Portugal has had a shared language and close social ties with Brazil since it discovered and started colonising this huge South American country five centuries ago, but it now finds itself in danger of suffering an environmental catastrophe, partly because of the on-going destruction of the Amazon rainforest more than 4,500 kilometres away.
So far, it’s been a savage summer with deadly wildfires, storms and flash floods around the world. Hundreds of wildfires in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey have been another reminder, as if one were needed, that the climate is changing.
Climate change and global warming are monumental problems that are threatening the existence of human civilization. Across the globe, many regions have been experiencing a spate of extreme weather events, including cyclones, blizzards, heatwaves, and forest fires. The severity and frequency of such events have also escalated.
The recent rural wildfire that encroached on the municipality of Portimão in the Algarve was yet another reminder that scientists consider Portugal to be one of the most vulnerable countries in Europe to climate change.
Portugal and all the other member states of the European Union have just been presented with an ambitious new climate change plan formulated by the EU Commission that hopes to influence other major countries in the lead up and during the crucial Cop-26 climate summit conference in Glasgow this November.
Robert Stirling made his heat-saver in 1816. He used less fuel compared to the existing steam engines. He pumped water out from a quarry. A float moves the enclosed air between the hot and cold ends of the immersed cylinder, in a closed cycle, with external heat.
Leading citizens of the Portuguese resort town of Lagos, last week petitioned their mMyor to save one of the region’s best known natural attractions, the cliffs of Ponta da Piedade in Algarve, from disastrous private development. This is the latest step in a broad, grassroots campaign initiated by local author Jonathan Silva.
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