The Great Barrier Reef

Shade sails to be used to protect the Great Barrier Reef

A paper recently published in Nature Climate Change speaks of a plan devised by scientists in Australia to protect the Great Barrier Reef from damage by installing shade sails on the surface of the ocean above the fragile coral reef. The proposal would mean covering the reefs with cloth thus shading them from sunlight which would reduce the bleaching that is damaging them so intensively. The massive sheets of cloth would be anchored with ropes attached to pontoons and made to float on the surface of the water in a bid to shield the reef from the strong rays of sunlight.

Australian marine biologist Russell Hore said that while the idea had seemed laughable, everything had to be considered to protect the World Heritage-listed reef. “Although it would be impossible to shade all 348,000 square kilometers of the entire reef, an area of small shade cloths will prove that coral bleaching can be tackled by reducing light and temperature”, he said. More…

Keep Hydrated!

Are you prepared for the summer heat wave?

As I write this it is mid-June in Spain on the Costa Blanca, and the high temperatures predicted for today are supposed to reach up to 37 degrees centigrade. The beaches are busy, the sea is warm and the bars & restaurants are picking up and readying themselves for the full onslaught of tourists coming in the next few weeks.

All this heat reminded me of an article that I recently read online. Being an expert in the industry of shading people and possessions I always like to keep abreast of changes in the industry and I am interested in stories related to the sun, heat, and of course, shade.

The United States Government have made a series of preparatory recommendations for US citizens as the heat of the summer approaches. The main points they are asking their people to consider are: Water, Rest and Shade. More…

Rob Harris promoting Coolashade Shade Sails Spain at the This is Spain Exhibition, Albir 2011

Coolashade will be at This is Spain Spring Show

On the weekend of the 19th and 20th May, Coolashade will be exhibiting at the 2012 This Is Spain Spring Show which is being held at the Hotel Diamanté Beach in Calpe.

Coolashade will be bringing a vast selection of shade sails samples in various colours and styles, and you will be able to view the high quality fabric and fixtures for yourself. You will also be able to speak directly to us about how we can supply and install for you a custom-made shade sail that is of the highest quality and is guaranteed to last for many years. More…

Coolashade Shade Sail Connectors

Coolashade Shade Sails – Where Quality Does Matter!

Coolashade is based in the Costa Blanca region of Spain where the days are warm and the sun shines brightly for many days of the year. As we begin to head into summer, regular warnings of using adequate sun protection start to appear in the local newspapers. Most of us know how important it is to apply sunscreen and cover up our heads and skin if we are not wearing suntan lotion, and how vital it is for youngsters to be properly protected. But what else do we need to think about when we consider sun protection? More…

The Hockey Stadium - Photo: Populous/Getty Images

Olympic Games Winning Shade Sails from Coolashade!

The 2012 London OlympicsUnless you’ve been living on the moon for the last few years you probably know that in 2012 the Olympics are being held in London! At the time of writing there are just 126 days to go before it begins. Here at Coolashade Shade Sails Spain we are looking forward to watching the games on television although to be able to watch the events live in London would be even better. We have been following the London Olympics news stories online and one news item very much came to our attention.

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) have received complaints about lack of shade at London Olympics venues. Of course, Coolashade are experts in shade solutions so we were very interested to read more about this piece of news. More…