Wild tortoise ownership in Murcia and Spain: illegal but surprisingly common
How to get back on the right side of the law if you own a tortoise in Murcia Many members of the public are unaware of the fact, but since 1st July 2015 it has officially been illegal in Spain..

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Understanding water and the drought in Murcia and the Segura basin
Where our water comes from, what it is used for, and why there isn’t enough In late 2017 the Region of Murcia and the rest of the Segura basin are facing one of the most serious droughts in recent..

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Dog owners beware: stephanotis pods can kill dogs
Urgent warning for dog owners Be aware that the seed pods of the Stephanotis plant, also known as Madagascar Jasmine, are lethal for dogs. This is a stunning plant with waxy green leaves and a..

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Murcia government warns of deterioration in the Mar Menor after recent heavy rain
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Cartagena plans piers this summer to allow bathers to avoid mud and algae along the shore The last week or so has seen something of an improvement in many of the key water quality..

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Lack of temporary workers causes concern for farmers as the stone fruit season begins
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Covid-19 travel restrictions have caused a shortfall in the number of migratory agricultural workers During the current state of emergency in Spain due to the Covid-19 pandemic..

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The Spanish government recommends tripling the proposed green belt around the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Water quality data reflect a sharp deterioration in the parameters measured over the last year There is an understandable tendency at present for the coronavirus emergency to..

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Maintaining the food chain.Spanish producers noting the lack of a migrant workforce
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The closure of borders means migratory farmhands are not available to harvest crops through the coronavirus lockdown With the coronavirus emergency lockdown now in its third week..

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Orange and yellow alerts for heavy rain in Murcia on Tuesday
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Risks of flooding in coastal areas as the heaviest of the rain hits the Campo de Cartagena The rain which has characterized the weather in the Region of Murcia since the official..

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Murcia agriculture in overdrive to meet demand during the coronavirus emergency
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Food supply and distribution networks are not under threat at present The regional government of Murcia is reinforcing the message that members of the public need not worry about..

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Otters thriving on the banks of the River Segura in and around Murcia
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The otter has returned to Murcia after becoming extinct in the city last century Recent observations in the Vega Baja area alongside the River Segura, including in and around..

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Water quality in the Mar Menor remains absolutely safe for bathing
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Little change in the parameters measured at the end of February The latest water quality measurements in the Mar Menor this week show little change over the last ten days, with..

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The first Murcia-born loggerhead turtles in over a century are growing up fast in San Pedro del Pinatar
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 11 of the 21 baby turtles born in Calnegre are being reared at the marine aquiculture centre in San Pedro The baby loggerhead sea turtles which hatched last year at the beach..

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Murcia government to spend 1.2 million euros on fighting the pine processionary caterpillar
ARCHIVED ARTICLE A threat to household pets and wild animals as well as to the pine trees in which they nest As another season of the annoying and potentially dangerous pine processionary caterpillar..

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Jumilla salt company to construct more inland salt pans
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Jumsal are set to build ten new salt pans in the south of the Jumilla countryside A favourable environmental impact report has been issued by the regional government of Murcia..

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Misery ahead for allergy suffers as gota fría storms cause record pine pollen levels in Murcia
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The yellow dust is more than a nuisance for an increasing number of allergy sufferers Go to your doctor if you are struggling with allergic reactions to pollen, it's a common..

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Central government delegate defends the response to flooding in Los Alcázares and problems of the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE José Vélez asks for patience on the part of the residents of Los Alcázares and other Mar Menor towns José Vélez, the new central government delegate to the Region of Murcia..

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Residents of Lo Pagán and Los Urrutias plan more Mar Menor protests
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Demonstrations are scheduled in Villananitos this Sunday and in Los Urrutias in a fortnight’s time As frustration simmers not far beneath the among residents on the coast of..

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Latest water tests show Mar Menor remains safe for bathers says regional government
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Bacteria levels remain low in the lagoon although chlorophyll levels are rising The regional government published the results of the latest tests of water quality in the Mar..

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Cartagena Mayoress demands urgent action in the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE “Something is going wrong” says Mayoress Ana Belén Castejón  The latest meeting of the “inter-administrational forum of the Mar Menor”, in which representatives of..

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Major Águilas agriculture company finally enters liquidation
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Agrasa has been one of the leading employers in Águilas for decades Agrícola Aguileña SA, one of the most important agricultural concerns in the municipality of Águilas for..

