Environment

Electrifying news: Cash handouts of up to €9,000 to buy an electric vehicle in Spain

BUYERS of electric vehicles (EVs) in Spain can claim subsidies of up to €9,000. The Spanish government has approved an €800 million fund up until...

World’s FIRST sustainable ‘fast ferry’ will connect Spain’s Mallorca to Denia from this weekend

Priced at a startling €90 million, Balearia's Eleanor Roosevelt is the first ferry of its type in the world, operating with innovative natural gas engines

Almost 4,000 arrests in Spain for environmental crimes during 2020 with big increases in animal abuse

NATURE PROTECTION Service (SEPRONA), part of Spain’s Guardia Civil, arrested an incredible 3,957 people for crimes related to the environment during 2020. Worryingly, crimes that...

OPINION: More needs to be done to tackle Spain’s air pollution problem

In this week's 'green column', Martin Tye insists it time Spain tackled its air pollution problem. No smoke without fire - this is a well...

LIFE’S A BEACH: Travel restrictions and wintry weather lead to quietest spring season ever on Valencia beaches

However, the situation is expected to reverse completely when the heat finally sets in and the national state of alarm preventing national travel is dropped on May 9.

WORLD EARTH DAY: Bladeless wind turbine dubbed Skybrator could be future of green energy in Spain

A pioneering turbine design by Spanish inventors promises to reinvent how we harness wind power without the need for giant windmills and blades that...

WORLD EARTH DAY: Ten of the most amazing and interesting trees in Spain

TREES are one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in our world and Spain has its fair share of truly exceptional ones. To celebrate World...

WORLD EARTH DAY: Meet the schoolgirl cleaning up Spain’s Costa del Sol one piece of plastic at a time

THE Costa del Sol has its very own Greta Thunberg. To mark World Earth Day on April 22, Fiona Govan catches up with a...

WORLD EARTH DAY: Barcelona mayor unveils green future for city to cut pollution and save lives

BARCELONA mayor Ada Colau set out the city's vision for a green future through its plan to create 503 superblocks to cut pollution and...

FROM FARM TO FORK: EU announces farming overhaul to improve animal welfare and tackle climate change

Other aims of the European strategy include tackling climate change, protecting the environment, ensuring fair economic returns for producers at every stage of the supply chain, and boosting organic farming.

Giant 100 kg catfish caught in Sevilla’s Guadalquivir River

A SUPER predator weighing 100 kilos and almost two metres in length has been caught in the Guadalquivir River, near the Alcala del Rio...

Spain revealed as one of the costliest places to run electric cars, but UK only slightly cheaper

AN ENERGY broker has revealed that Spain is one of the most expensive countries in Europe to charge and run an electric car. Using data...

Improvements to drinking water to cost €120,000 in popular expat area on Spain’s Costa Blanca

THE OLD drinking water network in the popular La Zenia neighbourhood of Orihuela Costa is to be renovated. Orihuela City Council received a grant from...

Controversial port expansion project approved for Spain’s Valencia

THE Spanish government has given the green light to a highly controversial development project for Valencia port. Plans to extend the northern part of the...

Thousands of dangerous jellyfish swarm beaches of Spain’s Costa Blanca

COSTA BLANCA SOUTH has seen thousands of jellyfish washed up on its shores this weekend. Most were the harmless Velella (or Sea Raft) but hundreds...

Animal welfare groups call for nationwide ban on all animals in circuses in Spain

THE Parliamentary Association for the defence of animal rights (APPDA) has called on the Government to pass a state law banning circuses with animals...

GOING GREEN as Spain’s politicians give thumbs up to radical climate bill

SPAIN'S new climate bill should become law next month once it is ratified by the country's Senate. Congress in Madrid yesterday(April 8) backed the measure...

Leading energy company in Spain is facing court action over electrocuted birds in Barcelona area

ENERGY company Endesa is being prosecuted in Barcelona over hundreds of birds dying after making contact with the firm's high voltage power lines and...

Two endangered camel calves born in Spain

TWO endangered camels, of the double-humped Bactrian species, have been born at Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura in Las Palmas. The largest theme park in the Canary...

GREEN BEACH BARS: Gandia announces plans for first eco-friendly chiringuitos in Spain

The move has been announced for summer 2024, when the current bar licences expire.

Wolf seen in Spain’s Aigüestortes National Park for first time in 100 years

FOR the first time in over 100 years, a wolf has been spotted in the Vall de Boí (Lleida). A hidden camera set up by...

Flamingos of the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra in Spain’s Malaga begin their breeding season

MORE than 7,500 birds have flocked to the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra to prepare for the mating season. According to the Junta, the wetland,...

Popular and spectacular spot for Costa Blanca visitors is set to get ‘Natural Monument’ status in Spain

ONE of the largest and most significant geological areas in the Valencia region is set to be officially classified as a 'Natural Monument'. La Falla...

Iberia airlines does not pay for 83% of its CO2 emissions in the EU due to regulation loophole

SPAIN’s principal airline did not pay a single cent for 83% of its CO2 emissions within the EU in 2019, according to data released...

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH: Protected nature park in Spain’s Peñiscola becomes a rubbish dump

A PROTECTED nature park in Peñiscola (Castellon) has turned into a rubbish dump. Residents and the local council are complaining that the Serra d’Irta is...

Dangerous exotic turtle found in Spain’s Huelva

THE Andalucian Environmental Agency (AMA) is investigating the discovery in Huelva of an unusual and potentially dangerous exotic reptile–snapping turtle. These turtles (Chelydra serpentina), an...

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