Articles | Environment | tags | ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini en null null Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:56:53 GMT 2020-08-26T01:56:53Z en null null ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini Disposable plastic items on the way out in 2021 http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/disposable-plastic-items-on-the-way-out-in-2021

The distribution of disposable plastic products on the market will be made illegal as of July 3, 2021, according to a law drafted by the Environment Ministry.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:56:17 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/disposable-plastic-items-on-the-way-out-in-2021 2020-08-25T18:56:17Z
Bid to halt illegal building on Mykonos, Santorini  http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/bid-to-haltillegal-building-on-mykonos-santorini

The Environment Ministry has announced plans to crack down on illegal construction on Mykonos and Santorini. 

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 07:41:37 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/bid-to-haltillegal-building-on-mykonos-santorini 2020-08-24T07:41:37Z
The Mall Athens to get green upgrade http://www.ekathimerini daily/business/the-mall-athens-to-get-green-upgrade

Property developer Lamda Development is preparing an investment of 8 million euros for the energy upgrade of The Mall Athens, as part of the settlement of pending urban planning issues relating to the property. 

Sat, 22 Aug 2020 14:20:22 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/business/the-mall-athens-to-get-green-upgrade 2020-08-22T14:20:22Z
Scientists seeking medical potential of invasive fish  http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/scientists-seekingmedical-potential-ofinvasive-fish

In response to the spread of invasive alien species of fish in Greek seas, a research project will be launched next month to harness their commercial and medical potential and, by extension, control their population.

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:15:02 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/scientists-seekingmedical-potential-ofinvasive-fish 2020-08-20T14:15:02Z
Fewer volunteers from abroad http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/fewer-volunteers-from-abroad

“This summer I will not go to Chios. The feeling of emptiness is overwhelming. I am thinking of the kids who have to stay in the migrant centers without the few hours of normalcy we could offer them.”

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 17:06:56 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/fewer-volunteers-from-abroad 2020-08-19T17:06:56Z
NGO reports attempts to poison dogs in breeding center http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/ngo-reports-attempts-to-poison-dogs-in-breeding-center

Environmental NGO Arcturos decried on Monday attempts to poison the Greek shepherd dogs outside its breading in its facility in northern Greece.

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 15:15:41 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/ngo-reports-attempts-to-poison-dogs-in-breeding-center 2020-08-19T15:15:41Z
Island wind farms a source of divisions http://www.ekathimerini daily/in-images/island-wind-farms-a-source-of-divisions

The sole operating wind turbine on the island of Tinos is seen in this photo. The decision of the company that has undertaken the project of installing a wind farm there to file lawsuits against some 100 residents over their reaction to the plan is the latest episode in the saga concerning the prospect of installing wind farms on the Greek islands. Locals are intent on preserving the landscape and environment from what they say is the uncontrolled proliferation of turbines, frustrating companies that received the relevant licenses years ago but are constantly encountering obstacles to the completion of their investments.

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 14:40:36 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/in-images/island-wind-farms-a-source-of-divisions 2020-08-19T14:40:36Z
Recycling plant fire causes dangerous air pollution http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/recycling-plant-fire-causes-dangerous-air-pollution

Experts sounded alarm bells over the weekend after a fire at a plastics recycling plant in the northern Athens suburb of Metamorfossi saying it released toxic and carcinogenic substances into the atmosphere, posing a risk to the health of the public, especially in the vicinity. 

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 13:19:20 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/recycling-plant-fire-causes-dangerous-air-pollution 2020-08-18T13:19:20Z
Fines being mulled as land registry completion lags http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/fines-being-mulled-as-land-registry-completion-lags

The completion of the project to record all of the country’s properties in a national cadastre is moving at two speeds, according to data from the Hellenic Land Registry.

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 10:30:22 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/fines-being-mulled-as-land-registry-completion-lags 2020-08-17T10:30:22Z
Perseids meteor shower captured in stunning photo http://www.ekathimerini daily/in-images/perseids-meteor-shower-captured-in-stunning-photo

In this picture with a long shutter speed stars move in the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower in the Pineios Lake near the village of Velanidi, Peloponnese, Greece, late Thursday. The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between Aug. 9 and 14 depending on the particular location of the stream. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:54:34 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/in-images/perseids-meteor-shower-captured-in-stunning-photo 2020-08-14T14:54:34Z
First funds to be disbursed to Evia flood victims http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/first-funds-to-be-disbursed-to-evia-flood-victims

Funds from the relief package for the island of Evia, which suffered extensive damage during powerful rainstorms and floods last Sunday – and cost the lives of eight people – will be allocated on Friday to the two most affected municipalities, Halkideon and Dirfyos-Messapia.

