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Quarteira: car involved in crash only had a driver's seat

QUARTEIRA: CAR INVOLVED IN CRASH ONLY HAD A DRIVER'S SEATA vehicle that crashed at the access roundabout to Quarteira in the early hours of Tuesday morning, was found to be the vehicle was transporting hashish and only had a driver's seat.

Bathing season is officially open in Albufeira

BATHING SEASON IS OFFICIALLY OPEN IN ALBUFEIRAThe bathing season in Albufeira was officially opened yesterday, in a ceremony which took place at Praia dos Pescadores. The bathing season in Albufeira runs until October 15th.

Aljezur: Quinta das Alfambras bush fire is now under control

ALJEZUR: QUINTA DAS ALFAMBRAS BUSH FIRE IS NOW UNDER CONTROLThe bush fire that broke out in Quinta das Alfambras, Aljezur mid-afternoon yesterday was under control by 7pm yesterday evening.

Tourist dies shortly after landing at Faro airport

TOURIST DIES SHORTLY AFTER LANDING AT FARO AIRPORTA 70 year old Belgian tourist arriving from Brussels on Monday evening, died after feeling unwell and suffering a cardiac arrest near the airport's arrival gate.

Algarve's LEGOS project reveals that 626 people live on the street

ALGARVE'S LEGOS PROJECT REVEALS THAT 626 PEOPLE LIVE ON THE STREETThe LEGOS Project, a partnership between five entities (MAPS, GATO, GRATO, APF and CASA), together with seven Algarve municipalities, has revealed that there are 744 homeless people within those municipalities, of which 626 live on the street.

Vila Real de Santo António has a new tourist office, after 7 years without

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO HAS A NEW TOURIST OFFICE, AFTER 7 YEARS WITHOUTVila Real de Santo António opened its new tourist office yesterday, after seven years of not having one, on the 248th anniversary of the municipality being founded.

Land dispute results in a stabbing

LAND DISPUTE RESULTS IN A STABBINGTwo brothers, aged 22 and 25, were involved in a stabbing incident on Saturday, due to a dispute over a piece of land at the Boavista site, Quelfes near Olhão.

According to Portuguese TV channel TVI, the older brother stabbed his brother in the chest with a 13 centimetre long knife, resulting in the victim being transported in a serious condition to Faro Hospital, where he is hospitalised. The Judiciary Police were also called to the scene of the incident, to carry out various investigations.

The knife used in the crime was seized by authorities, but the assailant, who was also transported to the same hospital as his brother but with minor injuries, ended up escaping and is still being sought by the GNR.



A record hot summer is on the cards

A RECORD HOT SUMMER IS ON THE CARDSPortugal is bracing itself for possibly the hottest summer ever, while globally, last month was the hottest April on record.  

According to Copernicus, the European Union’s climate monitoring service, April marked the continuation of an unprecedented 11-month streak of record-breaking conditions. Despite what the scientists say, some people argue that extreme weather conditions existed long before humans inhabited the Earth, so they feel there is no need to worry. Many older people tend to ignore the importance of reaching a “net zero” emission balance, and the deadline year of 2030 never mind 2050. They leave this concern to the young who will still be around.

Whether the planet was extremely hot or cold many thousands of years ago is irrelevant to the current concerns about environmental destruction caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions threatening Portugal and elsewhere this summer

The notion that countries must just socially and economically adapt to extreme climate change is ridiculous. Brazil is one of the countries most affected recently, with major floods engulfing entire cities.

Portugal is as well prepared as possible for more wildfires, droughts and floods, as well as rising sea levels.

Portugal  has achieved a 60% renewable share in electricity generation. It aims to achieve an 80% share within the next two years. This is achievable because Portugal has abandoned the use of coal and is relying increasingly on hydro, wind and solar sources. 

Overall, Portugal has strong policies and targets in place. Although it is doing comparatively well in Europe, critics point out a number of extra measures the government could be taking. Experts want to see more support for low-income households, a faster phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and improvements in the transport sector.

The major greenhouse gas emitting countries are still not doing nearly enough to address extreme climate challenges The United States is focused on its November presidential election and providing support for the war in the Middle East. Russia is concentrating on its war in Ukraine. China is steeped in its own conflicts and security concerns.  

The superpower leaders are failing to solve the existential global warming crisis they have largely created.

Written by Len Port - Photo courtesy of Depositphotos.com