China shuts down construction of 85 coal power plants and more zedlines

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions.

The construction of the plants would have breached China’s coal capacity limit, a government set cap of 55 percent of its total energy output from coal.

The National Energy Administration announced that it would instead invest approximately $5 billion Australian into their renewable energy sector, hoping to produce half their energy from clean sources by 2020.

QLD daylight savings petition gains traction

STI rates burning as cases spike, and more Zedlines...

Queensland STI cases spike, according to Queensland Health. (Image Source: JISC)

STIs on the rise

The amount of Queenslanders with sexually transmitted diseases is significantly higher according to Queensland Health, with cases of gonorrhoea increasing by 32% in 2016.

Figures show STIs have increased by 10% in the last year.

Dr Wendell Rosevear, who runs a Brisbane-based medical centre that specialises in sexual health, said a change in dating culture may be behind the spike in cases.

Dr Rosevear said the new ways people connect over the internet for ‘instant sex’ allows people to have multiple partners in a day.


Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

NSW Health issue air pollution warning and more Zedlines

New South Wales Health has issued a warning for Sydney residents as toxic gas lingers over the city.(image: Flickr; Tony Rodd)

The current air quality is rated as ‘poor’ and health authorities are warning people with respiratory conditions such as asthma to take extra caution.

The conditions are being attributed to a combination of hot, still weather and heavy pollution is being blamed for an excess of harmful gases known as ozone in Western suburbs.


Federal government to sue prawn farmer after virus outbreak

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

Train derails at Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal injuring over a hundred people and more Zedlines....

A commuter train accident is now under investigation after the train derailed Wednesday morning in Brooklyn, New York injuring over a hundred passengers. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

A train has derailed in Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal,  during rush hour on Wednesday morning, American time.

The packed rush hour train hit a bumping block as it pulled into Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal,
Derailing from the tracks and hitting a small workplace structure.

Study Reveals Pilots Suffer From Suicidal Thoughts ... & More Zedlines

A Harvard University study has found thousands of commercial pilots have experienced suicidal thoughts.

Experts warned pilots might cover up their symptoms of depression for fear of losing their jobs, as they are automatically deemed unfit to fly if diagnosed.

The study comes after the 2015 Germanwings crash, when a pilot suspected of being mentally ill crashed the airliner into the French Alps, killing 150 passengers.

Government Urged to Ditch Toondah Harbour Project

Whitehaven Coal attempting to block air pollution reports and more Zedlines

Whitehaven Coal is trying to stop the release of annual pollution reports from its mines in north-west NSW.(source: lock the gate alliance)

Researchers at Environmental Justice Australia have questioned the quality of the mines’ internal monitoring, claiming their submitted readings are wildly inaccurate.

The group lodged a Freedom of Information request to the Environmental Protection Authority seeking documents that detail the annual pollutants load it generates each year.

The EPA decided the documents were of public interest, but Whitehaven Coal objected and can now challenge the decision with a review which may take up to forty days.


Australia’s Power Grid In Need Of Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade

Australia needs to start investing in the future of its energy infrastructure.

Australia’s energy regulator is releasing a report  - recommending a multi-million dollar investment in electricity infrastructure.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report argues that investment now - such as a second energy connector with South Australia - will save money in the long term.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has questioned who will pay for the upgrades and says the report highlights the impact of ambitious renewable energy sources in several states.

Artifical reefs planned in Rockhampton to protect diversity of fish species, and more Zedlines...

'Fish hotels' are part of a Central Queensland science project to protect fish colonies. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Artificial reef plan to protect fish species

Scientists from Central Queensland are building check-in 'fish hotels' in an attempt to protect the diversity of aquaculture in the region.

In a collaborative project hosted by the Fitzroy Basin Association, Yeppen Lagoons in Rockhampton will have accommodation for a dozen new artificial reefs.

Project manager, Shannon Van Nunen, said the fish hotels will be part of a broader strategy to increase the number of species in the local catchment.