Tuesday, July 16 2024

Environment

90% of Greeks believe that after the pandemic we should do more for the protection of the planet and recycling. The vast majority of Europeans believe that more needs to be done for the environment and recycling after Covid-19, according to a pan-European survey on behalf of the Every Can Counts program, which aims to raise public awareness of the benefits of aluminum can recycling and the circular economy.

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. 

Shipwrecks and reefs are hot spots for biodiversity, providing food and shelter to marine life. At the same time, they are also deadly traps because lost fishing nets (ghost netsi) often get snagged on them. When trapped in these nets, animals like sea turtles, dolphins, seals, birds but also fish, cannot free themselves, and die.

Even today, nobody can reliably predict when and where an earthquake will occur. However, eyewitnesses have repeatedly reported that animals behave unusually before an earthquake. In an international cooperation project, researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz/Radolfzell and the Cluster of Excellence Center for the Advanced Study of Collective Behavior at the University of Konstanz, have investigated whether cows, sheep, and dogs can actually detect early signs of earthquakes.

Hundreds of dead dolphins have been found washed on the shores of France’s Atlantic coast, a reality that has concerned many marine biologists and environmentalist. According to the reports, more than 1000 dolphins have been killed in the last three years. The dolphins, drowned in the nets of sea trawlers, are mostly found during four winter months, international media reported.