Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week:

1. The Congo Basin rainforest could disappear by 2100 – The world’s second largest rainforest, in Central Africa’s Congo Basin, is disappearing at alarming rates due to severe deforestation. The underlying reasons are to be found in widespread poverty in the region, Lifegate reports.

2. Biodiverse remains of Germany’s Hambach Forest threatened by energy giant RWE – Hambach Forest once spanned 5,500 of pure nature. But over the last 40 years, 90% of this 12,000-year-old forest has been cut down for coal mining. Rich in biodiversity, the sliver of forestland left is still home to 142 types of birds and 13 protected species. Occupations and protests at Hambach Forest in Germany are a global flashpoint for the climate movement, says Global Justice Now.

3. Allotments and gardens can help curb the decline of city bees, according to research published in the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal – Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, The Guardian reports.

4. Hawaii Wildlife Fund collects over 250 tonnes of Marine Debris – The nonprofit, HWF, recently celebrated collecting 250 tonnes of marine debris on the Big Island since 2003 — equivalent to more than 515,000 pounds. Over 43,000 volunteer hours were dedicated to beach cleanups and debris removal in the past decade, West Hawaii Today highlights.

5. Singer Kate Nash condemns plastic pollution in new track Trash – The English singer-songwriter and actress says she was inspired to write the song after being asked to take part in an art exhibition using single use plastics, according to NME.

6. Climate change has started taking cities away, much sooner and more dramatically than expected –  Curbed argues that the decision about where one wants to live in a city is no longer key, but is rather a question of: “how much longer will we be able to live there?”.

7. Belgium students skip school to demand action on climate change – About 12,500 young people took part in a protest in Brussels. They have vowed to return to demonstrate every week until world leaders take notice, the BBC reports.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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