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. How giving cash to poor families may also save trees in Indonesia – A poverty reduction programme is associated with a 30 percent drop in deforestation, Science News reports.

2. Cambodia will require a US$3000 coronavirus deposit from travellers – Cambodia requires visitors to pay a $3000 (£2400) deposit by cash or credit card for “COVID-19 service charges” at the airport upon arrival, and have $50,000 (£40,000) of travel insurance cover. To date, Cambodia has recorded just 128 confirmed cases of the virus and zero deaths, and by imposing such stringent conditions on travellers entering the country, it is clear that it intends to keep the virus out going forward, according to Lonely Planet.

3. Pollution: Using nature to keep the Faughan waters clean – A dairy farmer in Northern Ireland is working with conservationists on an innovative approach to prevent pollution of a protected river, the BBC reports. Working with the Woodland Trust and the Loughs Agency, third generation farmer John Doherty has redirected his land’s drainage system so that it flows into a newly-planted four-acre wood by the side of the river. A pond acts as containment for any potential pollution spill, while the trees also filter out nutrients and silt from farm run-off which might otherwise reach the River Faughan.

4. Farfetch’s new fashion footprint tool reveals impact of materials on the environment – The online luxury fashion retail platform has launched a sustainability calculator, which aims to help buyers to better understand the impact on the environment of the materials they are buying, International Leather Maker writes.

5. Wendell and Mariann: Sheltering-in-place is a way of life for couple who chose isolation decades ago – Meet the masters of social distancing. The Hardys live completely off-grid in the wildest reaches of the American West. As most people struggle with avoiding others, they’re determined to maintain a remote life together to the very end, Reuters investigates.

6. Map of world’s uncharted ocean beds takes shape despite crisis – Plans to map the entire ocean floor by 2030 are going ahead despite the challenges of the coronavirus crisis, officials leading the project said, with almost a fifth covered so far, according to Reuters.

7. Under-threat jaguar population believed to have doubled in South American forest – Jaguar numbers may have doubled in 15 years in the south-western part of South America’s Atlantic Forest, monitoring by conservationists has found, The Independent reports.

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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