Victoria's plastic bag ban explained, UFO Shaped Clouds & A Chocolate Dress - Today's Biggest News
Lightweight plastic shopping bags have officially been banned in Victoria today. The state wants to stop the spread of plastic pollution, and instead, customers will have to purchase reusable bags. It's banning compostable and bio-degradable bags, too.
These are the banned bags: Plastic bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less (that's one millionth of a metre). Degradable, bio-degradable and compostable bags - yep turns out if these types of bags aren't disposed of properly they may not be any better for the environment than standard plastic bags.
Coles and Woolies banned single-use plastic bags nationally a while ago but that was their own ban - now it's a government one. The new law won't allow anyone to give away the banned bags and they could be fined $50 000 if they do. It applies to basically any store you can think of, including online stores. There are quite a lot of exceptions though! Like these little bags used at fruits shops and delis, garbage bags and dog waste bags.
But some people don't want this ban and some are concerned that the heavier-duty bags could be a bigger threat because they take longer to break down. The stats show most Victorians support the ban though.
CRACKS FOUND IN 3 QANTAS PLANES
Qantas has found cracks in three of its Boeing 737s. It's grounded the planes because of hairline cracks in the pickle fork structure. Yeah, pickle fork. It's used to strengthen the connection between the wing and the body of the plane. It's named after forks that you use to get pickles out of jars. Really. Anyway, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority says there's no reason for travellers to worry, and Qantas says it's done all of its proper inspections.
UFO SHAPED CLOUDS OVER TASSIE
Staying skyward, and Tasmanians have been treated to some incredible sights this week. UFO shaped clouds! They're known as lenticular clouds, and are formed when moist air travels over mountain rangers and cools. So cool.
MEET THE TASMANIAN JUNIOR BEEKEEPING CLUB
From the classroom, to the field - these kids are learning all things bees! Before inspecting any hives they've got to suit up of course, and double check there are no gaps for stray bees to find. As well as learning how to inspect hives and collect honey, they're also finding out how to turn bees wax into useful things like reusable wax wraps. Some of them are even making some pocket money with their newfound skills. The club has grown to 80 members, and these kids say they love being a part of it!
COULD YOU EAT A 6 KILO BURGER IN 9 MINUTES?
Hungry? Well, you'd wanna be if you were chowing down on a SIX KILOGRAM burger! This burger place in Thailand doesn't just serve up this 10,000 calorie heart-stopper and leave you to it either, it challenges customers to eat it in under 9 minutes for a cash prize! Something no one's achieved yet. Ugh. I feel sick.
DRESS MADE OF... CHOCOLATE?
If you're thinking - wait, that's fashion, not food. Well, look again, my friend. That's chocolate. Some clever fashion designers created these chocolatey dresses for the Paris Chocolate Fair. And of course, you COULD eat them afterwards - if you're ok with slightly sweaty balls of chocolate that've been touched by several people, oh, and worn by someone for at least an hour, that is. Yum.
DOGGOS MEET POLITICS
Who doesn't love hot dogs? But you can't eat a HOT DOG. Politics were put aside in favour of pups at the Senate Offices in Washington DC yesterday. There were a few little suited up senators of course. Plus - well everything else you can think of! Well, that one got off easy.
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