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Spain: Iberdrola completes Europe's largest solar plant
4 January 2020 - Spanish renewable power giant Iberdrola has completed work on what it claims is the largest solar project ever built in Europe. The 500-megawatt Nunez de Balboa facility is now undergoing testing with Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) and is expected to be in full commercial operation this quarter. Europe's previous largest project was the 300-megawatt Cestas, built by Neoen in the south of France. But the latest record might not stand for long with Iberdrola planning the 590-megawatt Francisco Pizarro project in Spain. Completion is expected in 2022. (more)

Repsol to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 at $5.3 billion cost
2 December 2019 - Spain's Repsol pledged on Monday [2 December] to reduce net carbon emissions from its operations and most of its products to zero by 2050 and absorb a 4.8 billion euro ($5.3 billion) hit to the value of its oil and gas assets in the process. Describing the move as an industry first, Repsol said it wanted to lead a wider transition to renewable energy, in line with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement to avert catastrophic climate change. (more)

Spanish acreage devoted to organic agriculture grew by 8 percent in 2018
16 August 2019 - According to official data from the report 'Organic Agriculture. 2018', prepared annually by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA), the acreage devoted to organic farming in Spain in 2018 was 2,246,474.5 hectares, which represents an increase of 8 percent over the previous year. (more)

Europe's largest solar plant unveiled amid Spanish renewable rebirth
6 June 2019 - The 300 million euro investment plan comes amid buoyant optimism for Spain's long suffering solar sector. Spanish utility giant Ibedrola has laid out a plan to build Europe's largest solar power plant in the country. The company is currently consulting the environment ministry over building a 590-megawatt solar farm in the Western region of Extramadurra, it said in a statement on Thursday [6 June]. (more)

Spain plans to close all nuclear plants by 2035
13 February 2019 - Spain aims to close all seven of its nuclear plants between 2025 and 2035 as part of plans to generate all the country's electricity from renewable sources by 2050. (more)

Balearic Islands chart green path with climate change law
12 February 2019 - Spain's Balearic Islands set a course for a greener future on Tuesday (12 February), approving a climate change law that commits the tourism hotspot to source all its energy from renewables by 2050. The law includes a phase-out of coal power produced at Es Murterar plant on the popular holiday island of Mallorca by 2025, starting in 2020. (more)

Self-generated energy soars in Spain as solar panels plunge in price
6 February 2019 - Solar power is paving the way for a rise in self-generated energy in Spain. Installed capacity grew for the second year running in 2018 with a 94 percent hike on 2017 figures -- and 90 percent of that was self-generated. (more)

Solar, thermal... Spain's historic hotels go green
30 December 2018 - Spain's state-owned chain of paradores, the grand hotels often housed in ancient castles and monasteries, has announced that all 97 of its establishments will use only electricity from renewable sources from the start of the new year. The 90-year-old chain said the decision to switch to green electricity had been made for both environmental and symbolic reasons. (more)

UK firm to develop 200 megawatts of solar power in southern Spain
21 November 2018 - The regional government of Andalusia has granted U.K.-firm Solarcentury permission to build four solar parks in the Spanish town of Alcala de Guadaira. ... Solarcentury said that the projects would have an output of around 50 megawatts each and would generate enough electricity to power 105,000 homes. Construction is set to begin in April 2019 and is expected to last 12 months. (more)

Spain plans switch to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050
13 November 2018 - Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 ... By mid-century greenhouse gas emissions would be slashed by 90 percent from 1990 levels under Spain's draft climate change and energy transition law. (more)

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Study: Transcendental Meditation strengthens the immune system
17 August 2014 - Does practising the Transcendental Meditation technique help to keep you healthy? A group of researchers at Infanta Cristina Hospital in Spain have published a study which measures the effect of regular TM practice on the immune system. The researchers measured different subsets of leukocytes and lymphocytes--the cells in the blood which help to fight off viruses and bacteria. The scientists stated in their conclusion that the technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education: A solution to Europe's economic problems?
12 August 2013 - Through Consciousness-Based Education, it is possible for groups of students practising Transcendental Meditation to create a coherent effect in the surroundings, thus reducing social stress, commented a secondary-school teacher from Spain, at the conclusion of a recent course in this educational approach in the Netherlands. Referring to scientific research on such large, coherence-creating groups in different countries, he went on to say, 'That means that we can reduce crime, violence, and conflicts, and at the same time we can enliven creativity and creative intelligence in order to create new projects and even create new jobs.' (more)

'Transcending all knowledge' - St John of the Cross
11 July 2012 - A new essay explores the writings of St John of the Cross--one of the greatest figures in the Catholic church, and also one of the greatest poets in Spanish literature. St John describes experiences that are reminiscent of the experience of transcending during Transcendental Meditation--a state of quiet inner wakefulness and deep peace described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a state of knowingness, the experience of pure knowledge, consciousness aware of itself alone. (more)

