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Doctors urge residents near coal mine to get health checks

Doctors have advised residents living near the proposed site for the Adani Carmichael coal mine to get health check before work starts on the mine to prepare for later action on the mine’s health impacts.

Doctors for the Environment Australia said residents needed a baseline to compare their health to if they get sick from the mine’s activities.

Doctors for the Environment member Doctor David King said it was a shame that residents have to take the initiative and pay for it themselves when it should be the state government’s responsibility.

Toowoomba girl missing in since Monday

There are concerns for the welfare of a teenage girl missing from Toowoomba for more than three days.

The fourteen year old was last seen on Monday afternoon in the Toowoomba central business district.

She was wearing a pink shirt and is described as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance with shoulder length dark curly hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Australian coal mines among most risky investments

An Oxford University study has found that Australian coal mines are one of the riskiest investments in the world due to environmental risks and their unusually high level of reliance on coal exports.

The report also found that Australian, Chinese and US coal-fired power stations were the most vulnerable to environmental risks.

Lead author of the report Ben Caldecott said the report meant that investors should be very cautious about supporting projects associated with thermal coal like the Adani Carmichael mega-mine and the Shenhua Watermark mine.

Tropical cyclone could form on WA coast

A tropical low off the coast of Western Australia could become a category two cyclone when it crosses the shore on Saturday morning.

Bureau of Meteorology tropical cyclone forecaster Joe Courtney said the cyclone has had a lot of time to intensify and could have winds up to 140 kilometers an hour.

Residents are warned to secure or remove any loose items and to prepare emergency kits.

WHO declares state of emergency following spread of Zika virus

The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee on what it says is the explosive spread of the Zika virus.

The virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America, has spread to 23 countries in the Americas with the WHO predicting 3-4 million cases in the coming year.

There is no vaccine or cure for the virus and authorities are warning pregnant women not to travel to affected countries.

Leader of US militia urges members to go home

The leader of armed militants occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon has urged the remaining militants to go home.

Ammon Bundy and seven others were arrested, and one of his group killed, during a traffic stop on January 26.

Law enforcement officers then surrounded the building housing the few remaining militants where they continue their occupation.