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UPV students enter a Valencian "barraca" style house in international sustainable housing competition

June 19th
A Valencian "barraca", 80 square metres by 7 metres high will represent the Universitat Politècnica de València in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition that will take place from June 26 to July 28 in Szentendre (Hungary). Solar Decathlon Europe is the most important competition in the world in sustainable and efficient housing. It is driven by the Department of Energy of the United States, and its objective is the design and construction of houses that consume the least amount of natural resources and produce a minimum of waste during their life cycle. The revision of the traditional Valencian building was developed over two tears by a team of 45 students. The result is a totally self-sufficient, modular house, built mainly with wood and insulated with cork, which has a very low energy demand. From Cope.es

Spain prepares for faster and more aggressive wildfires

June 19th
Spain is preparing for fires that are more aggressive and up to twelve times faster, with one of its northern regions set to be the first to deploy new detection methods. Estanislao de Luis Calabuig, Professor of Ecology at the University of León said: “the effects of climate change, with higher temperatures and lower rainfall in our environment, makes the fires more virulent.” According to the Ministry of Agriculture, 30 per cent more land has been burnt during the first five months of this year than the average at that time during the last decade. For full story see: Euroweekly News

Barcelona port is worst in Europe for cruise ship air pollution

June 7th
The port of Barcelona, a city already overwhelmed by mass tourism, has topped a list of 50 European ports for the amount of air pollution produced there by cruise ships, according to a report. In 2017 cruise ships emitted 32.8 tonnes of sulphur oxide (SOx) in Barcelona, according to the research. Palma de Mallorca was the second most polluted, with 28 tonnes…Ships run on fuel oil, which contains about 2,000 times more sulphur oxide than ordinary diesel. The report claims that cruise ships docking in European ports produced 10 times more sulphur emissions than all the 260m cars in those countries combined. In the case of Barcelona, in 2017 cruise ships emitted nearly five times as much SOx as all the city’s cars. For full story see: The Guardian

Elections 2019 - The parties explain their approaches towards developing a sustainable Xàbia

May 26th 2019
The political parties fighting the local elections in 2019 answered questions posed by Para Una Xabia Sostenible based on the EDUSI project
Click on the Blue link to read the full questions and the answers given by each party.

1 There is too much dependence on tourism and construction. How will you diversify the economy?

2 Agriculture and traditional industry are nowadays marginal activities. Should these aspects be promoted?

3 Sustainable mobility

4 How would you revive heritage resources for local culture.

5 Areas like Jávea Park have been neglected

6 We must create close links with the natural environment.

7 Technology to improve relations between citizens and the administration

PP pushes to reactivate Citizen Participation

May 24th
The popular candidate is committed to reactivate Xàbia in all areas, connect the three urban centers and of course, in having citizen participation, «That each technician, professional or neighbor contributes his point of view before an action is very important so that Xàbia is alive». For article and Video of interview (in Spanish) see: Javea.com Ed's note: Podemos at the opposite end of the political spectrum also proposed reviving citizen participation - see question 7.

PUXS asks the political parties to clarify their position on sustainable development

May 21st
Working from the Fent Xàbia project, PUXS drew up a list of eight questions which is being sent to all the political parties putting up candidates in these municipal elections, with a request to reply by Friday 17 May. Click on link for more details How can we ensure a sustainable Xàbia for the future?

Spain's struggle with Light Pollution

May 5th 2019
Spain’s light pollution problem has become so bad over the past 10 to 15 years that light from the country’s biggest cities can be seen from hundreds of kilometers away. Recent scientific studies have drawn attention to the problem with striking images that capture the light pollution emitted by Spain’s major cities. The only exception is the Canary Islands, which has introduced legislation to protect the skyline.
For full story see: El Pais in English

This Site put "on hold" for 2019

Feb 15th
Due to new priorities of the Editor, and subsequent lack of time, this site will not be updated in 2019, unless anything really significant happens which needs to be translated into English. I will, however, continue to post links to articles about the environment and sustainability which appear in the Spanish Press on our Agenda21 Facebook Page.: Agenda21 Xàbia Facebook.. The site remains as a useful archive on the Agenda21 process in Xàbia, which morphed into Citizen's participation, and which has gradually faded away.
Sorry for the inconvenience. Chris BJ

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