Spain: Conference inspires young Europeans to bring Transcendental Meditation to college students
24 September 2011 - During a recent one-week conference in Barcelona, Spain, young people from all over Europe who practise Transcendental Meditation were inspired to bring programmes for the individual and society, developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to college students in their countries. The conference included presentations by experts in Maharishi's technologies of consciousness including filmmaker David Lynch, founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. (more)

Maharishi University of Management signs student exchange pact with university in Madrid
25 March 2011 - A new student exchange agreement between Maharishi University of Management (MUM) and the European University of Madrid in Spain (UEM), a private university, will provide MUM students an opportunity to study abroad. It will also promote collaborative programmes of the two institutions in sustainable business and 'rotating university' projects in other countries, including South Africa. (more)

Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education draw increasing interest in Spain, Portugal
6 October 2010 - Consciousness-Based Education is an area of increasing interest among educators in Spain and Portugal. The number of people learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme in these countries has also risen dramatically during the past year. (more)

Spain, Portugal: More people learning Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education projects underway
7 August 2010 - Spain and Portugal are moving closer to national invincibility, with more people learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme, including in schools. (more)

Spain: Educators inspired by live demonstrations of EEG brain wave coherence during Transcendental Meditation
7 August 2010 - Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in the United States, recently presented to educators in three Spanish cities on how the Transcendental Meditation Programme creates coherent brain functioning. Audiences in Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao were especially interested in live demonstrations showing EEG brain wave coherence during the technique. (more)

Spain: Demand growing for Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture
16 December 2009 - Demand for products grown according to Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture is increasing in Spain and has already led to an increase in production. A new Spanish-language website on the topic has drawn over 1,000 visitors and many requests for information and products. (more)

Natural health care expanding in Spain: Maharishi Ayur-Veda spas, courses, products
14 December 2009 - Prevention-oriented natural health programmes are expanding significantly in Spain, provided by Maharishi Ayur-Veda, the world's oldest and most comprehensive system of natural medicine. Hundreds of spas plan to offer Maharishi Ayur-Veda spa treatments; Maharishi Ayur-Veda products will soon be widely available; and short courses on health topics including diet have been translated and will be offered in the near future. (more)

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Wildfires spread in Catalonia as heatwave grips Spain
27 June 2019 - Wildfires raged on Thursday [27 June] across nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia and fire fighters said the area affected could increase significantly as a powerful heatwave grips the entire country. ... Some other western European countries including France and Germany are also wilting under the heatwave. (more)

Wildfires rage across northern Spain after unusual dry spell
28 December 2015 - Dozens of wildfires in northern Spain that erupted over the past week after an unusual dry spell. A spate of fires has been sweeping northern Spain for over a week now, an unusual phenomenon in regions that skirt the rough seas of the Bay of Biscay and are normally rainy, especially in winter. Spain is prone to wildfires during the summer months but generally in the more arid, hot southern regions or along the Mediterranean coast. (more)

Web of lies: How a Spanish tech star fooled the world
14 August 2014 - For nearly 10 years, Spanish internet company Let's Gowex SA said it was making money by providing public wi-fi in cities around the world. Most of the contracts, it now emerges, never existed. Instead Gowex chief Jenaro Garcia Martin used a series of tricks to fool company employees, investors, and regulators. The discovery of the deceit last month crippled the company and undermined credibility in Spain's stock market just as the country recovers from a four-year recession. The rise and collapse of what was once one of Spain's most celebrated start-ups is an exceptional chapter in Europe's faltering attempts to claim a share of a global technology industry largely in the hands of the United States and Asia. Gowex isn't the biggest corporate collapse of late in Spain, a country hard-hit by Europe's debt crisis. Several big firms have gone bust, and former executives of Pescanova SA, a fishing firm, are under investigation after the company said it had faked its accounts for years. But Gowex resonates because it had so many international investors and clients. (more)

Spain: Security expert says passenger jets at risk of cyber attack
4 August 2014 - Cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems -- a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. The researcher said he discovered the vulnerabilities by 'reverse engineering' -- or decoding -- highly specialized software known as firmware, used to operate communications equipment made by Cobham Plc, Harris Corp, EchoStar Corp's Hughes Network Systems, Iridium Communications Inc and Japan Radio Co Ltd. In theory, a hacker could use a plane's onboard WiFi signal or inflight entertainment system to hack into its avionics equipment, potentially disrupting or modifying satellite communications, which could interfere with the aircraft's navigation and safety systems, Santamarta said. Santamarta published a 25-page research report in April that detailed what he said were multiple bugs in firmware used in satellite communications equipment made by Cobham, Harris, Hughes, Iridium, and Japan Radio Co for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, military, maritime transportation, energy and communications. The report laid out scenarios by which hackers could launch attacks, though it did not provide the level of technical details that Santamarta said he will disclose at the upcoming conference. (more)

