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. Eskilstuna: how a Swedish town became the world capital of recycling – Since 2012,  Eskilstuna has implemented a spate of green initiatives, vying to make it the most environmentally friendly city in Sweden – and perhaps the world, The Guardian reports.

2. Sustainable packaging an expectation and not a trend – New measures on packaging, waste and plastic will contribute to Europe’s transition towards reaching the EU’s climate commitments and sustainable development goals, the FT writes.

3. Ethiopia PM launches 4 billion tree planting project, starting in Oromia – According to Africa News, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has kicked off what is a mission to plant four billion trees across the country – Africa’s second most populous nation. The initiative which is under the banner of the National Green Development program is set to get started during the rainy season.

4. Six ways to be a more sustainable traveller – Country Living looks at how you can offset your carbon footprint while exploring the world.

5. Divers in Florida break world record with biggest ocean clean-up – A team of 633 people picked up litter from the seabed near the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, Florida – breaking the the Guinness World Record for the largest underwater cleanup, according to the Evening Standard.

6. Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain – For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. The milestone has been passed for the first five months of 2019. National Grid says clean energy has nudged ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas, the BBC reports.

7. Smallholders are key to building sustainable palm oil supply chainsSPOTT discusses how in order to help make sustainable palm oil the norm, it is crucial that smallholders are incorporated into company sourcing strategies and have access to sufficient technical and financial support to produce palm oil sustainably.

Image Credit: Dixie Divers

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com


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