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Researchers to create Algarve climate change plan

in Algarve · 30-11-2017 13:01:00 · 0 Comments

A consortium fronted by a group of researchers is to deliver a plan as to how the Algarve can best adapt to climate change.

The group, which is led by leading climate change investigator, Filipe Duarte Santos, is to be tabled by the end of next year.
The plan is set to present ways as to how the region can minimise the impact the changing weather patterns have on areas such as tourism, health, agriculture and water resources.
Respected professor and researcher, Filipe Duarte Santos, had last week forecast that, because of the advance of the deserts in northern Africa, Portugal’s climate is becoming more and more like that of Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia.
Duarte Santos, a professor at the Lisbon University of Sciences and head of the National Environmental Council, stressed how the changing climate could have a bearing on the country’s water sector, stressing: “Climate change can be seen in the broadening of the tropical climate zone; the desert is being pushed north. It is essential in the water sector to take this climate change into account.”
The expert has in recent years become increasingly vocal in voicing concerns over climate change, and has repeatedly warned of extreme weather patterns, with extended droughts set to be followed by heavy rainfall and flooding.
This comes as several low-lying areas in southern Portugal were affected by flooding on Tuesday night following heavy rains. Flash flooding was reported across the Algarve and southern Alentejo.
Around 50 cases of serious flooding were reported from Lagos in the west to Olhão in the east.
Albufeira and Armação de Pêra appeared to have received the brunt of the weather, with countless images appearing on social media illustrating the extent of the flooding. No serious damage has been reported as a result of the weather which was expected to clear by Wednesday morning.
In related news, Portugal and Spain, this week discussed the drought which is causing concern either side of the border. A two-day meeting held in Porto, saw the governments of both countries announce a series of measures to combat the effects of the drought.
This comes after the Portuguese Environment Ministry admitted it is open to increasing the price of water, but said prices for next year would remain unchanged. Portugal has also said it will be tabling a proposal for the two Iberian nations to adopt a common water management policy.

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Edition 1453
09 December 2017
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