Hundreds of intensive pig farms in the Mercia region of southeastern Spain will play a leading role in the destruction of one of Europe’s largest marine lagoons, the Mar Menor.
A four-month investigation by Spanish newspaper reporters “elDiario” e “La Mareapela”together with “Reports from the lighthouse” , a Holland-based non-profit news organization with sophisticated transnational investigations, analyzed the role that intensive pig production could have played in one of Spain’s worst environmental disasters in recent years. And it was concluded that the impact of pollution from pig farming may have been greater than what has so far been publicly admitted.
The case sparked public interest when residents of the Mercia region warned last August that dead fish, shellfish and crustaceans had begun to appear on the shores of the Mar Menor lagoon.
In just a few days, the amount of rotting carcasses scattered on the beaches that were once a major attraction has grown to over five tons. And while the Spanish press was filled with images of the lake’s muddy waters and local complaints about the sickening smell, scientists blamed the decades for nitrate-laden floods that triggered algal blooms that eventually depleted the water, causing the fish to suffocate. …
This summer, as dead fish continued to arrive on the shores of the Mar Menor, the regional government banned the use of fertilizers less than 1.5 km from the lagoon, suggesting that the environmental crisis could be related to the extensive agricultural land in the vicinity. pond. And the central government even accused the local authorities of neglecting the irrigation of the fields.
But none of the executives mentioned the pig farms that have increased over the past decade in the Mar Menor watershed, although a 2019 report from the Ministry of the Environment already said that in these areas (which then had about 800,000 animals)), it could be 17% nitrogen in the Mar Menor aquifer (a formation or group of geological formations that can store groundwater).
The results of a new investigation, which collected drones and satellite images of the area in September, showing pig droppings dropped nearby or stored in large holes in the ground, are consistent with this report.
When visiting 10% of the manure barns in the Mar Menor basin, more than 90% did not comply with the rules requiring the storage of pig waste in sealed watertight tanks. “Serious flaws were found in animal waste storage facilities … virtually no waterproofing, which allows waste to seep directly into the soil and pollute the aquifer,” the authors say, pointing the finger at local and national authorities for not taking position on the report for 2019.
The study considers it “clear” that the main source of pollution is intensive agriculture in the Mar Menor basin, but highlights the role of 450 pig farms in the service area, “which no one talks about,” said Maria Jimenez Casalduero, a former professor. at the University of Mercia and the Podemos representative at the Regional Assembly of Mercia. “It’s as if we were giving amnesty to pig farming.”
Luxembourg became the first European country to legalize the production and consumption of cannabis after local authorities announced this Friday allowing adults to grow up to four plants in their homes or gardens. With permission, a dramatic shift in the country’s approach to the recreational use and cultivation of cannabis is envisioned in light of the failure of the ban to prevent its use.
Thus, people over 18 years of age can legally grow up to four plants per family for personal use. The seed trade will also be allowed without any restrictions on the amount or levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient.
There is also an intention to allow domestic seed production for commercial purposes, but plans for a national regulated production and distribution chain have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The consumption or transport of cannabis or similar products in public places continues to be prohibited, as is the sale of cannabis or related products other than seeds. Consuming and transporting quantities up to 3 grams will not be considered a crime, but will be classified as a misdemeanor.
Government sources said that the adoption of the law was dictated by the desire to liberalize consumption and cultivation “within its four walls.” According to government sources, a state-regulated production and distribution system must guarantee product quality and sales revenues, which will be invested “mainly in drug prevention, education and health care.”
Starting in December, France will provide a one-time € 100 “fuel check” to an estimated 36 million drivers who earn less than € 2,000 a month due to rising diesel and gasoline prices.
The measure, which applies to dependents and independent workers, unemployed job seekers and retirees, was announced on Thursday by Prime Minister Jean Castex, who, in statements broadcast on TF1, said it was “an exceptional response to an exceptional situation.” …
The financial support will be provided only once and will come after growing public discontent with the global energy crisis, as households are still recovering from the economic fallout from the covid-19 pandemic.
In September, the French government pledged € 100 in financial aid to about six million low-income families to help them pay their electricity bills.
Castex announced that the natural gas price freeze will continue until the end of next year.
The fuel issue is particularly acute in France after the emergence of the anti-government yellow vests movement, which began in 2018 with protests against higher fuel taxes.
The protest quickly turned into a general protest against economic injustice, which resulted in weekly, sometimes violent demonstrations.
In a video released this Thursday, the leader of an armed group that has kidnapped 17 people, mostly missionaries, in Haiti threatens to kill them if the ransom is not paid.
The gang, known as the 400 Mawozo, is holding captive all of the kidnapped people – 16 Americans and one Canadian, including six women and five children. For their release, a ransom of one million dollars (more than 862 thousand euros) was required for each, that is, for a total amount of 17 million dollars (about 15 million euros).
“I swear if I don’t get what I want, I’d rather kill the Americans. I shot everyone in the head, ”said Joseph Wilson, who is considered by the authorities to be the leader of the armed group.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which adds that it has not been able to confirm the video’s authenticity, Joseph appears to be speaking at the funeral of five gang members, whose death he attributed to the person in charge of the police. The funeral took place this Wednesday, and the circumstances of the death are unknown.
“Five soldiers fell, but whoever killed them cannot destroy the army. I’m going to spill blood, ”threatens Wilson Joseph.
The video was filmed less than a week after the kidnapping, which occurred over the weekend as a group of missionaries working for the Christian Relief Ministry were returning from a shelter in Croix-de-Bouquet, about eight miles from the capital, Port-au. -Prince.