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Water year ends in Spain’s Malaga as one of the driest in recent decades

MALAGA faces the final stretch of the hydrological year (a time period of 12 months for which precipitation totals are measured) as one of...

Climate change will carry devastating consequences to Spain, and time is running out

By Karam Sleiman CLIMATE change is affecting many countries around the world, and Europe is no exception. In particular, Spain will be one of the...

Gibraltar tries to avert pollution as storm threatens to further break up beached ship

THE Gibraltar Port Authority and salvers are bracing for a weekend storm that could further break up the stranded OS 35 bulk carrier and...

Forest fire in Spain’s Granada stabalised after razing through some 5,100 hectares of land

GRANADA'S worst fire of the year has been finally stabilised. After a sixth day of very intense work by firefighters in the area, Los Guajares...

Madrid starts to put up Christmas lights amid energy crisis debate

CHRISTMAS lights are already being put up in Madrid amid a debate on energy saving and efficiency. There have been calls for a reduction in...

Spain is home to 11 types of snakes, three of them venomous vipers—but how dangerous are they?

THERE are 11 types of snakes in Spain, but only three of these are venomous, the last of which causes between 2,000 and 5,000...

Forest fire in Spain’s Granada, with over over 3000 hectares of land now destroyed, believed to be human-started

THE fire which started last Thursday afternoon, September 8, in Los Guajares, and has now razed through 3,000 hectares of land, is believed to...

Drought crisis: Spain’s Malaga awaits an autumn without rainfall as reservoirs continue to dry up

WITH 14 days to the beginning of autumn, the meteorological drought situation is worsening in almost all the country, with reservoirs averaging 35% capacity,...

Malaga port fitted with plastic filtering technology

THE Port of Malaga has been equipped with a plastic filtering system that removes non-biodegradable waste from the sea.  Called a 'sea bin', it has...

HOW LONG BEFORE ONE KILOWATT OF ELECTRICITY IN SPAIN COSTS €1?

THE thought that electricity could soon cost €1 a Kilowatt is frightening. We never thought fuel would be €1 a litre. Now it’s €2 a...

Five historic buildings in Spain’s Andalucia added to Red List for ‘risk of disappearance’

FIVE historic buildings in Andalucia have just been added to the Red List compiled by the association Hispania Nostra. The Red List is an initiative...

Sierra Bermeja re-emerges one year after worst fire in Spain in 2021

THIS Thursday, September 8, marks one year since the start of the worst fire registered in Spain in 2021— the Sierra Bermeja forest fire. A...

Spain’s record-breaking hot summer sees water reserves fall to lowest level since mid-90s

ONE of the hottest-ever summers in Spain has caused reservoir levels to drop to their lowest capacity since 1995. The Environment Ministry said that reservoirs...

Last-ditch bid for talks to stop controversial housing development on Spain’s Costa Blanca

ORIHUELA mayor Carolina Gracia wants talks with all 'interested parties' to stop the controversial Cala Mosca construction project. The development envisages 2,274 homes being built...

Specimen of largest tortoise in Africa rescued in Spain’s Sevilla

THE Policia Local of Coria del Rio (Sevilla) have rescued a ‘large’ Sulcata tortoise in the Pudio River, a tributary of the Guadalquivir. The Sulcata...

Spanish reservoirs fall by a further 0.9% in the last week to a sinking 35.9% capacity

SPANISH reservoirs have lost 528 cubic hectometres of water in the last week—representing a 0.9% of their total capacity. According to recent data from the...

Sea urchin poacher gets surprised by police while exiting sea on Spain’s Costa Blanca

A sea urchin poacher was caught in the act by the Guardia Civil as he got out of the water in a rocky area...

Aula del Mar in Spain’s Malaga celebrates 33 years of Marine conservation

THE Aula del Mar de Málaga cooperative celebrates over three decades of working to care for Malaga's marine environment. Malaga’s marine biology education centre was...

Green flag for Beach in Spain’s Malaga closed due to faecal contamination

MALAGA City Council has given the greenlight for Sacaba beach to reopen to public bathing. The area between the breakwater of La Termica and the...

Beloved guide dog found dead after running off scared during fireworks at local fiesta in southern Spain

A BELOVED guide dog was found dead in a ravine after running off during a firework display at local fiestas in Monachil, southern Spain...

Alcohol bottle waste: Environmental activists collect over 1,000 1-litre beer bottles ditched in natural space in Spain’s Sevilla

MORE than a thousand 1-liter beer bottles have been collected this weekend by environmental activists in a natural space in Gerena, Sevilla. The discarded bottles,...

Police probe major boat gathering in protected waters of Mar Menor lagoon in Spain

THE Guardia Civil is probing an unauthorised party involving over 100 boats in a specially protected area of the Mar Menor lagoon. The gathering happened...

Alien invasion: Asian algae taking over Spanish waters

AN Asian algae now declared an ‘invasive species’ is causing havoc on native biodiversity. In just a year it has spread 400 kilometres along Spanish...

Climate change: When will we deal with the elephant in the room?

Eyes Wide Shut. NO not the 1999 Stanley Kubrick film starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. I refer to the inactivity of the world’s leaders...

Turn round for polluted Mar Menor lagoon in Spain’s Murcia with best August scientific data in six years

The state of Mar Menor lagoon is better than at the end of last summer, according to the Mar Menor Scientific Committee. That's despite fears...

Water reserves in Spain continue to sink with the Guadalquivir basin at an alarming 22.5% capacity

THE prolonged hot weather has not only placed Spain on track for the hottest summer in recorded history, but is also triggering historic lows...

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