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Greek island of Tilos is the world’s greatest recycler

The Greek island of Tilos “is the island with the greatest rate of recycling globally, and this fills us with hope,” Environment & Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas said on Tuesday, representing  prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at an event on the remote SE Aegean island. Tilos, lying between Nisyros in the north and Rhodes in the south, and long a site of pioneering programs, …

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Greece’s Popular Islands Are Crowded — With Plastic

The Aegean islands are parched. Breaking the dependency on imported water will take more than the will of eco-conscious residents. Alexandros Petropoulos pauses as he surveys the miles of pipeline arrayed in front of him, reflecting on what it took to get here. It\’s late 2020, and the Greek island of Aegina has exhausted its once-bountiful water. …

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Sustainable Waste Actions In The Pacific To Make A Difference

Improving sanitation, environmental, social and economic conditions in Pacific islands through proper waste management is at the core of a new four-year project called Sustainable Waste Actions in the Pacific (SWAP). Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna will be part of SWAP which is funded by Agence …

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Amount of plastic dumped in Med to double in 20 years: report

Nearly 230,000 tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every year, a figure which could more than double by 2040 unless \”ambitious\” steps are taken, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said Tuesday. Egypt, Italy and Turkey are the countries that release the most plastic into the sea, mainly due to …

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Mauritius tourism, reeling from COVID, now hit by oil spill

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]NAIROBI (Reuters) – Tourist operators in Mauritius fear that an oil spill from a Japanese ship will further damage their businesses, already reeling from the coronavirus epidemic, and could cost jobs if their pristine beaches are spoiled. [/vc_column_text][vc_video link=\”https://www.reuters.com/video/?videoId=RCV008LD5&jwsource=cl\” align=\”center\”][vc_column_text]Tourism generated 63 billion rupees ($1.6 billion) for the economy last year. In May, the central …

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Microplastic in Atlantic Ocean \’could weigh 21 million tonnes\’

By Victoria GillScience correspondent, BBC News There are 12-21 million tonnes of tiny plastic fragments floating in the Atlantic Ocean, scientists have found. A study, led by the UK\’s National Oceanography Centre, scooped through layers of the upper 200m (650ft) of the ocean during a research expedition through the middle of the Atlantic. Such an …

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