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Greek Climate Activist Named Europe’s "Young Champion of the Earth" by UN

Lefteris Arapakis, a 26-year old Greek climate activist and entrepreneur, was named "Young Champion of the Earth" for Europe by the United Nations on December 11. A graduate of the Athens University of Economics and Business, in 2017 Arapakis co-founded...

Scientists Use Satellites to Detect Plastic in the Greek Seas

Scientists from Greece and the UK developed a new technique to detect patches of floating plastic in the marine environment using satellites. Writing in the journal Scientific Reports, the scientists say that the new method to prevent and reverse sea...

Volunteers Collect More Than 13 Tons of Garbage from Greek Beaches

Over thirteen tons of garbage were collected from Greek beaches and the seabed in 145 separate cleaning operations between September and October 2019, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) announced on Thursday. The detritus was collected by a total of...

Greece Vows to Wage War Against Plastic Pollution

The Greek government announced a campaign on Wednesday to tackle pollution from plastics, and promised to completely ban single-use plastics by June of 2021. "Thirty-nine tons of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a...

Greek Teen’s Art Installation Spotlights Our Addiction to Plastic

Young people around the world are joining forces and making an effort to combat the climate crisis and biodiversity loss. The international movement Fridays for Future climate strikes have inspired students around the globe to protest on behalf of the...

Life-Jacket Graveyard on Greece's Lesvos "Poses Environmental Threat"

Local authorities on Lesvos issued a warning on Thursday about the  environmental hazard of thousands of abandoned life jackets used by illegal migrants crossing into Greece from Turkey. In a letter sent to the Ministry of Citizen Protection and other...

Greek Island Strives to be First to Ban Disposable Plastic (video)

The tiny island of Donousa in the central Aegean Sea is striving to become the first Greek island completely free of disposable plastics by way of a series of awareness-raising actions which begin on Friday. Under an initiative called "Sea...

EU Votes to Outlaw 10 Single-Use Plastics

EU lawmakers voted 571 to 53 to enact a total ban on 10 single-use plastic items, including straws, coffee stirrers, and cutlery. This vote adds to a growing effort on the part of EU member states to address the issue...

Plastics Pollution Choking Greek Mediterranean: Report

By Heini-Sofia Alavuo As Greeks try to cut the amount of plastic clogging up their seas and environment, a new report released on Friday -- World Oceans Day -- claims the Mediterranean has the highest levels of plastics pollution in the world. The research...