Archive for 'January,2014'

US, UK and Norway pledge almost €300 million to saving forests

US, UK and Norway pledge almost €300 million to saving forests

At the end of last year, Norway, the UK, and the US came together in Warsaw to announce plans to protect forests and reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions via the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD +). […]

New plant and animal species discovered in Amazonia

New plant and animal species discovered in Amazonia

The remotest and least-known parts of the Amazon continue to bring us big surprises. Over the last 4 years, an exhaustive study carried out by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has brought outstanding results, including the discovery of 441 new […]

India extols and protects dolphins

India extols and protects dolphins

The fact that dolphins have a great deal in common with humans has been demonstrated again and again by science. The high degree of genetic similarity between humans and dolphins is just one example. India, through its Ministry of Environment, […]

Israelis risk arrest to give Palestinian pals a day at the beach

Israelis risk arrest to give Palestinian pals a day at the beach

The Law of Entry into Israel allows every Israeli and Jew to move freely between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, whilst denying Palestinians the same right, even though this is where their families, their nation, and their traditions are […]

Science students offer a helping hand

Science students offer a helping hand

Dee Faught, 17, has a genetic condition, osteogenesis imperfecta, which makes his bones unmanageably brittle. However, thanks to a keen team of students from Rice University, Houston, things for him are looking up. The bioengineering students won Rice’s George R. […]

Fur ban gains momentum

Fur ban gains momentum

At the end of last year, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that the EU can now legally ban the import of seal fur and other products on the grounds of ‘moral concerns’. Some famous friends of People for the […]

Indigenous Olympics in Brazil

Indigenous Olympics in Brazil

Indigenous people have much to offer the world. As a good example of this, and in order to celebrate the rich traditions of their cultures, the 12th Indigenous Olympics were held last November in Cuiabá in the Brazilian Amazon. Around […]

Santa Eulalia’s beautification continues

Santa Eulalia’s beautification continues

At the beginning of November 2013, the building works to pedestrianise the Paseo de S’Alamera in Santa Eulalia del Rio began. This is the second phase, after the town council’s project to remodel and pedestrianise the Plaza de España. As […]

A posthumous salute to Rolph Blakstad

A posthumous salute to Rolph Blakstad

The Ibiza House-Keys to a Millennial Tradition is the long-awaited book by the late Rolph Blakstad. Lovingly compiled from the 60s on, it explores the origins of Ibicencan houses, and features over 40 years of research and drawings. Before Rolph […]

Activities in Can Muson

Activities in Can Muson

The initiative “S’al·lot verd” (Green child), at the ‘Can Muson’ organic farm near Santa Eulalia is designed to link children with nature. For one day they become little farmers, conscious about gardening and animals, as well as learning how to […]

World´s largest solar boat

World´s largest solar boat

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has 512 m² of photovoltaic cells made of up 809 solar panels, which power six blocks of lithium-ion batteries generating up to 480 kWh on a sunny day. Measuring in at approximately 35m long and 23m […]

Cooking in the dishwasher

Cooking in the dishwasher

The recent launch of a recipe book called: ‘Cooking in the dishwasher’ puts all the uses of this bizarre but practical system at our disposal. Lisa Casali, an Italian blogger and cook, is the author of this book which has […]

Let there be light

Let there be light

The International Energy Agency estimates that 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity, and an additional 1.5 billion only have an interrupted supply. In a bid to help, a US company, MPowerD, has designed the ‘Luci Lantern’ – a solar […]

The winds of change

The winds of change

Between 2008 and 2012, Ohio wind power generation jumped up from 7.4 megawatts to 428 megawatts – in layman ́s terms: from enough energy to power 1,300 homes, to more than 100,000 – and the number of utility-size turbines went […]

Iceland, an ideal country for women

Iceland, an ideal country for women

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2013 carried out by the World Economic Forum, Iceland leads the list of world countries with least gender disparity for the fifth consecutive year. Its neighbours Finland, Norway and Sweden follow it. In […]

An exemplary nation

An exemplary nation

Another unique facet to Iceland is that a headline of a man shot by the police (something regrettably far from unusual elsewhere) has just sent ripples through the whole country. The nation’s hefty response stands as true testament to an […]

ZubaBox to boost education in Africa

ZubaBox to boost education in Africa

Computer giant, Dell, has announced its first solar powered lab in Africa to provide increased learning opportunities to students with little or no access to technology or the internet. The solar powered lab – known as the ZubaBox mobile classroom […]

Sweet salvation of a homeless man in New York

Sweet salvation of a homeless man in New York

This is a wholesome tale of human kindness that has understandably gone viral on YouTube. It tells the story of a man, Jaroslav Nemcovsky, 53, who’d headed from his homeland of the Czech Republic to Florida to do hotel work. […]

Norwegian madness

Norwegian madness

On 30th October, in the middle of a small Norwegian village called Rjukan (which is situated between mountains, and unable to receive direct sunlight between October and March), there was more light than usual for this time of year. Giant […]