Flying sea taxis

By Michelle Robertson

An eco-friendly alternative to city travel has emerged in Paris where a new type of boat may become a pleasurable and beautiful part of the city’s transport network. The “Sea Bubble” flying water taxis are inspired by the aeronautical industry. They use a unique form of hydrofoil technology that combines the steering/navigational system of boats with design elements from aeronautic and automotive engineering. The result is an elegant craft that literally flies over the river. It is 100% electric with a lithium battery, and can potentially travel at the same speed as a car. People who want a ride [...]

Growth of renewable energy in Spain

By María V. R.

Renewable energy is obtained from the natural sources of sun, wind and water, which are inexhaustible and non-polluting. In the past Spain had not taken advantage of its abundant sunshine to fully promote clean solar energy, but that is now changing. In recent years the installation of solar panels has grown exponentially with some of the country’s largest companies adopting a more sustainable attitude toward energy production. Many factories have already achieved energy autonomy, which means they produce, manage and consume their own energy. One of the main reasons for this change is the high [...]

Bus stops become bee stops

By Jinny Throup

The Dutch city of Utrecht is taking inventive measures to help the environment and improve its air quality. Over 300 of the city’s bus stops now have flowering sedum plants on their roofs. These colourful plants help to capture fine dust, store rainwater and provide cooling in the summertime. Another welcome result is that these bus stops, which are outfitted with efficient led lights and bamboo benches, have also become favourite stops for the local bee population. Supporting honey bees is important in these times when they are threatened by overuse of pesticides. The green bus stops also contribute [...]

A “Pen” that rapidly detects cancer

By Jerry Brownstein

A team of scientists and engineers from the University of Texas (US) have developed a fast and accurate way to diagnose tumours during surgery using a pen-sized device. The MasSpec Pen was able to detect cancer of the breast, thyroid, lung, ovaries and brain with 96% accuracy in tests of over 250 tissue samples. Professor Livia Eberlin is the study’s designer, and she explains the procedure: “We developed a handheld device that can extract molecules from the tumour just by touching it. We then analyze these molecules using a high-performance mass spectrometer that gives a predictive diagnosis [...]

Man loses 230 kgs and runs a marathon

By Michelle Robertson

Showing the world that it’s never too late to take your life in a completely new direction, a man from Detroit (US) who was grossly overweight recently completed a full marathon after losing a staggering 230 kgs. Carlos Orosco, 43, took three years to achieve this goal, after being told by his doctor that his prospects for living much longer would be very bleak if he didn’t do something drastic. At that point Carlos was having to go to a clinic twice a week for wound care, because his obesity had caused his legs to swell so much. The skin had cracked and it refused to heal, plus he had painful [...]

Meditation instantly eases tension

By Jerry Brownstein

Just one session of meditation can lower your anxiety levels according to a study presented at the American Physiological Society. Professor John Durocher of Michigan Technological University (US) was the head researcher and he summed up the conclusions by saying: “Our results show a clear reduction in anxiety in the first hour after a meditation session, and that anxiety remained significantly lower even one week later.” All of the participants in the study had a history of high levels of anxiety. Their heart rate, blood pressure, aortic blood pressure and arterial stiffness were measured before [...]

A Spanish town promotes happiness

By María V. R.

The municipality of Oia in Galicia has created the first government council in Spain that is dedicated to promoting the happiness of its citizens. Its objective is to give emotional satisfaction to the population and support residents in their personal fulfillment. The mayor of Oia, Cristina Correa, explains that their programs will include cultural and leisure activities for people of all ages, from the youngest to the elderly. Cristina believes that happiness is an historical right that was recognized almost three centuries ago in the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. This is one of her [...]

Aldi switching to eco bags

By Michelle Robertson

The Aldi supermarket chain has been working to reduce the amount of plastic that is used in their stores. One example of this effort is the introduction of eco-friendly bags that are 100% biodegradable in all of their 139 stores in Ireland. This change eliminates 12.5 million single-use plastic bags per year, and it will eventually be implemented in all of Aldi’s stores. It is part of a new eco-friendly system that includes biodegradable loose produce bags, reusable shopping bags, and recyclable paper bags. The loose produce and shopping bags can be put into regular compost bins and are made from [...]

The Ibiza Spirit Festival

By Jerry Brownstein

To truly create a more beautiful world we need to ‘spread the love’ to as many people as possible. A great way to do this is through events that bring us together to explore and celebrate alternative ways of looking at the world. Here on Ibiza we are lucky to have many opportunities to participate in such activities, and the largest of these is the bi-annual IBIZA SPIRIT FESTIVAL which will next take place on Sunday 26 April. The beautiful agroturismo Atzaró will once again be the setting for this special day that inspires people to open their hearts and minds to new ways of thinking and being. [...]

