Marine heatwaves in the Mediterranean Sea have led to mass deaths in marine life, according to an alarming conclusion that has been established for the first time after five years of study by 30 research teams from 11 countries around the Mediterranean Basin.
The Greek government plans to set up two construction sites in the central Athenian district of Exarchia and on nearby Strefi Hill in August to push ahead with the construction of the local metro stations for the new Line 4 and the development of the hill, hoping to make use of the quieter period in August when most Athenians are away.
The Environment Ministry’s new draft law regarding the status of nature reserves that was submitted last Friday received a barrage of criticism on Tuesday during its discussion in the relevant parliamentary committees.
Residents of the iconic Plaka district at the foot of the Acropolis hill are bemoaning overcrowding and noise pollution, not only due to the growing number of tourists but also the outright lawlessness of bars, restaurants and short-term rentals that have mushroomed.
Building permits will be issued without any inspections by a public authority, according to an Environment Ministry draft law. The law stipulates that permits will be issued automatically, under the responsibility of the engineer.
Athens is a complicated city. On the one hand it is densely built, with very few green spaces and the biggest ratio of car ownership in Europe. On the other, however, it is a city that has survived multiple crises and has come through today with renewed vigor.