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How plastic bags were supposed to help save the planet

How plastic bags were supposed to help save the planet

Science
The plastic carrier bag has become something of a symbol for the problems caused by plastic pollution.But according to the family of the man who created it, Sten Gustaf Thulin, his design was supposed to help the planet and he'd be shocked and upset to see what it's become.The Thulin family make no money from the sale of the bags.BBC Environment Reporter Laura Foster explains what was supposed to happen and why paper and cotton bags can actually be worse for the environment than plastic ones that are recycled.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Thomas Cook buyers pledge to save 555 shops and 2,500 jobs

Thomas Cook buyers pledge to save 555 shops and 2,500 jobs

Business
All 555 Thomas Cook shops are to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs.The independent travel agent said the move gives it shops in areas where it had little or no presence, including Scotland and Wales.John Hays, who set up the Sunderland-based firm 40 years ago, said he hoped the shops would reopen within days.It had been an emotional day, he said, with many staff crying when they were told their jobs were saved.He said it was difficult to give cast-iron guarantees about every Thomas Cook shop, because there would now be talks with individual landlords. However, "it is certainly our intention to take on all the staff; to welcome them back," he added. The shops will be branded under the Hays n...
Open enrollment is coming up. Here are ways your benefits at work can help your family save in 2020

Open enrollment is coming up. Here are ways your benefits at work can help your family save in 2020

Finance
Jamie Grill | Getty ImagesSlow down as you pick out your employee benefits for next year. Your household finances could depend on it.Open enrollment season — a period in which employees update their insurance coverage and other perks for the upcoming year — is just around the corner.It's tempting to merely choose last year's insurance coverage and perks.About a third of employees polled by Prudential Financial decided to keep their benefits from the prior year, but did so after making an informed decision.The insurer polled 2,000 adults in August."People miss the mark when they stick with what they were doing before without double-checking their assumptions," said Kelley C. Long, CPA and member of the American Institute of CPAs' consumer financial education advocates."Most people set thei
Endangered bats: The manicure helping to save a species

Endangered bats: The manicure helping to save a species

Science
One of the world's rarest bats is now confined to a single cave in Western Cuba with less than 750 remaining, according to a population survey.Scientists are highlighting the plight of the animal, saying its last home is vulnerable to collapse.The Cuban greater funnel-eared bat was rediscovered in 1992 after being declared extinct.Fossils of the species have been found across Cuba and neighbouring islands, suggesting it was once widespread.On an expedition to the cave, researchers used different colours of nail varnish to mark the bats' "nails" so they could tell each one apart and count them.They hope the estimate - numbering less than 1,000 - will be used to inform conservation efforts. The bat population is threatened by human...
Extinction: Last chance to save ‘rhinos of the oceans’

Extinction: Last chance to save ‘rhinos of the oceans’

Science
Conservationists say a key wildlife summit could be the "last chance saloon" for saving sharks and rays pushed to extinction by the shark fin trade.About 100 million sharks are estimated to be killed each year for their fins and meat.On Sunday, countries will discuss giving more species of sharks and rays protection under wildlife trade rules.These include mako sharks and the little-known "rhino rays".Wedgefish and guitarfish are collectively known as "rhino rays", because of their elongated snouts. They are now the most endangered marine fish group, according to a recent scientific assessment. "With this new science just come out, fresh in everyone's minds a month ago, on these wedgefish and guitarfish, it's clearly last chance ...