England city of Chester becomes the world’s first “Sustainable Palm Oil City”

Chester has just become the world’s first city to exclusively source all of their daily goods from sustainable palm oil suppliers. More than 50 schools, businesses, restaurants, and businesses in the England city of Chester have revolutionised their supply chains and committed to sourcing their palm oil products from 100% sustainable sources. Chester achieved the transformation thanks to a long-running campaign that was led by … Continue reading England city of Chester becomes the world’s first “Sustainable Palm Oil City”

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. Danish billionaires plan to rewild large swath of Scottish Highlands – Anders and Anne Holch Povlsen, who own more than 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres) across Sutherland and the Grampian mountains want to become pioneers of rewilding by reversing years of mismanagement by previous lairds, The Guardian … 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 fight to ban toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos, continues – For half a century, staple food crops in the United States — such as corn, wheat, apples and citrus — have been sprayed with chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide that can damage the developing brains of children, causing reduced IQ, … 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. Microplastics Are Polluting Lakes And Rivers Across Britain, Study Suggests – The Huffington Post reports on research by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth which has found 10 sites including Ullswater in the Lake District, Loch Lomond in Scotland and the River Thames, as well … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The “Noah’s Ark of Plant Diversity” protecting the world’s seed resources

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, otherwise known as the “Noah’s Ark of Plant Diversity”, is home to what is quite possibly the world’s most important treasures – seeds. Deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, lies the Global Seed Vault. The Global Seed Vault isn’t just a large storage facility for seeds from around … Continue reading Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The “Noah’s Ark of Plant Diversity” protecting the world’s seed resources

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. Mystery over how a humpback whale ended up in Amazon jungle – A whale carcass has been found in the Amazon jungle, sparking debate among scientists about how it got there, Sky News reports. The humpback, measuring 8m (26ft) long and 6m (19ft) wide, was discovered around … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Malaysia’s problem with plastic

Malaysia has become a popular destination for the problem material that is plastic. Since China banned the import of “foreign garbage” in 2018, Malaysia began buying discarded plastic from China’s former exporters, including the US, UK, and Australia. It is a booming industry but it has also given rise to illegal recycling factories, many of which have buried or burned scraps to get rid of … Continue reading Malaysia’s problem with plastic

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. China has closed its Everest base camp to tourists because of a buildup of trash on the world’s tallest mountain – Mount Everest base camp and the area just beyond it is closed to tourists for the foreseeable future, with authorities blaming a growing waste and … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Farmers return to ancient wisdom using ducks to grow rice crops instead of harmful pesticides

Farmers around the world are increasingly using ducks to grow their rice crops instead of harmful pesticides. The specially trained ducks are released into the paddy fields and feast on insects and weeds, which allows the rice crops to grow. The process, known as integrated rice-duck farming, is not new. Growing ducks and rice together in irrigated paddy fields was documented in China centuries ago, … Continue reading Farmers return to ancient wisdom using ducks to grow rice crops instead of harmful pesticides

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