Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While the Greek islands are normally associated with happy sun-and-sea holidays, mountains of trash are also a common eyesore that authorities have failed to deal with in an effective manner. It was this failure that recently prompted the University of the Aegean and the non-governmental organisation Sails for Science, which specialises in the sustainable development of islands, to organise a conference on the island of Samos on the issue of waste management in the Aegean archipelago.Scientists from around the world and local government representatives from many of Greece’s islands attended the event to discuss their concerns, set ambitious goals and explore new synergies and partnerships.Petra Campbell, CEO of Pacific Aid Australia, discussed a program run by the organisation to improve the quality of drinking water on Easter Island in the south-eastern Pacific, which had been affected by unregulated dumping.“In cooperation with the Tahitian authorities, we designed a program for proper waste management, brought a machine that separates solid recyclables from other waste, informed the local population on the effects of using plastic bags, helped change legislation and offered incentives for the use of biodegradable or paper bags and boxes,” Campbell told the conference. Special attention, the expert said, was given to toxic waste.“Special sealed containers are now used to store car batteries, as well as used car oil and lead batteries,” she said. Medicine packages are now returned to pharmacies that in turn give them back to drug manufacturers for reuse, while hospital waste is also destroyed according to international hygiene standards, Campbell added, listing the successes of the program. The Australian scientists went on to suggest that all islands with warm climates should be equipped with special bins for rapid composting and that countries facing waste management challenges should promote the use of recyclable nappies.
Kolkata: A chaos broke out at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Sunday afternoon after some of the staff found 16 dead puppies wrapped inside a plastic packet.The plastic bag was spotted on the ground at the parking area near the administrative building of the hospital at around 3 pm. Eyewitnesses told police that two women were carrying the plastic bag and had dumped it at the parking area at around 2 pm. Nobody had a clue that the bag would contain 16 dead puppies. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAfter being informed police and some animal activists rushed to the spot. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the puppies might have been poisoned to death as certain food items were also found inside the packet. The animal activists, who were at the spot, demanded a forensic test in order to confirm if the puppies were poisoned. Police are investigating if any hospital employee is involved in the incident and are not ruling out such a possibility A senior official of NRS said there are some CCTVs installed inside the hospital premises that are going to help police identify the culprits. Cops are investigating if the puppies were there inside the hospital premises from before or brought from outside after being poisoned. They have recovered the carcasses from the spot. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.