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9/12/19 4:12 AM On birthdays, street parties and weddings they look beautiful - but environmentalists warn: Balloons often end up in nature. Therefore, the Greens in Lower Saxony now demand a ban on balloons. "Birds and other animals eat the soft balloon remains and then starve to death with a full stomach," said Greens country chief Anne Kura the "New Osnabrück newspaper. Balloons made of natural latex are therefore no real alternative. The city of Gütersloh in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia had decided on Monday to refrain at all city events on flying gas balloons. The Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment, however, is not enthusiastic about the demand of the Greens. "Balloons rising into the sky have always connected people with dreams and hopes," said a spokesman. "A ban on balloons certainly does not save the world." 9/12/19 4:04 AM Even if the economy keeps on buzzing, every fifth pensioner will slump into old-age poverty by 2029. According to a study, Hubertus Heil's model of a basic pension could help - if it is cleverly supplemented. How to do that, my colleague Matthias Kaufmann wrote down. 9/12/19 4:00 AM Good morning, dear readers! Start your day well, preferably with the morning here at SPIEGEL. In the next three hours you will read the most important news here, short and crisp - and spiced up with one or the other reading and video tip. Show more Ticker Liveblog Software