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. Major new woodlands and wetlands partnership beginsThames21 will embark on a major new woodland and wetlands creation project in partnership with Enfield Council, which will help London meet the challenges of climate change by slowing the flow of water and treating pollution before it reaches the river.

2. A new Google mapping tool is showing cities where more trees need to be planted – Google has launched the Tree Canopy Lab, as part of Environmental Insights Explorer, to help cities deal with climate change and air pollution. It started by partnering with L.A. to understand the city’s needs, then designing a solution that it plans to make available to other cities, The Fast Company writes.

3. How Peru plans to make Machu Picchu completely carbon neutral – A study will be the starting point for making strategic decisions so that the carbon footprint of Machu Picchu can be progressively reduced, with the goal of 45% reduction in emissions by 2030 and 100% by 2050, following the guidelines of the climate agreement of Paris, according to Lonely Planet.

4. Ikea unveils its first sustainable tiny home – The retailer teamed up with Escape and Vox Creative on The IKEA Tiny Home Project, which puts its space-saving expertise into practice across the 187 sq ft off-grid dwelling. RV tiny home builder Escape built the trailer which is a customised vision of its Vista Boho XL model, tricked out with solar panels, composting toilet and on-demand heated water supply, powered by the trailer, The Spaces writes.

5. Ocean Conservation Trust receives £250,000 seagrass grant – The Ocean Conservation Trust has received a grant of £250,000 from the UK government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, enabling large-scale seagrass restoration supporting fisheries while sequestering carbon, Scuba Diver Magazine reports.

6. Amazon topples Google as world’s largest corporate renewable energy buyer after huge wind and solar spree – Web retail giant Amazon said it is now the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy after a 3.4GW clean power buying-spree that spanned 26 wind and solar projects in eight countries, Recharge reports.

7. In celebration of National Tree Week, UK government commits new funding to help reach its tree planting commitment – A cash boost of nearly £4 million will see hundreds of thousands of new trees planted across the UK, including in towns and cities and near rivers to reduce flood risk, and help meet the government’s commitment to increase planting to 30,000 hectares per year across the UK by 2025, according to Gov.uk.

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

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