Spanish islands adopt ambitious law to fight climate change
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Balearic Islands have approved a local law that by 2050 aims to ban the use of fossil fuels and adopt renewable energy for all of the region's power needs, in what authorities claim is a pioneering step in Europe.
The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law passed Tuesday on the islands also bans new diesel vehicles on the roads from 2025 and new gas vehicles from 2035.
The law is facing a legal challenge at the European Commission from Spanish vehicle manufacturers.
Spain: Rescuers find missing child’s body in Mallorca floods
MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescuers have found the body of the 5-year-old child reported missing after last week's flash flooding in Mallorca, bringing the final death toll to 13.
The Civil Guard identified the boy by his first name, Artur, and said his body was found near a bridge in the town of Sant Llorenc de Cardassar, the worst hit by the sudden, record-breaking downpour on Oct. 9.
German couple found dead; Mallorca flood deaths now 12
MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescuers have found the bodies of a German couple who went missing after flash flooding on the island of Mallorca, bringing the confirmed death toll to 12. A young child is still missing.
The Germans' last communication was a call to a friend on Tuesday evening saying they were caught in a vehicle, according to Sabine Lammers, the German Consul in the island's capital, Palma de Mallorca, who spoke on Cadena SER radio on Thursday.
MADRID (AP) — Spain is creating a marine wildlife reserve for the migrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and will prohibit searching for fossil fuels in the area.
The Spanish government announced Friday that the protected reserve will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909 square miles) between the Balearic Islands and the mainland. It says the area "is of great ecological value and represents a migration path of vital importance for cetaceans in the Western Mediterranean."
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish marine conservation group says it seen a great white shark in Spanish waters in the Mediterranean Sea, a rare sighting.
The Alnitak-Conservation in Action group posted a photo on its Facebook page of what it says is a 5-meter (16½-foot) great white shark that its researchers spotted Thursday near the Balearic Island of Cabrera just south of Mallorca.
The group says a great white shark as not been spotted in Spanish waters in nearly 30 years.
MADRID (AP) — Bullfights in Spain's Balearic Islands will be shorter, bloodless and only for adults under new regulations passed Monday that also ban alcoholic beverages in the bullring.
A majority of left-wing lawmakers in the islands' regional parliament approved the so-called "Balearic-style bullfighting" bill, which also requires anti-doping tests for both matadors and bulls.
MADRID (AP) — Air traffic in Spain's popular Balearic islands is catching up after a navigation company fixed a technical glitch that caused a three-hour delay on the eve of a busy Easter holiday.
Air navigation company Enaire said Palma de Mallorca airport was operating at 75 percent of its capacity by Wednesday afternoon for incoming flights after a major disruption earlier in the day.
Husband of Spain’s princess avoids jail while awaits appeal
MADRID (AP) — The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe will avoid imprisonment but must show up in court in Switzerland, where he lives, once per month while he waits for the Supreme Court to rule on an appeal to a fraud and tax evasion guilty verdict, a court ruled Thursday.
The provincial court of the Balearic Islands sentenced Inaki Urdangarin on Feb. 17 to six years and three months in prison, but the decision must be reviewed by the higher court.