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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 ...

Doñana Park – experiencing untouched nature

Monday, March 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10191" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A deer, a common sight in the woods of Doñana."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10193" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="El Acebuche, the main visitor centre for Doñana, near Matalascañas."][/caption] Ever since I arrived here in Andalucia, nine and a half years ago, I have wanted to go to Doñana National Park, the UNESCO-recognised ...

The tides of March

Monday, March 21st, 2011

It's been a dramatic month in terms of the sea - the dreadful, destructive tsunami wiped out entire towns on the east coast of Japan. The images will stay in my mind for ever, although I think certain news channels overdid the "wall of water" video footage - non-stop 24-hours-a-day ...