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In the center of one of Athen’s most densely populated neighborhoods is the little oasis of Pangrati Woods.

Inside the Woods it’s easy to forget the choking traffic that has come to typify modern Athens.  In a city with only 2 square meters of green space per resident the winding pathways, picturesque stone steps and tall trees take the visitor away, even if momentarily, from the stress of city life.

The City of Athens has proposed a revitalization plan for the inner city green space that has spawned strong opinions both for and against the project.

While Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis believes in the plan to uprade the parks lighting and open a cafe and an outdoor theater, others aren’t too pleased with the idea, arguing that a cafe and a cinema would only add more concrete to Athens.  Professor Eleni Portaliou believes that the…

…parks and woods are natural oases, small ecosystems within the city and should not be burdened with facilities that attract large crowds.
(Athens Plus, November 14, 2008)

It is true that in 1928 the park was host to both an open-air theater and a small zoo.

However, the Athens of 2009 is not the Athens of 1928.

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It will probably come as a suprise that on many Greek islands drinking water has to be shipped in from the mainland at considerable cost.

Yes, the islands are surrounded by water.  However, it’s sea water and undrinkable.

Until now, one company, operating as a virtual monopoly, has been supplying the islands with water.

However, times are changing.

On the small Cycladic island of Irakleia Greek engineers have built the world’s first wind and solar powered desalination plant and it’s providing the small island with 70,000 liters of fresh water each day.

It’s wind and solar powered because if there isn’t any wind the solar panels will be used to generate the power necessary to run the plant.

It gets even better.

Unlike the vast majority of desalination plants this one doesn’t use chemicals to destroy micro-organisms and thus, will not pollute the sea.

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