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. Rare Andean bears flock to cloud forest to feast on wild avocados – The real-life Paddington bears were in decline across South America, but records suggest their numbers are growing in Ecuador, The Guardian reports.

2. Remote working: Why it’s a positive change – Digital agency, Elementary Digital, introduced remote working in 2014. Gyles Seward, co-owner of Elementary Digital, discusses the benefits of remote working in The Drum.

3. Malawi’s farmers grow crops with ‘magic liquid’ fertiliser from human urine – ‘Bionitrate’ made from urine is starting to help yields for farmers in Malawi who face high costs fertilising maize and other crops amid shifting weather patterns, Climate Home News writes.

4. Scientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic – A bacterium that feeds on toxic plastic has been discovered by scientists. The bug not only breaks the plastic down but uses it as food to power the process, according to The Guardian.

5. What to plant in a warming worldThe Climate Reality Project has put together a few key tips on how you can adapt your landscape using plants better-suited for climate impacts.

6. Seven Healing Herbs and Spices to Boost the Immune SystemOne Green Planet‘s guide to seven herbs and spices, all of which can help the body combat viruses, inflammation, and infections.

7. In Kenya, the indigenous music of Afro Simba promotes environmental stewardship and peace – Afro Simba is a 10-year old band that explores the music of 9 indigenous coastal communities of Kenya, collectively called the Mijikenda. Now based in the capital Nairobi, the group’s Kombo Chokwe Burns spoke with Mongabay about their music that accentuates environmental stewardship and peace.

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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