Forecast for Great Barrier Reef suggests more bleaching will occur this summer and more Zedlines

Forecasts for this summer suggest that, while there is unlikely to be mass bleaching events like those that occurred in 2016 and 2017, there is still reason to be concerned for the Great Barrier Reef.

While forecasts are still uncertain, the Coral Watch program of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration put much of the reef on Alert Level 1 in February 2018, meaning that bleaching is likely.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a researcher from the University of Queensland, says the results are reason to worry, as heat stress may inhibit the coral’s chances of recovery.

Coral spawning events will emerge in the coming weeks, however may be inhibited by the coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which left around 50 per cent of the reef’s coral cover dead.

QCS results released a week early

An administrative error by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) saw thousands of QCS results released on Saturday, over a week before the planned date of release.

QCAA CEO Chris Rider said the grades were only preliminary, and advised students and parents to disregard the grades released over the weekend.

Grades were taken down later on Saturday, and Mr Rider says the finalised results will be published on Wednesday, November 15, as originally planned.

The error comes as students enter their last two weeks of exams, before Schoolies begins on November 18.

ANU develops interactive game to teach climate change

Researchers at the Australian National University say current Australian Curriculum guidelines that only see children learn about climate change from the age of 16 need to be changed.

ANU are developing an interactive video game called CO2peration that aims to teach children as young as 12 about climate science.

Researcher Inez Harker-Schuch says children undergo rapid development change at age 11 for girls and age 12 for boys, allowing them to look at executive functions and complex problems in different ways.

The video game is currently being tested in select schools across Australia and Europe and is expected to be released publicly in May next year.

Popular Canberra restaurant reclaimed by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

The popular Lobby Restaurant in the political hub of Canberra has been reclaimed by the Ngunnawal Indigenous people supported by the Aboriginal tent embassy.

The peaceful takeover occurred yesterday morning and a minimal police presence is being maintained as former owners and representatives of the Aboriginal tent embassy attempt to find a resolution.

The Lobby Restaurant first entered the spotlight in 2012 when an Australia Day protest erupted and Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard had to be escorted out by security.

Uganda welcomes millions of refugees

The African nation of Uganda is opening its doors to over one million South Sudanese refugees.

South Sudan is now experiencing an indefinite refugee crisis, as Government troops and rival rebel groups continue to engage in a brutal conflict.

The United Nations has praised Uganda’s efforts and is urging other nations to follow their example and welcome those in extreme need.

Uganda will be unable to carry the burden of this refugee crisis alone for much longer, and they have only received 25 per cent of the funding needed to accommodate the South Sudanese.

Indonesian couple push back against tobacco giants

An Indonesian couple who believe cigarettes killed their newborn son are pushing back against the nation’s tobacco giants.

The one month old baby died from pneumonia after being exposed to cigarette smoke at a party held in his honour.

His mother Fitria Lestari is now urging the Indonesian Government to help fight smoking addiction by increasing taxes on cigarettes and the big tobacco companies.

Indonesia has the highest rate of smoking among men in the world, with 65 per cent of males older than 15 smoking every day.