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C40 Mayors agree to bold and concrete actions to meet Paris Agreement

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, January 5, 2017, In : Climate change 

One year after the critical Paris Climate Agreement, global mayors from the world’s megacities met in Mexico City from 30 November to 2 December 2016 at the C40 Mayors Summit to commit to turn the climate deal agreed by nation states from aspiration to action.

The mayors welcomed Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, as the group’s new chair and discussed findings from Deadline 2020: How Cities Will Get the Job Done, the critical research released by C40 in partnership with Arup. A...
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Top 10 Reused Industrial Landscapes

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, May 11, 2014, In : Activities and Proposals 
Advancements in ecology and environmental studies have been particularly prevalent over the past few years. We recycle waste on a daily basis in the hopes of preventing past mistakes, because decades ago we did not understand the full extent of pollution. In the spirit of reusing waste, we have adapted contaminated sites to become useful once again through many means of cleansing and renovating the soil and surrounding structures.

Here is a list containing some industrial landscapes that, hel...
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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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Does suburbanization undermine greenhouse gas benefits of urban population density?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Energy & Sustainability 
This is a brief presentation of a new study on suburbanization and carbon footprint in dense cities. I read it on and, although I don't have access to the full journal article, I think that these results are very important in terms of sustainable development of urban areas. We shouldn't however jump to opposite conclusions ("what? now they tell us to build high and densely?"), because obviously sustainable city dwelling doesn't correspond to what we see in many cities such as Athens ...

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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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Turn Down the Heat - World Bank, June 2013 (Reports I)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, December 12, 2013, In : Climate change 
With the report "Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience", launched by the World Bank in June 2013, I'd like to initiate a series of blog posts presenting reports on environmental and sustainability issues, important for the whole world or a part of it.

In the report Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience, launched in June 2013, scientists look at the likely impacts on three vulnerable regions if the world ...

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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,

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8 Must-See Environmental & Food Documentaries

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, November 16, 2013, In : Activities and Proposals 

These eight documentaries explore issues concerning the environment, ecosystem and our societal role in it all. You can watch most of them online. I’d love to have your opinion afterwards!

No Impact Man: The Documentary
This documentary can be accessed through Netflix Instant for a pretty reasonable price and is really worth watching. The documentary follows a New York family as husband and writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a mission to generat...

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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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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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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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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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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)


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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CO2 vehicle emissions: who to believe? (

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : European Union 

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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. (from gatewaygreening )

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World Forests Summit, March 2013 – Achieving sustainable forest management on a global scale

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, February 21, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 

March 5th-6th 2013 • Stockholm, Sweden.

The World Forests Summit, organised by The Economist, will gather leading experts from around the world to identify common ground and discuss mechanisms for forest stakeholders to work together differently.

Industry leaders, government ministers, scientists and activists will meet to agree the framework for future sustainable management of a precious global resource.

Confirmed speakers include:
• James Astill, Political Editor, The Economist (auth...

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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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TEDx Athens Challenge / "Green Saturdays" Proposal

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, August 6, 2012, In : Activities and Proposalsευτυχώς-που-είναι-σάββατο-ή-αλλιώς-πράσινα-σάββατα

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