Archive for 'March,2014'

World governments rally to eradicate illegal ivory trading

World governments rally to eradicate illegal ivory trading

There are only an estimated 500,000 African elephants left in the world. Unsurprisingly, these are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of threatened species. Thankfully, it seems that the world is starting to take […]

Historic record for organ transplants in Spain

Historic record for organ transplants in Spain

Spain has been the world leader for organ transplants for the last 22 years. In 2013 our country made the news again, by achieving 1,655 donors, 4,279 organ transplants and a total of 35.12 donors for every million people. This […]

Victory for indigenous tribes

Victory for indigenous tribes

There is no doubt that indigenous peoples face quite a challenge in retaining their traditional values in the face of modernity. However, 2013 gave them much cause for celebration – from regaining land rights, to burgeoning support from the media. […]

Major advance in stem cell research

Major advance in stem cell research

In a breakthrough hailed as “a milestone of regenerative medicine”, scientists in Japan have generated a new type of stem cell using a simple solution of acid. They wager that this discovery offers a way to avoid the presently complex […]

Bhutan sets a global example

Bhutan sets a global example

Bhutan, South Asia, is hosting the International Conference on Organic & Ecological Agriculture in Mountain Ecosystems this month. As the first country planning to go 100% organic, they certainly qualify as fitting hosts. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which is […]

Ibiza – United we can do it

Ibiza – United we can do it

The number of individual and collective initiatives set up on our island by individuals, groups of friends, businesses, associations, political parties, institutions, etc. with the aim of stopping the exploration and extraction projects near the shores of Ibiza and Formentera […]

Spain, world’s third biggest tourist destination

Spain, world’s third biggest tourist destination

2013 has been a record year for tourism in Spain. The number of visitors was higher than ever with 60.6 million international visitors, a rise of 5.6% on 2012. Our country has become, according to data from the World Tourism […]

Innovative car safety

Innovative car safety

In 2012, Volvo introduced the world’s first external airbags on its V40 model. With these, sensors in the front bumper detect contact between the car and a pedestrian, swiftly raising the bonnet to deflect the person away from the windscreen, […]

The world’s smallest library

The world’s smallest library

There are currently more than 5,000 ‘Little Free Libraries’ across the US and internationally. Last summer, the smallest variant temporarily appeared on the streets of New York – with space in it for just one reader at a time. The […]

London Underground’s hot air to heat homes

London Underground’s hot air to heat homes

The London Underground generates huge amounts of heat, which until now has been unceremoniously released back into the atmosphere. However, in a project that is the first of its kind in Europe, some of this invaluable hot air will now […]

New York’s bighearted big blue bus

New York’s bighearted big blue bus

The Montefiore Mobile Health Clinic, affectionately known as the “big blue bus”, offers free healthcare for the homeless and uninsured children of New York. One of their main areas of focus is the Bronx, where one in every two children […]

Bees to strengthen the fight against HIV

Bees to strengthen the fight against HIV

Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that nanoparticles containing a potent toxin, mellitin, which is found in bee venom, can attack the structure of HIV and other viruses without compromising healthy cells. The scientists were able […]