Category Archives: Environment

Gran Canaria expecting 35º in the shade

Temperatures are expected to reach 35º inland on Gran Canaria today, according to Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, who report clear blue skies and moderate northeast winds will predominate, with loose breezes at the Summits. At sea north northerly force 3 or 4 winds may occasionally reach force 5 on…

High Temperatures Forecast: Health Department warns of risks from heat

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Health have issued warnings of potential risk to health from a heatwave in coming days with high temperatures expected to trigger the regional government’s Plan for Prevention of the Effects of High Temperatures on People’s Health that is in force every year from June 1….

The majority of sewage discharges are not properly authorised or controlled

After a week of debate as whether or not “microalgae” in the waters around Tenerife has been promoted through sewage discharges, it is worth understanding that a 2008 report by the Canary Islands Government Ministry of Environment, after inspections carried out by Civic Engineers Civica Ingenieros S.L., made very clear…

Scientist categorically states “there is a relationship between the outcropping of tropical cyanobacteria colonies and the discharges”

Last week was an interesting week on Tenerife.  It began, as so many crises in tourism do, with sensationalist reports in the British tabloid press, this time claiming beach closures due to harmful “microalgae”.  Some publications even published stories of “flesh eating sea fleas” attacking a swimmer in Australia, alongside the…

Ship carrying 40,000 tons of fertiliser adrift south of Maspalomas

A 190-metre British bulk cargo freighter named the Cheshire is drifting about 62 nautical miles (114 km) south of Gran Canaria after a chemical fire in her cargo holds, where 40,000 tonnes of fertiliser started to smoulder about 5 days ago as she was headed for the port of Las Palmas. 24…

Gran Canaria Green Forest Fund to plant 1.5 million trees each year

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has announced support for the creation of the Green Forest Fund, which will provide €1.5 million for the remainder of this year to plant 500,000 trees and from January they have agreed a further €4.5 million every year to plant around 1,500,000 more, an audacious…

Government Subdelegate to Santa Cruz de Tenerife “There is a link between microalgae and discharges”

“There is no doubt,” says the Spanish Government’s sub-delegate to the Canary Islands, for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Guillermo Díaz Guerra, who was himself a health inspector, “There is no doubt that there is a link between the appearance of microalgae and discharges of untreated water” in statements being reported today “due to pollution, microalgae is…

Canary Islands Government claims microalgae blooms in Canarian waters are due to “several natural factors and to climate change”

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security have released a statement saying that the blooms of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria (microalgae), also known as Sea Sawdust, being widely reported, often erroneously, in the British press, are due to a series “natural conditions” that have facilitated “a massive proliferation” of…

Health department strongly denies any beach closures due to microalgae 

The General Directorate of Public Health have denied suggestions in the foreign press that any beaches in the Canary Islands have been closed due to the presence of microalgae, stating that its presence is an environmental phenomenon that is not related to any type of pollution. In a statement, the…

Orange Advisory: 40° Heatwave and Calima expected for the next few days

  AEMET, The Spanish State Meteorological Agency, has activated a yellow advisory warning today for expected temperatures up to 34° C in the shade, throughout the southern half of Gran Canaria. This will be the beginning of a heatwave that will last until at least Tuesday, with orange advisories issued…

Morocco challenges maritime frontiers of The Canary Islands, attempting to control the Western Sahara sea

On 6 July, the Moroccan Government approved a bill and a decree to delimit the maritime frontier of the Canary Islands and to bring under its control the waters off ​​the Western Sahara coast, a determination that a Moroccan government spokesman called “a sovereign decision of political character and with…

The battle for Tauro beach, security guards just watch as bathers enjoy uninterrupted

“If an Anfi watchman can not guarantee the safety of Tauro beach and prevent access, they must hire more. Even if they have to put fifteen,” these were the words of Mogán Councilman Mencey Navarro yesterday as he repeated requests for the beach concessionaire for this cove to report to…

Maspalomas launches innovative project to regulate feral cat colonies in the municipality

This Monday, Local Councilor for Sanitation and Public Health, José Francisco Pérez López, met with cat colony carers in San Bartolomé de Tirajana to begin an official sterilisation and counseling project following the recently approved Control of cat colonies resolution in the southern municipality This meeting informed volunteers, feeders and…

The shifting sands of Tauro Beach – investigation for alleged breach of UN International Law

The controversial new beach at Tauro is now in de facto daily use, more than a year after being fenced off, despite the refusal of Spanish Central Government authorities in Madrid to allow it to open officially while court cases continue to investigate how work was allowed to begin on the…

