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. Britain to introduce legally binding environmental targets – Britain said it would bring in legally binding targets on air quality, waste reduction, biodiversity and cleaner water as part of efforts to combat climate change, improve the environment and rebuild the economy, Reuters reports.

2. Zero-waste movement continues to expand in spite of Covid – The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped the growth of sustainable packaging options, Speciality Food writes.

3. The European Union launched new initiative to accelerate sustainable development in Indonesia – The European Union Indonesia has launched a new initiative in Indonesia to accelerate the shift to Green/ Sustainable Public Procurement and enhance SCP. The focus of the action will be on wooden furniture and paper industries, ScandAsia reports.

4. EU’s most sustainable islands are Danish ‘Sunshine Islands’ – The Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea is the first island out of 2,000 to win the RESponsible Island Prize by the European Commission for an extraordinary contribution to a sustainable and climate-friendly Europe, according to EUObserver. Among many green initiatives, Bornholm early on began phasing out coal and oil, led by the regional municipality. The island has also developed a 100-percent renewable energy system that combines solar cells, wind turbines, biomass and district heating.

5. Ditch soy alternatives for cows’ milk says the Sustainable Food Trust – Consumers who want to help make a more sustainable planet should choose cows’ milk over soy alternatives, concludes a study of the published current evidence, based on peer reviewed journals, by the Sustainable Food Trust, Food Navigator reports.

6. Britons hope to keep sustainable habits beyond COVID-19 lockdown, research suggests – Britons are keen to continue with low-carbon lifestyle choices adopted during lockdown, according to research by The University of Manchester and Cardiff University.

7. GreenPee installs hemp urinals in Amsterdam to stop “wild peeing” – Dutch company GreenPee has installed eight hemp-filled sustainable urinals in Amsterdam to combat an increase in people urinating in the streets after the coronavirus lockdown ended, according to Dezeen.

Image Credit: European Union Indonesia

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

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