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. Coronavirus: Llamas deliver shopping to those in self-isolation – Those opening their front door to get their shopping delivered in Pembrokeshire might be in for a surprise. Instead of a delivery driver, elderly residents are having their groceries delivered to their doorsteps by llamas, BBC News reports.

2. How NASA satellites help scientists understand climate changeYale Climate Connections speaks to Jack Kaye is associate director for research in NASA’s Earth Science Division.

3. Seed by seed, a women’s collective helps reforest Brazil’s Xingu River Basin – For more than 10 years, the 65 members of the Yarang Women’s Movement have steadfastly and meticulously combed the dense forest surrounding their villages for native seeds. Across all of the groups, the Xingu Seed Network as a whole has collected more than 220 tons of seeds from 220 native species, resulting in the replanting of nearly 6,000 hectares (14,800 acres), Mongabay writes.

4. Transport for London reveal plans to transform central parts of London into ‘car free zones’ – The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced plans to transform central parts of the capital into one of the largest car free zones in the world. Transport for London say these measures are necessary to enable safe social distancing on public transport as lockdown restriction are eased. They said it will also help to encourage more people to cycle and walk – improving the city’s air quality, ITV News says.

5. These countries are leading the transition to sustainable energy – The Energy Transition Index 2020 analyses the energy sectors of 115 countries, with Sweden topping the global rankings as the country most prepared to transition to clean energy, World Economic Forum writes.

6. Aboriginal art has ‘bin’ taking the world by storm – Two Aboriginal women have notched up more than 80,000 likes between them on their ‘bin artworks,’ in an effort to bring a little light and culture during times of isolation, SBS reports.

7. Game-changers and change-makers: 25 ideas for a greener futureNational Geographic looks at 25 ideas – from the innocuous to the ambitious – that may help power the next 50 years of change.

Image Credit: BBC News

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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