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Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

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PORTUGAL WILDFIRES. Firefighters inspect a burnt house in Lufreu near Penacova following wildfires on October 17, 2017. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Portugal’s civil protection agency says the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the center and the north of the country, had been brought under control. In Spain, the death toll rises to 4 from the fires

PENACOVA, Portugal – Overnight rain and calmer winds on Tuesday, October 17, helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another 4 in northern Spain. Continue reading Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell

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CHARRED. A policeman walks on a road past burnt cars after a wildfire in Figueiro dos Vinhos on June 18, 2017. Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Portugal’s national route 236 is transformed into a road of hell as raging wildfires ripped through the wooded countryside

FIGUEIRÓ DOS VINHOS, Portugal – Trapped in his car by the raging wildfires that killed around 60 people in Portugal, Luis Prior managed to save his life by rushing head-on through the flames. Continue reading Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

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FOREST ABLAZE. A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Many of the fatalities were burnt to death in their cars, the government says

PEDRÓGÃO GRANDE, Portugal (Jun. 18, 2017) — Raging forest fires in Portugal have killed more than 60 people, many burnt to death in their cars, the government said Sunday, June 18, in the country’s worst such disaster in recent history. Continue reading Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

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The Tamera site covers 330 acres in southern Portugal and is home to 200 people. Photograph: Nigel Dickinson

Tamera’s ecology experts transformed an area at risk of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world

March 7, 2017 — The land undulates upwards into gentle hills, cradling nooks of fertile terraces growing sweetcorn, sunflowers and tomatoes, before rolling down into tranquil lakes. It looks like a natural Edenic paradise on earth. But 20 years ago this land was arid and barren, and farming was a struggle. Continue reading Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

Germany and Austria call for higher EU 2030 climate ambition

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EU Ministers of Environment meet in Brussels on 4 March 2016 to discuss the action plan for the circular economy and the follow-up to the Paris agreement on climate change. Photograph: Tashana Batista/EU press office
Environment ministers criticise ‘very weak’ European commission response to Paris climate pact – but other states defend existing target, reports Climate Home

March 4, 2016 — Germany, Austria, Portugal and Luxembourg are leading calls for the EU to increase its 2030 climate targets in light of December’s Paris agreement.

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