Economic Issues

Science savvy kids and more Zedlines

Citizen science raised to new heights, with kids signing up to help document Australian species in app ‘Atlas Living Australia’.

Wildlife spotter aims to make science fun while adding to a national database of Australian species. 

Children take and upload photos identifying their finds and those made by others.

Australian University evolution ecologist Professor Craig Moritz says “it actually gets kids out in the real world getting interested in our biodiversity."

 

 

A strategy to strengthen the future of volunteering

A call to action for women's health and more Zedlines

The International Day of Action for Women’s Health advocates women’s rights and promotes the sexual and reproductive health movement worldwide.

This year’s campaign highlighted the extreme consequences resulting from a narrow approach to women’s health.

The institutional violence was accepted and enforced by the State through the denial of sexual and reproductive health services and rights.
 

 

150 gather in Brisbane in support of Australia’s peacekeepers.

About one-hundred-and-fifty people gather in Brisbane City for a march to mark the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in international peacekeeping missions.

Brisbane City Council has released a ‘green, clean sustainable report’, aiming to make Brisbane a global top-10 lifestyle city by 2031 and more Zedlines 

The plan outlines a boost in public transport and cycling, reduction of carbon emissions and improvement of natural habitats and urban forests. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk labelled the plan as the council's most ambitious environmental agenda in the city's history - while Council's opposition leader Peter Cumming said the plan was a PR document lacking substance. 
 
The 87 page document cost more than $30 000 to produce. 
 

 

A private vet has confirmed a case of  Hendra virus in a pony paddock in the Gold Coast Hinterland. 
 
The infected pony was not vaccinated against the disease, and was later euthanised.

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.

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

New Action Plan to Help Ageing Stolen Generations

Twenty years on, and the ageing Stolen Generations are still struggling to come to terms with unresolved traumas they are facing.

Mining giant Adani has postponed its investment into Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine

Indian company Adani has held back its final injection of $16.5-billion into funding the Carmichael coal mine awaiting senior Queensland Government officials to clarify whether they would lower or defer their royalty rates

Senior Queensland Government officials held a board meeting on Monday night with Adani to convince them of furthering their investment into the proposed Carmichael coal mine.

Queensland man dies on Mt. Everest and more Zedlines

A fifty-four year old Australian man dies while descending Mt. Everest.

The Tibet Mountaineering Association says the climber died at seven thousand five hundred feet after suffering from altitude sickness.

The man, named Francesco Marchetti, from Mackay, Queensland, appeared to be an experienced climber.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson says he had known Frank for over 30 years, and his death is devastating news.

Rockhampton and Cairns to trial rooftop solar on public housing.

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.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

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