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Greenpeace has issued a dramatic statement on Tuesday that a number of popular coastal town in Spain could disappear this century, if we fail to prevent the melting of the Arctic and curb climate change.
Amongst those places at risk of being completely wiped out, according to Greenpeace, are Marbella in Málaga, Benidorm in Alicante, la playa de La Concha in San Sebastián and La Manga del Mar Menor in Murcia.
The report, which coincides with the celebration of “Earth Day”, focuses on how the ignorance and neglect of an area under extreme threat, the Arctic, can impact on the rest of the world, in this case, Spain.
Spokesperson for Greenpeace, Pilar Marcos, explained that just a one centimetre rise in sea levels equals one meter of beach and, according to estimates based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates, if no action is taken, the Mediterranean at the end of this century could have risen by about a half metre, which in turn means a regression of the coastline of 500 meters in land.
Despite mentioning some of the most popular places known internationally on the coastline, the same would apply to places like Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa, as well as cities including Alicante.
Therefore, Greenpeace are calling on the Government of Mariano Rajoy to join in the campaign of saving the Arctic, and position Spain, “In favour of creating a sanctuary in the high Arctic where oil exploration and fishing is banned”.
Mario Rodríguez, the executive director of Greenpeace, explained that “Little time remains to make decisions”, as the Arctic is melting twice as fast as the rest of the planet and in the last four years has lost polar ice equivalent to three times the size of Spain.
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The DGT traffic department has revealed that during the special traffic monitoring campaign of Easter this year, the age group between 45 and 54 years of age, in cars and on secondary roads, bore the largest proportion of fatalities.
However, in a statement, the DGT do say that they “cannot generalize because every victim counts, and is a different person”; the statistics for this year reveal a total of 35 people losing their lives on the roads.
In total, the 35 people died and another 149 were injured in the 28 fatal accidents during the Easter period, 86% of which occurred on traditional, secondary roads. Four of those killed were not wearing a seatbelt.
Despite initial estimates of the quietest period for some time, there were 12.9 million trips on the roads, an increase of one million over last year.
Although the data is a tragic realization of the dangers on the roads, with an increase in the number of deaths last year, the data is below average on a five year comparison, the average being 48 deaths, and continues a 15 year downward trend. In 2003, a year where Easter was celebrated at the same time of year as 2014, the death toll was an incredible 129 people.
Amongst the 35 people who lost their lives, were a child of 5 years of age, 6 motorcyclists, 2 cyclists, 2 pedestrians 5 truck or van drivers and 18 car passengers.
The majority of accidents occurred during the day, between 2 in the afternoon and 8 in the evening. Saturday the 12th and Sundays the 13th and 20th were the days with the most fatalities recorded in a single day.
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Officers from the National Police have arrested nine people, and shut down a drugs factory in the Gran Alacant area of Santa Pola, after an investigation revealed the gang to be involved in trafficking of cocaine, marijuana, speed and Barcelona Football Club sweets laced with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The investigation began in August 2013, when officers found that a group of people in the town of Elda were engaged in drug trafficking. Hase one of the operation resulted in the arrest of two people in January 2014, in the Alicante town of Campello, when a transaction was witnessed involving cocaine. One of the two arrested were charged with distributing the drug in Jijona and Campello.
From that first arrest, investigators discovered how the members of the criminal group carried out the distribution of the drug, with a network of different people living in different municipalities being used for subsequent redistribution and retail of cocaine, marijuana and speed.
Another group of individuals then managed and monitored the financial side of the business, distributing the money through a variety of bank accounts in both Spain and Colombia.
As the investigation drew to a close this week, seven people were arrested, five men and two women, in the towns of Alcudia de Crespins, Jijona, Elche, El Altet, Alicante and Onil, in conncetion with distribution of drugs.
One of those arrested was a master chocolatier, who used the knowledge of his training to manufacture chocolates laced with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, in the shape of the crest of Barcelona Football Club. These were manufactured in a purpose built factory in a premises in Gran Alacant.
A total of seven houses were searched in Gran Alacant, El Altet, Alicante, Jijona, Elche and Castilla, with 21,135 euro in cash being seized, along with 960 grams of speed, 500 grams of cocaine, 300 grams of chocolates made with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, two vehicles, four computers and 22 mobile phones.
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The planning department of Orihuela town hall has announced a further nine notices being issued for infringements of urban planning laws, four of which are demolition notices, the remaining are financial penalties totalling 11,644.54 euro.
Of the nine cases in this latest batch of clampdowns, seven of them are on the Orihuela Costa, the remaining two in the surrounding villages.
According to the head of the planning department, Antonio Zapata of the PSOE, there are still some six hundred cases pending, all of which will be resolved in due course.
Zapata also explained that his department are mostly dealing with two different types of urban offenses, one of which corresponds to “minor works”, which seem to mostly take place in the coastal area, believed to be largely due to the “ignorance” of laws by property owners, which collectively make the largest chunk of disciplinary proceedings. These could be simply due to lack of planning permission, or sometimes where owners may believe they have sought appropriate permission, but without going through the town hall.
The second batch of infringements, for which there are a lesser number, are violations of the Urban Law Valenciana, with homes and structures built on undeveloped or incorrectly classified land, this is more common in the surrounding villages, although not exclusively.
Some of these infringements can be legalised with the appropriate application of licensing, others may take longer to resolve, as they may fall outside the immediate jurisdiction of the town hall.
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Data released this week relating to the end of year census, reveals that the registered population of Spain decreased by 404,619 people in 2013, now standing at 46.7 million people, a loss of almost 3 million people in 10 years.
Of the immigrant population, the Institute of National Statistics reveal that, with the exception of the Chinese, all foreign national groups are decreasing, the biggest fall being within the British population, with 87,000 registered Brits having left last year.
Of the registered 546,000 registered foreign residents, the Chinese population has increased by over 3,500 inhabitants, whereas there has been a reduction in Romanians, the second largest group, of 74,000 people. The Romanian population decline is seen as of somewhat more significance than the British drop however, as a lot of the British population had second homes in Spain, whereas the decline in the Romanian population is believed to be due to the “lack of occupational expectations”.
The Valencia region has been hardest hit by the decline, with 118,000 foreigners having left, some 29% of the entire national total, and combining with the regions of Andalucía and Madrid, the three are collectively responsible for 52% of the entire loss.
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Madrid Zoo has welcomed two new additions to its family in a matter of days, with the birth of two baby giraffes born five days apart.
The mother, Mica, gave birth at the weekend to the second baby, with the first mum, Tatú, and first baby present to witness the birth of the Rothschild giraffe, similar in spacing to births by the two mums in 2012.
In just one hour of birth, Mica was able to encourage the newborn into her new world, a female of about 60 kilos in weight.
In 2012, both Tatú and Mica gave each other support during the labour and birthing process, prompting the zoo staff to repeat their companionship during this birth.
During this first month, the infant are only fed breast milk and begin a gradual introduction of vegetables and leaves.
This new birth extends the Madrid giraffe family to six members, and is part of the European Breeding Programme and Conservation of the species (EEP). A number of zoos have received bad publicity recently for needlessly killing animals in their care, including the zoo at Copenhagen which killed a giraffe and fed it to the lions, later to kill four lions to make way for a new male, and Longleat Safari Park in the UK which killed a family of six lions, due to an increase in pregnancies.
The Rothschild giraffe is one of six extant subspecies of this large land mammal native Africa. During these early days, the public can visit the pups inside their maternity ward, where they will remain with their mothers resting and preparing to join the rest of the group. Their first visit outdoors is expected to be in the first week in May.
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