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From: Barnes
By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. We seriously need to do something about our plastic pollution. Plastic is terrible for the environment. David Attenborough really brought the issue home and now, brilliantly, we hear about it all the time. In countries and cities around the world, the call for the end of single-use plastics is at an all-time high. Stores such as Iceland and Ikea have introduced plastic bans that will go into effect within the next couple of years. Meanwhile, plastic straws and cutlery have been targeted by numerous retailers, including McDonald's in the UK, and having a plastic bag is enough to send you to jail in some countries. Bans on plastic bags have already proved to be extremely effective in the countries that have them. In the UK, for example, the introduction of a 5p plastic bag charge introduced in 2015 has brought about an 83% reduction in plastic bag use. Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute! In one hour our plastic pollution could fill the whole V&A museum! Plastics have changed the world. However, the rapid growth of middle-class and industrial economies has drastically increased the world's plastic consumption in recent decades – and infrastructure development has not kept pace. The result is a dramatic increase in plastic waste.
From: Barnes
Nuclear fusion is a new sort of energy technology that could vastly increase the amount of cheap, clean energy. Without that kind of technology, the future looks decidedly bleak for millions of people on this planet: water and food shortages leading to famine and war. Scientists are trying to discover how they could harness the sun's light by using a chemical process called fusion. But the goal was thought to be 30 years away. Now several start ups are talking about how they can make fusion possible sooner. I hope they are right.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We have to make sure that we do not waste the sun's generous amount of cheap, clean energy.
From: St Osmunds
At the annual Davos Forum where global leaders came together to debate economic policy, including how to tackle Climate Change, Sir David Attenborough warned that humankind has the power to exterminate whole ecosystems “without even noticing”, and urged all governments to treat the natural world with respect. It is true that a lot has to be tackled, but there are some good news worth mentioning: Many animal species are no longer seen as on the verge of extinction, because of great conservation efforts. These would include the mountain gorillas and the Rothschild giraffes. The population of mountain gorillas has risen by 10% because people are becoming more aware of the things they do and how they are effecting the wildlife. Animals are being specially protected if they are endangered species such as  giant Pandas, fin whales and white Rinos.    The population of grey and fin whales are slowly rising ever since hunting them became illegal. WWF worker says ''Our planet is amazing. what will you do to keep it that way?'' Inger Andersen from IUCN says ''These conservation successes are proof that the ambitious collaborative efforts of governments, businesses and civil society". Though these successes deserve to be highlighted,  but much still needs to be done. One of the biggest fails is the Amazon Rainforest as it is being deforested at an alarming rate, as well as our need to be aware of our very alarmingly high plastic consumption.
From: St Osmunds
Children's Mental Health Week was celebrated from the 4th - 10th of February, and the theme this year was Healthy: Inside and Out. The week is aimed at how we take care of both our minds and bodies. Scott Lunn, from the NHS, explained why we must look after both our physical health and mental health. He said: 'Being healthy isn't just about looking after our bodies its about looking after our minds too. This is called mental health and is just as important as physical health. The two are connected; a healthy body strengthens the mind.' 'When we are experiencing emotions like anger, happiness or nervousness, our bodies show it too. If we angry, we may feel hot; if we are happy, we might feel energetic; if we are nervous, we might get butterflies in our tummy. This happens because blood moves away from the stomach to the brain, legs and arms in case you need to think or react quickly. That is how strong the link is between body and mind.' To stay both physically and mentally healthy, you must try to eat a balanced diet with a good variety of foods, including fruit and vegetables. Food like sweets, biscuits and sugary drinks will make your sugar levels rise but then fall rapidly, leaving you feeling tired and irritable. Being Active: Getting some exercise everyday will lead to a happy and healthy mind and along with an agile and fit body. Even ten minutes brisk walking or an hour of a favourite sport, can improve your alertness and/or energy mood. Sleep: Getting enough sleep and not staying up late will help you feel better and more energised and attentive. Staying up late looking at a screen "can harm your sleeping patterns", says the National Sleep Foundation. The blue light that the screen emits may effect the hormone, known as melatonin, that helps you sleep. Before going to bed the doctors recommend at least an hour away from the screen. Getting enough to eat: although vegetables and fruit are always portrayed as the best possible thing to eat, it is extremely important to have a balanced diet and indulge a mix of different foods, from all the different food groups: (dairy, vegetable, fruit and sweets) We hope you follow our advice to stay healthy, 'Inside and Out,' and spread this information to your friends and family members.