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Sep 4, 2018

Portugal seduces parched investors with water

Portugal seduces parched investors with water

Alqueva, the largest artificial lake in the European Union, is a sun-drenched, watery oasis in southern Portugal, luring foreign investors at a time when climate change is fanning droughts from California to northern Europe.

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A view of Alqueva reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the EU, at sunset near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A cereal plantation is seen on an intensive farm near Evora, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A view shows Alqueva reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the EU, near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Two youths relax at the Alqueva reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the EU, near Alqueva, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A view of Alqueva reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the EU, near Alqueva, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Water levels create different colours on the dam at the Alqueva reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the EU, near Alqueva, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Two fields are seen at a farm near Portel, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A tree stands in a field at an intensive farm near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A woman prunes a peach tree on an intensive farm at Alqueva region, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A woman prunes a peach tree on an intensive farm at Alqueva region, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A worker checks the irrigation hoses on an olive plantation near Portel, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Rows of sunflowers are seen on a cereal intensive farm near Portel, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Hoses for irrigation systems are stacked before being installed in an intensive olive plantation near Portel, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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An old shoe is seen in an intensive olive plantation near Portel, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Sheep graze on a farm near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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An aerial view of a cereal intensive farm near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A view shows a cereal intensive farm near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A street is illuminated at sunset in Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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An agricultural gasoline pump stands at an abandoned petrol station at Alqueva region, Portugal, August 12, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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People spend time on the beach at Alqueva reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the EU, near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A man waits for sunset at a viewpoint at Alqueva reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the EU, near Monsaraz, Portugal, August 8, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Old men play cards on a street in Amieira, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Old men play cards on a street in Amieira, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Boxes are stacked on an olive plantation near Portel, Portugal, August 2, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Men talk as they drink at the Pica Chourico tavern in Pias, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Carmona, owner of a small farm, leaves his shed where he keeps tools and tractors, near Pias, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A horse eats grass next to an old irrigation canal near Evora, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Stacks of straw stand on a farm near Beja, Portugal, August 12, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A cow eats grass at an intensive farm near Evora, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Stacks of straw wrapped in plastic stand on a farm near Beja, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Beekeeper Helder Martins looks at a hive on a farm where his bees pollinate the trees near Pias, Portugal, August 10, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Farmer Bento Carreto strokes a calf at his farm near Pias, Portugal, August 9, 2018. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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