Climate Change

Guide Dog Brogan Records 300th Flight

An Australian guide dog, Brogan, is believed to be Australia’s most-travelled guide dog, and on Monday he recorded his 300th flight. (Photo Source: New Daily)

Cancer Council Offers Free Wigs to Cancer Patients
The cancer council is offering free wigs and turbans to Brisbane women and girls undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer council CEO Chris McMillian says that offering this service is a way of showing support for the distressing side-effect of cancer treatment.

The wig and turban service is a part of the practical support services offered by the cancer council, which also offers counselling and accommodation assistance.

70% of Mosul IDPs to return home

The Iraqi minister for immigration predicts that at least 70% of internally displaced persons from Mosul will be returning home by the end of this year.

Immigration minister Darbaz Mohammed says more than a quarter of the IDPs have already returned home, and is hopeful that there will be no more camps housing refugees by the end of the year. 

Mosul was declared liberated from ISIS this month, but Mohammed says they will consider it a victory when large numbers of refugees return home. 

Public Housing to cost $34 million

Over the past five years close to $34 million has been spent repairing Queensland public housing due to vandalism, damage and uncleanliness.

Promising Great Barrier Reef Research and more Zedlines...

Queensland research on wetland restoration is indicating promising results in the battle to protect the Great Barrier Reef from nutrient and sediment excess.

The research is supported by the Palaszczuk Government and has received more than $250 thousand in funding.

Initial results suggest wetlands can eradicate nitrogen from the water and that forested wetlands have higher carbon and nitrogen storage capacity in comparison to marshes.

The project will offer a framework for the restoration of wetlands, which play a vital role in blocking and managing pollutants that threaten the health of the reef.

 

 

EvacuateNow Vigil

 

At The Coal Face: Hazelwood, Acland, Kingaroy and Adani

‘The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be
coming from everywhere, swirling around until it blackened the entire town’

— The Coal Face by Tom Doig

‘Coal is good for humanity’

— Tony Abbott and Malcolm Roberts
(neither know what they’re talking about)

‘By the time it’s at the stage where it’s quite dramatic, the company’s gone, the mine's gone and the groundwater systems are destroyed’

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

QLD targeting zero net emissions by 2050 and other Zedlines

The state government has voiced its plan to target zero net emissions in Queensland by 2050 (Image:Wikimedia).

Queensland is currently the heaviest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions when ranked against the other states and territories in Australia, releasing over 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions in 2015 alone.

Deputy Premier of Queensland Jackie Trad, insisted that the plan is vital in helping Australia meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement.

New space for Brisbane creatives

Commonwealth Games Extend School Holidays

The Queensland government has announced that state school students will get an extra day of holidays next year due to buses being used for the Commonwealth Games.

The extra day is to allow time for buses to return to areas after being used for the Games.

The extra day off  will not be a public holiday, and the idea for it comes from advice given by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

 

Electoral Commission Investigates Queensland Greens

ABC News has discovered that the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) has concerns about the Queensland Greens political donation policy.

100 days of protest in Venezuela and more Zedlines...

Supporters of the Venezuelan opposition today mark their 100th day of protest against the government they blame for political repression and economic turmoil in the country.

Many protests throughout the 100 days resulted in clashes between demonstrators and security forces, leading to over 90 deaths, hundreds of arrests, and thousands of injuries.

To mark the 100 days of protest, thousands gathered in an east Caracas square on Sunday to hear speeches from leaders and figures amongst the opposition.

 

 

New contract for retirement

 

A reform has been made to simplify retirement village contracts for existing and selling units fairer in Queensland.

Queensland researchers create life saving super bananas and more zedlines

Queensland researchers have created genetically modified bananas that will be used to save the lives of thousands of east African children. Picture source: Wikimedia.

The bananas, which contain upwards of four times the normal amount of Vitamin A found in a standard banana, will assist in the prevention of deficiencies which can lead to blindness, an impaired immune system and delayed brain development.

Jean-Yves Paul of the Queensland University of Technology said the bananas will make a significant contribution to preventing the deaths of  700,000 children worldwide each year resulting from Vitamin A deficiency, particularly those in rural areas.

LNP Convention comes to town

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