Browsing Archive: March, 2014

Forests are crucial to green growth and sustainable societies (new UN report)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, March 31, 2014, In : Forests & Land Management 
Reproduced from: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-forests-crucial-green-growth.html


The value of forests and tree-based ecosystems extends far beyond carbon sequestration; they are the foundation of sustainable societies. (Photo credit: Maria Spiliotopoulou, Nymfeo 2007)

A new report, launched in Jakarta, Indonesia on 21 March - the International Day of Forests – promotes REDD+ (*) and the Green Economy as together providing a new pathway to sustainable development that can benefit all nations. I...

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WHO: 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, March 27, 2014, In : Global 
25 MARCH 2014 | GENEVA
In new estimates released today, the World Health Organization reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.

New estimates

In particular, the new data reveal a stronger link between both indoor ...

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Water consumption and other real time statistics

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, March 7, 2014, In : Various interesting stuff 
Up to this very moment, the entire world has consumed 892,799 billions of liters of water this year!

This is amazing. And alarming from the planet's point of view. 

In the website worldometers, you can find real time world statistics. Anything, from world population and forest loss to cell phones sold and deaths caused by smoking. All statistics refer to a worldwide dimension, a single time unit (today, this year, etc.), they have valid sources (international institutions mainly) and are update...
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