that other hotels and restaurants will follow after this commendable initiative by Fairmont Hotel Singapore."
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
They've got a nice vegy recipe site too >> http://www.vegcooking.com/f_holiday_cooking.asp
I've also found a few recommended ones from The Guardian (yeah, yeah, I like to read it most of the time)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In Japan, JP Holdings, Inc., a major Japanese supplier of childcare services,opened an eco-friendly day care center in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture,on April 1, 2009. The Kids Plaza Asuku Nanakoudai Day Care Center has an eco-friendly play area for kids to interact with nature which includes awell, a hill, a small creek, a pond and a wind turbine. It also has its own farm for the kids to grow their own food! The building is also made of 100% wood and the aircon uses geothermal energy. But the building is designed so that the wind can flow through the building if there's a breeze. I wouldn't mind putting my son there, but then I don't live in Japan :-(
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Anyway, you can vote!!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
This carbon calculator was launched in Jun 09 by the Singapore Environment Council.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
a) There's Obama 's US climate change bill passing the key Congress vote and they're now waiting to see if it will go through the Senate. I thought a lot of people in the US would support this Bill, but there seemed to be a lot of "bashing" on this website (I think it's to do with job losses). I hope they're in the minority.
b) They maybe the largest solar panel producers in the world, but China is on the verge of being a major market for solar panels. China being a major market for solar panels. According to Reuters, China's government said in March it will offer to pay 20 yuan ($2.90) per watt of solar systems fixed to roofs and which have a capacity of more than 50 kilowatt peak (kwp).
The subsidy, which could cover half the cost of installing the system, was popular among developers, attracting applications equivalent to the building of 1 gigawatt of solar power.
c) UNEP and the WTO just published a joint report on Climate Change and Free Trade last month. They're trying to convince people that global trade is good for the environment too (though they're not admitting that the boom is responsible for all the climate change). By breaking down trade barriers, developed nations can export their green technology to less developed or other developed nations to help them in their fight against climate change. Honestly, it's going to take a lot more than exporting green technology. There is still going to be a need for concrete moves & commitments towards emissions reductions. To me, exporting green tech to another country just so that they can expand an industry may not result in overall emission reductions.
Monday, July 6, 2009
"A 58-year-old woman was slapped and hit by a flying plastic soda bottle in an altercation over environmental protection at a Tin Shui Wai store.
A 58-year-old woman was slapped and hit by a flying plastic soda bottle in an altercation over environmental protection at a Tin Shui Wai store.
The incident happened at 8.30am yesterday in a ParknShop at the Tin Shui Shopping Centre in Tin Shui Estate during a reusable bag giveaway when long queues for the freebies disrupted other checkout lines.
A ParknShop spokeswoman said two women "had a disagreement over their views on environmental protection," and were not fighting over giveaways.
The victim, surnamed Ngai, allegedly bumped into another woman with her trolley and the two then started to argue.
Ngai told police the other shopper then slapped her across the face and hurled a plastic soda bottle at her before running away. She was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment.
Police are looking for a 1.64-meter-tall woman, aged 30 to 40 years, who was wearing jeans and a pink shirt. "
Then, I read this. I can't believe it!
"Meanwhile, the environmental chief has hit out at prepackaged goods threatening to undermine the plastic bag levy. Some manufacturers - from drinks to detergent makers - have started to package goods in plastic bags complete with handles.
Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah said it goes "against the spirit of the levy, public consensus and environmental protection. Stores that stock these prepackaged goods could see their reputation damaged."
To drive the message home, Undersecretary for the Environment Kitty Poon Kit handed out refrigerator magnets in Chinese, English, Tagalog, Indonesian and Thai to domestic helpers in Central.
But a green group's survey has found that the public does not understand the 50 HK cents-per- plastic-bag scheme and its purpose, which is to change consumer behavior and not to create another source of government revenue, as many think.
The levy, which starts tomorrow, applies to any chain store that sells either food, drink or hygiene products and has at least five locations with over 200 square feet of retail space each. Dedicated checkout counters are required for items covered in the levy in department store grocery areas. "
Sunday, July 5, 2009
With a different brooch I made.....
Other good home remedies that my mum taught me are:
a) thick slices of lemon with hot water and honey. Just use your spoon and attack the lemons once they hit the water :-)
b) hot coca cola with thick slices of lemon or grated ginger - okay, this is a little wierd, and not so natural, but everyone in Hong Kong swears by it. Just pour your can of coca cola into a pan and add your lemon (remember to get the flavour out with a ladle) or grated ginger. Boil it for a few minutes and then enjoy! Good for colds and a bit like hot chocolate for cold weather! Hmmmm....
Saturday, July 4, 2009
"Damnable" inventions other than steam are being applied to ships. The Times has often voiced complaints against street noises - the organ-grinder has long been regarded as a public nuisance and even the street band: both are now rare, if not extinct. Unfortunately, the organ-grinder is reappearing on ship board, in the far less tolerable form of the raucous, very loud-speaker gramophone and wireless so called "music". All my life I have been a traveller on the Thames. I went recently to Ramesgate and back. A more perfect day for the water could not have been, but in gooing to sea we seek peac and content, the enjoyment of clean air, and getting away from the town. Instead of which, except during rare intervals, we were brayed at from every angle by a horrible noise-producing mechanism which only occasionally simulated music; on deck our ears were everywhere offended by the noise; the saloon was a veritable pandemonium, worse than the streets of Rome. Quiet talk with a neighbour, even reading, was impossible; proper enjoyment of the charms of river and sea was ruled out. On these trips the beauty of the side waves and of the ship's wake is enough to fill the eye wit joy; the throb of the engines, the beat of the paddles, is a sufficient and the only appropriate music.
Just in case you're wondering, the organ-grinder is that hand-cranked music machine you see in the silent movies :-)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Osaka also has plans to green other govt. offices as welll as schools with"green curtains" of goya (bitter gourd).