Archive for 'October,2014'

Oil exploration stopped in Africa’s oldest National Park

Oil exploration stopped in Africa’s oldest National Park

The British oil company Soco International has agreed to end its oil exploration activities in the Virunga National Park located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Under pressure from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Soco has stated that […]

Scientists create a ‘self-healing’ plastic

Scientists create a ‘self-healing’ plastic

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new plastic that can actually heal itself. They believe that this will one day allow a wide range of devices – from cracked mobile phone screens to meteor-battered space probes – […]

It’s official – positive news benefits us all!

It’s official – positive news benefits us all!

We knew it all along – now it’s been proven! Recent studies have confirmed that good news is powerful not just for the consumer but society as a whole as it can have a strong positive psychological and social impact. […]

A massive ocean is discovered in the Earth’s core

A massive ocean is discovered in the Earth’s core

A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface, and scientists suggest that this may explain where Earth’s seas came from. The water is hidden inside a blue rock […]

Melbourne – the best place to live

Melbourne – the best place to live

The Economist has named Melbourne, a city in the south-eastern part of Australia, as the most liveable city in the world for the fourth year running. Following behind Melbourne in this order are Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide, Calgary, Sydney, Helsinki, […]

Significant international support for Alianza Mar Blava

Significant international support for Alianza Mar Blava

Prestigious Swiss environmental organisation, Ocean Care, a UN special consultant in marine environment protection, joined Alianza Mar Blava (Blue Sea Alliance) last August, to combine forces against oil exploration in the Balearics. Ocean Care has collected over 200,000 signatures from […]

Salt water-fuelled sports car

Salt water-fuelled sports car

A car that is fuelled by salt water debuted at Geneva’s 2014 Motor Show. The Quant e-Sportlimousine reaches 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 350km/h, and it owes its outstanding performance to NanoFlowcell technology. […]

New California law bans disposable plastic bags

New California law bans disposable plastic bags

On 1st July, 2015, California will become the first state to ban the use of disposable plastic bags. Several US cities and counties already have such laws in place, but this will be the first time that an entire state […]

Free online university courses are growing

Free online university courses are growing

A rapidly expanding trend in higher education is called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These are university level teachings that are open to all and available free online. Completing these courses does not give you credits toward a university degree, […]

Great success of P|Art’s charity auction

Great success of P|Art’s charity auction

On Saturday 13th September, the art gallery P|Art held a charity auction entitled ‘A drop in the ocean’. The event served to raise funds for APNEEF (Association of People with Special Needs in Ibiza and Formentera), a local NGO which […]

The Ibiza Spirit Festival

The Ibiza Spirit Festival

On Sunday 5th October, the beautiful agroturismo Atzaró will host the Ibiza Spirit Festival – “a magical day of inspiration and celebration”. Amazing events will be happening all day from the opening ceremony at 11:30 right through the sunset at […]

Scottish film festival shakes up social change

Scottish film festival shakes up social change

“A good film will use all the tools at its disposal to reawaken us intellectually, emotionally and aesthetically,” says Simon Bateson, the artistic director and founder of the Take One Action Festival – a two-week event held between Glasgow and […]

Japan takes note of ICJ ruling

Japan takes note of ICJ ruling

Japan appears to be bowing to pressure from the international community on the country’s controversial whaling expeditions. While whaling fleets will return to the waters, Japan’s fisheries minister has stated that the main purpose will be “research and observation” and […]

Exemplary protection of whales in California

Exemplary protection of whales in California

In a new and exemplary measure of care and protection of whales, a number of national and local organisations have committed to pay $2,500 (approx. €1940) to those ships that reduce their speed to less than 12 knots on entering […]

Historic global citizen mobilisation against climate change

Historic global citizen mobilisation against climate change

Last Sunday 21st September, citizens from around the world joined forces to mobilise a world demonstration against climate change. Under the name of ‘People’s March for the Climate’, over 2,800 events were held in 166 countries, with a total participation […]

Young billionaires

Young billionaires

Australia’s newest billionaires are just 34 years old. Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes’s joint business software company, Atlassian, has announced that following T. Rowe Price and Dragoneer Investment Capital’s €112 million for a 4.6% stake, the company is now valued […]

Beauty is only skin deep in fruits and vegetables

Beauty is only skin deep in fruits and vegetables

One of France’s largest food retailers is taking steps to deal with the global problem of massive food waste. The supermarket chain Intermarché is offering their customers fruits and vegetables that are misshapen or slightly scarred at a discount of […]

Spanish town embraces animal welfare

Spanish town embraces animal welfare

The Spanish town of Mataelpino in central Spain is the first to keep the ‘tradition’ of the running of the bulls but totally eliminate any animal cruelty. How have they done this? By swapping bulls for balls! All of the […]

Electric car sales double in Europe

Electric car sales double in Europe

A recent report from Transport & Environment, a European organisation promoting a transport policy based on sustainable development, shows that sales of electric cars in Europe have doubled year after year since 2010. Almost 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold across […]