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. A Radical Reset for Conservation in Africa – With tourism all but gone, the pandemic could provide the momentum necessary to activate much-needed changes in how we approach conservation, Yes! Magazine writes.

2. Australia: Spectacular ‘tree of life’ found in lakeAmateur photographer Derry Moroney stumbled across massive patterns in Lake Cakora, on Australia’s New South Wales north coast, while taking aerial photographs with his drone, BBC reports. 

3. New £5 million project to save woodlands in the Peak District – The Life in the Ravines partnership project, led by Natural England, will tackle the threat that ash dieback poses to the forested river valleys of Derbyshire, according to Derbyshire Times.

4. Sticking to its roots: taking action to save the sweet potato’s name – Sweet potato is facing the threat of a change to its scientific name, Ipomoea batatas, which would cause a huge amount of disruption and cost to the food industry, Kew Gardens reports.

5. Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers – “Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf, Reuters reports.

6. Wildflower meadows and blooming roadsides will soon colour our lives and bring bees buzzing – A series of wildflower and pollinator initiatives across the country are now beginning to come together, raising the prospect of springtime carpets of colour spread the length and breadth of the land – sometimes in the unlikeliest places, The Herald reports.

7. The Modern Farmer Guide To Buying Seeds – While seed sellers are already starting to get busy this year, time is still on your side. If you plan ahead, you can get the seeds you want and start your garden as soon as the winter frost subsides. The Modern Farmer provides a guide to buying seeds for the upcoming growing season, whether you are a new gardener or advanced.

Image Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva

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

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