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Lorca Town Hall unanimously opposes plans for huge fish farm close to popular beaches
ARCHIVED ARTICLE All parties unite in opposition to the project just off the beaches of Calnegre The project to create a huge fish farm just off the coastline of Lorca and the south-west of the..

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Vegetation cleared in Los Urrutias to minimize the risk of mosquito plagues this spring
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Cartagena Town Hall takes steps to reduce the risk of a repeat of the problems of last year As the weather begins to warm up in the Costa Cálida following episodes of torrential..

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Vandals threaten the few remaining giant fan mussels in the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Incomprehensible vandalism heightens calls for the molluscs to be taken into safe custody As if the marine flora and fauna of the Mar Menor were not facing enough problems at..

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Fishermen call for fish farming rethink after winter storms destroy enclosures
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Escaped sea bass and bream bring market prices down and threaten other species Following the damage done to various of the fish farm enclosures off the coastline of Murcia in..

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Traffic disruption inevitable in Murcia on Friday as protesting farmers gather with 250 tractors
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Columns will make their way to Murcia from the Campo de Cartagena and other areas during the morning Severe disruption is expected on the roads in and around the city of Murcia..

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Murcia government reiterates that the Mar Menor is completely safe for bathing
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Antonio Luengo again calls for the Spanish government to take steps to protect the lagoon Antonio Luengo, the minister for Water, Agriculture and the Environment in the regional government..

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Los Alcázares presents initial flood protection project to the Murcia government
ARCHIVED ARTICLE A 2-million-euro budget for increase drainage capacity in the centre of Los Alcázares The Town Hall of Los Alcázares continues to make the search for solutions to the problems..

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8,000 euros for naturalists attempting to reactivate old salt flats alongside the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The salt pans of Marchamalo are a perfect habitat for various wading birds including flamingos The naturalists’ association of ANSE, who campaign tirelessly to protect the natural..

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Down Syndrome associations plant new trees at Terra Natura Murcia wildlife park
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Town Hall aims to double the number of trees in Murcia to 200,000 As part of the on-going initiative by the Town Hall of Murcia to plant more trees throughout the municipality..

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Murcia government sets aside 56 million euros for the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 23 million euros are included in the budget for the department of the Environment The department of Water, Agriculture, Farming, Fishing and the Environment in the regional government..

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200 new trees planted in the streets of Cartagena
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Climate change mitigation combines with urban renovation in numerous districts in the city In the face of the climate emergency one of the small actions which can contribute to..

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Murcia close to maximum alert status for pine processionary caterpillars
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The warm weather is causing a plague of the caterpillars which are potentially lethal for dogs and cats As alert dog and cat owners will doubtless be aware, the pine processionary..

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28 under investigation across Spain for using poisoned bait and illegal hunting traps
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Five of those identified were in Fortuna, Mula and Campos del Río 28 people have been placed under investigation by the Seprona wildlife protection wing of the Guardia Civil..

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Opposition in Lorca and Mazarrón to plans for huge offshore fish farm
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Plans are pending approval for 80 enclosures to be located under 2 kilometres from the coast Considerable opposition is being expressed in Lorca to plans to create a massive fish..

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New Murcia solar power plant will provide energy for 25,000 homes
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Algibicos farm is under construction in Baños y Mendigo A new solar power plant in Baños y Mendigo, on the southern side of the mountains which separate the city of Murcia..

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Murcia presents only the second basketball court in Spain to be made of recycled glass
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Over 18 tons of glass were used to manufacture the eco-friendly court at the Príncipe de Asturias pavilion The first ever basketball court made from recycled glass in Murcia..

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Rare Iberian lynx adapting to life at Terra Natura wildlife park
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The two specimens are expected to be ready for their debut in public within a couple of months The Terra Natura wildlife park in the outskirts of the city of Murcia has welcomed..

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Black vultures nesting in Murcia for the first time in over a century
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The species joins the griffon vulture in the mountains of Lorca and the north-west An article published in regional newspaper La Verdad on Monday highlights the return to the..

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Cartagena Town Hall devotes land in Tallante to experimental desert truffle cultivation
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The gastronomic delicacy is ideally suited to the climate of the Costa Cálida For a few years now various agriculturalists and chefs in the Region of Murcia have been extolling..

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Difficult months ahead for the Mar Menor says Murcia government minister
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The lagoon will turn green again “sooner rather than later” if the national government don’t take action, says Javier Celdrán Murcia regional government minister Javier..

