Entries by aza

Floating Tar, Dead Fish: Oil Spill Threatens Greek Beaches

The Greek authorities scrambled on Thursday to clean up fuel leaked by an oil tanker that sank near Athens, putting popular beaches off limits to swimmers and raising fears of environmental damage. The Agia Zoni II, a 45-year-old oil tanker, sank near the island of Salamis, about seven miles from the country’s main port, Piraeus. […]

“Importance and Value of Trees”

Since the beginning, trees have furnished us with two of life’s essentials, food and oxygen. As we evolved, they provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, and tools. Today, their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being discovered as their role expands to satisfy the needs created by our modern lifestyles. […]

Forests and their Benefits

The importance of forests cannot be underestimated. Specifically, we depend on forests for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change. Here, there are some examples of the importance of […]

Soil erosion and degradation: a global problem – Effects (Part 2)

The consequences of soil erosion are primarily centered on reduced agricultural productivity, as well as soil quality. But also, water ways may be blocked, and it may affect water quality. This means, most of the environmental problems the world face today, arises from soil erosion. Particularly, the effects of soil erosion go beyond the loss […]

Soil erosion and degradation: a global problem – Causes (Part 1)

Soil degradation, defined as lowering and losing of soil functions, is becoming more and more serious worldwide in recent decades, and poses a threat to agricultural production and terrestrial ecosystem. Particularly, soil degradation simply means the decline in soil quality, which comes about due to aspects such as improper land use, agriculture and pasture, urban […]

The US cities at risk of flooding – and how they deal with it

Tropical storm Harvey may have bared its teeth at Houston, but other cities in the US have felt the pangs of nervousness. Several cities are vulnerable to the fiercer storms and sea level rise that are being fueled by climate change. Cities, by their very nature, struggle during flood situations. Water that would have been […]

Wildfires across southern Europe amid scorching heatwave – in pictures

Extreme weather across southern Europe has spawned and fanned numerous wildfires, including at the beach resort of Kalamos near Athens and in central Portugal. Generally, there is a very well documented scientific evidence that climate change has been increasing the length of the fire season, the size of the area burned each year and the […]