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Productivity, biodiversity, and resilience. What do they mean?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 5, 2014, In : Various interesting stuff 
Recently, I answered this question for my final exam in ecology. It would have been rather easy to articulate the definitions of these concepts in the academic/scientific jargon, but the prompt was more complicated: I had to explain these concepts to a public of presumably high school education! So I did. And I got an excellent grade!

What does productivity mean? People are productive when they take (usually raw) materials and convert them to something new. Likewise, plants are productive wh...


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Telling sustainable stories (useful resources)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, November 14, 2014, In : Various interesting stuff 
What do a successful presenter and an interested audience have in common?
The story!
The presenter tells an engaging story and the audience is eager to listen to this story all the way to the end!

How to convey your sustainability message through a story?
Here are some handy resources with tips on successful storytelling for sustainability.


Enjoy!


Sustainable storytelling is a powerful tool that communicates vision | from: The Guardian

Sustainability Storytelling: Creating a Narrative that Matters...
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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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Brené Brown on the Power of vulnerability (a brilliant, uplifting and funny TED Talk!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
The Power of Vulnerability!

Funny, insightful, brilliant, uplifting, scientific and humane...
Very very worth watching!


The Power of Vulnerability, a TED Talk, by Brené Brown (2010).


If you watch it, I'd love to know what you think and discuss it with you!
(please see the comment form below)



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Think for yourself. Question everything.

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, May 17, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
Intelligence; not because you think you know everything without questioning, but rather because you question everything you think you know.




“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion” 
Chinese Proverb

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.” 
Albert Einstein


Also watch an enlightening video from an interesting website (www.knowledgeofto...
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Do we really have to generate so much rubbish?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 

POLAND: Consigning waste to the scrapheap, by Ewa Wilk (newsmagazine POLITYKA)

From: http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/3625211-consigning-waste-scrapheap

Eager consumers and producers of enormous quantities of waste, Poles are coming under pressure from the EU and will soon convert to a new approach to packaging – the religion of "re": reduction, recycling and reuse.

This year, the atavistic domestic spring cleaning has been accompanied by controversy over waste. Alongside 10 o...


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Peru’s engineers ‘make’ their own drinkable water

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
Peru’s engineers ‘make’ their own drinkable water in response to shortages outside of Lima.

The message emblazoned on a billboard outside the Peruvian capital sounds almost too good to be true: drinkable water for anyone who wants some in this arid village.

Even more intriguingly, the fresh, pure water on offer along a busy road in this dusty town some 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Lima, has been extracted, as if by magic, from the humid air.

Within the enormous, raised, double-paneled...

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Today: some health tips!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
Here are some health tips, which I fished on the internet and thought they might interest you! 

1) The top 12 anti-asthma foods

2) Top ten health benefits of a good night sleep

3) 7 foods to beat common cold

4) Red fruits and vegetables

5) Top ten sources of vegetable protein



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Vegetables and our body: some "strange coincidences"...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, February 28, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 

When it comes to which foods can specifically benefit which body parts, science remains surprisingly sketchy. But nature gives us a big clue as to what foods help what part of our body!



Here are some foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for—for example, brain-boosting walnuts actually look like a brain. Coincidence? Maybe. Though these healthy foods are beneficial to the whole body, the list below is a fun reminder of what to eat to target specific areas. Remember, these a...

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The alphabet kids learn today!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 



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Composting (what is and how to...)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
What exactly is compost? How do you make it? 

In this video, Rachel Deffenbaugh (City Seeds Urban Farm Manager) gives us a simple breakdown of the building blocks of compost and the various methods you can use to make this organic, nutrient-rich, soil amendment for your garden.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU1OAMT5DPY (from gatewaygreening )

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La Città dell'Altra Economia (Roma) (City of the Alternative Economy)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
The USD 7 million project to create an Alternative Economy City was completed in September 2007 and is the first place in Europe dedicated to fair trade, ethical finance, renewable energy sources, open communication, responsible tourism and resources recycling and reuse.

 The place hosts, beyond exhibition and documentary areas, 12 separate activities on a 3,500 square meters covered surface, with a 200 linear meters facade that opens out onto an external pertinence area of over 3 hectares.


