Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week:
1. Coronavirus comes to rescue of Sierra Leone’s plundered rosewood – A crash in demand for rosewood in China due to the coronavirus outbreak has led to an abrupt halt in illegal logging in this lush pocket of northern Sierra Leone, according to Reuters. Chinese demand for rosewood, which serves a growing domestic furniture market, has fueled illegal logging across West Africa, including in southern Senegal, where thick forests have depleted fast in recent years despite a ban.
2. ‘Circular economy’: the tannery making leather from billy goats – A growing micro-tannery sector in the UK is helping to create value for thousands of male goats that would otherwise be killed at birth, The Guardian writes.
3. Coronavirus: Fashion to be worst-hit retail sector – Figures from GlobalData suggest clothing and footwear will be the retail sector worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, and preliminary forecasts show an expected £11.1bn decline in sales for the year, Drapers reports.
4. House sparrows flocking back to British gardens, survey shows – The decline of the house sparrow in British gardens appears to be reversing, according to the latest RSPB national garden survey. As well as a rise in house sparrows, the milder winter also brought long-tailed tits, wrens and coal tits to British gardens in huge numbers this year, The Guardian reports.
5. Colombia’s indigenous peoples fend off COVID-19 using time-tested traditions – In the heart of the Colombian Amazon and barricaded to restrict entry to their reservations, the country’s many indigenous peoples are seeking refuge to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and drawing on ancestral knowledge to confront the pandemic, EFE reports. Colombia’s indigenous communities, representing 4.4% of the population, have established a national prevention strategy that includes, among many measures, the blocking of roads to their territories, allowing only entry of vehicles that transport food and essential necessities for subsistence.
6. David Attenborough says coronavirus is short-term problem, climate change isn’t – Sir David Attenborough today warns the world not to let coronavirus deflect it from another global battle – with climate change. He told the Sunday Mirror: “There’s always been plagues. There are diseases. That is part of the natural world and tightly packed as we are and travel as we do, it is hardly surprising it spreads. We have a short-term problem with coronavirus so we quarantine and do this or that. The consequence is, nobody takes any action on the climate at all if we are not careful. The environmental crisis is coming to a very critical point where politicians need convincing by the electorate that the electorate are serious.”
7. Victoria Falls stages epic recovery – One of nature’s greatest sights is looking healthy once again, according to The South African. After a testing summer period, Victoria Falls is now inundated with torrents of water. The Zambezi River Authority said: “The flows are now 54% above the recorded long-term average flow of 2,522 m3/s for this station.”
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