ENVIRONMENTALISTS in Spain have slammed the government over its climate change measures.
Experts claim Spain’s government is not complying with measures against climate change.
A group of environmentalists is now taking the government to court, claiming proposed amendments to Spain’s climate change law would avoid complying with some measures, including those to reduce greenhouse gases.
However, the government has rejected the claims, saying it is taking more measures on climate change than those the European Union has set.
Vice President of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, said: “The European Union sets us an energy efficiency target of 32.5 per cent by 2030, and we have assumed an energy efficiency target of 39 per cent.”
The news comes after rising sea levels brought on by climate change were causing coastal concerns in Spain.
According to a new report, ‘Impacts and risks derived from climate change in Spain’, published by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, climate change is leading to a dramatic rise in sea levels which is threatening the coastal areas of the country.
The sea level is currently rising up to three centimetres each year, and the experts predict that by 2100 it could rise by as much as 53 centimetres globally, which would affect countless coastal towns and cities around the world.
In Spain, the situation varies significantly from region to region. While the flood level is expected to increase by around 6 per cent in the Canary Islands by 2040, the level is as low as 2 and 3 per cent in the rest of the Mediterranean coast and the Gulf of Cadiz.
Throughout Spain, significant beach declines are expected, especially in the Cantabrian Sea, Galicia and the Canary Islands, according to the report. On the Catalan coast, the coastline will recede by around 20 metres by 2050, according to the most favourable projections, but could reach 41 metres.