ENVIRONMENT

New law protecting Spain’s Mar Menor leaves nobody satisfied

Environmentalists say it allows a similar use of fertilizers, while farmers claim it will seriously harm the sector

ENVIRONMENT

Mar Menor’s deserted summer scene: ‘Not even those who own a house here have come’

Water pollution and coronavirus fears are prompting visitors to bypass this once-popular saltwater lagoon on the Spanish Mediterranean

CORONAVIRUS

In deadliest day yet, Spain registers 462 coronavirus deaths in just 24 hours

Madrid’s Palacio del Hielo ice rink could soon become a morgue for victims of Covid-19. The government expects the peak of infections to be reached this week

Spanish politics

Which school talks are under threat from the far-right’s ‘parental veto’ in Spain?

Vox is pushing for a system to be introduced in regional education programs targeting workshops on the prevention of homophobia, sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy

Disabilities in Spain

Meet the Spanish deafblind man who has invented a new sign language

Taking his disabilities in his stride, 37-year-old Sergio Romero has set up a platform to offer the 7,000 Spaniards who live with a similar condition an alternative form of communication

Natural disaster

Eastern Spain takes stock of worst storm in 140 years

The head of the Valencia region asks for a Marshall Plan to help rebuild the ravaged area

Weather

Torrential rain and flash flooding in eastern Spain claim six victims

Storms have caused rivers to burst their banks, evacuations, road closures and extensive damage in the regions of Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Almería

HEALTHCARE

Spanish region pioneers law for skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn

Murcia is the first to make it a legal right for babies to get so-called “kangaroo care” right after delivery

BEACH BANS

Beachgoers in Murcia face fines for nudism, loud music or urinating in sea

San Pedro del Pinatar introduces new rules that also ban cyclists and the reserving of spots