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The University of Queensland will take charge in a study into coral bleaching occurring along the Great Barrier Reef

UQ to examine coral bleaching along the Great Barrier Reef

The University of Queensland will take charge in a study into coral bleaching occurring along the Great Barrier Reef. Director of UQ’s Global Change Institute Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg will lead a team as they survey conditions along the reef, comparing current health with surveys taken in 2012.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg says above average land and water temperatures over summer have resulted in mass coral bleaching north of cairns. The survey will also investigate any damage that has occurred as a result of the bleaching.

 

Consumers to benefit from menu labelling laws

Queensland Parliament passed laws yesterday that make it mandatory for food retailers to advertise the kilojoule content of their menu items.

The laws apply to fast-food, bakery, cafe or supermarket chains with at least 20 outlets in queensland, and are designed to help diners make more informed choices about what they eat.  Queensland’s rate of adult obesity OBI-SITI is 10 per cent higher than the national rate and is the highest in australia.

 

Tax incentives for australian startups

Yesterday Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his government will introduce legislation for tax incentives to encourage startups.

The new proposed tax laws would allow a 20 percent income tax rebate  for retail investors and a 10 percent tax rebate for venture capital investors in established start-ups.

According to Turnbull the legislation could be introduced as early as Wednesday.

 

Mary Robinson criticises CSIRO cuts

Former Irish president Mary Robinson has criticised the proposed cuts to CSIRO climate science in a speech made at the University of Melbourne's Sustainable Society Institute last night.

The former politician was the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change last year. She was a key player in brokering the global agreement on climate change in Paris in December.

CSIRO chief Larry Marshall announced structural changes to Australia's national science agency in February. Approximately 350 climate science jobs could be affected.

 

Fighting spreads in Turkey after bomb

The fighting between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants spreads after Sunday’s suicide bomb attack in Ankara.

In Diyarbakir - the largest city in mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey - one police officer and three militants were killed after fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) blocked roads and were confronted with security forces.

In response to the Ankara bombing, The Turkish military launched air strikes hitting the PKK’s main bases.