McDonald's is phasing out plastic straws

McDonald's announced that its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland will put an end to plastic straws in 2019.

The American fast food company is also trialing alternatives to the single-use plastic item in Belgium and select restaurants in the United States, France, Sweden, Norway and Australia.

The decision is a response to a global online petition named "McDonald's is polluting our oceans" which was signed by 500,000 people.

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John Van Hamersveld designs two murals for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will unveil two new murals by American artist John Van Hamersveld, in San Pedro, California.

The ocean-themed murals mounted on aluminum panels will be installed on the back of Aquarium's marquee sign and also will wrap around its gift shop.

The Aquarium, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, is part of the new state-designated San Pedro Cultural Arts District due to its design by world-famous architect Frank Gehry.

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Pilot whale dies after ingesting 80 plastic bags

A small pilot whale died after swallowing 80 plastic bags.

The marine animal was found struggling to breathe and swim in a Thai canal in Songkhla, near the Malaysia border.

A group of local rescuers tried to save the male pilot whale's life by keeping it afloat and using umbrellas to protect its skin from the sun's rays.

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Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

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