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34 tons of biomass removed recently from the beaches of San Pedro del Pinatar
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Since 2017 around 5,000 tons of biomass have been cleared from the shore of the Mar Menor Miriam Pérez, the head of the Mar Menor department in the regional government, visited..

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Storm Gloria brings sea bass and bream bonanza for anglers in Portmán
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Hundreds of fishermen are catching up to 50 kilos each after fish farm cages were damaged two weeks ago The destruction caused by Storm Gloria along the Mediterranean coast of..

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Irrigation water channel in Alguazas reopened 5 months after the September gota fría
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The water supply is restored to 460 hectares of farmland in central Murcia Almost five months after the severe gota fría storm of September 2019, the heaviest to hit the Region..

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Murcia crop farmers up in arms over low market prices
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Demonstrations planned as the supermarket price of broccoli exceeds 7 times the amount paid to farmers It sometimes seems that the crop farmers of the Region of Murcia are in..

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27 degrees forecast in Murcia on Tuesday before a sudden 10-degree drop
ARCHIVED ARTICLE From May weather back to January on Wednesday in the Costa Cálida! The mini-heatwave of early February in the Costa Cálida and much of the rest of Spain is forecast to come..

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Environmental education for children on the beach in San Pedro del Pinatar
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Education and awareness among youngsters provides hope for the future at the beach of Villananitos It is often said that children are the future, and if that is the case then..

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Volunteers collect over 2 tons of plastics and waste from the shore of the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Over 100 people gathered in El Carmolí on Sunday to take part in the event Over 100 volunteers took part in an event organized by the Pacto por el Mar Menor platform group on..

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Giant fan mussels under threat in the Mar Menor as salinity falls
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Lower salinity after recent storms has led to a deadly parasite from the Mediterranean spreading to the lagoon The latest water quality measurements in the Mar Menor show that..

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Green algae removed from the northern shore of the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Cladophora algae have flourished after the heavy autumn and winter storms Workers have returned to the beaches of La Puntica and Villananitos in the municipality of San Pedro..

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Spanish government identifies 280 potential demolitions around the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE La Manga stands to lose most of its beaches as the sea level rises In its battle to protect La Manga and the Mar Menor from the effects of the climate emergency Spain’s Ministry..

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Progress in the creation of a 30,000-square-metre forest park in Águilas
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Town Hall of Águilas takes steps to mitigate climate change before 2030 This Wednesday Mari Carmen Moreno, the Mayoress of Águilas, visited the site where a 30,000-square..

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The climate emergency could make the weather of Murcia wetter in the long term
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Another meteorologist forecasts more frequent and intense storms in the Costa Cálida In recent years there has been a Good deal of concern over the possibility that the Region..

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400 schoolchildren walk to the Mar Menor to mark World Wetlands Day
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Poems and songs for the lagoon on the beach in San Pedro del Pinatar This Sunday 2nd March is World Wetlands Day, and to mark the occasion the following day 400 children will be walking..

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Gota fría storms partly to blame for poor Murcia unemployment figures
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Problems in the agriculture sector were exacerbated by flooding in September and December The results of the national government’s Active Population Survey for the fourth quarter..

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Air quality alerts lifted throughout Murcia as Saharan dust cloud drifts away
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Murcia Town Hall report a 3-ton decrease in CO2 emissions due to free public transport on Friday! The air quality alert which led to the Town Halls of Murcia and Cartagena establishing..

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Águilas and Mazarrón activate contamination protocols
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Air quality is classified as poor throughout Murcia as the Saharan dust cloud lingers As air quality measurements continue to cause concern in most of the Region of Murcia more..

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Mar Menor fishermen call an end to the eel season after surprise bumper December catch
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Image: dead eels on the beach of San Pedro del Pinatar in October The eels appear to have survived the episode of anoxia in the lagoon in October The fishermen’s guild of..

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Cartagena joins Murcia in providing free bus services while African dust pollution episode lasts
ARCHIVED ARTICLE PM 10 particle levels dropped on Friday morning but are still in excess of the alert threshold After the air quality dropped dramatically on Wednesday and Thursday as a cloud..

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Free bus and tram travel in and around the city of Murcia while the contamination episode lasts
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Every effort is being made to encourage the use of public transport In the face of the soaring levels of PM10 particle air contamination in the city of Murcia the Town Hall has..

