Spanish Residents - advice please

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Re: Spanish Residents - advice please

Post: #110876 hedgewitch
Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:29 pm

Same down south AXJ.
You take the good with the bad hey!
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Post: #110886 AXJ
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:05 pm

I am glad it is all over Spain and the Provinces, for all its faults Spain is getting quite environmentally friendly (from a country point of view). I believe it has one of the highest take up rates for low energy light bulbs in Europe. I look out of my window right now and along the crest of the mountain there are windmills.

Here's a picture I took 5 minutes ago, it is the view I have out of the window on the righthand side of my monitor, you can just about make out the windmils in the far distance, they disappear behind the trees on both the left and right hand side of the picture.

A bus ride to the beach takes one right past them, impressive sight they are too.

Nobody here minds them at all, I personally love windmills in all their forms. :flower:

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Re: Spanish Residents - advice please

Post: #111029 hedgewitch
Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:47 pm

Spain's certainly catching up with the rest of the world - slowly but surely.
We've just had clothes recycling bins placed around our area as well- the clothes get sent to countries needing disaster relief and the like.

That's lovely view you have there - the Basque country is very beautiful - such different terrain to Valencia.
I don't mind windmills either.
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Post: #111035 AXJ
Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:41 pm

hey hedgewitch, Thanks, Valencia, beautiful place, I also have some Valencian friends over there. I think here they just recycle the cloth / fibres probably making paper or soemthing, but I don't actually know, I'll have to check it out.

According to the International Environmental Sustainability Index Spain does have a bit of catching up to do

If you break it down by Autonimous region a different picture unfolds, one region (I struggle to remember which one) is self sufficent(ish) in renewable energy, located somewhere between you and me. Basque Country actually stopped a Nuclear Power Station from being completed here, they delivered the reactor... then took at away again. Too much civil disobidience. Everyone kept switching on and off electrical appliances at an agreed time, and just tripped all the fuses on the grid, which had to be reset by hand. Then they did it again, and again and again, until it was cheaper to take the reactor back and stop building it. I think someone blew up a few things on the site as well, but I don't condone violence. However the upshot is many many wind farms, and running water hydro, they look majestic and beutiful. They have not disturbed load of ancient peat, like a wind farm in the Shetlands would, so quickly become carbon neutral.

I realise that these kinds of statistics are, well just one interpretation of a bunch of data, but at least Spain's not at the bottom.

Here is the full list of 'ESI Country ratings' starting from the best:

    Finland
  1. Norway
  2. Uruguay
  3. Sweden
  4. Iceland
  5. Canada
  6. Switzerland
  7. Guyana
  8. Argentina
  9. Austria
  10. Brazil
  11. Gabon
  12. Australia
  13. New Zealand
  14. Latvia
  15. Peru
  16. Paraguay
  17. Costa Rica
  18. Croatia
  19. Bolivia
  20. Ireland
  21. Lithuania
  22. Colombia
  23. Albania
  24. Central African Republic
  25. Denmark
  26. Estonia
  27. Panama
  28. Slovenia
  29. Japan
  30. Germany
  31. Namibia
  32. Russia
  33. Botswana
  34. Papua New Guinea
  35. France
  36. Portugal
  37. Malaysia
  38. Congo
  39. Netherlands
  40. Mali
  41. Chile
  42. Bhutan
  43. Armenia
  44. United States
  45. Burma
  46. Belarus
  47. Slovakia
  48. Ghana
  49. Cameroon
  50. Ecuador
  51. Laos
  52. Cuba
  53. Hungary
  54. Tunisia
  55. Georgia
  56. Uganda
  57. Moldova
  58. Senegal
  59. Zambia
  60. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  61. Israel
  62. Tanzania
  63. Madagascar
  64. United Kingdom
  65. Nicaragua
  66. Greece
  67. Cambodia
  68. Italy
  69. Bulgaria
  70. Mongolia
  71. Gambia
  72. Thailand
  73. Malawi
  74. Indonesia
  75. Spain
  76. Philippines
  77. Kazakhstan
  78. Sri Lanka
  79. Kyrgyzstan
  80. Guinea
  81. Venezuela
  82. Oman
  83. Jordan
  84. Nepal
  85. Benin
  86. Honduras
  87. Côte d'Ivoire
  88. Serbia and Montenegro
  89. Republic of Macedonia
  90. Turkey
  91. Czech Republic
  92. South Africa
  93. Romania
  94. Mexico
  95. Algeria
  96. Burkina Faso
  97. Nigeria
  98. Azerbaijan
  99. Kenya
  100. India
  101. Poland
  102. Niger
  103. Chad
  104. Morocco
  105. Rwanda
  106. Mozambique
  107. Ukraine
  108. Jamaica
  109. United Arab Emirates
  110. Togo
  111. Belgium
  112. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  113. Bangladesh
  114. Egypt
  115. Guatemala
  116. Syria
  117. El Salvador
  118. Dominican Republic
  119. Sierra Leone
  120. Liberia
  121. South Korea
  122. Angola
  123. Mauritania
  124. Guinea-Bissau
  125. Libya
  126. Vietnam
  127. Zimbabwe
  128. Lebanon
  129. Burundi
  130. Pakistan
  131. Iran
  132. China
  133. Tajikistan
  134. Ethiopia
  135. Saudi Arabia
  136. Yemen
  137. Kuwait
  138. Trinidad and Tobago
  139. Sudan
  140. Haiti
  141. Uzbekistan
  142. Iraq
  143. Turkmenistan
  144. North Korea


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