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The Paris climate deal won’t save us – our future depends on de-growth

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, In : Global 

By Jason Hickel. From The Guardian. Published on July 3rd, 2017. 

When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate deal, the world reacted with outrage. And rightly so: the agreement represents a remarkable achievement in international diplomacy – a breakthrough after 20 years of failed climate negotiations. But as we rally to defend the Paris deal against the onslaught of an ill-informed bully, we need to resist the temptation to cast the agreement as some kind of saviour...

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What is the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, May 5, 2016, In : Global 

From: Nicola Ruane One Young World Ambassador and Huffington Post.

What is the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals?

This was the question that I answered at a recent event at the UN in Geneva to bring business, the UN and civil society together.

Why are the SDGs relevant for business? Why should business care? How can businesses approach the SDGs? What are the challenges we face?

The goals have been welcomed by the sustainable business community, it’s an important milestone for...

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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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Happy 2014! Let us "Reimagine Investment for the Whole Human"!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, January 3, 2014, In : Global 

Tim Jackson talks about how the role of investment must be reconceived...

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"It's not an investment if its destroying the planet." ~ Vandana Shiva
Our ideas about financial investment have been fairly limited thus far. Investment has been all about maximizing financial return at any cost, even if that cost is environmental pollution, human dignity, or our moral compass. Our economy has focused narrowly on creating and s...
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Estimated decomposition rates of common sea garbage!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : Global 
How long does it take a plastic bag or a wool sock or a fishing line to decompose in the sea?
Let us think twice before just throwing our garbage away...

In this link you can find a larger version of this image!

Source: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
More info on marine debris:

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The World’s Most Amazing Trees!! (You'll love this!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Global 
In this website you can enjoy a wonderful collection of photos of "the world's most amazing trees"!
I really enjoyed looking at the pictures and imagining I was there, touching these trees!

Here are some of them (in the above link, you'll find many more):

The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

The Circus Tree

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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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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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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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The Science Of Survival: Your Planet Needs You! (interactive exhibition)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, May 17, 2013, In : Global 
I'd like to present a wonderful exhibition I visited recently. I enjoyed myself so much that I forgot I had just played like a child! I recommend that all Athenians go a.s.a.p.! 

Can you imagine what life will be like in the year 2050?
What will you eat?
How will you travel?
What kind of house will you live in?
With a changing climate and dwindling resources to deal with, we’ll need to get more creative about how we live, work and play to ensure that we and our planet survive.

The Science o...

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