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. Is wind power’s future in deep water? – Floating wind power has enormous potential to be a core technology for reaching the climate goals in Europe and around the world, BBC Future reports.

2. ‘This beautiful blue planet is our only home’: Dalai Lama makes a ‘climate appeal’ to the world The Dalai Lama has made an appeal to the world to do more to tackle the climate crisis in a new book. In his book, he also writes that “Buddha would be green” and he would “certainly be connected to the campaign to protect the environment”, The Independent writes.

3. Passionate Jijel locals drive the creation of a marine protected area in Algeria –  An underwater trail is part of an ambitious project to create a marine protected area (MPA) in Jijel. One of the first in the country. Backed by the Taza National Park and supported by WWF, local residents have been running a campaign to designate the area from the lighthouse to the port of Ziama Mansouriah as an MPA.

4. £22.5 million funding for circular economy research centres – UK industry is set to benefit from £22.5 million Government funding to reduce waste and boost recycling, Circular reports. Five state-of-the-art research centres in London, Loughborough and Exeter will explore how the reuse of waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemicals, transport, electronics and metal industries can protect the environment and boost the economy.

5. Shoppers tell brands, manufacturers and retailers to prioritise sustainable packaging – Three-quarters of shoppers are so concerned about packaging that they want brands, manufacturers, and retailers to make significant changes – and ensure products are as sustainably packaged as possible before they hit the shelves, according to a new independent survey commissioned by sustainable packaging initiative, Beyond the Box.

6. Best eco-friendly Christmas trees: 6 sustainable and stylish alternatives – There are lots of eco-friendly alternatives when it comes to Christmas trees. From those crafted using recycled materials to those you can use again and again, Stylist takes a look at sustainable tree ideas that might work for your home.

7. UK initiative for sustainable and recyclable wind turbine blades – The National Composites Centre (NCC) has launched an initiative to accelerate the development of technology, processes and materials that address the recyclability and future development of composite wind turbine blades, according to Design Products & Applications.

Image Credit: Youcef Krache/WWF

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

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