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:01:36 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/first-funds-to-be-disbursed-to-evia-flood-victims 2020-08-14T12:01:36Z
Pelican deaths spark debate on wind farm locations http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/pelican-deaths-spark-debate-on-wind-farm-locations

A debate has begun again about the location of wind farms in a nature protection area near Lake Prespa in northern Greece after three pelicans died flying into wind turbines on Sunday.

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:46:10 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/pelican-deaths-spark-debate-on-wind-farm-locations 2020-08-13T15:46:10Z
EIB-financed energy efficiency program for gov’t buildings http://www.ekathimerini daily/business/eib-financed-energy-efficiency-program-for-govt-buildings

The program to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings will start with an initial budget of 500 million provided by the European Investment Bank. 

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:01:11 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/business/eib-financed-energy-efficiency-program-for-govt-buildings 2020-08-12T19:01:11Z
Recycling being boosted on holiday island of Santorini http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/recycling-being-boosted-on-holiday-island-of-santorini

The southern Aegean island of Santorini is seeking to set higher standards in waste management and recycling practices to become a paradigm for other parts of the country facing landfill problems.

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:30:11 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/recycling-being-boosted-on-holiday-island-of-santorini 2020-08-07T18:30:11Z
Waste management plan set to improve standards http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/waste-management-plan-set-to-improve-standards

After the failure to meet targets set in 2015, the new updated National Waste Management Plan (ESDA) for 2020-30 was put up for public consultation by the Environment Ministry Thursday. 

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:16:20 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/waste-management-plan-set-to-improve-standards 2020-08-07T17:16:20Z
Express Samina cleanup under way before wreck is raised http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/express-samina-cleanup-under-way-before-wreck-is-raised

On Wednesday Shipping Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis and Paros Mayor Markos Kovaios met on the island with regional and local authority officials to discuss plans to raise the wreck of the Express Samina passenger ferry off the seabed 20 years after it sank off the island, causing the loss of 81 lives. 

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:58:32 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/express-samina-cleanup-under-way-before-wreck-is-raised 2020-08-06T18:58:32Z
Divers haul ghost nets from submarine wreck in Greece’s Ionian Sea http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/divers-haul-ghost-nets-from-submarine-wreck-in-greeces-ionian-sea

Divers removed half a ton of abandoned fishing gear covering a British submarine that sank off the Greek island of Kefalonia in 1941 as well as other wrecks in an effort to protect the area’s loggerhead sea turtles, dolphins and monk seals.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:03:13 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/divers-haul-ghost-nets-from-submarine-wreck-in-greeces-ionian-sea 2020-07-31T17:03:13Z
Thessaloniki’s bike lane completed http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/thessalonikis-bike-lane-completed

Work on a three-kilometer, two-way bike path along Thessaloniki’s central Karamanli Avenue was completed and handed over to cyclists on Friday, a local official said.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:34:46 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/thessalonikis-bike-lane-completed 2020-07-31T12:34:46Z
Slow tourism season a boon for endangered turtles on Zakynthos http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/slow-tourism-season-a-boon-for-endangered-turtles-on-zakynthos

Loggerhead turtles returning to their nesting sites along the Bay of Laganas on the Ionian island of Zakynthos are experiencing a rare period of calm this post-Covid summer in an area that is usually heavily impacted by tourism at the peak of their egg-laying season.

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:45:18 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/slow-tourism-season-a-boon-for-endangered-turtles-on-zakynthos 2020-07-29T17:45:18Z
WWII sub wreck in Ionian Sea cleared of lost nets http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/wwii-sub-wreck-in-ionian-sea-cleared-of-lost-nets

The wreck of a British submarine that went down between the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia in World War II has been cleared of large swathes of lost fishing nets by a team of specially trained volunteer divers. The nets that had gathered over time had become a death trap to marine life.

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:18:06 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/community/wwii-sub-wreck-in-ionian-sea-cleared-of-lost-nets 2020-07-29T07:18:06Z