Archive for 'March,2017'

Thousands march in Barcelona to support taking in refugees

Thousands march in Barcelona to support taking in refugees

About 160,000 people marched through the streets of Barcelona on Saturday 18 February, in protest of the Spanish government’s failure to meet its pledge to take in thousands of refugees. Ada Colau, the mayor of Spain’s second largest city, had […]

China bans all ivory trade

China bans all ivory trade

2017 will be a momentous year for the preservation of elephants as China has announced a ban on all Ivory trade and processing activities by the end of this year. This significant decision follows a declaration made at the Convention […]

Urban gardens encouraged in Paris

Urban gardens encouraged in Paris

The Paris City Hall is once again blazing a trail of environmental awareness as a new proposal allows Parisians to plant urban gardens wherever and however they wish within the city limits. Mayor Anne Hidalgo declared that residents are encouraged […]

The first cannabis inhaler

The first cannabis inhaler

The world’s first cannabis inhaler is the latest in a range of cool gadgets that are making the use of medicinal cannabis cleaner and more accessible. The device is called Vapen Clear, and it is designed so that each spray […]

The Balearic Islands as winter destinations

The Balearic Islands as winter destinations

The Balearic Island Government has decided to cease promoting the islands to summer tourists and to emphasize advertising them as destinations for the winter season. To this end, a winter program is being planned which will be presented abroad and […]

Heavy rains have restored Ibiza’s water supply

Heavy rains have restored Ibiza’s water supply

Having enough fresh water has always been an issue here on Ibiza, but in recent years the situation has reached a tipping point. Our main sources of fresh water are underground lakes known as aquifers, which are supplied by rainwater […]

Promising new cancer therapy

Promising new cancer therapy

Over the past few years treatments which harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer (immunotherapies) have gathered much attention. The currently available treatments are powerful but blunt weapons, which often result in serious side effects. What is […]

Basic Income to be tried in Finland

Basic Income to be tried in Finland

Finland is about to launch an experiment in which some citizens who are already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of €560. This pilot study will run for two years, and it aims to assess […]

Yoga and meditation in school instead of punishment

Yoga and meditation in school instead of punishment

A public school in Baltimore, US, has been substituting the practice of yoga and meditation in place of punishment by detention for the last two years. The school’s principle says that this amazing initiative has had ground-breaking results amongst students […]

Bhutan leads in conservation and wellbeing

Bhutan leads in conservation and wellbeing

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas has sought a new path to development with a dual focus on ambitious conservation and human wellbeing. Over 30 years ago they stopped using the economic measure of success – gross domestic […]

Sweden to be 100% renewable

Sweden to be 100% renewable

Sweden is setting out to become fossil-free and running completely on renewable energy by 2040. With 57% of its resources in the last year coming from hydropower, wind and other natural sources, the country is well on target to meeting […]

Morocco leads the way in African renewable energy

Morocco leads the way in African renewable energy

Giant infrastructure projects in Morocco, along with a host of progressive changes, are making the country Africa’s leader in renewable energy. Morocco had already started initiatives to ban the use of plastic bags, swap old public transport for a new […]

Gut bacteria influence your moods

Gut bacteria influence your moods

Scientists from the Universities of Zaragoza and Exeter (UK) worked together on research which shows that our moods are influenced by the nature of the bacteria in our intestines. They found that the composition of your intestinal flora affects serotonin […]

Vegan community in Portugal

Vegan community in Portugal

A vegan community aiming to be 100% self-sufficient by generating their own food, electricity and heat is gathering momentum in Portugal. The project called ‘Vegoa’ hopes to spark a revolution of building “communities where people help each other, where creativity […]

Tesla’s solar roof tiles

Tesla’s solar roof tiles

One of the drawbacks of installing solar panels on the roof of your house is that they are not very aesthetically pleasing to look at… but that problem may soon be a thing of the past. Elon Musk and his […]

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Cleanliness and sterility are of paramount importance in the delivery of dental treatment. So that viruses or bacteria are not transmitted between patients, there is a protocol that is followed between each patient. The instruments used are inspected and hand […]