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 fight to ban toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos, continues – For half a century, staple food crops in the United States — such as corn, wheat, apples and citrus — have been sprayed with chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide that can damage the developing brains of children, causing reduced IQ, loss of working memory, and attention deficit disorders. Earthjustice is going to court again to ban the toxic pesticide.

2. Subscribing to fashion libraries saves money and cuts out waste – Fashion libraries allow users to check out clothes, wear them for a set period, then return them to the library (where dry-cleaning is usually taken care of) in exchange for something new, The Observer reports.

3. Quarter of world’s deaths due to environmental damage Herald Live reports that a quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage. The findings come from a landmark report by the United Nations which warns deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a worldwide epidemic that hampers the global economy.

4. Children are shaming parents for bad recycling habits, survey claims – A poll by Midcounties Co-operative found that out of 2,000 parents of children aged five to 18, one in six believed their kids knew more about what can be recycled than they do, The Independent reports.

5. “Boycotting palm oil won’t end deforestation. But stricter new standards offer hope,” says Dan Strechay of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – Rather than boycotting palm oil, solutions should be focused on improved planning and management of oil palm plantations, working together across sectors to improve the value chain and ensure sustainability commitments are honoured, Dan Strechay writes in a post for Ethical Corporation.

6. Irish Consumers Willing To Pay More For Sustainable Products And Packaging – A new report from financial services group, PwC Ireland, has found that Irish consumers care about sustainability and are willing to pay for it. 41% of Irish consumers are prepared to pay a premium for sustainable products and 52% avoid the use of plastic when they can, compared to 41% globally, Checkout reports.

7. Budweiser to cut emissions with “sustainable” rice – The Budweiser brewer, Anheuser-Busch, has signed a deal with Indigo Agriculture to focus on sustainable rice production which is hoped will drive down greenhouse gas emissions in the production of beer, according to the Environment Journal.

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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