Archive for 'December,2016'

World’s biggest indoor vertical farm

World’s biggest indoor vertical farm

AeroFarms aims to grow two million kilos of fresh food per year in its 8,000 square meter facility near New York City. Their all-season growth works with specialized LED lights and climate controls – all without the need for sunlight […]

Rare berries could possibly cure some cancers

Rare berries could possibly cure some cancers

The rare blushwood berry that grows only in the rainforests of Queensland, Australia, has been found to contain powerful cancer-fighting compounds. The active molecule is called EBC-46, and it is so potent that it can dissolve cancerous tumours within seven […]

San Antonio says no to more clubs

San Antonio says no to more clubs

The San Antonio municipality has begun a moratorium to stop the opening of new beach clubs or nightclubs in its municipality, saying that they “disrupt the daily life of the area’s residents who are unable to relax day or night”. […]

Co-housing in Ibiza

Co-housing in Ibiza

The co-housing concept was born in Denmark in the 1960’s, and it consists of a community of individuals who live in a residential complex with shared communal spaces and shared responsibilities. The formula combines private homes with a large number […]

Vegetarian Mondays in Barcelona

Vegetarian Mondays in Barcelona

The Catalan capital has become the first Spanish city to join the Meat Free Monday campaign – an initiative in which the menus of all government supported eateries will be free of meat and animal products. This will apply to […]

France to ban all plastic tableware

France to ban all plastic tableware

France has become the first country in the world to completely ban the sale of plastic plates, cups and cutlery in a revolutionary piece of legislation scheduled to take effect in 2020. This new French law will require disposable tableware […]

The ‘Toy Smuggler’ of Syria

The ‘Toy Smuggler’ of Syria

Miral Khalagi was only four years of age when rebels broke into her family’s home, murdered her father and kidnapped her mother. Six-year-old Miral now lives in a Syrian refugee camp… she scarcely talks and seldom grins… except when a […]

Obama expands marine protection area

Obama expands marine protection area

Good news for the whole planet comes from an announcement by President Obama that the conservation area surrounding the North Western Hawaiian Islands is about to be quadrupled from 260,000 km2 to a staggering 1,500,000 km2. This makes it the […]

The Great Food Collection 2016

The Great Food Collection 2016

The Gran Recapte (Great Food Collection) took place across Spain on November 25, 26 and 27, promoted by The Food Bank Federation. This extraordinary charitable campaign involved food banks from every province in Spain, and the participation of volunteers played […]

Treating Alzheimer’s with ultrasound

Treating Alzheimer’s with ultrasound

Researchers at Australia’s Queensland Brain Institute have developed an innovative new approach for the treatment of Alzheimer’s using non-invasive ultrasound technology. There are currently at least 50 million people worldwide who suffer from the serious form of dementia known as […]

Much less energy coming from coal in UK

Much less energy coming from coal in UK

The march away from fossil fuels and towards renewables seems to be more resolute than ever, as this year saw the amount of electricity generated by coal in the UK fall to zero multiple times. It’s thought that this is […]

Monsanto banned from patenting seeds in Argentina

Monsanto banned from patenting seeds in Argentina

A ruling of the Argentine Federal Court of Appeals has declared that multinational Monsanto will not be allowed to patent seeds in the country as they are not an invention of the company but of nature. This judicial decision dealt […]

Edible beer rings

Edible beer rings

A microbrewery in Florida, US, has come up with an inspirational solution for combating the problem of plastic waste that harms sea life. Their simple idea is to create these products using materials that are biodegradable and edible. Beer six-pack […]

Panama village built from plastic bottles

Panama village built from plastic bottles

A possible solution for utilizing the billions of recyclable plastic bottles that plague our planet has come from an inspiringly innovative eco-community of 120 homes that is being built in Panama. It is aptly named the ‘Plastic Bottle Village’ because […]

Healthcare decisions

Healthcare decisions

I recently read a book on treatment care for the elderly and the difficult decisions often needed to be made as people slowly become less able as they approach the end of their lives. This compelling read was big on […]