Browsing Archive: June, 2013

Land take Assessment by the European Environment Agency (June 2013)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 
Land take by the expansion of residential areas and construction sites is the main cause of the increase in the coverage of urban land at the European level. 

Agricultural zones and, to a lesser extent, forests and semi-natural and natural areas, are disappearing in favour of the development of artificial surfaces. This affects biodiversity since it decreases habitats, the living space of a number of species, and fragments the landscapes that support and connect them. 
The annual land take in E...

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A chemical treatment makes a household sponge thirsty for oil instead of water!!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Global 

A sponge that can’t absorb a single drop of water may seem like a dud. But if it readily soaks up oil, it could help purify chemical syntheses or clean up oil spills on water. Researchers now report a simple chemical method for turning a household sponge into a water-blocking oil absorber (Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/ie400942t).

In response to oil spills on water, cleanup crews often turn to sorbent materials, such as wool, straw, cotton, and synthetic sponges, to separate oil fr...

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Climate change negotiations in 84 seconds (VERY worth watching)!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Climate change 

The History of Climate Change Negotiations in 84 seconds!

An animation developed and produced in collaboration between the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo and PetPunk with support from The Research Council of Norway.
I found it absolutely to the point (even the music is a perfect match)!!

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Vertical gardening: plenty of advantages...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Environment 
A Vertical Garden – also known as a Green Wall – is either free-standing or part of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation. The modern Vertical Garden, with integrated hydroponics was invented by Stanley Hart White at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1931-38. White conceptualized this new garden type as a solution to the problem of modern garden design.

There are many advantages of having a vertical garden, including:

- A dynamic way to green a vert...

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