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Maximum air quality alert in Cartagena
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Lorca also activates emergency protocols as PM10 readings soar all over the Region of Murcia The cloud of mineral dust from north Africa which caused the city of Murcia to activate..

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Level 2 contamination protocol activated in Murcia as African mineral dust cloud arrives
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Lorries are being diverted away from the main motorway around the regional capital The level of PM10 particles in the municipality of Murcia shot up on Wednesday to almost 300..

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The Spanish government could demolish buildings as part of its Mar Menor protection plan
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Ministry for Ecological Transition plans its own strategies to protect and regenerate the lagoon It is only a couple of weeks since the new Spanish government was formed but..

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Five charged with setting illegal animal traps in the mountains of central and northern Murcia
ARCHIVED ARTICLE A dog died after swallowing poisoned bait in the municipality of Fortuna Five people have been placed under investigation by the Seprona wildlife protection unit of the Guardia..

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Plastic-free packaging developed in Cartagena extends shelf life of fruit and veg by 40 per cent
ARCHIVED ARTICLE By extending the longevity of products Newfresh cardboard attracts the interest of exporters A team of researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) has developed..

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35 illegal wells and 38 desalination stations raided in Murcia
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 107 people across Spain face charges for similar illegalities A total of 107 people across Spain face charges after a Guardia Civil investigation in which over 1,400 illegal wells..

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Bonfires banned in the city of Murcia as air pollution protocol is activated 
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Residents in the regional capital are urged to use public transport  For the third time in as many weeks the Town Hall of the city of Murcia has activated its Level 2 air contamination..

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SOS Mar Menor proposes the creation of a Regional Park to protect the lagoon
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The platform group is critical of the regional government’s “insufficient” draft legislation With the proposed Mar Menor protection law drawn up by the regional government..

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Multifunctional field borders encourage biodiversity in Mazarrón
ARCHIVED ARTICLE An initiative seeks to support pollinating insects and reduce soil erosion on farmland in Murcia The naturalists’ association ANSE has been collaborating in Mazarrón with a..

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Air quality alert in Murcia as 12 face fines for lighting bonfires and burning cuttings
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The lighting of bonfires to burn garden waste requires a licence from the regional government As often happens in the city of Murcia the stable, cold weather which settled over..

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Mobile recycling park brought into service in Águilas
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Initially the vehicle will serve residents in the town centre and Calabardina In its continuing efforts to keep Águilas at the forefront of environmentally friendly measures..

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Pet owners beware as the pine processionary caterpillar season begins in Murcia
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The distinctive caterpillars pose a serious threat to curious animals and even small children The time of year has arrived where dog and cat owners begin to peer anxiously at..

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Murcia president identifies the Mar Menor as the top priority for 2020
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Differences of opinion in the Murcia coalition government delay the implementation of the new protection law Fernando López Miras, the president of the regional government of..

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Critics demand stricter Mar Menor protection legislation from the Murcia government
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The government prepares to implement a ban on fertilizers within 500 metres of the lagoon Over the festive season the regional government of Murcia at last proposed its draft..

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Scientists unanimously reject Vox proposal to widen channels between the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean
ARCHIVED ARTICLE To widen the golas could spell the end of the Mar Menor as we know it Last week the political party Vox, which polled more votes than any other in the Region of Murcia in the..

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Battle is joined as the Murcia government fights for irrigation water
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Irrigation farmers threaten protests as anger grows over the refusal to send water via the Tajo-Segura canal Following the Ministry of Ecological Transition’s decision earlier..

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PSOE leaders in Murcia oppose their own party as the government denies irrigation farmers water
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Widespread rejection of the refusal to transfer irrigation water via the Tajo-Segura canal The announcement by the Ministry of Ecological Transition that no water is to be transferred..

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Outrage among Murcia farmers as the Spanish government denies them water
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The government has vetoed another transfer of water in the light of the situation in the Mar Menor Irrigation farmers in the Region of Murcia expressed outrage on Tuesday after..

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Plans for 5-year ban on new construction around the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE More details emerge of the Murcia government plans to protect the lagoon As the regional government of Murcia continues to draw up its proposed legislation to regenerate and protect..

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Vox advocates dredging the channels between the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The proposal meets strong criticism from scientists and ecologists As different groups put forward a variety of measures in order to protect and regenerate the marine environment..

