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Environment/Nature news & information for Castile and Leon

Spain shuts down oldest nuclear plant
Environment Tue, Aug 1, 2017

Spain shuts down oldest nuclear plant

THE oldest nuclear waste plant in Spain has been shut down for good after the government agreed to proposals from the opposition based upon years of clamouring by nearby residents and environmental groups. Based in...

Thousands of kids miss school due to snow and ice
Environment Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Thousands of kids miss school due to snow and ice

SNOW and ice across the country have prevented over 1,000 children from going to school this week, of whom 831 are in the region of Castilla y León. The white stuff has mainly affected the north and centre of the...

300 evacuated as Ávila wildfire takes hold
Environment Sun, Aug 19, 2012

300 evacuated as Ávila wildfire takes hold

Almost 300 people were evacuated from their homes in Palacios de Becedas near Ávila at 8 o'clock this morning as the flames from yet another forest fire swept ever closer. The evacuated locals were taken to a...

Salamanca wildfire under control
Environment Thu, Sep 22, 2011

Salamanca wildfire under control

The forest fire that broke out around 10.30 last night in La Bouza, part of the Arribes del Duero National Park, has been extinguished. No details have yet been released about the area of land destroyed by the blaze,...

Vulture population takes a dive as starvation sets in
Environment Mon, Aug 17, 2009

Vulture population takes a dive as starvation sets in

Numbers of tawny vultures in the Hoces del Río Riaza National Park in the north eastern corner of Segovia have taken a 33% dive in the last five years as the birds literally starve to death thanks to European...

Forest fire death toll rises to 11
Environment Thu, Jul 30, 2009

Forest fire death toll rises to 11

The fire burning aross the northern part of Ávila province for two days now has claimed a second life, bringing to eleven the number of people killed by fires this summer, the highest number of deaths since 2005 when...

Pensioner killed in massive forest fire
Environment Wed, Jul 29, 2009

Pensioner killed in massive forest fire

A RETIRED high school teacher has died in a forest fire that has devastated a mountainside between three villages. The blaze broke out at around lunchtime yesterday in a pine forest near Arenas de San Pedro, El Arenal...

Environment Mon, Sep 22, 2008

Storm brings down medieval castle wall

A 15-metre section of Zamora's original medieval wall collapsed this morning in a torrential downpour that started at around 4am. According to Zamora's conservative mayoress, Rosa Valdeón (PP), the problem was...

Environment Tue, Sep 2, 2008

Violent hailstorm devastates Segovia crops

It is estimated that around 822 hectares (2,031 acres) of vegetable crops were destroyed in a violent hailstorm on August 22nd that affected nine towns in Segovia. Almost half the province's total vegetable crop was...

Segovia blaze controlled, more than 1,000 hectares lost
Environment Fri, Aug 8, 2008

Segovia blaze controlled, more than 1,000 hectares lost

Around a hundred residents evacuated from Moral de Hornuez (Segovia) last Wednesday, were allowed to return to their homes yesterday. The blaze, which has destroyed more than a thousand hectares of mature pine woods,...

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