Archive for 'February,2015'

Historic land victory for native Brazilian tribes

Historic land victory for native Brazilian tribes

In a David vs Goliath victory, native Brazilian tribes successfully prevented a nationwide land-grab from going through Congress, to the dismay of corporate lobbyists. The collaborative efforts of dozens of Brazilian tribes have successfully fought off a bold attempt by […]

Women gaining equal rights in Nicaragua

Women gaining equal rights in Nicaragua

Female farmers in Nicaragua are seeking to have their work formally recognised, and some key buyers have already agreed to take into account the costs for this crucial labour which is often disregarded. “Women provide integral support to the farming […]

China getting tougher on air pollution

China getting tougher on air pollution

In an encouraging show of environmental awareness, China has recently introduced stiffer penalties for industrial pollution. New amendments to China’s air pollution laws came into effect at the beginning of January, and they are the first such changes in 25 […]

Pakistan improves literacy

Pakistan improves literacy

The charity CARE Pakistan (CP) is giving thousands of youngsters the promise of a better future by using a unique public/private partnership to tackle the country’s high level of illiteracy. This is an urgent undertaking in a country where 21% […]

The EU allows individual nations to ban GM crops

The EU allows individual nations to ban GM crops

Countries that belong to the European Union are now allowed to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops on their soil, even if these crops have been given approval by the EU. Normally the European Parliament seeks a common policy […]

The media as a vehicle for social change

The media as a vehicle for social change

Ripple Strategies is a public relations firm focused on the promotion of social good. After ten years of study they have come to this conclusion: Readers crave positive stories about their own communities and other communities around the world, and […]

Energy efficiency growing in developed countries

Energy efficiency growing in developed countries

New data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), shows that energy efficiency efforts in the most advanced countries have saved the equivalent of 1,7 billion tons of oil over the past decade. To put that amount into perspective, it is […]

Organic farming gains momentum in Ibiza

Organic farming gains momentum in Ibiza

The Land Bank is a project that puts unused Ibicencan farmland back to work, while bringing more ecological farming to the island. It was started by the Association of Organic Farmers of Ibiza and Formentera (APAEEF), and now their efforts […]

New concept ensures no food is wasted

New concept ensures no food is wasted

In addition to feeding thousands of people with food that’s been thrown away, a 29-year old chef has inspired a new wave of ‘pay as you feel’ cafes around the world. Adam Smith, founder of The Real Junk Food Project […]

Global life expectancy on the rise

Global life expectancy on the rise

From 1990 to 2013, life expectancy across the globe increased greatly, growing from an average of 65.3 years in1990 to 71.5 in 2013. Women have benefited slightly more from these gains with an increase of 6.6 years compared to 5.8 […]

Dutch bankers seek redemption with ethics oath

Dutch bankers seek redemption with ethics oath

It has been six years since the global financial crisis was caused by the reckless actions of the world’s bankers, yet they continue to create a steady stream of scandalous financial dealings. Just last year five of the world’s biggest […]

Animal-human translation tool could be available within 10 years

Animal-human translation tool could be available within 10 years

If you believe that other animals are less intelligent than us mammals because of their inability to speak, think again… Con Slobodchikoff is a professor emeritus at North Arizona University, who has been studying prairie dog language for 30 years. […]

Creativity knows no limits

Creativity knows no limits

Some people embody the power of determination, and artist Paul Smith is one of them. Paul was born with cerebral palsy – a severe disability that limits movement, coordination, motor abilities and strength. Yet Paul has overcome his condition by […]

Three top environmental stories of 2014

Three top environmental stories of 2014

New York bans fracking: New York became the second state in the US to ban hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as fracking. This process of injecting massive amounts of water and chemicals into the earth has produced large amounts of […]

Gathering of bicycle riders in Ibiza

Gathering of bicycle riders in Ibiza

On Friday 27th of February, from 21h to 22.30h In celebration of the recent integration of Ibiza into the Spanish network of towns in favour of bicycles (Red de Ciudades por la Bicicleta), the organisation IBIZICRÍTICA, consisting of a group […]

Electric power from plants

Electric power from plants

A Dutch company recently revealed an exciting technology that has the potential to provide power to some of the world’s poorest places by harnessing electricity from living plants. The process is called “Plant-e”, and it involves placing special electrodes into […]

Water has memory

Water has memory

New research from the Aerospace Institute of the University of Stuttgart in Germany supports the theory that water has a memory – a claim that could change our whole way of looking at the world. These experiments were made possible […]

Tattoos – a thing of the ancient past

Tattoos – a thing of the ancient past

If you thought tattoos were predominantly the stuff of modern day life, think again. Last year came the announcement of the intriguing discovery of an ancient mummy with a tattoo on her inner thigh. The mummy in question was of […]

Growing Healthy Kids

Growing Healthy Kids

By Unna Huijsman As the winter arrives in Ibiza with blue skies, glistening dewy fields in the morning and the blossom buds appearing in the almond trees, a new garden project for kids arises from the soil of the Horse […]