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. Whisky by-product could help power electric cars – Waste material from whisky distilling in Caithness looks set to be used for generating power for the charging of electric vehicles, BBC News reports.

2. The White Cliffs of Dover sees wildlife flourish thanks – Farmland on the White Cliffs of Dover is now awash with wildflowers, butterflies and endangered birds, as a result of a fundraising appeal led by the National Trust and Dame Vera Lynn. which reached its target in three weeks, according to Kent Online. The world-famous Cliffs are providing a haven for wildlife, including the nation’s songbird, the skylark, following efforts to restore the land to its natural grassland state.

3. The women behind the comeback: How one of Africa’s national parks is thriving after war – In the middle of Mozambique, at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley, Gorongosa National Park is a haven for wildlife. American philanthropist Greg Carr and his team have created new opportunities for women in a bid to tackle Mozambique’s entrenched gender inequality. Currently, a third of the park’s 600-strong workforce is female — with a goal to reach 50%. Before Gorongosa closed in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, CNN visited and spoke to three of the women who are working to rebuild this natural treasure.

4. UK Government unveils £200 million package to help innovative businesses bounce back – The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies recovering from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive, according to Gov.UK.

5. The future of sustainable travel – Before Covid-19, sourcing commendable sustainable tourism products for clients had never been so easy, according to ABTA. ABTA Magazine looks at a few countries’ sustainable tourism highlights.

6. Google & WWF Partner To Launch Sustainable Fashion Supply Chain Platform – Google has announced that it will work with conservation nonprofit WWF Sweden to create a digital platform with environmental sustainability information to inform responsible sourcing decisions in the fashion industry. Combining Google Cloud’s technical capacity with WWF’s assessment, the platform will give an environmental score for each material and sourcing location across the fashion supply chain, Green Queen writes. 

7. IKEA’s “Home of Tomorrow” Model Living Space Is All About Sustainability – IKEA has created a model living space in Poland where people can go to learn how to live in their home with a full respect for nature in mind, ensuring that sustainability remains a focus in home decor, House Beautiful reports. The living space – called “Home of Tomorrow” – aims to ensure we have a positive impact on the planet by introducing environmentally friendly solutions.

Image Credit: IKEA

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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