Infertility in Spanish pigs traced to plastics
12 June 2014 - A strange catastrophe struck Spain's pig farmers in the spring of 2010. On 41 farms across the country-each home to between 800 and 3,000 pigs-many sows suddenly ceased bearing young. On some farms, all the sows stopped reproducing. On others, those that did become pregnant produced smaller litters. When investigators examined the sows, they couldn't find anything wrong. Only one factor was common to all the farms and studs: The plastic bags used for semen storage all came from the same place. Investigating those bags has led Cristina NerĂ­n, an analytical chemist at the University of Zaragoza who studies packaging materials, to publish new research that traces the pigs' infertility to chemical compounds in the plastics. The implications could extend far beyond the farm. Some of the same chemicals found in the pigs' storage bags are routinely used in packaging food for humans and are known to migrate into food. (more)

Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Spanish capital
22 March 2014 - Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards rallied in Madrid on Saturday against poverty and EU-imposed austerity in a largely peaceful protest later marred by violent clashes in which police fired rubber bullets. Some protesters started to throw stones and bottles at the large numbers of riot police present and attacked cashpoints and hoardings. Central government representative Cristina Cifuentes said 19 protesters had been arrested and 50 police officers had been injured, one of them very badly, in the clashes. The so-called 'Dignity Marches' brought hundreds of thousands to the capital, according to estimates of Reuters witnesses. Travelling from all over Spain, they were protesting in support of more than 160 different causes, including jobs, housing, health, education, and an end to poverty. The OECD says the economic crisis has hit Spain's poor harder than in any other country in the group. (more)

Spain says police fired rubber bullets at migrants trying to swim to enclave
13 February 2014 - Spain said on Thursday border police had fired rubber bullets in an attempt to turn back around 200 migrants who tried to cross the frontier between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave Ceuta on 6 February. Several migrants from the group drowned in the Mediterranean trying to swim around a man-made breakwater that separates Moroccan and Spanish waters. The death toll rose to 12 on Thursday as Spanish police said they had found another body near the shore. They are still searching for victims. Every year thousands of Africans try to reach Europe via Spain's two north African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, either by swimming along the coast or climbing the triple walls lined with razor wire that mark the border with Morocco. Migrants who live rough in the mountains on the Moroccan side, waiting for an opportunity to rush the frontier, told Spanish media the police fired rubber bullets at them and sprayed them with tear gas as they tried to swim to land. (more)

Spain to tax for solar panel use
14 August 2013 - Spain's conservative government announced a reform of the energy system last month, including the 'support levy' on solar power in a country blessed with abundant sunlight. Imposed by decree, the reform aims to raise money for tackling a 26 billion euro debt to power producers which the state has built up over the years in regulating energy costs and prices. Under the constitution, the government can impose emergency measures by decree and has done so repeatedly since it came into office in late 2011. With Spain in economic crisis, power consumption is falling but the energy debt will continue growing by 4-5 billion euros a year unless the government takes action. Utilities such as Iberdrola, Endesa, and Gas Natural have attacked other revenue-raising measures in the reform. However, Spaniards who have generated power independently for their own homes under a system known as 'autoconsumo' are among the hardest hit by policies which they say punish, rather than encourage, energy efficiency. (more)

Spain threatens unilateral steps in Gibraltar dispute
9 August 2013 - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday threatened unilateral measures in a spat with Gibraltar over fisheries although he also said he hoped for talks soon with Britain about the disputed territory. Tensions over Gibraltar -- a British overseas territory to which Spain lays claim -- flared up this month after Spain complained that an artificial reef being built by Gibraltar would block its fishing vessels. 'I hope that this doesn't go any further, but it's clear that Spain has to defend its national interest and that's what we're going to do,' Rajoy told reporters after a meeting with Spain's King Juan Carlos in Mallorca. Among the measures under consideration were a 50-euro ($67) fee for people entering or exiting Gibraltar, tax investigations of Gibraltarians with property in Spain, and restrictions on use of Spanish airspace for flights heading to Gibraltar. (more)

Spain studies retaliatory measures against Gibraltar - report
4 August 2013 - Spain is studying retaliatory measures against the British territory of Gibraltar in an escalating dispute over fishing grounds, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said in an interview published on Sunday. 'The party is over,' Garcia-Margallo told ABC newspaper, referring to years of softer policy on Gibraltar under the previous Socialist government. The minister said Spain was mulling a 50-euro border-crossing fee and tax investigations of thousands of Gibraltarians who own property in Spain. A border fee would affect tourists and Gibraltarians who cross the border for work. Spain was also considering closing airspace to planes heading for the airport in Gibraltar and changing rules to wring taxes from on-line gaming companies based in Gibraltar, he said. The latest tensions between Spain and the British territory began 10 days ago after Gibraltar boats began dumping blocks of concrete into the sea near the territory. Gibraltar said it was creating an artificial reef that would foster fish populations. Spain said the reef would block its fishing boats and ramped up border checks, creating long lines at the border between Spain and the territory. (more)


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