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1 Show the love

The pub­lic is be­ing asked to ‘Show the Love’ for the planet this Valen­tine’s Day. The cam­paign is be­ing run by the Cli­mate Coali­tion, which is made up of more than 100 char­i­ties across the UK. A whole host of ac­tiv­i­ties are planned be­tween 5-14 Fe­bru­ary, in­clud­ing a green hearts cam­paign where celebri­ties, school­child­ren and sports stars will all don spe­cially-de­signed green hearts to raise aware­ness of cli­mate change.

2 Bot­tle scheme

Could a bot­tle de­posit scheme help boost re­cy­cling and cut lit­ter? En­vi­ron­men­tal groups be­lieve Bri­tain should in­tro­duce a scheme, where you put down a de­posit for a bot­tle and then get it back if you re­turn it. Sim­i­lar schemes have al­ready proved suc­cess­ful in Ger­many and Scan­di­navia.

3 CAT STATUE

The peo­ple of Salt­ney (on the bor­der of Eng­land and Wales) have launched a cam­paign to raise money for a cat statue. Bru­tus “The Mor­risons Cat” lived at the lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, un­til he passed away in Jan­uary. The pop­u­lar kitty had 12,000 Face­book fol­low­ers, so his fans want a per­ma­nent re­minder of Bru­tus.

4 Lift off

Rid­ing a bath­tub through a tor­nado sounds just like a movie, right? But that’s ex­actly what hap­pened to a lady in Texas! Mrs Wil­liams and her son hid un­der a quilt in the bath­tub to shel­ter from a tor­nado. Un­for­tu­nately it hit their home, tak­ing off the roof and lift­ing the bath (with them in it!) up into the skies. Thank­fully, they were both okay and landed nearby.

5 A tril­lion­aire?

A re­port from Ox­fam sug­gests that the world could get its first tril­lion­aire in the next 25 years! The most likely per­son to achieve this is Bill Gates.

6 Bar­low’s bar­net

Gary Bar­low shocked fans last week by re­veal­ing that he hadn’t washed his hair in 14 years! The BBC’s “Let It Shine” judge tweeted: “It’s such an im­por­tant day I’ve washed my hair ! First time in ....... 14 years ! #no­joke.”

7 Fairy pos­sum

Aus­tralia’s Lead­beater’s pos­sum – nick­named the fairy pos­sum – could soon be ex­tinct, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port. The lit­tle crea­ture is un­der threat from log­ging (the cut­ting down of trees), fires and cli­mate change. Sci­en­tists are try­ing to fig­ure out how they can help the species.

8 Poll re­sults

Last week, we asked: Are self­ies art or not? Loads of you took part in the poll, which was very close. But NO came out on top, with 54% of the vote. Check out what one of our read­ers had to say be­low.

9 ac­cess to all

A new scheme is help­ing young peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to get bet­ter ac­cess to mu­sic gigs. Gig Bud­dies Scot­land matches vol­un­teers with mu­sic fans who need to be ac­com­pa­nied to events.

10 An­i­mal tweet off

Zoos across the world have been en­joy­ing some friendly ban­ter and shar­ing pic­tures of their an­i­mals on Twit­ter, us­ing the hash­tag #CuteAn­i­malTweet­Off. It all started in Amer­ica and quickly spread, as the zoos tried to outdo each other with the cutest pic­tures pos­si­ble!

11 veil ban

Aus­tria is the lat­est coun­try set to ban full face veils from be­ing worn in pub­lic places. Po­lice of­fi­cers, judges and mag­is­trates will also be banned from wear­ing head­scarves. The move is part of a big re­form pro­gramme.

12 No fire­works

Of­fi­cials urged res­i­dents in Beijing, China, not to let off fire­works when cel­e­brat­ing the Lu­nar New Year last week. It fol­lows con­cerns about in­creas­ing smog and pol­lu­tion.

13 Young song­writer

Have you got what it takes to write a smash-hit song? The Song Acad­emy Young Song­writer Com­pe­ti­tion 2017 is here! Check out more in­for­ma­tion at www.songa­cademy.co.uk/says17.

14 Sumo champ

Thirty-year-old Kisenosato has been crowned the first Japan-born sumo cham­pion in 19 years!

15 Slip­pers in school

A pri­mary school in Der­byshire is let­ting pupils wear slip­pers in class! Staff at Fin­dern Pri­mary School said they came up with the idea af­ter read­ing about a study. The study found that chil­dren who don’t wear shoes are more likely to be­have bet­ter and get good grades. Do you think you’d do bet­ter if you wore slip­pers in class?

16 Spe­cial ap­ple

Have you ever no­ticed that when you cut up an ap­ple and leave it for a while, it starts to go brown? Well, sci­en­tists have cre­ated a ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied ap­ple that doesn’t do this! The spe­cial ap­ple was cre­ated in a lab­o­ra­tory in Canada and then grown for ten years in Bri­tish Columbia and Wash­ing­ton state. It will go on sale soon for the first time, in Amer­ica.

17 Comic re­lief

Lots of stars are lend­ing their voices to a dig­i­tal comic-strip game called The Red Noses, for this year’s Comic Re­lief. Among those tak­ing part are Joe Sugg, War­wick Davis and Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing! Comic Re­lief’s big telethon takes place on 24 March.

18 Euro­vi­sion act

For­mer X Fac­tor con­tes­tant Lucie Jones will rep­re­sent the UK at this year’s Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test. Lucie im­pressed the pub­lic with her track, Never Give Up On You, so will head to the singing com­pe­ti­tion in Ukraine this May.

19 First News Live!

Have you checked out First News Live! yet? Here’s one of our fans getting in on the re­port­ing ac­tion! This is Mor­gan Hope’s guinea pig, Patches. So cute!

20 Magic ac­tor

John Hurt, who played wand-maker Gar­rick Ol­li­van­der in the Harry Pot­ter movies, has died aged 77.

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