Why shark finning should be banned

Did you know that fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global shark fin trade every year?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there are 14 species of shark threatened, vulnerable and endangered due to shark finning.

But why is this a problem? And why do hunters cut fins off a shark? The main reason might shock you. In many Asian countries, a shark fin soup is a luxurious delicacy. But the United States is also a client.

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Why plastic straws are killing our planet

Do we really need a plastic straw to drink a glass of water? Here are a few things you didn't know about the most short-lived drinking tool ever created.

They're everywhere, and we use them for drinking soda, water, coffee, milkshakes, and many other beverages. But the worst thing is that they're only used once, and immediately discarded.

Could we live without plastic drinking straws? Yes, we could. And how would putting them aside change our planet for the better? That's an easy one.

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NOAA expects busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expecting an above-average hurricane season in 2017.

According to the NOAA forecasters, there's a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only about a 20 percent chance that the season will be below-normal.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30, and NOAA predicts between 11 to 17 tropical storms (winds of 39 mph or higher).

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