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. Bacteria glues plastic together posing even deadlier threat to sea life, scientists find – Glue-like substances secreted by bacteria are sticking tiny bits of plastic to form larger clusters that marine animals could mistake for food, according to scientists. They also state that the clumping could divert … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

Around two million tonnes of flowers in India are discarded every day after religious ceremonies at temples and mosques. The floral waste – everything from marigolds, carnations and roses – can be difficult to dispose of and often end up in rivers such as the Ganges. Now eco-entrepreneur and chemical engineer, Parimala Shivaprasad believes she has found a solution in a by-product of the floral waste. The 26-year-old … Continue reading Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

Young people in Japan leaving cities for sustainable living in rural areas

Cities are losing their appeal to young people worldwide as the quality of life lessens and the cost of living rises in urban areas. Locations further afield are becoming more desirable to young people in search of new opportunities and self-sufficiency, as well as creative opportunities and innovation, which at one time was cities’ saving grace. In Japan, several rural towns, such as Kamiyama, have … Continue reading Young people in Japan leaving cities for sustainable living in rural areas

More than half of all wild coffee species facing extinction, study warns

Climate change and deforestation are putting more than half the world’s wild coffee species at risk of extinction, including popular coffees Arabica and Robusta, experts at Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have warned. Research published by scientists at Kew found that 60% of all wild coffee species are threatened with extinction, and that current conservation measures for wild coffee species are not enough to protect their long-term … Continue reading More than half of all wild coffee species facing extinction, study warns

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. How Teenage Sisters Pushed Bali To Say ‘Bye-Bye’ To Plastic Bags – Last month, the new governor of Bali announced a law banning single-use plastic in 2019, thanks in part to campaigning by two young sisters – Melati and Isabel Wijsen – the masterminds behind Bye Bye Plastic Bags. … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

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. The Congo Basin rainforest could disappear by 2100 – The world’s second largest rainforest, in Central Africa’s Congo Basin, is disappearing at alarming rates due to severe deforestation. The underlying reasons are to be found in widespread poverty in the region, Lifegate reports. 2. Biodiverse remains of … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Natural Capital: What is it and what does it mean

When corporations, banks, politicians, and industries talk about “growing the economy”, little, if no, consideration is given to the environment. And let’s face it, without a planet to stand on, there’s nothing to “grow” and the very ones who lay claim to “growing the economy” are no longer going to exist. In order for such industries to get this hard fact – that very simple … Continue reading Natural Capital: What is it and what does it mean

Former JLS band member, JB Gill, backs campaign to encourage young people to pursue farming

Former JLS band member-turned-farmer JB Gill is backing a campaign to inspire a younger generation to consider a career in agriculture. The nationwide #FarmtheFuture campaign encourages young farmers to plan for their future and inspire under-30s to consider a career in the industry in the UK. The number of farmers over the age of 65 has increased by 70% over the last ten years, while the … Continue reading Former JLS band member, JB Gill, backs campaign to encourage young people to pursue farming

Young people helping to revive Italy’s economy by embracing agriculture and the countryside

Young people in Italy are embracing nature and helping their birth country’s economy by setting up business in the countryside. In the last two years, the number of young graduates, some of whom are originally from cities, who are starting up their businesses in the countryside has increased by 35%. Many of these young people in Italy are driven by a deep appreciation of Italy’s … Continue reading Young people helping to revive Italy’s economy by embracing agriculture and the countryside

Food Deserts in America [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Food deserts have been a big topic in the United States lately, and for good reason: 23.5 million Americans, about 2% of all households, live in food deserts. These food deserts are defined as areas where it is impossible to find adequate fresh, whole, and healthy foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. The good news is that there are many different initiatives working toward fewer food … Continue reading Food Deserts in America [Infographic] — ecogreenlove