Wanted: Ministry for the environment

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the US, the Bush administration set up a new, flexible department of homeland security. Given that Greece has suffered a major environmental disaster, and given that conservative ministers have spoken of an «asymmetrical threat,» it’s hard to understand why the country still does not have an independent environment ministry. Eleven European Union states have independent environment ministries while 15 countries have environment ministries that manage related affairs but not public works. Greece is the sole exception. It’s time Greece, the European nation with the most pressing environmental problems, finally established a ministry for the environment. The situation leaves no room for personal biases or bureaucratic excuses.