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. Christmas: Eco-friendly alternative trees – If you’ve decided to give up on traditional Christmas trees this year but still want something to hang your lights on, DW gives some eco-friendly suggestions to try instead.

2. Climate change: Covid drives record emissions drop in 2020 – The global response to the Covid-19 pandemic has driven the biggest annual fall in CO2 emissions since World War Two, say researchers. Their study indicates that emissions have declined by around 7% this year, the BBC reports.

3. Scotland’s renewable energy meets 90 per cent of power needsThe National writes that Scotland generated enough electricity from renewable sources last year to meet the equivalent of 90.1% of its total electricity consumption, according to latest figures.

4. 20 of the best wildlife books and nature writing 2020From books about zoology and our relationships with animals, to big and beautiful coffee table photography collections, BBC Science Focus Magazine gives a rundown of books perfect for the wildlife lover.

5. Costa Rican hybrid sailboat aims to reduce shipping industry’s carbon footprint – Some 200 workers from 27 nations are building a hybrid sailboat on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica designed to carry 350 tons of goods, hoping to demonstrate that in the 21st century it is possible to transport cargo without polluting the environment, Reuters reports.

6. 14 Countries Commit to Ocean Sustainability Initiative – Governments responsible for 40% of the world’s coastlines and 20% of global fisheries announced a series of new commitments that comprise the world’s biggest ocean sustainability initiative, Ocean Panel. The 14 countries, which combined control an ocean area the size of Africa, committed to sustainably manage their national waters by 2025 and encouraged all other nations to join them by 2030.

7. Dungeons And Dragons to start filming at Belfast’s Titanic Studios – A new film adaption of Dungeons And Dragons is set to be filmed in Belfast, Irish News writes. The fantasy classic is set to start shooting at Titanic Studios early in the new year. It will come as a “great start” to 2021 following what the chief executive of NI Screen described as an “extremely challenging” year with the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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