Sustainable Investment – More Money into Renewable Than into Fossils Energy

In 2010 for the first time, at least since industrialisation, more money has been invested in renewables than in fossil energy generation on a global level. Despite the economic crisis, 187b US$ have been invested in clean energy production. Clearly, nobody can talk of a negligible industry anymore. It is also obvious that investors realise…

Mafia – An Italian City Stands Up

Mafia activity is still very significant in Italy, particularly in the South, where most businesses are forced to pay racket. Now in a combined effort, all the little shops and businesses of the town of Ercolano have decided to stand up to organised crime and stop paying the common “protecting fee” to the local Mafia….

Somalia – Women Play Basketball as a Symbol of New Freedom

There is really not much goodnews from Somalia; therefore this story is all the more welcomed. As soon as the al-Shabaab militia has left Mogadishu, the national women Basketball team has come together and prepares for the upcoming Arab games in Qatar. During five training sessions as week, the young women switch their Burkas against…

Rwanda – Keep the Forests Growing

On the occasion of the UN year of forest, Rwanda was awarded Gold for the best forest conservation blueprint by the World Future Council based on recommendations of various NGO’s and other involved actors. Since 1990 forest cover has increased 37% with beneficial consequences such as reduced erosion, better water supply and better overall local…

Bahrain – King Accepts Critical Human Rights Report

While the Arab spring is increasingly changing from peaceful protests to violent uprising in Egypt and even civil war in Syria, Bahrain’s king seems to be intending to follow another way of dealing with its protesting countrymen. For starters, he approved a remarkably critical report on his government’s crackdown against protesters on pearl square. The…

Irrigation – Water Goes Back to the Roots

Climate change not only means more extreme weather conditions but also changing rain patterns. Formerly dry areas will get more rain, others will get substantially less – both may struggle to adjust because populations and cultural habits don’t change as quickly. Since water will become an important issue in many densely populated areas, new irrigation…