Sunday, 28 May 2017
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oilrigAs the implications of the Paris agreement on climate change began to hit home in countries around the world this week, there was no great sigh of relief in the Algarve where concerns are running high about oil and gas explorations.

With the future of the planet at stake,195 countries agreed in Paris to cut carbon emissions in an attempt to limit the average rise in global temperatures to well below 2C, and maybe even below 1.5ºC.

droughtPortugal was among the 20 countries in the world most affected by global warming over the past 20 years, according to a Global Climate Risk Index report presented at the climate change conference in Paris.

“The Index indicates the level of exposure and vulnerability to extreme events that countries should understand as a warning to be prepared for more frequent and more severe events in the future,” says the report.

eonAt a meeting in Tavira this past weekend, local resident spoke of his personal strategy to make an impact on waste, the environment and health in the lead up to the COP21 Climate Change conference in Paris starting today.

 "I have been living in retirement here in Tavira for the past 6 years.

Sustainable Superstore opens in AlmancilSHS Solar Solutions, with 5 partners, has now opened the “SUSTAINABLE SUPERSTORE” in Amancil - All of your Energy Saving Concepts under one roof !

• Are you building a sustainable home ?
• Do you need to cut back energy costs ?
• Does your home need insulation ?
• Changing to LED lighting ?

Sustainable Superstore in Almancil will have all Sustainable and Renewable disciplines under one roof.

statueoflibertyOpposition against the USA's Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the first genetically engineered food animal, AquaBounty’s GMO salmon, is fiercely mounting.

The Center for Food Safety, a non-profit organization, announced plans to sue the federal agency. Grocery store chains around the country have also made commitments to not sell the controversial fish.

donaanaDona Ana beach in Lagos, stripped of its Gold Quality status by environmental organisation Quercus, has been stripped of much of its new sand by heavy seas over the past week.

This summer's €1.8 million project to increase the size of the sand area at Dona Ana beach managed to “significantly alter the beach’s natural landscape” and also “jeopardised the conservation of highly diversified marine ecosystems,” according to the organisation as 140,000m3 of sand was added.

Support Praia Dona Ana and Via AlgarvianaAlmargem are asking for your help and support to fund their campaigns on the devastation of the beach environment at Dona Ana, and also the lack of support from the local Camaras for the Via Algarviana.

Regardless of the difficulties it has experienced over recent years, Almargem Association has sought to stay along the path traced from its foundation in 1988 and that is guided by two main outlines:

- strive for a more ecologically balanced future for the Algarve, defending its natural and cultural heritage, denouncing the aggressions from what it has been the target or trying to avoid that they happen;
- contribute to the sustainable development of the Algarve by proposing or deploying projects aimed at increasing environmental awareness and improving economic conditions in the most deprived and desertified areas.

Portugal's hidden billions Part 7 - Perverse Robin WoodPortugal was a poor country with a hardworking people, who carefully took care of its resources. Families grew vegetables, harvested fruits and nuts. They were happy, had plenty of gold, no debts.

Since the EEC became UE and Portugal, against the practices of other small countries, did not ask for exceptions against the general Treat, corporations may register in Luxembourg or Holland and pay taxes there instead of here. As the larger chains of supermarkets operate all over the country and act as in cartels, with concerted prices and discounts and tough rules for their suppliers, these have no profits; they cannot invest in better products, in nothing.