Archive for 'December,2015'

Pipeline for ‘heavy oil’ is rejected by US

Pipeline for ‘heavy oil’ is rejected by US

The controversial Keystone XL project to build pipelines from the vast tar sands of Alberta, Canada to refineries in the US has finally been rejected after seven years of turmoil. Environmentalists see this as a great victory, while Canada and […]

Sweden on course towards a green economy

Sweden on course towards a green economy

The current coalition government of Sweden, made up of the social democratic party and the green party, has established an ambitious program which aims to lead the transition towards a “green economy” in Europe and the world. The program is […]

New laws help the self-employed

New laws help the self-employed

The Spanish Official State Bulletin has recently published a law to encourage self-employment and boost the economy. The new law modifies, updates and consolidates all of the different incentives for self-employment. This is good news for entrepreneurs, small businesses and […]

Free solar panels in Peru

Free solar panels in Peru

In a brilliant initiative Peru’s groundbreaking National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program plans to bring free electricity to over 2 million of the country’s poorest residents by harnessing the power of the sun. The first part of the initiative aims to […]

Recycling plastic to build roads

Recycling plastic to build roads

A Dutch firm may have found an incredible solution to utilising old plastic bottles – a solution that not only recycles the material, but actually improves the efficiency and quality of road construction. The building firm VolkerWessels is in talks […]

Hope for democracy in Myanmar

Hope for democracy in Myanmar

The military dictators who control Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) have been stunned by the recent landslide election victory of their long time antagonist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the country’s democracy movement. The military seized power […]

An inspiring 92 year old yogi

An inspiring 92 year old yogi

“Love what you do and love yourself.” That’s the advice given by New Yorker Phyllis Sues on how to live a long and happy life. This is a woman who doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk, by […]

Meditation restructures the brain

Meditation restructures the brain

Test subjects taking part in an 8 week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University. The study used magnetic resonance images (MRI) to document for the first time in medical history […]

Music eases pain and stress in Turkish hospital

Music eases pain and stress in Turkish hospital

The intensive care unit of Istanbul Memorial Hospital looks like any modern hospital… but it certainly doesn’t sound like one. On most days the halls are filled with the music of Dr Bingür Sönmez, a cardiac surgeon for more than […]

Zero-waste shopping in Berlin

Zero-waste shopping in Berlin

It has long been known by conscious shoppers that the excessive packaging which comes with most supermarket groceries is extremely wasteful. This plastic, once discarded, ends up in landfill sites polluting the land for hundreds of years, or in the […]

Norway promotes ecological progress in Brazil

Norway promotes ecological progress in Brazil

A unique financial incentive from a country on the other side of the world has kick-started Brazil into saving more than 53,000 square kilometres of its Amazonian rainforest over the past seven years. In 2008 Norway pledged to give Brazil […]

Buy a book and save a life

Buy a book and save a life

Some of the UK’s greatest novelists, publishers and distributors have joined forces with the charity Oxfam in a project that hopes to raise £1 million (€1.4 million) to help Syrian refugees. The campaign, Buy Books for Syria, was launched in […]

Berlin’s old airport becomes a giant park

Berlin’s old airport becomes a giant park

Tempelhof Airport in Berlin was one of Europe’s largest in the 1930s and ‘40s, but eventually it became out-dated. In 2008, it was finally closed, and received a beautiful make-over when it was converted into a multi-use public space and […]

Bionic contact lens

Bionic contact lens

A powerful new contact lens has been announced which allows wearers to enhance their sight enormously, going beyond the standard 20/20 vision and giving them three times better eyesight than before. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens has been invented by Dr […]

Town uses vinegar instead of chemical herbicides

Town uses vinegar instead of chemical herbicides

The town of Castellón has swapped the dangerous chemical herbicide glyphosate for vinegar in the fumigation of its squares and parks. This is the method that has been adopted in organic farming, and it makes use of concentrated acetic acid […]

Toys for tickets

Toys for tickets

It’s always heart-warming to hear of toy drives for children but one Vancouver parking company made a particularly nice gesture over the festive season, much to the delight of many locals. The Impark company gave residents with parking fines the […]

Salt water lamp

Salt water lamp

One of the most inexpensive and widely available kitchen foodstuffs can now be utilised as an alternative energy source. Aisa and Raphael Mijeno from the Philippines have developed a lamp that runs purely on saltwater – a truly incredible breakthrough […]

Solving iron deficiency

Solving iron deficiency

A metal ingot that can release 75% of the recommended daily amount of the iron is literally cooking up a storm in Cambodia. Despite often being mistaken for a doorstop or paperweight, the Lucky Iron Fish (LIF) is probably the […]

Morocco to become solar superpower

Morocco to become solar superpower

Morocco is set to appear on the global map as a superpower of solar energy with the first phase of an enormous mega-plant project. This hugely ambitious plan is called Noor 1, and it will turn parts of the Sahara […]