Drought and desertification: Two sides of the same coin?

(Estimated reading time: 5,52 minutes) – Audio version of article available. The ongoing scarcity of precipitation causes meteorological drought, which generally affects large zones and generates the rest of droughts: hydrological, agricultural, socioeconomic, etc. According to the AEMET (Spanish National Weather Agency), Spain has been in a situation of meteorological drought since January of 2022…

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Climate Migration: When It’s Everyone’s Problem

(Estimated reading time: : 4,35 minutes) – Audio version of article available.. In 2014, the organisation Climate Outreach and Information Network published a report telling the stories of people who are suffering from the effects of climate change. In one of them, Lucía, a Bolivian woman, stated: “I’m very worried. The snow and ice are disappearing…

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Water-Energy Nexus

(Estimated reading time: 4,30 minutes) – Audio version of article available. As the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE, 2018) acknowledges, there is a natural link between water and energy production. For this reason, climate-change adaptation strategies must seek solutions that consider this nexus. It has bearing on one of the main effects of…

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Blockchain and Energy

(Estimated reading time: 3,13 minutes) – Audio version of article available. According to European Union guidelines, which our country follows with different strategies and directives, the energy transition must be ecological and digital. At first sight, it might appear that these two things have nothing to do with each other. However, the truth is that,…

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Green and Smart Cities

(Estimated reading time: 4 minutes) – Audio version of article available. Climate-change mitigation and resilience measures are especially important in cities. Firstly, because urban hubs generate 70% of carbon emissions caused by humans and consume 65% of global energy use. Secondly, because it is predicted that city-dwelling populations will grow 13% worldwide by 2050, and…

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How can we reduce CO2 emissions?

Tour the city with Adela Úcar and find out how to reduce everyday CO2 emissions to help improve the quality of air and your quality of life. “Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world” is the slogan for World Habitat Day, which we celebrated 4 October 2021. #WorldHabitatDay  #UrbanOctober #COP26 Find out about it in our vblog…

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Renewables and Energy Dependency

(Estimated reading time: 3,38 minutes) –  Audio version of article available. Increased installed capacity for renewable technologies in Spain is essential if we wish to achieve independence from foreign energy sources. This situation is structural and affects us both in terms of international raw fossil material markets and their impact on prices, and in terms…

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Recovering Ecosystems

We must preserve and strengthen our natural legacy, which is also our greatest life insurance. We can do this by protecting natural spaces to guarantee preservation of biodiversity, or “ecosystem restoration techniques,” that help us to recover our most degraded areas. We are capable of, and responsible for returning the environment’s main regulation tools to…

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Biodiversity as climate guarantor

(Estimated reading time: 4.36 minutes) – Audio version of article available. Caring for the environment is closely linked to preserving biodiversity which, in turn, is a key element for mitigating and adapting to climate change (MITECO). Nature is one of the main tools we have to regulate climate, so how we use the resources it…

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How to store energy and how important this is

(Estimated reading time: 4.11 minutes) – Audio version of article available. Improving energy storage is an inevitable challenge on the road to a successful ecological and digital transition. To this end, in addition to investing in innovation and technology, we must take advantage of all possibilities already within our reach, with a host of devices…

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