Environment

Temperatures in Eastern Mediterranean Rise 3 Times Faster than World Average

Temperatures in the Eastern Mediterranean are rising three times faster than the global average, with the effects of climate change already felt in Greece.

Greece Introduces New Regulations for Pets; Stricter Penalties for Abuse

Greece is introducing new regulations for pet owners, sellers and stricter penalties for pet abuse in a new bill presented to Parliament on Thursday.

Illegal Lead Shot from Hunters Poisons, Kills Flamingos in Greece

Illegal lead pellets used by hunters in Greece have poisoned and killed dozens of flamingos who migrate to the area each year to breed.

Greeks Defy Cold to Rescue Beached Dolphin

After a passerby spotted a dolphin on the shore of Kariani Beach, near Kavala, locals rushed to save a second dolphin that had somehow become stuck on dry land. A number of volunteers set out to rescue the majestic sea...

Halcyon Days: The Unique Greek Weather Phenomenon

Greece is reputed to have almost 300 days of sunshine a year, even during the winter when the unique phenomenon of the Halcyon Days aka Alkyonides Days takes place creating a mini summer break amidst the winter. The phrase, translated...

5.0 Earthquake Strikes Lesvos on Monday

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale hit south of the Greek island of Lesvos on Monday morning. According to the National Observatory of Athens, the quake struck at 7:46 AM local time. The epicenter was 46 kilometers (28.5...

Operation Olive Tree: Greece Saves Centuries-Old Trees from Destruction

More than 500 olive trees, some of which are centuries-old, have been saved so far by the almost unknown efforts of ERGOSE. ERGOSE is a subsidiary company of TRAINOSE, the Greek Railway Operator, and its role is to construct and...

Patriarch Bartholomew Lauds Biden’s Travel Ban and Climate Actions

Patriarch Bartholomew, the head of all the Greek Orthodox faithful in the world, praised US President Joe Biden in an announcement released by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Tuesday. Lauding the new President for his actions regarding the lifting of a...

Dog Nurses Cats in Touching Video from Greece

A dog was spotted nursing cats in the village of Krannonas in central Greece recently. The heartwarming footage shows "Sanny" the dog lying down, allowing the cats to nurse her -- instead of chasing them around the farm. The Greek farmer...

Greece Discovers New Coronavirus Strain Mutated in Minks

A new coronavirus strain that infected mink during the second wave of the pandemic in November has also spread to humans in Western Macedonia, scientists say. According to scientists from the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (IIBEAA), the...

Seeking Adventure on the Stunning Greek Mountain of Smolikas

The Thing About Greece (TTAG), an organization dedicated to supporting sustainable outdoor adventures in Greece, recently organized a youth trip to the breathtaking heights of Mt. Smolikas. The stunningly beautiful mountain, situated amongst the rugged natural beauty of Epirus in...

Greece Bans Plastic in Public Sector

Greece will ban plastic in the public sector as of February 1, Natural Environment and Waters Secretary Constantine Aravossis announced.

Dead Whale Washes up on Piraeus Beach

In what may be the first such incident of its kind ever in Piraeus, a dead whale washed up on Wednesday at the port of Athens on the Aegean Sea. Amazing images of the enormous mammal emerged as people were...

European Court of Justice Condemns Greece for Failing to Comply with Eco Policy

The Court of Justice of the European Union on Thursday slammed Greece for failing to set conservation targets for protected habitats, a process that should have been completed by 2012, Kathimerini reports. Greece has been reluctant to implement substantial environmental...

Underwater Archaeological Museum off Alonissos Wins European Award

The Underwater Archaeological Museum of Peristera, off the Northern Sporades island of Alonissos, which has attracted attention all over Europe, has now won a prestigious European honor for its unique offerings and the sustainable way in which they are...