Climate Change

Tourism on the rise in Iceland despite melting glaciers and more zedlines

Over 2 million tourists are expected to visit Iceland this year to witness their unique glaciers which have been reconstructed with glass to stop them from melting due to climate change. Picture source: goodfreephotos.com

10 per cent of the island is covered in glass sheets to avoid danger to tourists and tour guides as they walk through the glaciers.

Global warming is causing glaciers to melt across the planet, and the rapid melting of glaciers in Iceland is causing problems for tour guide companies with some locations being deemed too dangerous for tourists to visit.

Glaciologists estimate Iceland's glaciers have been losing about 10 cubic kilometers of ice every year since 1995.

Commemmorative anniversary of 1967 referendum

Get Up! And Stop Coral Bleaching and more Zedlines

Environmental activists are planning an anti-Adani protest outside Queensland parliament today. [Image Source: Wikipedia]

Green group GetUp! plan to wear white as a representation of coral bleaching and petition Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to reject a mine proposal for the Galilee Basin.

A controversial royalties deal between Adani, Ms Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt made without cabinet approval sparked the protest.

Queensland Puts Uber on a Tighter Leash

New legislation has been put in place to protect Queensland users of Uber and similar ride booking services.

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.

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.

The Daintree Blockade: the battle for Australia’s tropical rainforests

In December 1983 a small group of local Daintree residents formed a peaceful protest when the Douglas Shire Council, with the support of the Bjelke Petersen State Government, commenced work on a road from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield in Australia’s tropical north east, about two hours north of Cairns. As an aside, Bjelke Petersen was the longest-serving Queensland Premier (1968–1987); was vocal in calling for Whitlam’s sacking in ‘75; and was openly antagonistic towards the new federal Labor Government (1983–1996).

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.

Four year anniversary of land clearing regulation relaxation and more Zedlines

1 million hectares of bush, forest and trees were culled since Newman’s LNP government released the bulldozers.

The Newman Government gutted Queensland land clearing laws four years ago today.

The Wilderness Society and the Queensland Conservation Council today launched an alliance to end land clearing in the state.  

Queensland Conservation Council head Dr Tim Seelig noted; “There are one million very good reasons to make our land clearing laws much better and more effective in protecting native wildlife.”

 

Queensland Health Minister announces commission into reducing the state’s obesity levels.

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.

 

Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

Antarctica is going green!? and more Zedlines...

Researchers say climate change is turning Antarctica green. Image source: Wikimedia

A study suggests global warming has spiked plant growth in the continent over the last fifty years.

Rising temperatures have increased the rate of moss growth in the region by four to five times since the 1950s.

Co-author of the research Matt Amesbury from the University of Exeter said while Antarctica will not become entirely green, it is likely to become greener than it currently is.

 

Queensland government offering Adani a ‘royalties holiday’

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