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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
Scientists have found evidence that one of the world's rarest sharks is alive and well, living off the Welsh coast. Sightings from fishing boats suggest the mysterious angel shark is nesting in Welsh waters, but still nobody knows exactly where. The shark's only known habitat is the Canary Islands, where the animals have been filmed on the seabed. Wales could be a key habitat for the critically endangered shark, which is from an ancient and unique family, flat sharks, that spend much of the time camouflaged on the bottom of the seabed, where they lie in wait for fish. Once common across the east Atlantic and Mediterranean seas, historic records suggest the Welsh coast may have been an important habitat. Angel sharks have become increasingly rare because of a number of threats, including habitat disturbance, pollution and accidental fishing catches. This shark could be kept captive, unlike the Great White, as it does not have a red muscle but it is so rare to get hold of. We have almost no idea of this creature in terms of habitat.
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An Australian woman was bitten by a carpet python 1.5 metres long while sitting on the toilet in Australia in Brisbane last Tuesday. The uninvited guest came up the pipes and surprised the woman and gave her the fright of her life. Mrs Richards said "she felt a sharp tap and turned around too see a snake that looked like a longneck turtle receding back into the bowl." She then called Ms Zeleny who was an expert. She stated the 59 year old had dealt with it like a champion. Since they are not venomous, she treated the bite with antiseptic.  
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North Korea officially agreed to get rid of all its nuclear weapons when Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, visited the country in October. The special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, stated that the country pledged to rid all nuclear material enrichment facilities. However he also noted that a complete list of all its nuclear assets will be needed before the deal is official. Experts believe the country has more than one unknown nuclear fuel enrichment site other than the declared facility at Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang, and question how the destruction of all facilities could be fully verified. President Trump also recently reported there had been ' tremendous progress' in the two countries relationship. At the Oval Office, last Thursday, the controversial president stated he would soon be revealing the date of the next meet up with Kim Jong-un. After meeting up in Singapore for the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, they signed an optimistic but vague declaration of their commitment to denuclearisation. Since then little progress has been made.