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Architects recommend putting the brakes on the construction of 2,000 homes around the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 25 proposals to protect the Mar Menor have been submitted to the Murcia government As the regional government of Murcia continues to work on drawing up the new legislation which..

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Parts of Sierra Espuña closed to the public for 6 months to protect golden eagles
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Popular walking routes will remain open although areas near them will be out of bounds As occurred in the early part of 2019, the Nature Protection department of the regional..

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Thousands of dead cockles reported on the beach of Los Urrutias
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Tests will determine whether the death of the molluscs was due to poor water quality in the Mar Menor Further concerns were raised over the deterioration in water quality in the..

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Environmental concern for the Mar Menor following the second gota fría of the autumn
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Tons of soil and harmful substances washed into the already fragile marine environment As residents and council workers begin the clean-up operation in towns on the inland shore..

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Public opinion survey identifies the Mar Menor as the second most serious issue in Murcia
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The recent deterioration in the lagoon has raised awareness of the problem enormously The drastic deterioration in the marine environment of the Mar Menor has raised awareness..

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Motorboat runs aground on the oldest dunes in Europe in Calblanque
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Conservationists call for more protection at the regional park near Cabo de Palos Salvemos Calblanque, a platform group for the protection of the regional park on the coastline..

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Companies propose to use bacteria to clear mud from the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE One company in Norway claims on its website that it has already been contracted As Murcianos await solutions and action to regenerate and protect the marine environment in the..

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After 3½ years lemon wood shavings replace green filters in Murcia government plans to protect the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The projected green filter in the Rambla del Albujón would have treated the amount of water currently flowing into the lagoon Almost three and a half years after the regional..

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204 litres of harmful runoff water per second enter the Mar Menor via the Rambla del Albujón
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Water quality in the lagoon improves marginally but the underlying problems remain unsolved Hoteliers and hostelers warn of job losses as the sector faces a collapse around the..

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Government-funded compost containers offered by San Pedro del Pinatar Town Hall
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Applications to receive one of the 23 containers available should be made by 9th December The Town Hall of San Pedro del Pinatar is embarking on a new phase of a pilot scheme..

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Urgent heavy metals clean-up on former zinc company land in Cartagena
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Contaminated soil and water have killed birds on plots of land just outside the city After years of campaigning by activists concerned about the presence of heavy metals in old..

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Thousands of single-use plastic cups eliminated from Murcia school lunches every day
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Madres por el Clima campaigns on many environmental issues in the Region of Murcia A group called Madres por el Clima has succeeded in changing the practices in school dining..

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Rain on the way to Murcia to start the weekend
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Cloudy and cool in the Costa Cálida on Thursday and Friday The cloud cover which brought light showers to many central and northern parts of the Region of Murcia on Wednesday..

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Murcia asks for the barbary sheep to removed from the list of invasive species
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The barbary sheep has been allowed to remain in the Sierra Espuña after a decade-long debate The regional government of Murcia is planning to ask the Ministry of Ecological Transition..

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21 more farming concerns under investigation for illegal practices in the Campo de Cartagena
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Investigations continue into the runoff of harmful substances into the Mar Menor As the efforts to put an end to unauthorized irrigation farming and other illegal agricultural..

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Frost in northern Murcia as freezing temperatures precede rain later this week
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Costa Cálida has gone from summer to winter in just three weeks! The weather in the Region of Murcia has gone quickly from summer to winter over the last few weeks, to the..

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1.8 million kilos of organic waste removed from the Mar Menor in 2 months
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Chlorophyll levels in the lagoon drop but visibility in the water is extremely low A little over two months since the severe flooding caused by September’s “gota fría”..

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360,000 sign petition demanding solutions in the Mar Menor
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Slow progress towards pumping harmful substances out of the Rambla del Albujón While the regional and national governments continue to disagree over who should do what in order..

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Schoolchildren in San Cayetano present Mar Menor project in public
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Environmental education begins at an early age in Torre Pacheco The students at the primary school in San Cayetano, in the municipality of Torre Pacheco, welcomed the arrival..

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Major new tuna farm planned off the north of La Manga
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Further environmental studies are needed on the part of the company which lost 9,000 tuna during the September gota fría storm Ricardo Fuentes e Hijos, the major tuna farming..

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Solar panels at Mazarrón desalination plant save costs, save water and protect the environment
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The pioneering clean energy scheme makes irrigation water cheaper for farmers A pioneering scheme in the Region of Murcia is coming into operation at the “Virgen del Milagro..

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