Archive for 'November,2015'

Columbia reaches a peace deal

Columbia reaches a peace deal

A peace agreement between the Colombian government and the leftwing Farc guerrillas heralds the end of the world’s longest-running war, and provides a new model for reconciling bitter enemies. This conflict dates all the way back to 1948, and during […]

An ancient submerged ‘pyramid’ in Portugal?

An ancient submerged ‘pyramid’ in Portugal?

A giant structure that was found off the coast of Portugal has caused excitement and controversy, as it is thought by many to be an ancient pyramid. Located between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores, the […]

Universal jurisdiction for global crimes

Universal jurisdiction for global crimes

Baltasar Garzón is a Spanish judge who is widely recognised internationally for his work in favour of universal jurisdiction. This means having international laws that allow judges and prosecutors to intervene in human rights cases that take place countries other […]

Classrooms in a box

Classrooms in a box

An ingenious project to provide a compact yet highly developed green energy space to educate children in rural Kenya has been revealed in the form of a 6 x 3 metre ‘classroom in a box’. These structures are strongly built […]

Wind turbine without blades

Wind turbine without blades

A new concept of wind turbine designed by a Spanish company could see much sleeker looking wind farms on the landscape in place of the traditional propeller powered models. Vortex Bladeless has created a 12 metre long prototype that looks […]

Arctic drilling is abandoned by Shell

Arctic drilling is abandoned by Shell

After years of controversial drilling to look for fossil fuels in one of the planet’s last remaining unspoiled environments, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has finally abandoned its search in Alaska’s Arctic, “for the foreseeable future.” The official decision to […]

Seattle ‘Food Forest’ helps to feed the city

Seattle ‘Food Forest’ helps to feed the city

In a brilliant new initiative, the city of Seattle in the state of Washington, is planning what is thought to be the first urban food forest in the US. This was originally the project of a local permaculture design course, […]

Heroic fight of a tribe in Brazil

Heroic fight of a tribe in Brazil

Illegal logging of the Amazon forests presents a serious environmental problem for our planet. In the Brazilian state of Maranhão, in the north of the country, warriors from the Ka’apor tribe have been fighting for years to halt the illegal […]

Can Misses Hospital offers a birthing pool

Can Misses Hospital offers a birthing pool

Great news for pregnant women and babies to be born in Ibiza in the future: the delivery unit of Ibiza’s Can Misses Hospital introduced a birthing pool in September which is already contributing to healthier, less painful and more natural […]

A new Earth-like planet is discovered

A new Earth-like planet is discovered

Planet hunters at NASA have found what they are calling “Earth’s older, bigger cousin,” and believe it is our strongest lead in the quest to find advanced life elsewhere in the universe. The new planet, called Kepler 452b, is about […]

The world’s first electric ferry

The world’s first electric ferry

Norway recently launched the world’s first electric ferry which covers the route between Lavik y Oppedal, along the Sognefjord fjord. The Norled owned car ferry is totally powered by electricity and capable or carrying up to 360 passengers and 120 […]

Abandoned towns for sale in Spain

Abandoned towns for sale in Spain

Spain is full of abandoned towns. Since the 1960s, as a result of industrialisation and economic development, there has been a large rural exodus to the cities resulting in the gradual depopulation of many towns. The economic crisis of recent […]

Africa’s solar powered warrior women

Africa’s solar powered warrior women

In a win-win-win situation the women of the Maasai, a proud semi-nomadic tribe spread across Kenya and Tanzania, are empowering each other, their communities and the environment by bringing solar power to remote villages and rural areas. In a remarkable […]

Women gain voting rights in Saudi Arabia

Women gain voting rights in Saudi Arabia

For the first time in history Saudi women will be able to participate in some elections and present themselves as candidates for positions in the public administration. Women who signed up to the voting registry can participate in the next […]

Solutions for Ibiza’s water shortage

Solutions for Ibiza’s water shortage

The recent declaration that Ibiza is under ‘drought alert’ is a stark reminder that we should all become more conscious about how we consume water. Ibiza’s 16 underground aquifers are drying up due to over-consumption, and this is causing major […]

Sunflower shaped solar panels

Sunflower shaped solar panels

James Cameron, the famous director of Avatar and other popular movies, has been promoting the use of solar energy for years. As a matter of fact Avatar, one of the highest-grossing movies in cinema history, was completely filmed with solar […]

Energy savings that help people in need

Energy savings that help people in need

An innovative crowdsourcing platform has recently been launched that facilitates ‘donations’ of energy from the more affluent, to those who need help to pay their bills. The concept is the brainchild of two companies, CLEAResult and Gridmates, who have started […]

Lego leads the way in renewables

Lego leads the way in renewables

Lego, one of the World’s best known toy brands, has vowed to abandon the oil-based plastics used in the manufacture of its famous bricks. In order to reduce its carbon footprint, the Danish company is set to invest €140 million […]

Stevia, the healthy sweetener

Stevia, the healthy sweetener

Stevia, a sweetener that benefits your health, is starting to be known amongst consumers with consumption skyrocketing in Western countries. Stevia rebaudiana is a plant that originates in Paraguay, and its leaves have been used as a sweetener in South […]