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. Bacteria glues plastic together posing even deadlier threat to sea life, scientists find – Glue-like substances secreted by bacteria are sticking tiny bits of plastic to form larger clusters that marine animals could mistake for food, according to scientists. They also state that the clumping could divert the natural flow of food from the ocean surface to the seafloor, leading to deep sea creatures being starved, The Independent reports

2. LA to phase out three gas-powered plants and replace them with clean energy – In a step towards moving the city away from fossil fuel dependence, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that LA will be phasing out natural gas operations at three coastal power plants in favour of renewable energy sources, CBS Los Angeles reports

3. Saffron, one of the world’s most precious spices is on the verge of disappearing – Due to ongoing regional violence, droughts, and the still-unfolding effects of climate change on the land, Kashmiri saffron has slowly begun to disappear, Eater investigates

4. UK schoolchildren protest over climate change – Pupils from around the UK went “on strike” on as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem, according to the BBC

5. New Brazil government backs former outlaw indigenous farmers Reuters reports that Brazil’s new right-wing government is backing an indigenous tribe – the Parecis in western Mato Grosso state – that was fined under the previous administration for commercial farming practices banned on tribal land, saying they are an example to be followed as it pushes to open reservations to agriculture.

6. Pioneering Black Scientist shares “Nobel Prize for the environment” – The 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement has been awarded to climate scientists Warren Washington of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, a press release from UCAR said. Warren Washington’s pioneering work on global climate models has influenced decades of research into climate change. Michael Mann has pioneered statistical techniques to reconstruct past global temperatures and demonstrate the unprecedented pattern of recent temperature increases.

7. Liberia’s eco-vigilantes score arresting success in struggle to end illegal fishing – For years, Liberia fought a losing battle against the foreign vessels plundering its coastline. Now a partnership between Sea Shepherd and the Liberian Ministry of National Defense, named Operation Sola Stella, is increasing fines and arrests, The Guardian investigates.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com 


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