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Recycling reaches record levels

Recycling reaches record levelsThe increase in the amount of materials recycled in Portugal last year peaked at extraordinary highs. The latest statistics reveal that the overall level increased by 10% compared to the 2018 figures.
TheMayor.EU portal for European cities and citizens has described the increase as “staggering”. It says that “Portugal is well on its way to achieving its sustainability and recycling targets.”

Can a battery contain all the emotion of a Porsche?

Can a battery contain all the emotion of a Porsche?Yes, it can and those who were present at Faro Porsche Centre, on 28th February, to assist the outstanding launch of the brand new TAYCAN Turbo S, were able to look closely how the most recent propulsion technology is capable of taking us from 0 to 100km/h in only 2.8 seconds, wrapped in the emotion and the pleasure of driving which only a Porsche is able to provide.

Electric busses... a viable option for the Algarve?

Electric busses... a viable option for the Algarve?In May 2019, 43 electric buses began to run in Amiens, France. They carry 151 passengers, make three routes from downtown, the racecourse, the fair hall, hospital / university, railway stations and residential areas. Some route sections are exclusive lanes with priority at traffic lights. They run from 4am to midnight. They arrive every 8 minutes.

Portuguese-led study shows how crabs, prawns and algae may solve global plastic crisis

INL CleanroomNew advances in ‘marine-based’ biotechnology involving algae, crabs and prawns could help tackle the global plastic crisis, according to a major EU study.

A detailed report released today by a consortium of leading European scientists shows that biodegradable biopolymers created from the sea have the potential to compete with traditional plastics - while crucially offering a more environmentally friendly alternative.

Coastal crisis looming

Coastal crisis loomingLatest estimates warn that many coastal cities, towns, villages and resorts in mainland Portugal are likely to become increasingly vulnerable to flooding or total destruction by sea levels that are rising far faster than expected.

The latest evaluation of data on rising sea levels has tripled previous estimates of vulnerability in coastal areas around the world.

Combined wind, wave and solar arrays to transform marine renewable energy market

WavEC President, António SarmentoCombined wind, wave and solar arrays will transform the marine renewable energy market driving ‘higher capacity’ and ‘seasonally consistent’ energy, a Portugal conference heard.
Delegates at the ‘Marine Renewable Energy and Offshore Aquaculture’ seminar in Lisbon, Portugal, heard about a series of advances involving deep water floating wind, wave energy, hydrogen production, offshore aquaculture and seaweed cultivation.

An oasis in the ecological desert

Rita MargalhãesA bit more than a decade ago, Rita Margalhães and Sérgio Correira started cultivating a plot of land close to Alvalade in Alentejo. In the beginning, they didn’t know anything about farming. Today, they are feeding eleven families in the area every week. “About eighty percent of the food we eat comes from the garden”, says Rita, as she is making lunch for the volunteers.

Portugal to run a 5-year trial using 18,500 goats to clear scrub against forest fires

Portugal to run a 5-year trial using 18,500 goats to clear scrub against forest fires UnpublishedThis experimental operation will deploy around forty shepherds for 5 years. Paid 25 euros for each hectare cleaned, the return of the shepherds in the Portuguese hills makes it possible to repopulate regions strongly affected by the recent fires. The problem is that it is now more difficult for the government to find shepherds than grants to finance the project.