Monday, 26 May 2008

Spain's drought

Barcelona’s fountains and beach showers are dry, its ornamental lakes and private swimming pools drained and hosepipes banned. Children are now being taught how to save water as part of their school day. The whole country is suffering from its worst drought in 40 years. Catalan winemakers recognise that the change is permanent; some are planting new vineyards further north as the area becomes hotter and drier. More than 70 per cent of Spain's water goes on agriculture, much of it wasted on old fashioned irrigation systems and the growing of thirsty crops unsuitable for these dry lands. High-density tourist resorts sprinkled with swimming pools, patio showers and golf courses along Spain's desertified southern coast, where it rarely rains, cannot continue.
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