Scientists find North Stradbroke Island wetlands date back to the last ice age

Scientists have discovered Stradbroke Island is home to wetlands dating back 200,000 years.

A study, led by the University of Adelaide, has found that the island has the most wetlands dating back to the last ice age to hit Australia.

Lead researcher Dr John Tibby says the research suggests that Stradbroke Island may have provided a refuge for plants and animals during the last ice age.

Investigation into cross-border waste transport open for submissions

The Queensland Government is conducting an independent investigation into the cross-border transport of waste to Queensland’s landfills and it’s now open for public submissions.   

Environment Minister Steven Miles encourages all transport, waste and recycling facility operators in New South Wales and South East Queensland to provide written submissions to this investigation.

The investigation will look at incentives for movement of waste from other states, and how to prevent this from happening.

It will examine the role of other states and the Commonwealth and whether there is a need for a regulatory reform.

Energy companies push for move away from coal

Energy companies in Australia are pushing for the country to move away from coal-fired electricity and look to renewables for the future.

AGL CEO Andy Vesey explains that coal-powered electricity is simply too expensive amid his plans to shut down the Liddell coal-power station in NSW.

The federal government is pushing to keep the station running to help avert feared blackouts in the state in the coming years.

With Origin and Energy Australia also pushing to end coal power, and with banks refusing to lend money for coal-fired plants, the Australian government needs to plan for a more renewable energy based future.

More cyclists suffering serious injuries on roads

Australian cyclists are experiencing more serious road injuries than ever before.

A new study from Monash University has found that the rate of cyclists involved in serious road injuries has been increasing by eight per cent a year over the last nine years.

Over the course of the study, the rise in such serious injuries saw health costs for cyclists rise to more than 700 million dollars per year.

The study also found that 22 per cent of all on-road crashes occurred while the cyclist was riding in a designated cycling lane, showing that bike lanes alone are not enough to keep cyclists safe.

Rohingya insurgents declare month-long truce

Rohingya insurgents have called for a month-long truce with Myanmar security forces.

The truce was issued over Twitter, and insurgents urged the Government of Myanmar to reciprocate, in order to assist victims.

The insurgents, who claim they are fighting against the government persecution of Rohingya Muslims, renewed their attacks last month, and were met with a violent military response.

The fighting has caused around 290 000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh, where they are now facing issues such as hunger and overcrowding in makeshift refugee camps.

China looks at plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

China is looking at plans to ban the production and sale of petrol and diesel cars as part of efforts to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

China’s Vice Minister of Industry says the country has started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force.

Both the UK and France have already announced plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 and other global car firms including Renault-Nissan, Ford, and General Motors are all working to develop electric cars in China.

Last year alone, China produced 28 million cars, almost a third of the global total.