Showing posts with label Portugal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Portugal. Show all posts

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Portugal invests millions in adapting to climate change

Carrie Marie Bratley in Portugal News Online:  The Portuguese government has announced it will be investing €3.5 million in the development of a programme created specifically to promote measures and projects that will help the country adapt to climatic changes.

The funds are to be invested in a new programme named AdaPT – Adapting Portugal to Climate Change – which aims to promote ways of adjusting to the effects of climate change on a local level as well as raising awareness and educating people about the phenomenon. The money will also be used to fund pilot-projects among priority sectors within the National Strategy for the Adaptation to Climatic Changes (ENAAC).

“With the AdaPT programme we intend to contribute towards a greater ability to assess vulnerabilities to climate change and raise awareness and educate within that matter”, said Jorge Moreira da Silva, Minister for the Environment, Land Ordinance and Energy, during an international conference held last week in Lisbon.

Commenting on the news, Filipe Duarte Santos, a leading Portuguese specialist in climate change and teacher at Lisbon University’s Faculty of Sciences, told The Portugal News that rolling out the programme “could be the beginning of a process of adaptation to climate changes on a national level.” “The new AdaPT programme will be very important to inform and raise awareness among people and institutions of the need that we have to adapt to a changing climate”, he said.

In the researcher’s opinion, the programme is “well-designed and well-financed and responds to the country’s current needs in terms of adapting to climate change. “It could have been started earlier, but I believe we are now on the right path”, he added.

...The specialist believes that Portugal and other southern European countries, such as Spain, Italy and Greece, are among the most vulnerable to climate change in Europe. He says future scenarios will see less rain in southern Europe and the Mediterranean, and more extreme weather phenomena will become more frequent worldwide....

Roofs in Lisbon, shot by islandjoe, Wikimedia Commons in Flickr,  under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Firefighters battle raging forest blazes in Portugal

CNN: More than 700 firefighters are battling a dozen forest blazes raging in northern Portugal, government agencies said Thursday. Only one fire is considered under control and three firefighters have died so far.

Despite adverse weather conditions -- high temperatures of 40 degrees-plus Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and low humidity -- the government will not "stop fighting" said a statement from Rui Pereira, minister of Home Affairs.

The cause of the fires has not yet be determined but police are conducting an investigation. Portuguese police told CNN that 13 people have been arrested in connection to the fires. Almost 9,000 forest fires have burned in Portugal this year, devastating about 19,000 hectares (48,000 acres)….

A 2005 fires in Portugal, shot by Nuno Sequeira André, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mud torrent kills 42 on Portuguese tourist island

Agence France-Presse: Troops and rescuers dug through mud-filled houses and streets on Portugal's tourist island of Madeira Sunday after flash floods unleashed brown torrents that killed at least 42 people. The government in Lisbon rushed medical teams, rescuers, divers and relief supplies to the Atlantic island. But morgue pathologists also sent a grim warning that more bodies would be found in the mud that swept people off their feet as they tried to escape.

The heavy rains ended Sunday, revealing scenes of devastation in the capital, Funchal, with cars overturned and roofs ripped off buildings. Power and telephone lines were torn down but flights to the international airport restarted from the Portuguese mainland, 900 kilometres (560 miles) to the northeast.

The regional government gave a new toll of at least 42 dead and more than 120 people injured, including "a small number" of Britons on the "island of flowers" that is a popular destination for 850,000 tourists each year….

A waterfall on Madeira, shot by Cookaa, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.