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. Plantlife releases transformative new national road verge guidelines to increase flowers and pollinators – New national guidelines underline the huge benefits of road verges being cut less and later for wild flowers and the wildlife they underpin. The Plantlife guidelines endorsed by highways agencies, industry and wildlife organisations provide a roadmap to fundamentally transform how 313,500 miles of UK road verges are managed.

2. More Localities Drop Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day – More than 100 communities had already renamed the holiday, and this year others joined them, The New York Times reports.

3. A New Bill in the US Could Help Protect the Sacred Seeds of Indigenous People – Traditional seed varieties cultivated for generations have far fewer protections than modified or hybrid seeds. Six senators have introduced legislation to level the playing field, according to Common Dreams.

4. Land Rights, Nutrition and Resisting Climate ChangeSlow Food reports on the Indigenous Terra Madre Asia & Pan-Pacific iconference which saw delegates engaged in discussion and debate on the most pressing issues common to communities around the world: the threats posed by our rapidly changing climate and reduced access to land, and the importance of preserving biodiversity in order to ensure cultural continuity and adequate nutrition.

5. Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Bank of England governor Mark Carney – Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt, the governor of the Bank of England has warned. Mark Carney told The Guardian it was possible that the global transition needed to tackle the climate crisis could result in an abrupt financial collapse. He said the longer action to reverse emissions was delayed, the more the risk of collapse would grow.

6. Eco-friendly cafe owner: I put the environment before profitsBBC News meets the 28-year-old owner of the Honey Pot cafe in Penzance, Rachel Gunderson, who pledged when they opened she’d put the environment before profits. “It’s all very circular – my dad takes the compost away and he actually grows the flowers and the greenery that we use on the tables too,” she said.

7. Fridges made from twisty materials could be better for the environment – Twisting materials could power more efficient and environmentally friendly fridges. Ray Baughman at the University of Texas, Dallas, and his colleagues have developed a cooling method that results from materials being twisted and untwisted. “Twist fridges” would do away with the greenhouse gases that conventional refrigeration relies on. In principle, twist fridges could also be more efficient, The New Scientist writes.

Image Credit: Rachel Gunderson

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

 

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