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. China has closed its Everest base camp to tourists because of a buildup of trash on the world’s tallest mountain – Mount Everest base camp and the area just beyond it is closed to tourists for the foreseeable future, with authorities blaming a growing waste and garbage problem on the mountain, ABC reports.

2. Mexican activist murdered after campaigning against new gas pipeline – Community radio producer Samir ​Flores Soberanes, an activist fighting against plans to build a gas pipeline through a town in Mexico, was shot dead three days before a public vote on the project was due to take place, according to The Independent.

3. Is Instagram to blame for overtourism? That’s the big question Wayfairer Travel have been debating in light of fresh news every day detailing the ruination of places of natural beauty or historic cities by an overwhelming surge in tourists, whom often arrive with a smartphone in hand, ready to take that perfect Insta-capture.

4. For every $1 restaurants invest in cutting food waste, they save $7 – A new study suggests that it’s good for business – not just the environment – for restaurants to tackle the problem of food waste, Fast Company writes.

5. Stylists encouraging sustainable fashion for Oscar night – A pop-up store, Armarium, opened in Los Angeles ahead of the Oscars to give people the option to rent luxury gowns, in a bid to highlight sustainable fashion and methods, ABC says.

6. Kew’s tree library leads hi-tech war on illegal logging – Scientists at Kew Gardens are leading the fight against the illegal logging industry by helping to create wood DNA tests. They are building a DNA database of trees that could help authorities determine if wood being sold on the market was taken from protected areas, according to the Evening Standard.

7.Naturalists concerned for early-emerging spring species in UK – A cold, wet March could prove problematic for animals now out of hibernation following a warm February, The Guardian warns.

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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