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It’s Time to Crank Things up a Gear

It’s Time to Crank Things up a GearAs we are all aware, 2015 is scheduled to be THE YEAR that oil and gas exploration in the Algarve South and West coasts really kicks off - and according to latest information, this will happen without any Environmental Impact Studies (EIA’s) taking place.

Firstly, thank you to all those of you who are continuing to sign and share the petition - we are now up to almost 6300 signatures on the online petition - which is a wonderful achievement - but let's keep going! The more people we can persuade to join the campaign the better.

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What's in store for Quinta do Vale da Lama in 2015?

What's in store for Quinta do Vale da Lama in 2015?Another cycle has ended, new ones yet to come... 2014 was an intensive and productive year at the Quinta do Vale da Lama farm. We are all very grateful to those who supported us in so many ways. As the African proverb says "It takes a village to raise a child", and Vale da Lama is being raised by all those active supporters, volunteers, partners, visitors, friends and neighbours that contribute to its healthy development.

Portugal's hidden billions (Part 1)

saltPortugal was a poor country with a hardworking people who carefully took care of their resources.

Families grew vegetables, harvested fruits and nuts, rode bicycles. They were happy, there was plenty of gold in the central bank, many kept savings as jewellery, but there was no freedom of speech.

Blocking out global warming worries

droughtClimate change is arguably the biggest threat that humanity has ever faced and so perhaps it should have repeatedly dominated the headlines this past year, if not the past decade. It didn’t because discussion on the subject is so confusing and implicitly terrifying that many people don’t even want to think about it.

Academic debate rages about whether or not the globe really is warming – or if so, why, by how much, and what should be done about it.

New maritime area in dispute between Portugal and Spain

selvagens2Our Spanish cousins are at it again. In addition to harrying the UK over Gibraltar, Madrid now has presented a proposal to the United Nations to extend the Spanish continental shelf, at Portugal’s expense, in its aim to secure gas and oil exploration rights.

Spain claims sovereignty over the natural resources in a maritime area of nearly 300 square kilometres west of the Canaries which covers Portugal’s ‘Islas Selvagens.’

Marching for action on climate change

droughtRallies are being organised across Portugal and around the world this weekend to promote action rather than words in tackling the problem of climate change.

The international mobilisation effort “to build a cleaner, fairer, safer world” is being staged to coincide with the United Nations summit meeting on climate change in New York.

OH NO! A jack-up support platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao?

OH NO! A jack-up support platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao?This image shows, what seems to be, a Jack-up Support Platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao since the 27th of August - It all started with a message on Facebook, asking if they had started with the exploration of oil and gas, as there is a platform offshore just off Praia da Rocha. This was followed by one of our members asking if a vessel they had seen at sea could be a seismic survey ship?


Why 'Feed into the Grid' Systems are OUT!

Why 'Feed into the Grid' Systems are OUT!Portugal’s former government was very pro renewable energy. Unfortunately with the current rulers we are not that lucky !

10 years ago Prime Minister Socrates started with EU funds the “Feed in Tariff” (FIT), to give back to the grid at very interesting prices of up to €0,68 per kwatt. However the current government turned around all benefits and decided that renewable energy should not be rewarded anymore.