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New research center to lead decarbonizing efforts for shipping industry

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated as of September 8, 2021) After making a strong commitment to reducing its global carbon emissions towards 2050, the shipping industry, led by major players, are taking the next step to develop new fuel types and technologies. Recently launched was the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon …

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As more kids become infected with Covid-19, now is the time to address vitamin D deficiency

As Covid-19 vaccines are still in short supply worldwide, and debate still rages whether children can already be safely given jabs of the experimental vaccines, time is truly of the essence; kids’ immune systems must be strengthened now in order for their own bodies to more effectively fight off any viral infections, especially in this …

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Etihad first among Gulf airlines to set net-zero emissions goals by 2050

In early 2020, Etihad Airways announced its ambitious goal of zero net emissions by 2050 and splitting its 2019 net emission levels by 2035, thus becoming the first among Gulf airlines to set such industry targets. To achieve that goal, Etihad committed to purchase carbon offsets to completely neutralize the CO2 emissions of its flagship …

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Shiela R. Castillo, a vegan climate advocate and futurist

Zeroing in on Zoonosis; preventing the next pandemic

There have been numerous issues affecting the Earth’s sustainability. Many of these problems have been caused by our lack of respect to Mother Earth. Having caused these problems, we can be part of the solutions. This pilot episode of “SustainabiliTALKS” with Shiela R. Castillo (a vegan climate advocate and futurist) at TessDrive.com discusses what zoonosis …

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Stopping stunted growth in children: DOST to tackle malnourishment in Philippines’ 8 most isolated areas

Eight geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) will soon benefit from the operation of complementary food Production facilities (CFPFs). These include the Ifugao State University (IFSU) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR); Odiongan, Romblon; Alabel, Sarangani; Sulu State College (SSC); Zamboanga del Norte; Lanao del Norte; Catanduanes; and Tawi-Tawi. The 8 GIDAs are the priority …

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‘Smartphones x personal mobility’: Xiaomi a step closer to making self-driving EVs

Xiaomi, the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, has expressed its interest in entering the electric car market. In line with this business strategy, Xiaomi is reportedly planning to participate in a $231 million investment round for Black Sesame Technologies, Inc., according to anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported. Based in Shanghai, Black Sesame is a startup …

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The Science Behind Community Pantries: DOST-FNRI Survey Finds 60% Of Pinoys Food Insecure

The Pinoy “bayanihan” (camaraderie) spirit has resurfaced with the recent establishment of neighborhood community pantries around Metro Manila and other residential areas in the country. These self-run pantries rely on good Samaritans who donate foodstuff and other essential items for those in need. Operating on the supposedly self-sustaining principle of “Giving according to one’s ability, …

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Pandemic offshoot: More babies being exclusively breastfed

“I cannot breastfeed my baby anymore. I need to return to work.” This was the predicament of Cora, a mother of a 4-month-old baby, before the pandemic struck mid-March of 2020. For Cora, and many other working mothers who have found it difficult, if not impossible, to breastfeed their infants while earning a living and/or …

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Maxus Appetitus for Meatless Pata, Pasta and Pizza

TessDrive.com’s intrepid food gang go on a wacky trip to two restaurants south of Metro Manila – Satya Graha Health Grocer and Restaurant in Los Banos, Laguna and at Firehouse Pizza in Crimson Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa, on board the spacious 8-seater multi-purpose vehicle Maxus G50. Watch the video below for the full experience In …

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This immune-boosting tea can help arm your body against viral attack

Beyond doubt, humanity is in a global war with an unseen enemy, a virus called CoViD-19 that indiscriminately targets anyone exposed to it. As of latest count, nearly 30 million individuals worldwide have tested positive, with nearly a million dying as a result. Governments and health experts have constantly urged the public to strictly practice …

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