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Nº 42 – Reader Survey

Saturday, July 4th, 2020 How do you produce a magazine and, at the same time, continue to reduce your CO2 emissions? This pandemic, which has caused us all to reflect upon our behaviour, our possessions, our work and our relationships with those we love, our friends, neighbours, clients and subscribers, has also enabled us to consider fresh perspectives and new opportunities. For the last six months, at ECO123, we have been engaged in an intense debate about new ways of presenting our articles in the future, contemplating forms that are immune to the virus and increasingly environmentally-friendly. In the last …

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Nº 41 – Terras de Infante – Paradise lost?

Saturday, 27 June 2020 Summer has begun in Portugal. Wolfgang, who has lived in his traditional house on the Costa Vicentina for 36 years, tells us that when he came here he had a plan. He came to live in Vila do Bispo in 1984, and his house was a ruin. He carefully renovated it, planted trees on the land and made a vegetable garden. That was a long time ago, but today he’s back where he started: the house is a ruin once again. Ashes and the smell of burning all around. Last Friday, his house burned down; only …

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Nº 40 – 100 new jobs created by the aviation industry
The future of electric aviation

Saturday, June 20th, 2020 Do you still remember the first round-the-world flight of SOLARIMPULSE 2, the electric plane? In 2016, ECO123 wrote an exclusive report on this event. We interviewed the pilot after he had crossed the Atlantic, returned to Europe and landed in the Algarve. SOLARIMPULSE 2 covered 40,000 km and had permission to fly over densely-populated areas. The Swiss pilot duo, André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, are down in history as pioneers of electric aviation. They took advantage of solar energy, flying the entirety of the journey without fossil fuels and, therefore, without generating emissions. SOLARIMPULSE 2 flew …

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Nº 39 – June, the 13th

Saturday, June 13th, 2020 Well, I used to wear a woollen hat. It was one of those times when I became interested in science fiction. I thought it was cool. Every Saturday, I watched Star Trek on TV and, at some point, I felt it was time for a change. Through the power of my thoughts, I just said goodbye to my daily routine and beamed myself away. Scotty was my great role model. Beaming was a totally cool thing. You just didn’t want to be part of things anymore when it was getting boring, or when it was getting …

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Nº 38 – More and more, faster and faster, further and further?

Saturday, June 6th, 2020 by Uwe Heitkamp Consider the following facts. Due to climate change, it has been raining less and less in the south of Portugal for a number of years, with insufficient rainfall to supply its ten million annual travellers. The current annual rainfall is between 350 and 400 mm. During the last three winters, it has rained so little that the water reservoirs, the seven dams of Odeleite, Beliche, Arade, Silves, Odelouca, Bravura and Santa Clara, are on average only 22 percent full. The dams protrude from the earth and the reservoirs are almost empty. Last October, …

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Back to normal?

What does this mean? ECO123 is keeping a close watch on the ecology and the economy with all sorts of stories behind the stories. For example, tomorrow, Saturday. 2020. We will all remember this year for a long time to come. The safety measures designed to protect our health against the Covid-19 pandemic are gradually being eased. After three months, what we are left with is the wreckage of an old economic system. Most planes will remain grounded for the time being. The car and aviation industries and their suppliers are promoting shorter working hours. Workers are set to be …

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Nº 37 – Help on the horizon
Does money make the world go round?

