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Archive for the ‘Our Environment’ Category

Landscapes of Andalucia

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Clockwise Sierra de Ronda near Gaucin. wetlands of Doñana Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Almeria’s desert landscape, used as a location for Series 6 of Game of Thrones. Los Muertos beach in Almeria, with volcanic cliffs. Those of us who are fortunate enough to live here in Andalucia will be ...

Building an open-air theatre in the mountains

Friday, March 21st, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13404" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "Anna Kemp, director of the Open Air Theatre Project in Laroles, on the threshing-floor stage."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13370" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "An idyllic setting for the theatre: olive and almond groves, backed by snow-capped mountains."] [/caption] During my ten-plus years in Spain, I have met a large ...

New quality labelling system for Iberian pork products

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13061" align="aligncenter" width="486" caption="Jamon iberico - one of Spain's most famous gastronomic products. Photo: Michelle Chaplow"] [/caption] Last week, the Spanish government approved a new colour-coding system for Iberian pork products. Jamon iberico is probably the most popular and highly-prized food in Spain, and nowhere more so than here in ...

UNESCO news: Seville not on danger list, but Doñana heading that way

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11317" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Now the tallest building in Seville, after 800 years with the Giralda dominating the skyline: the 178-metre Torre Pelli."] [/caption] Last week saw two of Andalucia's UNESCO World Heritage sites in the news for two very different reasons: Seville, whose new (and first) skyscraper, the Torre Pelli, ...

Doñana saved from fracking – for now

Monday, April 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10608" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Pine trees and grassland inside Doñana National Park, which has been temporarily saved from the dangers of fracking."] [/caption] Good news for environmentalists and nature-lovers: the plan to drill for natural gas in Doñana National Park, which is a UNESCO-recognised biosphere, has been halted. In a victory for ...

Have an eco-Christmas by hiring your (living) tree

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9102" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Paco and Lucia with two of their prized pines, which are hired out as Christmas trees."] [/caption] One of the most essential features of Christmas, wherever you are celebrating it, is the Christmas tree. Choosing it, decorating it, putting presents under it on Christmas Eve... you can't ...

Ecosevilla II

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Last weekend was the second edition of Ecosevilla, following the launch event last October. There were more stands - 100, up from 70 - and the hall at FIBES Conference Centre looked and felt busier and fuller. There were stalls with organic food, drink, sustainable energy, handmade toys, environmental organisations, charities ...

Nine new natural monuments for Andalucia

Monday, January 9th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4652" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Duna de Bolonia (Cadiz) is a protected natural monument. "][/caption] At the end of last year, the Andalucian government named nine new natural monuments, including five in Malaga province. This means that these beauty spots - such as peñas (hills), fuentes, ...

Survivors – call of the wild

Monday, December 19th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4538" align="aligncenter" width="244" caption="A wooden lynx sculpture - you'd never get this close up in person; note the tufty ears."][/caption] Leaving aside the human disasters of Andalucia for today's post, let's look at a fascinating, positive and potentially very exciting story about the region's fauna. One of the most endangered felines ...

Seville goes eco

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Last week, Seville hosted its first-ever eco-show - Eco Sevilla. It took place at Fibes, the Conference and Exhibition Centre (new wing opening imminently), from Friday to Sunday. Over 80 stands brought a variety of organic and environmentally-friendly products and services to an interested public. The food included all the typical ...