Himalayan Glaciers now legally recognised as 'person' and more Zedlines

A court in India has officially recognised the Himalayan glaciers as a ‘legal person’. Image source: Wikimedia

The decision comes after the court granted a similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers, in an effort to curb environmental destruction and widen environmental protection in the mountainous region.

A spokesperson for the highest court in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, says the rights of the entities shall be the equivalent to the rights of human beings, therefore any injury or harm caused to these bodies shall be treated as injury or harm caused to human beings.

Dinosaur-bird fossil discovered in Queensland

The fossil remains of a dinosaur-bird have been discovered in the town of Richmond, in regional north-west Queensland.

Mike D’Arcy, an enthusiast from Townsville who made the discovery, nicknamed the bird the “Richmond raptor”, and says the project has taken five years since the first remains were found.

The species resembles a seagull and was discovered in what was formerly Australia’s Cretaceous Inland Sea, with the fossil being held on display at Richmond’s Kronosaurus Korner museum.

Toxic foam leak could affect Brisbanites for 100 years

Experts warn that Brisbane could experience the negative effects from this month’s toxic foam leak at the Brisbane airport for up to 100 years.

Over 20,000 (20 thousand) litres of firefighting foam was spilled from a Qantas hangar on Monday the 10th of April.

Environmental medicine expert Andrew Jeremijenko (Jeremy-Jenko) says the man-made perfluorinated compounds in the foam have been linked to some cancers, thyroid diseases and reproductive effects.

But Queensland Health experts say there is still no strong evidence of adverse health impacts from exposure to the chemicals.

Largest collection of rock art in WA under threat

A Senate inquiry has revealed the world’s largest collection of ancient rock art in remote Western Australia is under threat from tourists as well as an invasive new plant species created by the Norwegian fertiliser company Yara International.

Murujuga, also known as the Burrup peninsula near Karratha is home to 2,500 registered Aboriginal heritage sites including rock art depicting the oldest known images of the human face.

Professor John Black has warned senators that emissions from the new ammonium nitrate plant would cause microbial growth on the rock surfaces, placing the art at serious risk.

Karratha City mayor, Peter Long, says more money needs to be invested to manage Murujuga after a number of reports of graffiti and vandalism, stating that an access gate was needed, as well as the funding of two full-time rangers at the site.

Crops flourish as migrants share agricultural skills

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Wollongong have turned their attention to the agricultural boom in Mildura, as East African migrants share their wealth of knowledge with local farmers.

Dr Olivia Dun from the University of Melbourne believes that while there are important lessons to be learnt from the Burundian community of Mildura, Dun mentions their intentions to challenge the negative status quo around migrants and their assimilation into Australia.

Like a lot of African countries, the Republic of Burundi has been wrought with civil war, and the relocation to Australia has proven beneficial for the Burundians and the local community, as they apply their skills allowing not only crops to flourish, but also their lives.

Rats can breed like crazy if left unchecked

Studies have revealed that a pair of rats could produce half a billion descendants in just three years.

The report by Rentokill, states that a female rat typically births up to six litters a year, consisting of 12 pups, but if left unchecked, a pair could birth up to 482 million pups in a three year period.

However, this does not mean rats will ever outnumber humans - lack of food, shelter availability, diseases, predators, and the fact that rats fight and cannibalize each other, are all factors keeping the rat population from spiraling out of control.