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UK & World News / Wood burners
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 22 February, 2018 @ 15:06:18 »
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Is your wood stove choking you? How indoor fires are suffocating cities

A wood stove emits more harmful air particulates than a diesel truck. Does their newfound popularity in cities threaten to wipe out progress in reducing air pollution?
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/22/wood-diesel-indoor-stoves-cities-pollution

Quite interesting and relevant to Greece, where the increase in the price of heating oil led to an increase in the amount of wood burnt.
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UK & World News / Debt for dolphins
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 22 February, 2018 @ 14:57:13 »
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Debt for dolphins: Seychelles creates huge marine parks in world-first finance scheme

The tropical island nation of Seychelles is to create two huge new marine parks in return for a large amount of its national debt being written off, in the first scheme of its kind in the world.

The novel financial engineering, effectively swapping debt for dolphins and other marine life, aims to throw a lifeline to corals, tuna and turtles being caught in a storm of overfishing and climate change. If it works, it will also secure the economic future of the nation, which depends entirely on tourism and fishing. With other ocean states lining up to follow, the approach could transform large swaths of the planet’s troubled seas.

Overfishing, and the killing of dolphins, sharks and turtles as bycatch in tuna nets, is also taking its toll across the Seychelles’ vast ocean territory. The new marine plan bans fishing around biodiversity hotspots, keeping them healthy and better able to resist climate change.

The biodiversity jewel in the Seychelles crown is the Aldabra archipelago, which rivals the Galapagos in ecological importance. Spinner dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales and nurse, lemon and tiger sharks share the waters with hawksbill and green turtles, and seabirds from some of the world’s largest colonies soar above. Dugongs - or sea cows - are the most endangered species in the Indian Ocean and shelter here, while 100,000 rare giant tortoises slowly roam the land.

Together, the parks cover 15% of the Seychelles ocean and the government will double this by 2021, putting it far ahead of an international target of 10% by 2020. The parks resulted from the first ever debt-swap deal for marine protection in which $22m of national debt owed to the UK, France, Belgium and Italy was bought at a discount by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the NGO that has assisted the Seychelles.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/22/debt-for-dolphins-seychelles-create-huge-new-marine-parks-in-world-first-finance-scheme
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Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 22 February, 2018 @ 02:28:48 »
Magnitude   mb 5.0
Region   IONIAN SEA
Date time   2018-02-21 23:44:56.5 UTC
Location   37.83 N ; 20.38 E
Depth   14 km
Distances   294 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 01:44:56.5 2018-02-22
127 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 01:44:56.5 2018-02-22
40 km S of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 01:44:56.5 2018-02-22
https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=650117
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Greek History & Culture / Re: Toxicity at Gateway to Hell explained
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 22 February, 2018 @ 01:55:26 »
 :yiasou:

Hi Josip, welcome to GGi

Thanks for the post, interesting find!
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Greek History & Culture / Toxicity at Gateway to Hell explained
« Last Post by josip111 on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 @ 21:30:59 »
Hello,
I'm a new member here. I'm a student from Croatia and I'm really interested in history and mythology. I was reading this article and I thought I'd share it here :)

The article takes a "modern look" on ancient history, mainly the Gateway to Hell.

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here,” said William Shakespeare, and now, new scientific findings tells us how the devils got here! And it was through a “gateway to the underworld” located in the ancient Greco-Roman city of  Hierapolis, in modern-day Turkey."

Take a look : http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/toxicity-gateway-hell-explains-miracle-ancient-city-hierapolis-009617
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Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 @ 16:24:00 »
Magnitude   ML 3.2
Region   IONIAN SEA
Date time   2018-02-21 10:15:36.8 UTC
Location   37.77 N ; 20.10 E
Depth   12 km
Distances   319 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 12:15:36.8 2018-02-21
153 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 12:15:36.8 2018-02-21
57 km SW of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 12:15:36.8 2018-02-21
https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=649960
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UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 @ 16:20:10 »
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UK weather latest: Temperatures to fall below zero as Britain faces 'polar vortex'

The UK is set to be hit by a “polar vortex” which will see a freezing Arctic blast sending temperatures below zero.

A sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) will bring cold winds from Eastern Europe to the UK.

There are signs that the cold spell is likely to last well into next week with possibly even colder air from Russia moving across the UK.

There is only a low risk of snow because of the dry nature of the air, although this could change next week, forecasters said.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/weather-latest-temperatures-below-zero-cold-polar-vortex-a8220261.html
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Greek History & Culture / Re: Thess/niki metro discoveries
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 @ 16:02:49 »
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Headless statue of Aphrodite discovered during construction work at Thessaloniki metro
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1322849/headless-statue-of-aphrodite-discovered-during-construction-work-at-thessaloniki-metro

Quite a good looking girl, not bad for her age.
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Kefalonia News / Re: Water bills
« Last Post by Mediterranean Man on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 @ 14:45:29 »
 :rofl: :blink:
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Kefalonia News / Water bills
« Last Post by HiFi on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 @ 13:13:35 »
The machine that makes them has broken so it's all being done by hand.

So if your due bill is late, it will be on it's way still giving you plenty of time to pay.

As it may still be broken for the next bill too, they're going to send that one at the same time, although the payment for the second one won't be due until it should have been.
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