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'Costa: you'll not win elections - sack more ministers !'

EN125RoadSurfaceFor years the EN125 has been a dangerous road. It's already the road to death! For years there was a project to repair and upgrade it. The A22 motorway across the Algarve was built using EU-funds and was never meant to be sold off but a foreign fund now owns the concession.

A minister said maintaining the EN125 by using a contractor friendly to PS+PSD, is expensive. If they did as in Germany, where maintenance is paid by the state but controlled by the Councils, it would cost half.

Portugal in photovoltaic olive plantation irrigation study

olivesUse of PV can reduce diesel consumption in energy-intensive cultivation in southern Europe, writes Pilar Sánchez Molina from PV Magazine.

Italian, Spanish and Portuguese scientists have published a study about energy consumption and the environmental footprint of the use of solar-hybrid irrigation systems in olive plantations in Portugal and Morocco.

Alagoas Brancas wetland development - is no news, good news?

LagoasBrancasSmallIt is now five months since the Câmara Municipal de Lagoa (CML) referred the matter of Alagoas Brancas to the government bodies, APA and ICNF following a public consultation process initiated by the Câmara in April.

To date, there has been no further official communication from either the local or national government.

Central Portugal wildfires - funding appeal for Natural Education and Community Project

fireforestFolha Verde - Natural Education and Community Project

After the devastating wildfires that struck a large region of Central Portugal in October 2017, the community in the mountains surrounding Benfeita transform an old traditional Olive press building into a community and education center to rise from the ashes again.

Rise for Climate, we have to do something, now

chimneysSmokingSaturday 8th September was a day of global action in over 80 countries, to exert pressure on governments to act with urgency to mitigate the effects of climate change. This action, led by Rise for Climate, aims to flip the balance of power between civil society and politicians.

Saturday`s marches in cities all over the world will precede the Global Climate Action Summit opening in San Francisco on 12th September. The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, who is backing the summit, has said “we have to do something, and we can do it.”

Herdade da Comporta should be nationalised - not sold-off

ComportaAerialPortuguese environmental organisation, ZERO, wants to halt the sale of the Herdade da Comporta Estate, once referred to as the 'Jewel in the Crown' of the Espírito Santo clan and take its 12,500 hectares into State ownership.

The directors of the fund that manages Herdade da Comporta is scheduled to meet on July 27th to look at current offers for the estate but ZERO has expressed serious doubts about any hasty sale of the property.

Azores microgrid gets government go-ahead

WindmillsAzoresGraciólica Lda’s microgrid power facility receives production license from Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism of Azores.

Graciólica Lda and its EMS provider Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company, are proud to announce that the Graciosa project company, Graciólica Lda, has received its production license from the Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism of Azores, Mrs. Marta Isabel Vieira Guerreiro. The announcement was made during her visit of Graciólica hybrid plant on July 11, 2018.

'Monoculture - an outdated model' - ECO123 looks at the western Algarve's avocado problem

avocadoThe mechanical world view of things presupposes simple linear mathematical thinking. Primary school maths, year 3: taking the example of an area measuring 100 metres by 100 metres, which makes 10,000 square metres or one hectare, an agro-industrial farmer harvests around ten tonnes of fruit from the area of one hectare.