Foreign Affairs

Australia’s first poo-powered car and more Zedlines...

The Queensland Urban Utilities treatment plant have introduced Australia’s first poo-powered car named the Mitsubishi i-MiEW.

 
After the plant captured waste from about three hundred thousand Brisbane residents, the sewage was fed into a cogeneration unit which generated electricity for the car.

QUU spokesman Justin Poulus says the company is now investigating how to purify the gas so it could be a standalone product as the gas extracted from the waste is still too low in purity to run a gas-fired car.

Tougher, Safer Laws for Queensland Construction Workers

Asylum seekers drown off Libyan coast and more Zedlines

At least 20 dead bodies have been spotted in the sea off the Libyan coast after 200 people fell into the water, amongst them asylum seekers and toddlers. [Image source: Flickr]

The coast guard called in vessels to help with the rescue, after which about 1700 people were saved.

More than 1300 asylum seekers fleeing Africa and the Middle East have died in the Mediterranean sea this year.

Surfer saves man’s life

Surf Living Saving Queensland are praising a surfer who pulled an unconscious boardrider onto his surfboard and performed CPR, saving the man’s life.

Missile-fueled tension on the Korean Peninsula and more Zedlines

South Korea fired warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone yesterday over tension after North Korea’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation. (Image source: Wikimedia/Globaljuggler)

Military said the identity of the object remains unclear but local news agencies say it was possibly a drone.

More than 90 shots had been fired at the object when it disappeared from radar screens.

White spot disease decontamination: a work in progress
White spot disease control in prawn and seafood farms along the Logan River has left seven farms cleared, moving the farms on to the next step of decontamination.

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Qld artist using plastics to highlight growing waste issue and more Zedlines

An artist out of North Queensland is using art to highlight the growing issue of waste within Australia (Image: Getty Images).

Through maths and a passion for environmental awareness, Alison McDonald has created an inventive 19 piece exhibit using simple geometric patterns and 100% recycled materials.

Ms McDonald’s captivating and interactive exhibit aims to demonstrate the effect an individual can have by simply being mindful of the waste they are creating.

LNP’s no body, no parole policy dropped
The Liberal National Party has failed to get its ‘no body, no parole’ policy into the government’s parole board bill.

What is currently going on with the Trans Pacific Partnership ?

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a multilateral trade agreement that has been circulating for a few years. It has been met with a lot of criticism and has been turned on its head when the United States pulled out of the deal in January. This has caused trouble for the other states involved in the agreement as they try and reassess where the deal is heading and what is included in the deal. Australia has been a strong supporter of the TPP even though there is no clear benefit to being involved with the agreement but there are some potential dangers.

Palaszczuk response to One Nation false expense allegations and more Zedlines

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has responded to allegations that senior figures within the One Nation Party had attempted to submit false expense claims to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The allegations lodged against One Nation have been referred to law enforcement bodies.

Palaszczuk says that if investigations into the allegations reveal any gaps Electoral laws that could be used by politicians to defraud taxpayers, those gaps would be filled by the Labor party.

Her response follows as a leaked recording of a One Nation meeting, in which Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff, James Ashby, posed the party charge an inflated price for campaign materials.

Activists Chained to Loaded Train and more Zedlines

Two young activists from Not Aurizon, Not Adani have chained themselves onto an Aurizon train at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Fairfield Road (NAIF) to protest Aurizon’s latest application to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility or NAIF for public funding to build a rail link to the Galilee Basin. (IMAGE: Stop Queensland Coal Exports)

According to witnesses on the scene close to 10 police cars are surrounding the area, with the Queensland Police making many attempts to get the protestors to unchain themselves, which has put a complete halt to the coal train with over 100 carriages.

Aurizon delivered a $1.25billion proposal to the NAIF in hopes to build the rail link, which will unlock the coal deposits of the Galilee Basin, it is believed Adani is also seeking funding for this project.

Dugong Numbers Rise in the Great Barrier Reef

Research from Sydney’s James Cook University has shown dugong calf populations in the Great Barrier Reef have made a comeback after they were wiped out due to their seagrass food supply being damaged from Cyclone Yasi and the subsequent flooding in 2011.

In a survey, scientists estimated that there are more than 5500 dugongs in the Queensland and New South Wales region, over half of which were in The Reef’s world heritage area.

Thriving dugong numbers can be an indicator of good ecosystem health as they play an integral ecological role in The Reef, but further surveys will be conducted every 5 years to monitor the marine animals’ progress.

 

Queen Street Bus Station Renovations

Young girl escapes an aggressive sea lion and more Zedlines

A sea lion has dragged a young girl underwater in Vancouver.

The girl was sitting on the edge of a dock with a crowd of onlookers watching the sea lion, when it reached up and grabbed her by her dress, pulling under.

A man believed to be a relative of the girl jumped in after her, bringing her back to safety. She appeared unharmed.

 

Over the next two weeks more than 2600 Year 9 students will gather across Australia for Young Leader’s ‘Altitude Day’ series.

The series is a two-week national roadshow that celebrates the positive change that young people are able to make in the world.

Koala population more than halved in Queensland and more Zedlines

Koalas could soon be wiped out in areas across QLD due to land clearing, according to a recent report from World Wildlife Foundation Australia.

The report estimated nearly 180 koalas died as a result of bushland bulldozing in south east Queensland alone between 2013 and 2015.

There has been a 53 per cent decline in Queensland koala populations, and an 80 per cent decline in populations in southwest Qld.

The group has called upon the government to “bite the bullet” and put in stronger protections for Koalas and other wildlife.

 

A team of Indigenous rangers is undergoing training to use drones to monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

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