Browsing Archive: December, 2012

Smog over Athens; fireplaces, wood stoves taking toll on health

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

Scientists point to dangerous increase in air pollution inside Greek homes

The increased use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves by Greeks anxious to cut down on the rising cost of heating their homes has led to significantly higher levels of atmospheric pollution that comprise a public health risk, according to the results of a new study by Thessaloniki’s Aristototle University.

Scientists from the university’s departments of environmental and chemical engineering found that the cost to ...


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TEDxAthens 2012 - Lars Rasmussen - Never give up!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 
An inspiring speech, during the recent TEDxAthens event!
 
Lars Rasmussen - Never give up! (YouTube video, 15 min.)





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10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

1. GMOs are unhealthy.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and th...


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Restoring world’s forests proven to boost local economies and reduce poverty

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Forests & Land Management 

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN). A 5-year programme to restore forest landscapes in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America has demonstrated their crucial role in creating jobs and boosting incomes for local residents.

Implemented between 2007 to 2011 by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) with the support of the Netherlands government, the Livelihoods and Landscapes strategy was designed to strengthen the resilience of forest landscapes...


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Top 10 Reasons Why Trees Are Valuable and Important

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Forests & Land Management 

Trees are essential to life as we know it and are the ground troops on an environmental frontline. Our existing forest and the trees we plant work in tandem to make a better world.

1. Trees Produce Oxygen

Let's face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don't realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breathe.

2. Trees Clean the Soil

The t...


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Success stories...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for.Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.

Thomas Edison's teachers told him he was "too stupid to learn anything". Edison also famously invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.

Harland David Sanders, the famous KFC "Colonel," couldn't sell his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him. But then one did, and today there are KFC restaurants bearing hi...


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I'm sure whoever read "The lost symbol" with attention has discovered many and significant truths...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

"Τhe great irony is that all the religions of the world, for centuries, have been urging their followers to embrace the concepts of faith and belief. Now science, which for centuries has derided religion as superstition, must admit that its next big frontier is quite literally the science of faith and belief... the power of focused conviction and intention. The same science that eroded our faith in the miraculous is now building a bridge back across the chasm it created".

"If I hand you a v...


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