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. Japan’s stunning cherry blossoms are set to bloom early this year – The Japan Meteorological Corporation has updated its cherry blossom forecast for 2021, in which it estimates the flowering and full bloom dates for Somei Yoshino trees in approximately 1000 viewing locations, Lonely Planet writes.

2. Potential for nearly 10,000 green jobs in Cumbria over next 15 years – Analysis from local group highlights there is potential for 4,500 green jobs in West Cumbria, the region where controversial coal mine is planned, BusinessGreen reports.

3. The farms being run from space – Three big developments have rung in the start of the agricultural digital revolution, according to the BBC.

4. UK PACT South Africa announces project portfolio of over £3M – The British High Commission in Pretoria has announced the allocation of more than £3 million in grant funding to 10 climate change mitigation projects in South Africa under its UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT) Programme.

5. EcoCart Helps Digital Consumers Offset Their Carbon Footprint At Checkout –  EcoCart is a Google Chrome extension add on that allows users to offset the carbon footprint of their purchase. The San Francisco-based startup is backed by 500 Startups, Forbes writes.

6. Nutrapharma create a food waste protein powder – Nutrapharma, a UK-based pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and agri-tech lab, has announced that they are creating a protein powder made from food waste. The company is using excess fruits and vegetables and produce scraps and turning them into a protein-rich powder that can be added to a variety of different supplements.

7. Jason Momoa Launches Sustainable Vegan Sneakers Made from Algae – Climbing apparel brand SoILL has partnered with Jason Momoa to launch two limited-edition vegan sneakers made from algae.

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

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