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Organization Earth

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
Organization Earth is a newly-established Greek not-for-profit NGO set up to provide answers to modern social concerns about society and the environment. The organization’s first seed was ‘planted’ at the end of 2008 and members retained an undiminished level of interest until the organization was officially established in January 2010 with its headquarters at 67 Dimokratias Ave. in the Municipality of Ilion, on the Pirgos Vasilissis Estate. Its 40 members come from a wide spectrum of b...
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ANIMA, The Association for the Protection and Welfare of Wildlife

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 

The Association for the Protection and Welfare of Wildlife, ANIMA, is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 2005. The initial founding members consist of individuals with lengthy and unique experience in the protection of the natural environment and the caring for wild animals, as they have worked for many years in similar centers in our country. The team is staffed by old and new collaborators, vets, environmentalists, foresters, legal advisers, specialists in various related f...


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Soda Bottle Greenhouse (What a great idea!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
This is actually a school project from a school in Scotland, but what a great idea and a way to recycle all those plastic soda bottles we get through. I imagine this greenhouse will be a lot better than most at retaining heat during the night, which could be a real plus in some areas.

Admittedly, it will take quite some time to collect all the bottles needed for this project by yourself, by I think if you get your friends, neighbours and family to start saving up their bottles as well, it shou...
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11 fun Google tricks you might not know!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, February 16, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
We all love the big G especially because it is there for us when we need to find pretty much everything and also a good provider of innovative and creative solutions such as Earth, Maps, Android and tons of others who changed the world we live in.

11 Fun Google Tricks You Might Not Know



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NASA Finds 2012 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, January 25, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 

NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1988, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, released an updated analysis Tuesday that compares temperatures around the gl...


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Smog over Athens; fireplaces, wood stoves taking toll on health

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

Scientists point to dangerous increase in air pollution inside Greek homes

The increased use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves by Greeks anxious to cut down on the rising cost of heating their homes has led to significantly higher levels of atmospheric pollution that comprise a public health risk, according to the results of a new study by Thessaloniki’s Aristototle University.

Scientists from the university’s departments of environmental and chemical engineering found that the cost to ...


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TEDxAthens 2012 - Lars Rasmussen - Never give up!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 
An inspiring speech, during the recent TEDxAthens event!
 
Lars Rasmussen - Never give up! (YouTube video, 15 min.)





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10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

1. GMOs are unhealthy.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and th...


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Success stories...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for.Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.

Thomas Edison's teachers told him he was "too stupid to learn anything". Edison also famously invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.

Harland David Sanders, the famous KFC "Colonel," couldn't sell his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him. But then one did, and today there are KFC restaurants bearing hi...


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I'm sure whoever read "The lost symbol" with attention has discovered many and significant truths...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

"Τhe great irony is that all the religions of the world, for centuries, have been urging their followers to embrace the concepts of faith and belief. Now science, which for centuries has derided religion as superstition, must admit that its next big frontier is quite literally the science of faith and belief... the power of focused conviction and intention. The same science that eroded our faith in the miraculous is now building a bridge back across the chasm it created".

"If I hand you a v...


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Bookmark these interesting links!!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 
Here are some interesting links regarding environmental matters. I will keep posting such links frequently!

www.econews.gr

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/environment
/index_el.htm

www.oikologos.gr

www.guerrillagardening.org/ 

www.rockefellerfoundation.org/impacts-adaptations/ 

www.ideastransformlandscapes.org/ 

www.mappinglife.org/ 
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Talks and other videos for the mind and the soul...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, September 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 
TED Talk, by Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHrcRqu_Es4 
TED Talk, by Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZadCj8O1-0 

...more to follow!

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Impressive NASA video on global warming since 1880!! (article in Greek)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 

Την υπερθέρμανση του πλανήτη σε 26 δευτερόλεπτα παρουσιάζει η NASA σε εντυπωσιακό βίντεο που δημιούργησε, χρησιμοποιώντας αρχεία θερμοκρασιών από το 1880μέχρι το 2011.

Το μπλε χρώμα αντιστοιχεί σε χαμηλές θερμοκρασίες, κάτω από την παγκόσμια μέση θερμοκρασία την περίοδο  1951 – 1...


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