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The State of the Greek Environment in Recent Years

Basil D. Katsoulis and John M. Tsangaris
Ambio
Vol. 23, No. 4/5 (Jul., 1994), pp. 274-279
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4314219
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

This paper is an overview of the environmental situation in Greece in recent years: air, noise, water, soil, nature conservation, and the marine environment. The survey covers the whole country; large towns, the provinces, and enclosed seas. Available evidence indicates that the quality of the air, land, and water environment over the Greek region has deteriorated significantly during the past 10 years. The urban environments of Athens, Thessaloniki and other towns are subject to pressure from rapidly growing populations, increasing traffic, industrial expansion and uncontrolled development, and have become seriously degraded. The rapid and unplanned growth of the tourist industry has already resulted in damage to the natural environment, repercussions on the man-made environment, and disruption of the sociocultural environment. Air, water, and soil pollution, noise, sewage, oil, increasing desertification, water shortage, widespread and serious degradation of the maquis, forest fires, and nature conservation, appear to be the major problems. Recently compiled physical and chemical data and other available information on air, fresh water, soil, and sea pollution are reported. Nature conservation and fauna-flora extinction in Greece are also discussed.

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