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Geotagged safari photos could lead poachers right to endangered rhinos

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, June 9, 2014, In : Environment 

(article written by Adam Pasick and reproduced from Quartz)

The battle against poachers is becoming a technological arms race. For every elephant’s GPS tracking collar and drone for protective surveillance, there is also a poaching ring that’s trying to scrutinize a tourist’s safari photo to find the exact coordinates of an endangered species.

The photo below, which made the rounds on Twitter in May, was posted on May 4 by Eleni de Wet, the owner of a Johannesburg, South Africa bra...


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The ultimate guide to ...living green walls!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Environment 

The Ultimate Guide To Living Green Walls

 by Sean Heffernan, for ambius.com

Living green walls. You may have heard of them and thought they were no more than the latest design fad. However in truth, the concept dates back to the 1930′s and they are science fiction made fact!
No longer just of interest to architectural companies trying to win design awards, they are gaining attention from businesses of all sizes looking to improve their green credentials. This ultimate guide will introduce ...


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Overfishing, the EU, me, you, all of us... (short animated film)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, In : Environment 

The issue of overfishing – An animated film that will open your eyes
Despite an increased awareness of overfishing, the majority of people still know very little about the scale of the destruction being wrought on the oceans. This film presents an unquestionable case for why overfishing needs to end and shows that there is still an opportunity for change.
(Thank you, www.overgrowthesystem.com)




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Pando | sustainable communities. A world-wide network for sustainable community development!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Environment 
Pando.sc is an online community with a professional focus, where researchers, academics, and public and private-sector practitioners share knowledge, network, and collaborate on sustainability solutions that can be enacted at the community level - such as green building, reduction and recycling of local waste, water management, participatory democracy, land use, and much more. 

Pando is a collaboration between:

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Success stories from the EU's "The World you Like" Challenge!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, November 10, 2013, In : Environment 

Across Europe, there are many initiatives on the ground contributing to a world we like, with a climate we like. They are truly inspirational and having a real impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is time to reward them. 

The World You Like Challenge wants creative and innovative minds from across the EU to put their low-carbon initiatives to the test and inspire others to follow suit.

The Challenge was launched in February 2013 and the winners have just been announced! Here are tw...


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Anávra. A Model village in Greece.

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, In : Environment 

Anavra (Greek: Ανάβρα) is a village and a former community in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. According to the census of 2001 the population of Anavra was 987 citizens. The village of Anavra is located on the West side of Mount Othrys, at a height of 900 metres above the sea level. Visitors will be delighted by the natural environment, with its dense vegetation and clear waters. The Enipeas river, which is a tributary of the Pineios, starts at the springs of Anavra and passes through the vi...


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Sustainability images - part 1

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, September 7, 2013, In : Environment 
This is the first part of my collection of photos or other images that I have found online and thought I'd share with you!

Click on the titles below and enjoy the images.

A super sustainable house...

A living walls house...

A tiger breaking free... no words, huge message...

A "clean beach"?....

Tap water Vs bottled water...



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Encouraging news from the US: wild animals stand by each other!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Environment 
Happy August everyone!
I read this encouraging piece of news on Reuters

The return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park may be helping imperiled grizzly bears to survive by keeping elk herds on the move and preventing them from destroying berries that are a staple food for grizzlies, according to a new study.

In the mid-1990s, the U.S. government released fewer than 100 wolves into the park and the wilderness near Salmon, Idaho, to restore an iconic Western animal that had been hunted, trap...


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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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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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The world's largest solar boat crossed the Atlantic in 22 days!!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, In : Environment 
MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days.
The 115-foot Swiss catamaran traveled 2,867 miles (5,310 kilometers) across the Atlantic Ocean in 22 days, conducting experiments along the Gulf Stream as part of the PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition.



(Thank you Design For Need)



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How to make your carbon footprint ...slimmer!! (a low carbon diet!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Environment 
Here is the review and an excerpt from a new - and apparently interesting book which, I believe, makes the reduction of our carbon footprint easier than we imagined!
Although it's based on British everyday life, it can be an excellent and perfectly comprehensible guide for every one of us to follow. Enjoy and ACT!


Fancy making yourself slimmer and fitter?
Not your body, for once we’ll leave that alone, but your carbon footprint. In other words, the amount of carbon dioxide that all the diffe...

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