Climate Change

Spike in arms sales at Cold War levels and more Zedlines

US and Europe lead the way in Arms sales to the Middle East, with China quickly catching up.

There’s been a spike in the international arms trade -with sales figures unheard of since the Cold war - according to a peace activist’s report.

The Stockholm Peace Research Institute said the Middle East has nearly doubled its intake in the last five years, with Saudi Arabia increasing their arms importation by over 200%, purchasing the majority of arms from the United States and the United Kingdom.

LNP and One Nation miffed before elections

Image Sorce: Flickr/Carollainy Queensland’s Liberal National Party has ruled out making a deal with One Nation at the next state election.

LNP leader Tim Nicholls says there will be no coalition formed with One Nation and the Liberals will not preference people who do not agree with their values.

Mr. Nicholls had previously refused to rule out any deal between the LNP and the fringe party at the next state election which is expected to be called in the second half of this year.

 

Labour Party to discuss indigenous caucus today

The Labour Party will establish an indigenous caucus which aims to increase their government participation by first Australians.

Renting is difficult but I’m too poor to buy a house and more Zedlines

Australia’s first housing tenants survey has revealed Australian’s have poor security and minimal power to demand standard property maintenance.

The survey shows a large portion of tenants put up with poor quality housing out of fear complaining to their landlords will result in eviction.

Spokesperson for consumer group Choice, Matt Levey, says 83 per cent of people surveyed were either on 12 month or non-fixed term leases, meaning they potentially would not know where they will be living in a year’s time.

 

Ergon’s new tariff structure to be decided soon

State Oppositions hold renewable energy target practice amid push for clean coal

Image: Blackwater BMA mine (Matt Dennien)

Liberal State Oppositions in Victoria, SA and QLD have this week claimed they will scrap state-based renewable energy targets, allowing the Federal Government to call the shots should they win office.

Snap rally to support Renewable Energy

A rally takes place at 1pm on the 14th of February to show support for renewable energy after the LNP has attacked targets made in various states.  I spoke to Ellen Roberts from Get Up! about this rally and the state of renewable energy in Queensland. 

 

Image credit: Geograph

Turnbull in need of One Nation to hold onto Queensland and more Zedlines

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. (Image source: Pixabay)

A new Galaxy poll shows the Turnbull government will need the preferences of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party to retain Queensland in the next election. 

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. 

Much of the coalition's support has shifted to One Nation, whose primary vote has risen from 5.5 points to 18 percent. 

 

Potent Turtle Blood and more Zedlines

A link has been identified between cobalt exports and the deteriorating health of Southern Queensland turtles. (image source: Flikr)

Researchers from the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Services examined the health of green sea turtles in Cleveland and Upstart Bay, and measured cobalt blood levels were 4 to 25 times higher than turtles located away from urban areas.

Studies show 44 percent of tested Upstart Bay turtles harbour signs of a systematic stressor and an active inflammatory response.

Toowoomba's Water Quality not Rising to Expectations

Newly discovered cave could contain ancient manuscripts and more Zedlines

For the first time in 60 years, archaeologists have discovered a cave believed to contain hidden Dead Sea Scrolls. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

 

Hundreds of Hebrew manuscripts were last found in eleven caves on the edge of the Dead Sea in the mid-20th century.

 

The 2000-year-old scrolls are the second oldest set of biblical texts ever discovered and are believed to have been created by a Jewish sect that lived in the area until 70AD.

 

Researchers from Israel’s Hebrew University say no scripts have been found yet, however, they have discovered shattered jars, similar to those that held scrolls in the other eleven caves.

 
LNP member resigns from Shadow Cabinet

World Heritage Sites Destroyed by Human Activity

A University of Queensland study has found more than 100 Natural World Heritage sites are being destroyed by encroaching human activity. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The study shows the human footprint has increased 63 percent over the past two decades in all continents except for Europe.

The human footprint includes roads, agriculture, urbanisation, industrial infrastructure and deforestation.

New Research Project in Support of Treatment for Alcohol, Drugs and Mental
The effectiveness of treatments for addiction and mental health in Queensland will be explored in research conducted by a new Professor of Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health.

More Charges for Young Australian of the Year Finalist and more Zedlines

A former young Australian of the Year finalist and founder of the Street Swag charity has had more fraud charges laid against her. (source:flickr Colin Davis)

Jean Madden is currently being investigated for several counts of fraud, after she allegedly misappropriated $441,000 from the homeless welfare group, the 37-year-old woman is now facing six more counts of fraud including falsifying records and attempted fraud.

Ms Madden founded Street Swags in 2010, with the aim to provide homeless people with canvas bags that convert to bedding.  

 

The Sunshine State Capitalises with Solar

Six projects are set to make Toowoomba and the Darling Downs a solar power capital.

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