Browsing Archive: July, 2013

Going Green (a must-watch short animation film!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Environment 

CG animated short film by Thiago S. Aranha.
Made for the Digital Film and Animation MA at the London Metropolitan University.

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ICLEI - the global cities network

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, July 26, 2013, In : Global 

"ICLEI is the world's leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development.

We are a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries. 

We promote local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban eco...

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An article on coastal communities and habitat loss

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : Climate change 

While this article alerts us on the dangers of coastal erosion due to habitat loss in the USA, just about the same predictions apply for the Mediterranean... Let us read carefully.

Here’s an easy way to protect coastal communities from rising seas and storms

By John Upton, from

Protecting nature is the best way of protecting ourselves from rising tides and storm surges, according to new research.

Sand dunes, wetlands, coral reefs, mangroves, oyster beds, and other shoreline...

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A projection on sea-level rise, in response to global warming (new study)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Climate change 
This article presents a new study, which, as the authors say, is "one of the first efforts at merging different analyses into a single projection" on how much the sea level will rise in the next several thousand years, for every degree C the planet warms.
No, it's not very far in the future, taking into account that most of the world continues "business as usual"!
(study conducted by the Oregon State University)

Scientists outline long-term sea-level rise in response to warming of planet

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Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : Climate change 
Another interesting study on climate change impacts on biodiversity!
Here is the article from the Guardian, published on July 14, 2013.

Among the many strange mantras repeated by climate change deniers is the claim that even in an overheated, climate-altered planet, animals and plants will still survive by adapting to global warming. Corals, trees, birds, mammals and butterflies are already changing to the routine reality of global warming, it is argued.

Certainly, countless species have adapted...

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Canadian Green Building Council: "Seriously Green – Green Building"

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : Climate change 
I recently watched a very interesting video, which was suggested as a course activity by the instructors of "Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations" ( and the University of British Columbia). I just love this course!

The video tackles an important climate change mitigation strategy, i.e. energy efficiency of buildings.


If you are interested in this topic, you can also visit the EU portal on energy efficient buildings: You will find plenty of ...
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Human-induced earthquakes: new studies confirm their contribution to the seismic hazard

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, July 13, 2013, In : Global 

Human-induced earthquakes have become an important topic of political and scientific discussion, owing to the concern that these events may be responsible for widespread damage and an overall increase in seismicity. It has long been known that impoundment of reservoirs, surface and underground mining, withdrawal of fluids and gas from the subsurface, and injection of fluids into underground formations are capable of inducing eart...

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US new report: Impacts of climate change to the energy sector

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Climate change 
An article from, showing how the US finally realised that climate change is happening; and that it has serious impacts! 

As President Obama said in his speech last month, climate change is happening -- and the effects are already being felt across the country. 2012 was the hottest year on record; the worst drought in generations covered more than half the country; record wildfires swept across western states; and an intensified Superstorm Sandy devastated communities in the East...

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just ... Do the Math!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, July 6, 2013, In : Climate change 

An informative video on climate change, its impacts and what we can do. 
Created by*

* 350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

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Forests, health and climate change: what is the way forward?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Climate change 

Forests are essential to our survival and well-being. Forests clean our air, our water, our soil and they regulate our climate, amongst many other things. Trees and forests are not always associated with urban landscapes. However, there too they provide invaluable, often invisible, services. Simply by acting as 'green oasis' in our concrete jungles, they offer recreation and health services for many European citizens.

How many of us love strolling through parks and green spaces in cities, te...

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