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. Ocean Tunnel Pop-Up Art Installation on view in San Diego A unique, interactive art installation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has opened to the public. The exhibit is the vision of Madeleine Hamann, a physical oceanography PhD student, who was inspired to use an immersive art experience as a way to educate people on the change occurring in the oceans. The Ocean Tunnel showcases how the oceans have changed over the past hundred years and how they might look in the future. 

2. Why CDs and Vinyl are more eco-friendly than streaming – Launched a decade ago, the annual event International Record Store Day is an industry drive to boost ailing independent record stores in an age when most people stream music online. Newsweek examines how CDs and Vinyl are more eco-friendly than streaming since storing and processing music in the cloud depends on vast data centres that use a tremendous amount of resources and energy.

3. Lost river returns to Somerset 70 years after it dried up – A lost river has returned to the Somerset countryside for the first time in 70 years, and with it a new habitat for several species of rare and threatened wildlife, The Guardian reports. The unnamed tributary of the River Chew has now been redirected as part of a restoration project by Bristol Water with Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (Bart) and other partners. The river’s revival has included dramatic re-engineering of reservoir overflows, redirecting water along its former path.

4. Ethical beauty brand Lush turns its back on social media – Lush UK has announced it is switching off its social media channels, Cosmetics Business said. In a statement to its Instagram followers, Lush UK said: “We are tired of fighting with algorithms, as we do not want to pay to appear in your newsfeed. So we’ve decided it’s time to bid farewell to some of our social channels and open up the conversation between you and us instead.” As a solution, the brand is encouraging customers to interact one-to-one through its #LushCommunity, which can be accessed online or by phone.

5. New Zealand-based Ethique has launched online in Britain and hopes consumers will swap the bottle for the bar and go plastic-free and palm-oil free – Isle of Man-based Manx Radio interviews Ethique’s founder Brianne West, who herself was born in Isle of Man, and asks her about her plastic-free mission and her endeavours to bring sustainable practice in the cosmetics industry.

6. Town-wide reusable cup scheme launched in Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Cup initiative, which aims to “cut unnecessary waste”, has launched from nine independent cafes across the Shropshire town. Customers pay £1 to have their hot drink in a thermoplastic foam cup and return it to get their deposit back. More than 1,000 reusable cups have been used in the project’s first week, co-founder Alison Thomas told the BBC.

7. Wealth from waste – three ways pollution can be turned into something useful – Researchers have now demonstrated several ways that useful products can be obtained from waste in industry and agriculture while also remediating contaminated soil, water and air, Maria Sotenko, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University, writes in an article for The Conversation.

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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