High temperatures all week on Gran Canaria, Yellow advisory for Thursday

With top temperatures already hitting 29º & 30ºC in the shade all this week, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has issued a yellow advisory for high temperatures expected particularly this Thursday, July 27 on Gran Canaria with temperatures expected to exceed 34º at the summit, as well as the…

Two small clusters of earthquakes detected around The Canary Islands over the weekend 

Up to eight earthquakes were recorded around The Canary Islands, over the weekend, between 00.56 hours in the early hours of Saturday morning and 01.33 on Monday, July 24, according to the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN). None of them particularly strong. Most took place between Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and a small cluster just north…

Aspro Group say dolphinarium was built with all correct licenses, contrary to High Court judgement

According to the Aspro Group in a statement on Wednesday their Palmitos Park dolphinarium was built “on rustic land and not in protected natural space, and has the mandatory license granted by the City of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.” despite the recent ruling of the High Court of Justice of the…

“Anomalous spots” of micro algae in much of Mogán’s coastal waters

The town hall of Mogan have today, Tuesday 18 July, announced that “anomalous spots” of discoloration have been found along much of the coast of the southern municipality. These spots are a massive outcrop of microalgae in the water, with which contact is not recommended. Bathing on the beaches has…

High Court declares Palmitos Park dolphinarium illegal, built without permits in a protected natural area

The dolphinarium at Gran Canaria’s Palmitos Park theme park, located in the protected Pilancones Natural Park, in the southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, is illegal. This was the ruling of the Second Section of the Administrative Litigation Room of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands…

Calima: Heatwave expected to last well into next week, alerts issued

The first proper heat wave of summer 2017 has arrived on Gran Canaria, and is being felt throughout The Canary Islands.  The high temperatures are expected to last well into next week. Calima winds from the east have brought with them a large amount of Saharan dust in the air,…

Mogán closes small beach next to the Sunwing Hotel due to diesel spill

Policia Local in Mogán have cordoned off a small beach next to the Sunwing hotel, in the southern fishing town of Arguineguín, due to a diesel spill. The Mogán town hall reports that the cove will be closed to the bathers until further notice. Technicians from the Consistorio Moganero (Mogán…

Raising awareness about good animal ownership

The City Council Plenary meeting hall of the Las Palmas town hall has this week welcomed a presentation about ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’. The program seeks to sensitise the general population about the responsibilities and rights attached to caring for domestic pets in an attempt to reduce impacts on society generated by animals, through…

Mogán Mayor blames others for lack of access to Taurito after GC-500 rockfall

Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, has visited the site of the rockfall that injured two people on Tuesday morning 11 July, together with technicians and the general director of Public Works for the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, José Francisco Duque Morán, they assessed the stretch of road at km 44…

July – August 2017 Summer Print Edition The Pristine Sands of Tauro beach

Read The Canary News, Views & Sunshine Print Edition Online: Download PDF   The controversial new beach at Tauro is in de facto daily use, more than a year after being fenced off, despite the refusal of the Madrid authorities to allow it to open officially while court cases continue…

Newsbrief: Electric car charging points plan for Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria

Town councillors of Mogán, Ernesto Hernandez and Juan Carlos Ortega, accompanied Cabildo de Gran Canaria technical staff, on Monday July 3, during a visit to the town Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria on the southern Costa Mogán. The visit is being touted as the first step to enabling charging points for…

Veneguera project receives recognition of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria

3 years after Gran Canaria hotel group Lopesan started work on the area around the old Finca Veneguera, they say they have consolidated it as a protected zone and agricultural estate. Coinciding with Gran Canaria’s second “Landscape Days” event in Las Palmas, the Lopesan Group’s Veneguera project was awarded for…

Las Palmas begins work on the MetroGuagua rapid transit system

The first work to build the infrastructure for the Las Palmas MetroGuagua begins over the next few days, to create a high capacity transit line set to improve mobility and transform the capital city, in a collaboration between the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Municipal Guaguas,…

34º+ in the shade hot weather advisory for Gran Canaria

AEMET, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency, have issued yellow advisories, denoting risk, for maximum temperatures expected on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday morning the north and northeast coasts of Gran Canaria, including the capital Las Palmas, will see some cloud below 300 meters, that looks likely to clear through the…

Gran Canaria backs Siam Park leaving southern town hall no excuses

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, last week recommended that Siam Park promoter, Wolfgang Kiessling, request the Territorial Qualification, “spontaneously” asked for by the town hall governing Maspalomas, the main tourist zone in the south, to end the newly arisen “doubt” from within the local council…

Lebensraum strikes back, water park project under fire

Nobody can, for the life of them, figure out what on earth is happening with the promised Siam Park Gran Canaria, that so long overdue water park project planned for the south of the popular sub-tropical holiday island, a project yet to break ground.   Despite repeated announcements of all…