Archive for 'August,2015'

Podemos comes into the Ibiza government

Podemos comes into the Ibiza government

Following the elections on May 24, Ibiza now has a new left-leaning government formed by the Socialist party PSOE and the Podemos-Guanyem coalition. Since July 03, the Consell de Eivissa has been presided over by socialist Vincent Torres, with Podemos […]

Netherlands ordered to cut greenhouse gases

Netherlands ordered to cut greenhouse gases

In a case that environmentalists hope will set a precedent for other countries, a Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% within five years. This action was brought by a group of […]

Saudi Prince to donate $32 billion to charity

Saudi Prince to donate $32 billion to charity

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia has pledged to give away his entire $32 billion fortune to aid charitable causes in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the world. The money will eventually go to his foundation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, which […]

Lancashire says no to fracking

Lancashire says no to fracking

Anti-fracking campaigners in Lancashire, England have been celebrating a David vs Goliath victory as applications by shale gas explorer, Cuadrilla to begin a large scale fracking operation in the area were rejected by local councillors in a surprise majority decision. […]

Lending replaces spending

Lending replaces spending

Eight previously unemployed youths have set up a shop in the town of Frome in England that could be the kick-starter to a whole new way of trading: lending instead of selling. This ‘borrowing hub’ is called SHARE, and its […]

Power from water pipes

Power from water pipes

The people of Portland, Oregon in the US have found an inventive way to generate energy with the water running through their city’s pipes. They have replaced a substantial portion of the main system with steel ducts outfitted with one […]

Telephone roaming charges to end in the EU

Telephone roaming charges to end in the EU

In a new ruling by the European Commission that will be welcomed by everyone except mobile service providers, roaming charges are set to be restricted to a maximum next year, and then banned entirely by 2017. In addition, these new […]

Online signatures to protect Cala Conta’s coastline

Online signatures to protect Cala Conta’s coastline

Following the success of recent protests against Cairn Energy’s plans for oil prospecting close to our shores, new environmental challenges continue to arise in Ibiza that require a rapid citizen response. Recently an online signature campaign has come to our […]

A new way to clean the oceans

A new way to clean the oceans

A 20-year-old inventor has come up with an innovation that he says will rid the world’s oceans of an estimated 7,250,000 tons of plastic over a five year period. This trash collector will reportedly be “the longest floating structure in […]

Utopia in a Spanish Town

Utopia in a Spanish Town

The town of Marinaleda in Andalusia looks on the surface like many other towns in the picturesque Campiña valley, but in fact it is remarkably unique. Despite being located in Spain’s poorest region where unemployment is about 37 percent, this […]

An eco-friendly “plastic” made from hemp

An eco-friendly “plastic” made from hemp

A revolutionary substance called Zeoform is non-toxic, biodegradable, and as versatile as plastic. It is made entirely from the cellulose fibres of hemp and its creators say it “is a super strong, ecological, high tech material capable of being formed […]

Ibiza to host international art fair

Ibiza to host international art fair

A brand new three day international modern and contemporary art fair is set to launch in Ibiza this year. This world-class event, to be held at Ibiza Town’s conference centre (FECOEF) from September 3-6 will bring together 50 international galleries, […]

Galdakao’s solidarity fridge

Galdakao’s solidarity fridge

The solidarity fridge initiative, which started in Berlin, has now reached Spain. The local Volunteers Association of the town of Galdakao, in the Basque Country, has installed a refrigerator on a public street so that residents can either drop off […]

Costa Rica’s 100% renewable energy plan

Costa Rica’s 100% renewable energy plan

Costa Rica is leading the way forward for alternative power sources with the news that it was able to use 100% renewable energy for almost three months. By harnessing heavy rainfall from December until March, the country’s four hydroelectric plants […]

Solar cones generate 20 times more power

Solar cones generate 20 times more power

An inspiring new prototype is taking solar power to the next level with a cost effective design and the ability to generate over 20 times more energy than the standard flat panel. It’s called the Spin Cell, and it was […]

New ‘Safety Truck’ shows the road ahead

New ‘Safety Truck’ shows the road ahead

Large semi-trailers are dangerous obstacles on the road – particularly when drivers try to pass them. Part of the problem is that they are so difficult to see around, so Samsung has come up with an innovative solution that makes […]

Ethiopia’s desert goes green

Ethiopia’s desert goes green

Communities in Ethiopia’s arid northern region are coming together to turn one of the world’s most notorious deserts into fertile farmland. To accomplish this task, every able-bodied man and woman over 18 years in the Abr’ha Weatsbaha region has been […]

Progress on solar energy from satellites

Progress on solar energy from satellites

A system designed to ultimately collect solar power from satellites and beam it back down to Earth has been successfully tested by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan (MIH). The wireless power demonstration transmitted 10 kilowatts to a receiver 500 meters […]

Billboards clean the air and provide water

Billboards clean the air and provide water

Engineers at UTEC university in Lima, Peru have discovered an inexpensive way to provide clean water and air to the people of their city. Lima gets very little rainfall, and the people desperately need water, yet almost ironically, the air […]