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. With tourism on furlough, Hawaii’s whales are enjoying some needed rest from constant scrutiny – Citizen volunteers have been providing some wildlife conservation groups with anecdotal glimpses of other native marine animals catching a breather from tourists’ hot pursuit, Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.

2. When and how might travel rebound? – Governments, health experts and tourism providers will metaphorically install “dimmers” to gradually increase lifestyles and travel to normal levels, according to Lonely Planet, which looks at what travel reopening may look like.

3. Climate advisers point Britain towards path to green recovery – Britain should use its economic stimulus measures to speed a shift away from fossil fuels, including by helping people work remotely and make their homes greener in a post-pandemic world, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Reuters reports.

4. Free milk and potatoes in the US to avoid waste – In Washington State and Boston, two initiatives are helping prevent potatoes from being thrown out and milk from being poured down the drain, according to Reuters US.

5. ‘Green Oscars’ award conservation heroes with £60K for saving endangered animals – This year’s winners of an award supporting wildlife conservation, dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’, have been announced. The Whitely Award chooses winners who lead grassroots conservation work in countries across the Global South. The organisation behind it, the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), provides funding and training for people protecting the biodiversity of the planet in countries where natural wealth is abundant, but resources are poor, according to EuroNews.

6. Patagonia and Columbia link up against Trump – Outdoor clothing companies Patagonia and Columbia Sportwear have joined forces in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s effort to roll back former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The two brands filed an amicus ‘friend of the court’ brief in which it says the climate crisis threatens the world’s wild places which both companies produced outdoor apparel, footwear, and equipment to help people enjoy, EcoTextile News writes.

7. Palm oil demand may have bottomed out, Malaysian Palm Oil Council say – Global demand for palm oil may have bottomed out after being hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reports. The slump in demand has led to rising inventories, pressuring Malaysia benchmark crude palm oil futures to plunge about 37% since January to trade at 1,975 ringgit ($458.98) per tonne, its lowest in more than nine months.

Image Credit: Whitely Award Winners/EuroNews

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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