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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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World forest cover is still on decline...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Forests & Land Management 
From The Earth Policy Institute, by Emily E. Adams

Forests provide many important goods, such as timber and paper. They also supply essential services—for example, they filter water, control water runoff, protect soil, regulate climate, cycle and store nutrients, and provide habitat for countless animal species and space for recreation.

Forests cover 31 percent of the world’s land surface, just over 4 billion hectares. (One hectare = 2.47 acres.) This is down from the pre-industrial area of...

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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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Attitudes towards biodiversity - Eurobarometer 2013 (Reports III)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, December 16, 2013, In : European Union 
Flash Eurobarometer 379 on "Attitudes towards biodiversity"
Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment 
Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Research and Speechwriting” Unit)

New Flash Eurobarometer survey shows attitudes towards biodiversity in the EU. The awareness of biodiversity increases in Europe, especially Austrians and Germans are street-smart with the w...

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EU: Best "LIFE Environment" projects 2012 (Reports II)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, December 14, 2013, In : European Union 
The Best LIFE Environment projects 2012 publication profiles those environment projects that were completed by the end of 2012 and were acknowledged at the LIFE Environment Awards as having achieved outstanding results.

For the ninth consecutive year, the awards highlighted best practices and innovative actions that can be replicated in other areas of Europe.

This year, a total of 13 LIFE projects were honoured with the accolade, 'Best' LIFE Environment project, while a further four projects w...

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How Google Earth helped find Mozambique's lost forest of Mount Mabu

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 

Deep within the heart of the African nation of Mozambique, there stands a mountain.
Unknown to scientists and mostly undisturbed by humans since, well, since perhaps the dawn of our species, this mysterious mountain, clothed in dense green virgin rainforest, rises up from a golden ocean of savannah.
In addition to the ecological isolation by the surrounding savannah, the mountain is isolated due to political events; the civil war that ravaged parts of Mozambique from 1977 to 1992 also helped ...


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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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Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : Climate change 
Another interesting study on climate change impacts on biodiversity!
Here is the article from the Guardian, published on July 14, 2013.

Among the many strange mantras repeated by climate change deniers is the claim that even in an overheated, climate-altered planet, animals and plants will still survive by adapting to global warming. Corals, trees, birds, mammals and butterflies are already changing to the routine reality of global warming, it is argued.

Certainly, countless species have adapted...

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