Greenpeace warned, brown bears and wine at risk in Spain

CLIMATE change threatens Spain’s holm oaks, brown bears, wine-growing and ski resorts. They could all vanish if the Arctic ice cap continues to melt at its present rate, Greenpeace warned.

Although Spain is 5,000 kilometres distant, invader species like jellyfish and zebra mussels would proliferate owing to the effects of global warming and oil prospection in the Arctic, the group maintained.

Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign, begun in 2012, aims to protect the zone, chiefly by preventing oil drilling and fishing.

It began the campaign with hopes of collecting a million signatures to place on the seabed at the North Pole in April, but by the beginning of this year had already received more than 2.5 million.

When the petition is finally put in place it will be accompanied by a flag designed by young people with the collaboration of Girl Guides worldwide and dress designer Vivienne Westwood.

In Spain the initiative is supported by environmentally-aware public figures including Alejando Sanz, Coque Malla, Gran Wyoming and journalist Thais Villas amongst others.

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