Archive for 'January,2017'

Rooms for refugees

Rooms for refugees

The flat and house-share website, ‘Flüchtlinge Willkommen’ (‘Refugees Welcome’) has helped so many hundreds of refugees find a room since its inception in 2014, that it has been dubbed ‘the airbnb for refugees’. The organisation was created in Berlin in […]

Live music for Can Misses patients

Live music for Can Misses patients

Studies have proven that music has a very positive impact on the health of people admitted to hospital. Based on this knowledge, the Patient Safety Unit from Healthcare Area of Ibiza and Formentera, has developed a project called ‘Plantagrama’. This […]

Skywalk in China

Skywalk in China

It’s not an attraction for the fainthearted but it’s definitely one of the most outstanding views on Earth. That’s why the new glass walkway which was recently opened along the side of Tianmen Mountain in China is definitely one place […]

Hospital uses organic food as ‘medicine’

Hospital uses organic food as ‘medicine’

A forward-thinking doctor and the director of a local organic food co-op in Austin, Texas, are together transforming healthcare by prescribing fresh, organic, plant-based produce as medicine for a wide range of common diseases. Kristina Carillo-Bucaram, whose company, Rawfully Organic […]

CEO shares the wealth with his employees

CEO shares the wealth with his employees

Chobani is the biggest brand of Greek yogurt in the US, and its owner has recently used that success to redefine corporate generosity. In a surprise move, Hamdi Ulukaya has made all of his more than 2,000 employees part owners […]

Renewable energy surging in Europe

Renewable energy surging in Europe

Portugal is one of the leaders in European renewable energy, and this was in evidence when they recently went four days powered completely by solar, wind and hydro power. In this extraordinary 107 hour run the entire country had zero […]

Norway a leader in saving the world’s rainforests

Norway a leader in saving the world’s rainforests

Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation. The Norwegian parliament has pledged that the government’s purchasing and investment policies will completely ensure that the state does “not contribute to deforestation of the rainforests […]

An ‘edible’ and ecological city in Germany

An ‘edible’ and ecological city in Germany

Residents of Andernach, a town of around 30,000 inhabitants in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, have access to organic fruits and vegetables on their doorstep… and totally free of charge! Included are tomatoes, grapes, pumpkins, apples, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, aromatic […]

The Bionic Eye

The Bionic Eye

Total blindness may become a thing of the past thanks to a major scientific breakthrough that is being called ‘the bionic eye’. The key to this revolutionary system is the process of ‘optogenetics’ which bypasses the normal way that the […]

More protection for marine mammals in the Mediterranean

More protection for marine mammals in the Mediterranean

The Government of Catalonia has asked the European Commission to support the creation of an area in the Western Mediterranean to protect marine mammals along the Catalan, Balearic and Valencian coastlines. It has also asked the Spanish Government to ban, […]

Ibiza Volunteers Association

Ibiza Volunteers Association

There are a growing number of people on Ibiza and Formentera who dedicate part of their time to volunteer work that brings a valuable contribution to campaigns and charitable initiatives on the islands. This increase in volunteer numbers has been […]

Muslims build a church for Christian neighbours

Muslims build a church for Christian neighbours

Muslim villagers in Pakistan are donating what they can afford towards the building of a new chapel for the Christian community of their village. The previous place of worship for the Christians was swept away by the monsoon rains. “I […]

Ecuador creates a marine sanctuary for sharks

Ecuador creates a marine sanctuary for sharks

The Government of Ecuador has created a marine sanctuary for sharks spanning an area of 38,000 square kilometres in the Pacific Ocean just north of the Galapagos Islands. This reserve, which is the size of Belgium, will host the largest […]

New help to end child labour

New help to end child labour

A new label has been created by the NGO ‘Child Labor Free’ to indicate all textiles that are made and packaged without the use of child la- bour. The New Zealand born foundation aims to introduce a labelling system for […]

Music speeds brain development in children

Music speeds brain development in children

An ongoing five year study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California (US), has shown that music speeds important areas of brain development in young children. The project was created to study the impact of exposure to music […]

A truly eco-friendly house in Ibiza

A truly eco-friendly house in Ibiza

One of the world’s most energy efficient houses has recently been constructed right here on Ibiza. It is located in the San Lorenzo area, and has been awarded the coveted Premium Passivhaus energy certificate. This exclusive designation is only given […]

A source of helpful information for renters

A source of helpful information for renters

Many questions and doubts can arise when considering whether or not to rent a property. Some of the issues that you want information about before signing include: neighbour problems, the cost of heating, the relationship with the landlord, the response […]

Treasures in the trash

Treasures in the trash

Retired New York City sanitation worker Nelson Molina has created a unique art exhibition made from pieces of discarded ‘trash,’ that he has collected during his 35 years of employment with the city. The collection, entitled Treasure in the Trash, […]

The world’s longest rail tunnel in Switzerland

The world’s longest rail tunnel in Switzerland

The world’s longest rail tunnel running for 57 km under the Swiss Alps is officially opened and has recently gone into full service. The Gotthard tunnel was designed to create a more direct route that will cut one hour from […]