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13.Dec.10| Major oil spill caused after ferry rams into port on Lesvos island (adds)
A large oil spill was caused at dawn on Sunday in the merchant port of Lesvos island from a major fuel leak from the passenger ferry Aegean Star.
23.Nov.10| Gore address at Athens con'f
(ANA-MPA) -- "The survival of our culture, the survival of Greece as a culture, depends on clear thinking and bold decisions" when it comes to climate change, former US vice-president Al Gore emphasised in Athens on Monday during an address at an international conference.
07.Sep.10| Environmentalists slam mink release
Greek environmental organizations warned on Monday that the release of species alien to a specific ecosystem can be disastrous for local wildlife. The environmental organizations ANIMA, Arcturos, Kallisto and the Ornithological Society issued the warning in response to the recent release of roughly 50,000 minks from two fur farms near the towns of Kastoria and Siatista, northwest Greece.
07.Sep.10| Preveli palm tree forest designated for reforestation
The prefecture of Crete on Monday designated for reforestation the expanse of the Preveli palm tree forest, which was totally destroyed by a wildfire in August.
02.Aug.10| Environment ministry sets up National Water Council
The Environment, Energy and Climate Change ministry on Thursday set up a National Water Council that will serve in an advisory capacity to the National Water Commission on national programs for the protection and management of the country's water resources and draw up an annual report for the Commission on the condition of the water environment of the country, the implementation of legislation on the conservation and management of water and on compatibility with EU legislation.
14.Jul.10| Birbili addresses informal EU environment ministers' meeting
Addressing an informal EU environment ministers' meeting in Ghent on Tuesay, Greece's Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili particularly stressed the need for sustainable management of materials, saying this would be the basis of adapting to a green economy.
14.Jul.10| 'Green Project' in Africa to embark Wednesday
A 50-day journey through nine countries in Africa, starting at the north of the continent in Egypt and travelling to its extreme southernmost point in South Africa, is to begin from Athens on Wednesday. Along the 15,000-kilometre route it and aims to record 31 locations of 'green' interest and help inform local communities about the potential of 'green' energy. The aims and details of the journey were presented by organisers on Tuesday, in a press conference at a central Athens hotel.
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