Overhead electric power for trucks

By Michelle Robertson

An innovative ecological solution to charging electric vehicles while on the road, and reducing emissions dramatically, has been launched in Germany. It’s called the eHighway system, and trucks equipped with electric motors and batteries are currently testing the concept. Developed by Siemens and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, the system allows “big rig transit vehicles” to travel with the same amount of flexibility as electrical railways while dramatically reducing Co2 emissions. It works like this: The truck drives underneath a power line at speeds of up to [...]

New York bans Styrofoam

By Jerry Brownstein

Since 2019 most Styrofoam products have been banned from possession, sale, or use in New York City. This ban includes foam takeout containers, cups, plates, bowls, trays and ‘packing peanuts’ (the little things that they use to cushion packages). The prohibition is an effort to eliminate this ecologically damaging material that cannot be recycled and doesn’t biodegrade. New York joins other US cities that are working to eliminate foam products including San Francisco, Minneapolis, Oakland, Portland and Seattle.

Taiwan to ban plastic

By María V. R.

Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, and buying a soft drink are among the many activities that will change over the next decade in Taiwan as the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws and cups. It will be one of the farthest-reaching actions on plastic in the world, and it is another example of the momentum of the anti-plastic movement. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, which is like emptying a truck-load of plastic into the sea every minute. The majority of this pollution comes from rivers in Asia – particularly in China. [...]

New wildlife in a replanted forest

By Jinny Throup

After many years of hard work and dedication, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado and his wife Lelia, have succeeded in transforming a barren plot of land into a tropical paradise. Almost 30 years ago the couple inherited their family’s sprawling cattle ranch in Minas Gerais. They were dismayed to find that, what had once been a lush and lively rainforest was now almost bare of trees, and all of the wildlife had disappeared. Determined to restore the forest, they called their project the Instituto Terra, and began the slow but steady process of reviving this massive 750 hectare forest. [...]

Water activated street murals

By Michelle Robertson

No longer does the rainy season make the streets of Seoul, Korea look depressingly dreary. ‘Project Monsoon’ is transforming those grey days with spectacular bursts of colour. When the roads get wet they come alive with bright and colourful murals depicting an underwater world that is teeming with exotic sea life. The project was created in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (US). They use a specially designed hydrochromic paint that only becomes visible when wet. The streets are painted with exuberant designs that beautifully capture the natural beauty of the sea and [...]

220 million trees planted in one day!

By Jinny Throup

In a government campaign to tackle climate change and improve the environment, more than a million people in Lucknow, the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, worked together to plant 220 million trees in one day. Dozens of species of saplings, including 16 fruit species, were planted in over a million locations including 60,000 villages and 83,000 sites in forest ranges. The target number was 220 million saplings because that is one for each of the 220 million people living in Uttar Pradesh. They started at sunrise and their goal was achieved by 5:00 pm. This was the [...]

Woman chief stops child marriages

By María V. R.

Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi (Africa), was tired of seeing 12 year-old girls walking around with babies on their hips. She decided to take action on the matter by enforcing new procedures to prevent child marriage… and she is doing it with serious gusto. The first part of her plan was to make 50 of her sub-chiefs sign an agreement to end child weddings in their areas of authority. Despite initial resistance this was accomplished, and then she went even further by forcing the local leaders to annul many existing underage unions, and to send all of the [...]

March Horoscope

By Natasha

ARIES – You may find yourself thinking about the past and evaluating where you might be stuck. Try to give it some time. Your dreams may also become more vivid and give you some insight so you can leave the past where it belongs and start fresh. TAURUS – It’s a good time to evaluate your plans for the future. A connection with friends from the past may help you see how far you have come. One of these friends may trigger you to reinvent yourself and give you the push you needed in the right direction. GEMINI – Your career is [...]

Jazz Point Ibiza 2020

By Jerry Brownstein

Jazz Point Ibiza is putting our island on the international jazz map by bringing some of the biggest names in the business to perform here on March 6 and 7. The Ibiza Music Agency worked with Joel Chriss Productions and Hampton’s Jam Sessions (both of New York) to present these two very special nights of entertainment. Heart Ibiza will be the scene of the first night with an opening set at 21:00 h followed by the featured stars at 23:00 h. There will also be an open jam session with the masters, and then dance music by DJs until 4:30 h. On the following night the action switches [...]

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