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Good News! Australia Reduces Plastic Bag Usage By 80% In Just 3 Months

Kudos to Australia for showing the world that this is possible!

For many years now, plastic pollution has been a big, serious problem across the world. It’s a sad condition that has been badly affecting humans and marine life alike but fortunately, some are coming up with great solutions.

Australia, for example, just did the great job of decreasing plastic bag usage in the country by as much as 80% – and they did such an amazing feat in just 3 months! It may sound unbelievable but it’s true and the world just became a safer place to live because of their efforts.

How were they able to achieve it, you ask? Well according to the National Retail Association, it took a nationwide ban of free lightweight shopping bags by Coles and Woolworths – two of the country’s largest supermarket chains. Instead of plastic bags, they promoted the use of reusable bags.

David Stout, Manager of Industry Policy for the National Retail Association said in a statement:

“The decision by certain retailers to no longer offer free single use plastic carry bags certainly received a hostile response from some shoppers initially, but these retailers deserve credit for dramatically reducing the number of bags in circulation.

“The NRA has calculated that 1.5 billion bags have been saved since July 1 when Queensland banned the single use plastic carry bag.

“The bulk of shoppers now use their own bags, which has been instrumental in reducing the number of plastic bags being consumed. Indeed, some retailers are reporting reduction rates as high as 90 per cent.”

Stout likewise pointed out:

“Retailers deserve an enormous amount of kudos for leading the way on one of the most significant changes to consumer behaviour in generation and we also applaud shoppers for embracing this environmental initiative.

“The major supermarkets have also diverted the profits from the sales of alternative bags to the community sector, with groups such as Landcare, Clean Up Australia, Little Athletics Australia, SecondBite and Guide Dog being the beneficiaries.

“Nationwide retailers have led the way and as a result also assisted smaller businesses in providing a template on how manage the transition to a plastic bag-free retail environment. As a result, we are seeing similar changes made across the food, homeware and service categories.”

Kudos to Australia for showing the world that this is possible! We hope other countries follow your good example.

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Ancient Village Found In Canada Is Older Than The Egyptian Pyramids

“I remember when we got the dates back, and we just sat back and said, ‘Holy moly, this is old.’”

We generally think of ancient ruins as being found mostly in Europe, Africa or South America where some monuments and buildings have been standing for thousands of years. However, a home recently found in Canada has been carbon-dated and the study suggests that it is even older than the pyramids.

A team of students from the University of Victoria’s archeology department has uncovered the oldest settlement ever to be found in North America. They were digging on Triquet Island, located about 300 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia’s capital when they discovered the ruins.

Researchers from the Hakai Institute and University of Victoria, with local First Nations members, estimate the settlement is way older than the Giza pyramids and have also found artifacts dating all the way back to the Ice Age. The home was found on the lakeside and was discovered on a new housing estate....

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Undersea Robot Delivered 100,000 Baby Corals To The Great Barrier Reef

This is wonderful!

An undersea robot just made its world-first baby coral delivery to the Great Barrier Reef. The LarvalBot is a briefcase-sized underwater drone that recently dispersed over 100,000 microscopic heat-resistant coral larvae across damaged segments of the reef.

In a bid to protect marine life from climate change, the coral larvae was derived from species that have been shown to be especially tolerant of warmer waters. Scientists will monitor the reefs during the coming months to ensure that the larvae grows properly – and if it proves to be successful, researchers plan on developing the LarvalBot so that it can deploy millions of coral larvae in the future.

Six weeks after winning the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s $300,000 Out of the Blue Box Reef Innovation Challenge, Southern Cross University’s Professor Peter Harrison and QUT’s Professor Matthew Dunbabin trialed the ground-breaking initiative on Vlasoff Reef, near Cairns in north Queensland. ...

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Russia’s Psychic Cat Achilles Correctly Predicts World Cup Opening Game Winner

But can he predict the 2018 FIFA World Cup champion?

The new Nostradamus might be an adorable furry critter. A sweet Russian cat has been chosen to predict the outcome of the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It may seem hard to believe but the feline was spot on with his prediction.

Achilles is already a modern day prophet. After all, the cat correctly predicted most of the results in last year's Confederate Cup in Russia. Nevertheless, people wondered if the adorable feline will manage to prophesy what would happen in this year's World Cup opening game. Achilles had to choose between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and managed to predict the motherland's stunning victory.

The psychic cat concentrates before making a prediction about the World Cup opening game.

The deaf feline actually considered choosing Saudi Arabia, which was represented by the bowl on the left.

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