We are delighted to continue being a big part of the Portugal News national newspaper.
Exciting developments unfold as the publication comes under new leadership, bringing fresh, stirring ideas and a revamped layout – designed to create stronger content and engage more readers…
… As a responsible thriving Company, now head-quartered in Portugal, we want to increase our efforts in awareness. Not just for renewables, but our local and regional environment.
The Algarve has seen visitor numbers increase dramatically over the last five years. What is great for the economy, poses fresh challenges, since the eco-system in the Algarve is fragile.
During the height of summer we have another
… In November 2016, journal Science published a study warning if current rate of global warming continued, desertification would occur around Lisbon, Evora and Seville by 2100.
Leaving no doubt, the Mediterranean is very sensitive to climate change. Average temperatures in Portugal have increased over the last 40 years at a rate of 0.5 degrees per decade – twice as fast as global – posing dangers to the country.
Climate change here will be more frequent, with further drought and extreme precipitation, bringing flooding and landslides. Portugal is especially exposed due to its long coastlines, dunes and estuaries. And small beaches which have huge tourist appeal with blue flag status and great landscapes will be vulnerable to a rise in average sea level. Whilst the Sahara edges its way north, what can we do..? Be more responsible. That means packing out what we pack in. Taking rubbish home and picking up waste from those who would rather leave it. Let’s bin it! The beauty of the Algarve must be valued. It’s in our hands – where rubbish should be, not on the beach!
As we write, there have been more reports on “Wild Camping” – practice of motorhome owners and holiday renters NOT using designated camp sites. Sadly a very small minority are ignoring common-sense. Biggest risk to the Algarve is accidentally starting fires in remote locations which during “red alert” status is concerning.
Check in next week for the second article in the “Going Green” series…
… this focuses on our fantastic beaches, sand dunes and estuaries, and how important they are within the Algarve eco-system.
Going Green requires a change in mind-set in our daily lives. From simple logical changes at home like:
• re-using bags
• reducing the use of plastic
• recycling glass, cans, metals, household junk
• replacing appliances and light-bulbs with energy efficient ones
• ensuring cleaning products are eco-friendly
• using paper from sustainable sources
• properly disposing dangerous waste (batteries/computers/electrical/mobile phones)