Iberia: natural history and environment

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The environment, geography, nature and landscape of Spain

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Record temperatures

The highest official figures were recorded in Écija, also known as the ‘sartén or frying pan of Andalucia’ in the province of Seville in 1959 and again 1967, and Seville itself in 1946, both with 47ºC. Experts suspect that temperatures of 50º have been reached at points in the .... Here for complete article.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Fire alert 2

More on forest fires. Spain’s environment minister Cristina Narbona has warned of a ‘complicated summer’ in terms of forest fires. Click here for full story

Malaria in Spain

It's summer again and as usual some of my friends are off to exotic climes with their mosquito nets, jungle-strength cream and dizzying drugs. But how ‘foreign' really is Malaria to Spain and Europe? Despite all the hysteria about climate change enabling malaria to spread to the West, the weather is by no means the biggest factor in determining the presence of malarial mosquitoes. Europe was until the last century rife with the disease. In fact, the last country in Western Europe to eradicate malaria was cold, damp Holland in the late nineteen-sixties. Malaria, or ‘paludismo' as it is also known in Castilian, was endemic to Spain until well into the 20th century. The disease probably took off from its ancestral enclaves with the .... Click here for complete article

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Origin of Iberian Lynx and Imperial Eagle

Contrary to established opinion, the incredibly endangered Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle did not originate in Iberia’s Mediterranean forests.
A new study by Juan Negro and Miguel Ferrer working with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and published in Conservation Biology shows that the ancestors of both species came originally from far to the East in the steppes of Asia Minor, and did not arrive in the Peninsula until one million years ago. Complete article here.

Wind farms

El Pais today has an extensive article on the state of wind power in Spain. It discuses wind farms as a boost for local development citing the example of La Muela in Aragon where the windmills bring 600,000 euros to the municipal coffers every year.
Spain is a windy country but it is perhaps surprising that it is now the third biggest wind energy producer in the world with 9,650 mills, producing 6,202 megawatts at the start of 2004, just behind the USA and a long way from Germany.
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