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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:54 PM
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Iberian Drought Could Last For Years - Spain's Gov. Proceeding Accordingly
LISBON - A drought in Spain that has wrecked crops and sparked forest fires could be the beginning of a dry spell spanning years, the country's environment minister said on Wednesday. Spain and neighbouring Portugal are suffering their worst droughts in at least 60 years, forcing the authorities to impose water restrictions and denting hydroelectric power generation.

The last severe drought lasted about five years in the 1990s and Environment Minister Cristina Narbona said the government was working on the assumption that this year was not a one-off. "We have to work, as we are, thinking that it is very probable that next year will also be a dry year," she told reporters after meeting her Portuguese counterpart Francisco Nunes Correia about common water resources. "The Spanish government is working with the idea that a new drought cycle could be starting."

The drought, which has also affected southwestern France, has prompted water restrictions in some areas of Spain while villages near the Pyrenees are receiving water by tanker trucks, officials said on Wednesday. The whole of Portugal is in extreme or severe drought and forest fires have burned about 38,500 hectares (95,130 acres).


Spain, where rainfall has been at its lowest since records began in 1947, has installed desalination plants at popular tourist areas on the Mediterranean coast. Irrigation of fruit trees has been cut in Portugal's popular Algarve region in the country's south to avoid a water crisis, thereby reducing the harvest, Portugal's Correia said.

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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:07 AM
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1. The contrast with American thinking is depressing.
Here, whenever any leader suggests something sensible like planning for a long drought, the local Club For Growth chapter turns out with torches and pitchforks. And for some reason, the Club wins.
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