Smoke-free Generation: Smoking Age Rises From 18 To 21

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on March 5, 2019

Smoke-free Generation: Smoking Age Rises From 18 To 21

The legal age to purchase cigarettes in the United Kingdom will rise from 18 to 21 years. This measure could be introduced in an attempt to improve public health and create a smoke-free generation. The new measure, which was put forward by MPs, will levy higher taxes on tobacco companies for their impact on the society; this could raise around £150 million. These taxes will be used to fund educational campaigns to prevent youths from smoking and encouraging others to quit…

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Decline Plastic Waste In The North Sea

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on March 1, 2019

Decline Plastic Waste In The North Sea

The number of plastic bags in the North Sea has declined. According to researchers from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the number of plastic bags has decreased since 2010. The waste in the North Sea was researched. It was found that the amount of plastic waste is relatively low. This is due to the introduction of the ban on free plastic bags by several European countries. This ban has ensured that fewer people use plastic bags, which means less plastic waste in the sea…

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British Environment Secretary Launches New Waste Strategy

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 28, 2019

British Environment Secretary Launches New Waste Strategy

The British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove published the policy paper Resources and waste strategy for England in December last year. Gove’s aim is to completely modify the waste system and reduce plastic packaging. Tax for the use of plastics The manufacturers of plastic packaging are at risk of paying the full costs of the waste of the plastic packaging they produce. Moreover, the government will support households to recycle their waste…

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A Multinational Company Cleans The Thames River In London

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 27, 2019

A Multinational Company Cleans The Thames River In London

The world's biggest furniture retail company launches boats to clean the polluted rivers in London. The Swedish furniture retail company's latest innovation is called 'The Good Ship'. These boats clean the polluted waters in the south of London from plastic and other rubbish. The Good Ship’s design and functions were inspired by the SMÅKRYP, a toy boat for bathtubs. The boats are around 30 meters and 70 kilograms each…

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Church Pays Off Debt For 34 Students To Graduate

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 22, 2019

Church Pays Off Debt For 34 Students To Graduate

Alfred Street Baptist Church donated $ 100,000 to 34 students at Howard University. This amount of money was raised by the church to pay the students’ debts. Many students were in danger of not graduating. Amongst these students is the 25-year-old senior, Mya Thompson. Thompson, a mother of a 6-year-old, has a busy schedule and a stressful routine. Thompson spends 8 hours of her say at the university to follow the seven classes she has enrolled in…

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Free Sanitary Products In Scotland

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 21, 2019

 Free Sanitary Products In Scotland

Scotland became the first country in the world to provide free sanitary products to all students in schools, colleges and universities. Many women and girls struggle to afford sanitary products worldwide. A recent study has shown that many students experience period poverty every month. The Scottish government decided to end the period poverty by supplying around 395,000 students with free sanitary products…

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A Kindergarten Teacher Cut Her Hair To Support Her Student

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 20, 2019

A Kindergarten Teacher Cut Her Hair To Support Her Student

A kindergarten teacher from Texas, Shannon Grimm, cut her hair to support her student. Priscilla Perez, a 5-year old kindergarten student, started getting teased after she cut her hair short. Ms Grimm, Priscilla’s kindergarten teacher, noticed a change in Priscilla’s behaviour; Priscilla, who is usually a happy girl, started acting quieter than usual. Also, she avoided attending school and started wearing a hat to cover her hair…

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Italy Bans Plastic Cotton Buds

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 19, 2019

Italy Bans Plastic Cotton Buds

Italy is the first country in the world to introduce a ban on plastic cotton buds. Italy implemented this policy after the shocking results of a recent study by Environmental Association Legambiente in which was found that more than 9% of the waste on the Italian beaches consists of cotton swabs…

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Spain: World Leader In Organ Donation

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 15, 2019

Spain: World Leader In Organ Donation

Spain has been the world leader when it comes to organ donations for 26 years. The number of Spanish organ donors has risen with at least 30% last year compared to 4 years ago. Spain has a total of 14 transplants per day; that is 5110 per year. A number of 2183 organ donors donated their kidneys, livers, hearts or lungs last year. These numbers show that Spain has the most organ donations in the world…

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Pret A Manger Opens A Hostel For The Homeless

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by Elaa Abdeltawab

Posted on February 14, 2019

 Pret A Manger Opens A Hostel For The Homeless

Pret a Manger is providing homeless people with accommodations and career opportunities. Housing Pret a Manger’s charity opens houses and gives homeless people a new start in cooperation with West London Mission (WLM). West London Mission was established in 1887, WLM’s mission is to minimise poverty and homelessness. Pret a Manger has provided 13 homeless people with shared accommodation in a hostel. The hostel has shared common areas and entertainment…

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