Microcosm of the Macrocosm: Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Here’s some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week:

Italy pays homeowners 110% of costs to eco-proof their homes – The Italian government is offering to pay back each homeowner 110 per cent of building costs to convert their existing home into an eco-friendly residence, Euronews writes.

Colorado home relies on sun, wood to stay warm through cold winters – Tight insulation, active and passive solar systems, and a wood stove help keep the home in Bear Creek Valley fossil-fuel free, Yale Climate Connections reports.

Wildfire Reforestation Innovator DroneSeed raises Series A Funding – A pioneer in climate tech and post-wildfire reforestation, DroneSeed is the only company approved by the FAA to deploy a fleet of heavy-lift drones to reforest after wildfires, enabling healthy forests to grow back, according to a DroneSeed press release.

Water UK proposes a Rivers Act – Water UK has proposed new legislation to protect and enhance the health of rivers to fix loopholes in current legislation and remove any barriers to innovation – especially in the form of nature based solutions. In a new manifesto, the trade body also called for swift action on CSOs, abstraction and bathing water, Utility Week writes.

Will Seaweed Be a Prime Ingredient in Sustainable Packaging? – DS Smith, a British multinational packaging company, is researching the use of seaweed in packaging and paper products. In particular, it is investigating whether seaweed could serve as an alternative material to wood or as a barrier coating in cartons, paper wraps, and cardboard trays. If successful, it would be the first to take this approach in the industry, Earth 911 reports.

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


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