Oceans

The changing face of Spinalonga, ‘island of the living dead’

Immortalized in Victoria Hislop's award-winning novel, "The Island," the uninhabited islet of Spinalonga has a long and tragic past. Known by its grim epithet, the "island of the living dead," and nestled in the picturesque Elounda Bay of northeast Crete, the islet was home to one of Europe's last leper colonies, active from 1903 to 1957.

Hurricane Roslyn forecast to bring dangerous surge to Mexico

Hurricane Roslyn was expected to deliver a treacherous storm surge to parts of Mexico Sunday after plowing over the Pacific as a powerful Category 4 storm just offshore from the resort of Puerto Vallarta.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Sunday that Roslyn had become "extremely dangerous" with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph).

The road is opening for small photovoltaic investments

The long-awaited Ministerial Decision was published a few days ago in the Government Gazette, paving the way for the start of applications from small investors for photovoltaic parks up to 400 kW in Peloponnese, Crete and the Cyclades. These are areas in which, until recently, the electrical grids were considered saturated and could not… pick up any more current.

Hurricane winds, fierce storms leave several dead in France, Italy

 Violent thunderstorms and hurricane-force winds left at least eight dead on Aug. 18 in France and Italy, uprooting trees in Tuscany and on the French island of Corsica and ripping away brick shards from St. Mark's famed bell tower in Venice. Over 100 boats in the Mediterranean Sea called for emergency help, authorities said.

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