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 by Uwe Heitkamp European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said today: “The recovery plan turns the immense challenge we face into an opportunity, not only by supporting the recovery but also by investing in our future: the European Green Deal and digitalization will boost jobs and growth, the resilience of our societies and the health of our environment. This is Europe’s moment. Our willingness to act must live up to the challenges we are all facing. With Next Generation EU we are providing an ambitious answer.” The European Commission has unveiled details of an unprecedented …

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Nº 36 – Dial 112 in an emergency

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 by Uwe Heitkamp Drring. Drring. Drring. Click! This is Costa speaking. How can I help you? Good morning, Mr Costa. This is the press. We’re in trouble. The crisis has caused all of our advertising clients to disappear. What can we do? (…) I’ve read that, in these current times, the press are selling advertising to Costa. And you? Are you buying anything from them? It must be false. No, it’s true. No, no, no! I didn’t know the press could be bought in Portugal. It can’t be so, surely? Or can it? What’s going on? …

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Nº 35 – The first 5,000 years of debt

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 by Uwe Heitkamp At a time when the most densely populated cities are slowly returning to public life as normal, here in the countryside we are reflecting on the essentials that we need to survive a crisis: good bread, our own honey, locally produced olive oil, carob flour, the nuts from which peanut butter is made, agricultural products, fresh foods like goat’s cheese and fleur de sel – all locally produced and much needed for a good breakfast, lunch or dinner. Before lunch, I harvest some rocket and endive leaves from the vegetable patch and wash …

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Nº 34 – Alentejo: the ideal place for the end of globalisation

Wednesday, 20th May 2020 by Leila Dregger Imagine – yes, I know this calls for a lot of fantasy as it’s highly unlikely to ever happen – but, despite everything, just imagine that a pandemic might put an end to all global trade forever. There would no longer be any cheap mass-produced goods coming from China and the container ships from Asia would no longer dock in our ports. It wouldn’t be just the whales who started to live with less stress. It would be ruinous for banks, and lots of multinationals would start collapsing like dominoes. The shelves in …

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Nº 33 – On the unbearable lightness of being

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 Today I received a letter from a reader in Tavira. It included the following sentence: Get off Facebook and go into the garden. Thank you! That’s what I’ve been doing since 17 March: I’ve been working in the garden, planting potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, onions and aromatic herbs. I live off the food from my vegetable patch. Being able to accept this offer from nature is a beautiful experience. I have to confess, that I belong to those two thirds of the population, a silent majority, who don’t have a Facebook account. As a journalist, it …

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Nº 32 – A definitive moment for solar futures

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 by Siddharth Sareen Ruptures intensify contestation and collective efforts advance solidarity. The COVID-19 pandemic and our societal responses matter in ways whose full consequences are currently unforeseeable. Amidst the tragedy, there are countless heroic acts of human care. Many of these are performed away from public view, in contrast to strategic efforts to drain the public purse. Portugal, both as a state and as a society, has shown admirable resolve and fortitude, responding calmly in a spirit characterised by togetherness. I watch all of this unfold from afar, working from home in Bergen, Norway, where our …

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Nº 31 – The importance of stories

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 A reflection by Dina Adão It’s nine in the morning. Sitting in front of the computer, impeccably made up and dressed as if she were going out, my daughter stares at the screen. She pulls a terrible face and mutters some insults. Her books are scattered all over the floor and she stares at her watch, visibly exasperated. The router is not responding. We live in a place in the countryside where only one telecommunications and multimedia company can reach us by cable: Meo. The service, which was never particularly good, only covering half the house …

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Nº 30 – Time for solidarity

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 by Leila Dregger I am now suffering doubly from the crisis: I am in bed with neuritis; I have a fever and I can hardly do anything. But I’m still keeping in touch with people I haven’t seen for a long time. One of them told me something surprising: last year, he went to visit the Kogi people in the north of Colombia. These people live in the mountains and are still quite isolated, continuing to follow their traditions and speaking of being “our big brothers”. The reason for this is that they think they have …

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One more word please…

Dear Reader, Life goes on. We are all slowly finding our way back to so-called normality, which will undoubtedly be very different to what it was before the country declared a State of Emergency. We are all faced with the task of tackling the greatest challenge ever to have confronted humanity: how to solve the problems of the climate crisis now. In this respect, we wish to say THANK YOU for reading ECO123. As from today, Monday 4 May, we are preparing to return to your homes, once more, in printed form, but we will also continue to be available …

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