Fiji’s presidency of Climate Change Conference draws attention to climate migration and more Zedlines...

The UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, known as COP23, kicks off today, with Fiji as this year’s president.

This will give the country an opportunity to draw attention to the risks of coastal erosion and regular flooding, which has necessitated the relocation of whole villages, including that of Vunidogoloa and Vanua Levu, and is attributed by village residents and the government to global warming.

Similar issues are also faced by other Small Island Developing States, with Dr Celia McMichael from the University of Melbourne’s School of Geography stating that lower-income areas are most vulnerable to climate-related migration risks.

Climate migration is also associated with a number of health and psychological risks, including an increased risk of infectious diseases, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Premier promises upgrade to M1

The premier and the opposition leader are competing with promises to upgrade the M1 motorway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised almost $250 million worth of upgrades, just one day after opposition leader Tim Nicholls announced plans for a 500 million dollar upgrade.

Minister Nicholls says the LNP’s proposal is designed to get people home from work sooner.

This comes as we enter the second week of the Queensland election campaign.

Queensland school ditches Japanese for Aboriginal language lessons

A remote school situated in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria has made the decision to remove Japanese classes and replace them with Gangalidda Indigenous language lessons.

The change comes after students began to question why they were learning Japanese in a town which is 97 per cent Indigenous, with little international exposure or tourism.

Principal Chris Ford is hoping to create a schooling program which is more realistic to the area the students live in and hopefully open more opportunities for students and local indigenous teachers.

Drop in youth wellbeing attributed to jobs

New research has found that the wellbeing of Australia’s youth is not as high as it should be, due to high job turnover, the national skills shortage, increasing university and vocational dropout rates, and a myriad of employment issues.

Darren Cocks, Managing Director of Apprenticeship Support Australia, says that young people pursuing careers that are intrinsically important to them is more likely to result in engaged staff who enjoy their work, have fewer sick days, benefit from higher levels of wellbeing and are therefore more likely to stay longer in their jobs.

The research, which was collected from a survey of over 13 000 young Australians, also found that parents were ranked the most likely for young people to turn to for career advice.

Prime Minister refuses New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, says the Government will not be accepting an offer from New Zealand to resettle asylum seekers from the recently closed Manus Island and Nauru detention centres.

Turnbull says the Government will be sticking with its agreement with the United States to resettle 1250 asylum seekers, provided they pass the ‘rigorous vetting’ imposed by the US.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says we cannot continue ignore the very human face of the problem, and has reiterated that the offer is still on the table.

Almost 600 men are refusing to leave the islands, despite authorities cutting off supplies of food, water, and electricity.

Shooting occurs in a Texan Church

Around 20 people have been killed after a man entered a church in a small Texan town and opened fire on the parishioners.

Exact numbers are yet to be confirmed but Wilson County Commissioner, Paul Pheil has said there were more than 20 people killed and just as many injured.

Police rushed to the church some 50 kilometres south-east of San Antonio and the gunman was shot and killed on sight.