06/09/2017 Newsround


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Good morning, I'm Hayley and this is Newsround.

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Coming up in the next few minutes.

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How solar storms could have confused these whales.

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And should fashion stationery be banned from the classroom?

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People in the Caribbean and Florida in America are getting ready

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for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, which is one of the most powerful

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Atlantic storms of all time.

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The hurricane is moving across the ocean and has just hit land.

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In Caribbean countries like Antigua and Saint Martin,

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people are preparing for strong winds and heavy rain,

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and overnight, some places have already started to flood.

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Officials in Florida have told people to start preparing now.

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The storm is massive and the storm surge is predicted to go

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for miles and miles.

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Right now, it is travelling at around 15 mph and

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the track has it forecasted to move just south of the Florida Keys on a

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westerly path with a slightly northerly turn.

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Do not sit and wait to prepare, get prepared now.

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Scientists think they've figured out why a big group of whales got

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stranded on Britain's coast last year and it's

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all to do with outer space.

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Ricky's got this one.

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They might look amazing, but these solar

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storms caused a lot of trouble for a group of whales.

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Last year, 29 young whales were stranded on the coasts

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of northern Europe and nobody could work out why.

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But now scientists think it could have been down to large solar

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storms caused by the sun, which are known as

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the Northern Lights.

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These storms in space could have affected the way the sperm whales

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navigate through the ocean.

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That's why they got lost in shallow waters and beached themselves.

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Beaching is when whales get stuck on sand and can be very dangerous.

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It can happen for lots of different reasons.

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For these sperm whales, it was down to the solar storms.

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But some whales become stranded because they're sick or injured

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and are pushed in shore by currents.

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It's thought changes in the environment could cause them

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to behave differently too.

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If there's not enough food,

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if temperatures are particularly high or low or if their environment

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has become polluted.

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And sometimes it's just down to mistakes.

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They can sometimes lose their way into shallow waters

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by accident whilst travelling to warmer waters to mate.

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Whales are very sociable creatures and often travel

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in large pods or groups.

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Marine scientists think that if one is affected by any of these things

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then others travelling with it will copy them,

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which could be what happened to the sperm whales last year.

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Well, many of you may have got new pens or a fancy new pencil case

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to go back to school but one teacher thinks fashion stationery should be

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banned because it's too distracting.

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Here's Whitney.

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First it was the bottle flip, then it was the giant mega-head bows,

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even the fidget spinners.

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But has it been taken a step too far?

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One teacher wants to ban your stationery as well.

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What do they want us to write with?

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Spaghetti?

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I think some of the stationery shouldn't be allowed

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in the classroom because it's really only a distraction.

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Nobody really needs a rubber shaped like a macaron,

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nobody really needs a pencil sharpener that is shaped

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like nail polish and nobody really needs a pencil case

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with seven different compartments.

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So what do these guys from Lancashire think?

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My favourite piece of stationery is a rubber because you can get very

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fancy ones like this emoji rubber.

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My favourite stationery is this because I feel cool when I have it.

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I like these highlighters because if one side runs out,

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you can use the other side, it's double sided.

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Normal stationery is boring.

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When you have a special one, it makes you feel special.

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I don't think the stationery should be banned because some people

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would have to fiddle with stuff to concentrate.

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If it gets banned, it's fine, because you've still got pencils

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to write with and you've got rubbers to use.

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You shouldn't have, like, pink things like that, or blue

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because it does distract people.

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People do play with stuff like that.

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You need to save it for playtime because that's when you can play

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but when you're in class, you have to learn.

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If it was banned, how would you feel?

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A bit sad because you'd just have boring plain pencils

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and that's not as fun.

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That's all from me, Newsround's back right

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here in about half an hour.

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