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News from Spain and the EU

Whether it’s a meeting in Valencia or new funding opportunities, whether it’s small-scale progress or large-scale changes: I collect everything that is relevant to the topic here.

One year fire diary

One year fire diary

One year of the fire diary is no reason to rejoice, except that there is now a year-round documentation of the fires in our valley.

The movie of the month December

The movie of the month December

Agricultural waste incineration also got out of control in December due to the extreme drought. They could be extinguished quickly, but the effort was enormous …

The movie of the month November

The movie of the month November

Unfortunately, the month of November brought an unusually high number of forest fires in the Marina Alta at a time when the summer forest fire danger was thought to be over.

The movie of the month October

The movie of the month October

In October, the harvest of mandarins and oranges began again in the Marina Alta, and with it, unfortunately, the peak season for fires. The movie of the month is from 17.10.2023. You can find the whole fire diary on YouTube …

The film of the month September

The film of the month September

Since September there is again a monthly movie of the month from my fire diary. In September, it was clear to see that the number and size of fires had increased significantly despite the ban on burning …

The film of July and August

The film of July and August

This time there is the joint film of the months of July and August. Not because there were no fires, but because there were so many of them. Here is a summary of the smoky summer months in Beniarbeig …

Der Film des Monats Juni

Der Film des Monats Juni

The month of June began with the bad news that the start of the ban on agricultural burning in the Valencian Community was postponed from June 1 to June 16. But even after that, there were still fires every day.

The film of the month May

The film of the month May

In May, it rained exceptionally heavily and for a long time. This meant that the fuel was extremely wet shortly after the rain and pollutant emissions were particularly high. It’s hard to believe, but some of the fires burned even during the rain.

Climate Pact Ambassadors Meeting in LLeida

Climate Pact Ambassadors Meeting in LLeida

At 19. and April 20, the Spanish ambassadors of the EU Climate Pact met at the University of Lleida for their fifth summit to discuss with experts climate change in the context of the primary sector and the food industry.

The film of the month April

The film of the month April

Even in April, there was not a single day when there were no fires burning. For the farmers, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Sunday or a public holiday. The cover picture shows a fire on Easter Sunday, 09 April.

The film of the month March

The film of the month March

There was not a single day in March when there were no fires burning. To document this and to make the extent of the air pollution caused by agricultural waste incineration more tangible, I keep a fire diary in the form of time-lapse films.

New: the fire diary

New: the fire diary

So far there have been mostly photos or very short videos of the fires in our valley. New is my fire diary. In my fire diary, I show the agricultural fires I see from my property in our valley in a daily time-lapse movie.

Not all air pollution is the same

Not all air pollution is the same

A year could hardly begin in more contrasting ways: the introduction of bans on driving motor vehicles in cities on the one hand, and the lifting of the ban on burning agricultural waste in the countryside on the other. A comparison: …

Renewal certificate

Renewal certificate

It is with great pleasure and pride that I can announce today that my assignment as Ambassador of the EU Climate Pact has been extended by one year.

Letters from the Earth

Letters from the Earth

Letters from the Earth – On the occasion of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) on November 15, 2022, Nemo and Dory report in a letter to world leaders from the Great Barrier Reef

Climate Pact Ambassadors Meeting in Barcelona

Climate Pact Ambassadors Meeting in Barcelona

On October 6, 2022, the Spanish ambassadors of the European Climate Pact met at the Representation of the European Union in Barcelona to discuss the role of young people and their commitment to climate action.

Emergency on Planet Earth

Emergency on Planet Earth

On April 21, 2022, EU Climate Pact Ambassadors Juan Medina, José Segarra, Carmen Marqués and Barbara Bartels-Leipold visited the Emergency on Planet Earth exhibition at the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània in Valencia.

New waste and soil protection law in Spain

New waste and soil protection law in Spain

Congress in Spain has passed a new law to improve the circular economy. It took more than a year to create the conditions for this. The main focus is on the reduction of plastic and more efficient waste recycling.

Meeting of the Climate Pact Ambassadors in Valencia

Meeting of the Climate Pact Ambassadors in Valencia

From February 24 to 26, the Spanish ambassadors of the European Union Climate Pact met in Valencia for their second conference. The theme of the conference was: Climate Change and the Conference on the Future of Europe.

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