There is an alternative route for the economy of Western Macedonia, which for decades is being severely undermined to supply electricity to the entire country. This is what two new reports, that WWF Greece made public today, show.


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Joint statement of environmental NGOs on the refugee crisis in Greece.

The undersigned environmental organisations care for the commons. In our work for the protection of the environment, humanity always features at the centre. In the midst of the humanitarian crisis happening now in Greece, we cannot be passive observers of the dramatic situation of tens of thousands of uprooted women, men and children who are stranded and desperate all around our country.


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Illegal wildlife trade is a serious issue that affects many animal and plant species all over the world. However, it is also a highly profitable business that is spreading worldwide. Every year the aggregate number of victims surpasses 10 million wildlife animals and plants, while the turnover of illegal activity is estimated at about 22 billion dollars, making wildlife trade the fourth most lucrative illegal trade globally.

Guy Shorrock/RSPB


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Irrevocably negative is the European Commission's response to the request submitted by the Greek Government in May 2015 to reopen the destroyed by fire lignite unit "Ptolemaida III." It is the oldest and one of the most polluting lignite units for which the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy had requested formally to extend its operation beyond the expiration of its environmental permit through a Limited Lifetime Derogation (Article 33 of the Industrial Emissions Directive).


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In a letter addressed to the representatives of the creditor institutions in Greece Delia Velculescu (IMF), Declan Costello (EC) and Rasmus Rüffer (ECB), the environmental organisation WWF Greece sheds light on the environmental rollback, intransparency and bad law-making, which plague the country and have worsened during the crisis.


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We have recently discovered underwater living treasures around the island of Gyaros in the Cyclades Life project. Elina and Christos, WWF's scientists who devoted the last 2 years of their life to protecting the underwater treasures of Gyaros are not prepared to just stand and watch them die from global warming.


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Twelve years ago, the island wetlands of Greece were largely unknown and practically unprotected, thus facing immediate threats that could lead to their permanent loss. Today, following a WWF Greece project spanning many years, more than 800 island wetlands have been inventoried, their importance is widely recognized and the protection of most is secured. At the same time, the prospect of a similar Mediterranean project is closer than ever.


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9 out of 10 citizens believe that the Public Power Corporation (PPC) should shift to clean energy, while only 7% prefer lignite for electricity production, according to a nationwide survey presented today by WWF Greece.


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Two consecutive governments share the same disregard for Greece’s environment and the potential for the development of a sustainable economy. Dramatic increase in EU environmental law infringement cases, new rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and paralysis of the national parks, are the main features of a disappointing year filled with environmental deficit.


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A fire that recently broke out in the area of the Zakynthos marine protected area threatened the home of the loggerhead turtle. Sekania is the single most important beach for turtle-nesting in the entire Mediterranean.


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