7. BIG NEWS Issue 668 5 – 11 April 2019 FirstNews NO PLASTIC? FANTASTIC! MARINE wildlife in and around Europe should be a whole lot safer soon, after officials decided to ban certain plastics and balloons. The European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers by 2021, and set a target of 90% of collection of plastic bottles by 2029. The decision also set new targets for the minimum amount of recycled plastic that has to be used in bottles. In Gibraltar, the tiny British territory at the tip of Spain, helium balloons have also just been banned, as balloons are one of the main killers of sea creatures. GLASS RAIN SCIENTISTS have released evidence of a 66-million-yearold “killing field”. The unique and bizarre site shows where fish and animals were killed by tiny glass beads (known as tektites) that fell from the sky at speeds of up to 200mph! The beads and other debris were created by melted rock from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. The researchers say that the huge shock from the asteroid caused huge peaks and troughs in a river, stranding fish on a sand bank and opening them up to the deadly glass hailstorm. The fossils were quickly preserved by 6ft (2m) of material that was churned up by the impact. ROFL ROUNDUP AFTER a year of banging their heads against a brick wall marked ‘Brexit’, journalists got to have some fun on April Fool’s Day instead. first would be replaced by a Twitter poll. Over in Oz, burger lovers were in a pickle after McDonald’s posted details of a new, erm, pickle product. “We’re super stoked to announce the launch of our brand-new McPickle Burger,” they wrote. Did you last the day without being fooled? had a good gag about the Royal Mint introducing new emoji coins, including the poo and facepalm! In Wales, people were pranked by ferry company Stena Line about a new Hollywood-style sign for Holyhead. Cricket bosses also got in on the fun, by saying that the coin toss to decide who bats The Sun
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