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. Milan is embarking on a bold plan to plant 3 million trees – Soon, there will be more trees than people in the city of Milan. Mayor Giuseppe “Beppe” Sala has embarked on an ambitious plan to plant 3 million trees in the Italian city—population 1.3 million—better known for industry than natural wonders, Fast Company reports.

2. Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisisThe Guardian writes, planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.

3. PepsiCo to sell water in aluminium cans – PepsiCo has announced sweeping changes to how it will package its water as part of plans to eliminate thousands of tons of virgin plastic. The company behind the popular Pepsi soft drink and a host of other beverages said that it is testing selling its Aquafina water in aluminum cans at restaurants and other food service outlets before moving to selling the cans in supermarkets and grocery stores, Newsweek reports.

4. Indigenous communities take legal action over Ecuador’s largest mine – Local people seek justice through the courts over forced evictions and lack of consultation at Mirador copper mine, according to Diálogo Chino

5. Large expansion to ‘blue belt’ of UK’s protected marine areas – An area nearly twice the size of England will become a “blue belt” of protected waters after the government created 41 new marine conservation zones, The Guardian writes.

6. ‘Plastic-eating’ bacteria found in Zambales, Philippines – Microorganisms capable of “eating” plastic have been discovered in a hyperalkaline spring in Zambales, paving the way for research on new approaches to dealing with the country’s growing plastic problem. Researchers from the biology department of the University of the Philippines-Baguio have discovered four strains of bacteria that are capable of biodegrading low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is commonly used for plastic bags, cling wrap, shampoo bottles and other containers, The Phil Star reports.

7. Meet the Farmers Reclaiming Puerto Rico’s Agricultural History – Residents in a rural Puerto Rican community are reviving a historic botanical garden to serve as an example of local and sustainable farming, according to Civil Eats.

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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