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Environmental groups call for climate action
Environmental groups have responded to an announcement yesterday from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that the reef is suffering a level 1 bleaching event, saying it shows a need for Queensland to take climate action.
The report released by the marine park authority says the reef is in danger of turning into an underwater desert if climate change and localised pollution is not dealt with.
Conservation groups like Greenpeace go further, saying for the sake of the reef Queensland needs to move away from the coal industry and stop projects like Adani’s Carmichael mine. Greepeace spokesperson Shani Tager says “We can have a coal industry or we can have a healthy reef, we cannot have both.”
Single cancer patients die sooner: study
A Queensland study has found cancer patients who are single are more likely to die within 10 years than those with a partner.
The study, by researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and Cancer Council Queensland, looked at more than 176,000 cases of the 10 leading cancers between 1996 and 2012.
It found the likelihood of death was 26 per cent higher for single men than partnered men and 20 per cent higher for single women, although the exact reasons remained unclear.
Elders block mine entrance in protest
Aboriginal elders from the Gamilaraay and Githabul nations have locked themselves to concrete barrels, blocking entrance to Whitehaven’s Maules Creek coal mine in north-west New South Wales.
Elders Paul Spearim and Laurence MIles say that while they also have environmental concerns, the action is primarily to protect sacred cultural sites which Whitehaven is destroying in the construction of the mine.
Gamillaraay elders say Whitehaven has destroyed 38 cultural sites, including 10 of high significance. Lawlers Well, the last site of high significance in the Maules Creek Mine boundary, is scheduled to be demolished in the next two months.
Early Super Tuesday wins for Clinton, Trump
Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primaries in Virginia and Georgia, while Republican Donald Trump has won Georgia, according to projections.
Georgia is one of 12 states voting on Super Tuesday, and opinion polls show Trump leading in nearly all the states on a night that will intensify worries among Republican leaders who fear the billionaire could inflict long-term damage on the party.
Clinton, the former secretary of state, is also projected to win Virginia and hopes to take a big step towards wrapping up her nomination fight with rival Bernie Sanders.
Zuma endures no-confidence vote
South African president Jacob Zuma has survived a no-confidence vote brought by opposition party Democratic Alliance.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane led the motion with the claim "South Africans demand Jacob Zuma be taken to task for his reckless handling of our economy, and his sending South Africa into financial crisis." The opposition are also calling for corruption charges against Mr Zuma, which were dropped in 2009, to be reinstated.
With the ruling African National Congress holding two-thirds of the parliament though, the motion was unsuccessful; and was dismissed by the majority party as “frivolous antics cloaked in democracy”.