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Environment/Nature news & information for Costa Dorada

American Bullfrog found in Ebro 'huge threat' to native species
Environment Sat, Jul 14, 2018

American Bullfrog found in Ebro 'huge threat' to...

A HIGHLY-AGGRESSIVE species of frog native to North America has been found in the wild in Spain for the first time, leading to concern among biologists. The American Bullfrog (), so-named because of its very loud noise...

Rasquera wildfire finally under control
Environment Thu, May 17, 2012

Rasquera wildfire finally under control

At 10 o'clock this evening, firefighters in Catalunya finally managed to put out the wildfire that has been burning for three days around the towns of Rasquera, El Perelló, Benifallet and Tivenys. The blaze has now...

Rasquera wildfire razes 3,000 hectares of countryside
Environment Wed, May 16, 2012

Rasquera wildfire razes 3,000 hectares of countryside

52 people have been evacuated from 24 different rural properties as a result of the wildfire that broke out in Rasquera (Tarragona) on Tuesday. A school bus route between Rasquera and neighbouring El Perelló also had...

Fuel spill off coast of Tarragona
Environment Mon, Oct 11, 2010

Fuel spill off coast of Tarragona

A fuel spill covering some 66 hectares of sea, possibly from the Asfaltos Españoles refinery at Asesa, was spotted about 1000m off the coast of Tarragona today. As a result, the emergency services activated the...

Yet another fireman dead in inferno
Environment Sat, Jul 25, 2009

Yet another fireman dead in inferno

A FIFTH firefighter has lost his life as a result of the inferno that broke out in the Horta de Sant Joan area of Tarragona on Tuesday. Four firemen died when they became surrounded by a wall of flames, and two were...

Record fine for nuclear plant
Environment Mon, May 11, 2009

Record fine for nuclear plant

The Spanish Ministry of Trade & Industry handed down a 15.4 million euro fine today to the ASCÓ I nuclear plant in Tarragona. In all, the amount comprises four separate fines for serious contraventions, and two...

Environment Tue, Sep 9, 2008

Tarragona port spill controlled

The partial sinking of a fuel supply ship in Tarragona port this morning led to a minor spill that has since been controlled. The incident occurred shortly before 7am when the 'Savinosa', that was carrying 750...

Generator fire closes nuclear plant
Environment Mon, Aug 25, 2008

Generator fire closes nuclear plant

The Vandellós II nuclear power station in Tarragona has been closed down after a fire that started at 8.49am yesterday morning in the electricity generator and which was totally extinguished by 10.30am. A statement...

Environment Thu, Jun 5, 2008

Cambrils council to charge for beach showers

Cambrils town council will trial an innovative scheme this summer designed to reduce water consumption by visitors to Regueral beach. "It involves buying minutes of water using a card," explained local...

Young woman critical after lightning strike on beach
Environment Tue, Jul 3, 2007

Young woman critical after lightning strike on beach

A young woman in her early twenties is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of Tarragona's Joan XXIII Hospital after being struck by lightning while sunbathing on Tamarit Beach yesterday afternoon. The...

Environment Wed, Sep 13, 2006

Oil slick threatens Salou and Cambrils beaches

An oil slick caused by a spill at the Repsol refinery in Tarragona is being dragged south by the tide and is currently threatening the resort of Salou and is heading for Cambrils. The regional government has activated...

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