EU commissioner warns Spain of desert future

MIGUEL ARIAS CAÑETE: EU’s Climate Commissioner.

EXPLAINING the importance of reducing greenhouse gases to a Spanish person is not easy, Miguel Arias Cañete maintained. The former minister of Agriculture, who is now European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, told an Almeria interviewer that explaining climate change to the inhabitants of a Pacific island is less difficult. 

South Sea islanders are fully aware that tropical climate phenomena have an intensity they did not possess before, he said.  “They know that sea levels are rising and their island is disappearing because they are close to it all.”

In Spain people merely see that summers are hotter and there is little rain, although a farmer or grower knows that rainfall has changed, that weather conditions are more intense and that when hail arrives it arrives with a vengeance. 

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“They know that the calibre of flash floods in Spain’s Levante area is unlike anything ever known historically and that the summer heat dries up their crops.”

Climate policies cannot be short-term and are not as easy as inaugurating a reservoir, Arias Cañete warned. To avert rising temperatures by the end of the century, policies must be implemented today.  

“Otherwise our grandchildren, if they come from Almeria will have to emigrate because the desertification process is not going to stop,” he said.


  1. So happy to read that somebody else is alerting Spain to take drastic measures to avoid desertification.
    Since we settled down as pensioners in Alfaz del Pi/Albir on the Costa Blanca we have tried to make the politicians aware that burning in open air like they daily do here, any day, any time, any season is very unhealthy. There are rules but nobody follows them and the Police doesn’t care, neither the politicians. These bom fires create toxic gases and cause greenhouse gases as well.
    There are several ways to re-use the greenwaste, they could even create jobs and sell the compost.
    Now that a spanish UE commisionner has send an alert maybe the spaniards will listen! There is a little hope.
    Please make people aware who live in your area that bomfires are very unhealthy. The more people write to the “Comunidad” in which they live to ask them to stop burning in open air the better. Andalucia is the best region who has already stopped most of them I’ve been told.


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