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. Climate action will be ‘cornerstone’ of Canada’s economic recovery plan: throne speech – From creating thousands of jobs in energy efficiency building retrofits to cutting the tax rate for green manufacturing companies, the Trudeau government has amped up its commitments to tackle climate change as part of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Narwhal reports.

2. Seismic blasting efforts for off-shore oil explorations have been halting in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the US – A status conference on seismic litigation revealed the industry will not pursue efforts to employ seismic blasting to search the Atlantic Ocean for offshore petroleum deposits this year, and possibly for several years, Earthjustice reports.

3. Prince William calls for action on climate in new documentaryPrince William has spoken about the dangers of climate change and how it’s a threat on all of our doorsteps – including his own. The Duke of Cambridge has allowed ITV cameras to follow his environmental work over the past two years and spoke on the Norfolk coast about how rising sea levels will engulf whole communities.

4. Food companies urge Britain to adopt tougher rules to protect tropical forests – Supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurant chains under pressure from campaigners over their environmental impact urged Britain to strengthen a plan to stop tropical forests from being cut down to grow cocoa, palm oil and soy, according to Reuters.

5. Tesco cuts 200,000 tonnes of food waste from operations – Tesco has worked in partnership with its suppliers to cut 200,000 tonnes of food waste from their combined operations. This comes as Tesco published its own food waste data for the eighth year and encourages other retailers and food companies to do the same. Food waste reporting for UK retailers is currently voluntary, but Tesco has previously called upon the government to make it mandatory, according to Resource.

6. A third of people have become more eco-friendly since lockdown – New research – commissioned by Princes Fish – shows that a third of UK households have become more eco-friendly over the past few months, by doing simple things like turning lights off, recycling more carefully and showering instead of bathing, Metro writes.

7. Kia to launch seven new dedicated electric cars by 2027 – Kia has announced its plans to become a leading electric car manufacturer, with seven new EVs planned for the next seven years, according to Auto Express.

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

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