Archive for 'January,2016'

Gambia bans female genital mutilation

Gambia bans female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM), or genital cutting, is a procedure practiced for cultural and/or religious reasons in some Muslim countries. The female genital organs are mutilated by cutting off the clitoris, and in some cases, the inner and outer lips […]

The first bioclimatic neighbourhood is launched in Argentina

The first bioclimatic neighbourhood is launched in Argentina

Since this autumn, Argentina has its first bioclimatic neighbourhood, in the provice of San Luis, that is made up of 33 homes equipped with the latest environmentally friendly technology. The houses have been built taking into account the surroundings and […]

Pope Francis apologises to indigenous people of America

Pope Francis apologises to indigenous people of America

During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Bolivia he met with the country’s first indigenous president Evo Morales. He not only sat and chewed coca leaf with the president, but at a convention centred around indigenous empowerment, he extended his deep […]

A win for the whales

A win for the whales

In the on going conflict between the US Navy and the whale and dolphin populations of US controlled waters, the much-loved mammals have secured a significant legal victory. The credit goes to Earthjustice, a US based charity comprised of lawyers […]

Towards a more sustainable Ibiza


Towards a more sustainable Ibiza


In the Balearics Islands only 3% of our energy comes from alternative and sustainable sources. The Ibiza Council wants to change this, and is now promoting the progressive expansion of renewable energies in our area. The first step will take […]

Massive marine sanctuary in the Pacific Ocean

Massive marine sanctuary in the Pacific Ocean

The state of Palau, a tiny archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean consisting of some 250 islands, has recently created one of the largest marine reserves in the world. It covers an immense surface area of 500,000 square kilometres – […]

Finland proposes a basic income for all citizens

Finland proposes a basic income for all citizens

The Finnish government has put forth a proposal that would give all of its citizens a monthly salary – no matter what their work situation. The exact amount is not yet known, but estimates say it would be between 300 […]

US parks ban sale of plastic water bottles

US parks ban sale of plastic water bottles

When Jonathan Jarvis became the director of the US National Park Service he decided that the environmental impact of disposable plastic bottles was not consistent with the parks’ raison d’etre – to protect and preserve the beauty of nature. So […]

The eco-friendly edible water bottle

The eco-friendly edible water bottle

Plastic water bottles represent a serious environmental problem as they take hundreds of years to decompose, and are accumulating year after year in landfill sites throughout the world. It has become a pressing challenge to find an eco-friendly solution that […]

Amazing underwater farms

Amazing underwater farms

Who would have thought that a farm under the sea would provide ideal conditions for crops to grow: predictable temperatures, no garden pests and stable weather conditions. A new project called ‘Nemo’s Garden’ is trying to prove that underwater farms […]

A new label for durable products in Spain

A new label for durable products in Spain

It is a sad fact that a lot of the products we purchase here in the West have been intentionally engineered by their manufacturers to shorten their life cycle. This is the case for many household appliances, computers, coffee makers, […]

Massive meditation for peace

Massive meditation for peace

During 2015 the largest meditation gathering in the world took place in Thailand at the Shammakaya Phra temple. An estimated one million children from over 5,000 schools came together to meditate for world peace. This was organized by the non-profit […]

More and better water for Ibiza in 2016

More and better water for Ibiza in 2016

Ibiza’s water supply has been decreasing for many years, which has led not only to scarcity, but to very poor water quality on the island. The depleted underground water reserves (aquifers) have caused the water to be too mineralized and […]

The ultimate eco-friendly house to be built on Ibiza

The ultimate eco-friendly house to be built on Ibiza

The Ibiza-based company Terravita is building a unique house here on the island that will feature cutting-edge energy efficiency. This 210 m2 family home is called a ‘passive house’ because it will be powered entirely by renewable energies – mainly […]

Historic agreement at Global Warming Summit

Historic agreement at Global Warming Summit

After years of preparation, and two weeks of furious negotiations, the Global Warming Summit in Paris finally produced an agreement that has been hailed as “historic, durable and ambitious”. On 12 December 2015, the representatives of all 196 countries pledged […]