Monchique’s tragedy was predictable, like last year’s and all the others in the past 30 years, as was the flooding in Albufeira, twice in a row.

On Dec,27th 2013 Vida Económica summarised my talk in Viseu: “Organised by Civil Protection, with the support of the National Association of Professional Firefighters, a seminar on the protection of forests was held. Consultant Jack Soifer detailed the costs of lack of prevention. “It’s always much more expensive to remedy than to prevent,” he said. The methods Soifer quoted, used in other countries, are despised here.

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