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LunarEclipseThe July 2018 full moon presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100) on the night of July 27-28, 2018, lasting for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes, turning the moon blood red.

In contrast, the previous total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018, lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes, writes Bruce McClure from EarthSky.

(Total lunar eclipse photo taken on January 31, 2018, by Joel Dorfan)

avocadoThe artists of Barão de São João and Terra Saudável this year are reflecting on environmental issues in more direct, sometimes more sarcastic tone, in an exhibition titled, BiodiversidARTE.

The exhibition of works from the artists of Barão de São João, an event in the Lagos village that happens every year around the time of the feast of São João, can be viewed from 18.30 on June 22nd.

spanishflagAn all party resolution is being drafted by Portugal's Foreign Affairs Committee to question the licensing of a uranium mine over the border in Retortillo, Salamanca.

Calling for an environmental impact assessment of the mining project, mainly because the mine is in an area through which a stream flows and ends up in a tributary of the Douro, the mine is opposed by environmentalists in both countries.

LagoasBrancasSmallIn February this year, four Algarve MPs from the ruling Socialist Party recommended the classification and preservation of wetlands in the region.
 
The MPs, Luís Graça, Ana Passos, António Eusébio and Fernando Anastácio, submitted a draft resolution suggesting that the government comes up with a concerted action plan to protect key sites in collaboration with the Association of Municipalities of the Algarve, in particular with Lagos, Silves, Albufeira and Loulé councils.

MagpieApril sees the start of the breeding season for many birds in the Algarve, none more remarkable than the Azure-winged Magpie, which is strongly defying predictions that it may be facing extinction, write Len Port.
 
About the size of a blackbird but appearing bigger because of its multi-coloured body and much longer tail, the Azure-wing’s brash and boisterous behaviour also make it easy to spot.  

New Research Exposes Europe’s Most Toxic DriversThe Eco Experts, a leading European solar and home improvements site, has released a new map exposing the European countries with the most noxious drivers, with the Czech Republic outed as the most toxic.
The study investigates driver toxicity in 25 European countries by cross-referencing data for the percentage of alternative fuel cars, average vehicle age, the number of vehicles per 1,000 people, and ambient air pollution.

4794Carlos Sousa, mayor of Albufeira, died from a heart attack last Thursday evening, after a long and hot debate, fighting crude oil extraction off the Algarve and Alentejo coastlines, writes Jack Soifer.
 
From the beginning, Carlos Eduardo Silva e Sousa supported the efforts of the environmental associations.

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