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Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

If You Can't Handle The Heat - Avoid The Street

In only the second day of summer, parts of Queensland are suffering from a heatwave with temperatures soaring well above average. (Photo: Flickr)

Temperatures are expected reach 38 degrees in Ipswich and 40 degrees in Gatton, but a cool breeze is keeping the coast much cooler than expected.

Health authorities are warning people to keep cool, especially the elderly and those who work outdoors.

New Theme Parks Considered as Tourist Numbers Rise

 South East Queensland has three new theme park concepts in the works, as tourist numbers swell within the region.

Great Barrier Reef 'in danger', and more Zedlines...

The Queensland Government has said the Great Barrier Reef could end up on the UNESCO 'in danger' list. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Great Barrier Reef in danger of UNESCO listing

The Queensland Government has said the Great Barrier Reef could be put on UNESCO’s ‘in danger’ list because of failure to secure key sustainability requirements.

UNESCO received a joint report from the state and federal governments which stated that less than half of the proposed actions have been implemented to help rebuild the reef by 2050.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles told reporters it's a low possibility at this stage, but certainly higher than what we would have thought.

 

Draft Great Barrier Reef Response plan contains nothing new and more Zedlines

The Federal and Queensland Government’s draft response to the worst ever coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef this year appears to contain no new funding, nor specify any new significant action to preserve the area. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

Draft Great Barrier Reef Response plan contains nothing new

The Federal and Queensland Government’s draft response to the worst ever coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef this year appears to contain no new funding, nor specify any new significant action to preserve the area.

The Northern Great Barrier Reef Response Plan instead refers to a plan ‘nested under the Reef 2050 plan,’ a document used by the government to persuade UNESCO to exclude the reef from its World Heritage in Danger list.

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres and more Zedlines

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre. (image source: flickr)

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres

The Queensland University of Technology has tested a new biofuel from old rubber tyres and the results have proven successful.

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre.

Director Trevor Bayley says the company is able to use a wasted resource to reduce stockpiles while also creating renewable energy, meaning there is zero waste from the used tyres.

King George Square Is Lit

Thousands gathered into Brisbane’s CBD on Friday night to watch the lighting of Brisbane’s Christmas Tree in King George Square, only to be forced to wait an extra half an hour.

Pauline Hanson takes a dive at the Great Barrier reef

n an effort to disprove climate change and reports the Great Barrier Reef is dying, One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson took her Senators for a dive off Great Keppel Island over the weekend.

Ms Hanson took Senators Malcolm Roberts - a long time climate change denier - and Brian Burston on a trip in support of tourism operators and to show that the iconic reef is alive and well.

Queensland prepares for a scorcher as temperatures rise and more Zedlines

Southeast Queensland is bracing for another heatwave coupled with fire danger. (Image Source: Staticflickr.com)

Temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius are to be expected, and officials have highlighted the possibility of fires breaking out as a result of the dry conditions all throughout the state.

Residents are warned to have a Bushfire Survival Plan memorised in case of emergency.

You can follow the developments of the weather over at bom.gov.au/qld.

 

Australia's first modern-bone Museum
Queensland couple Jaimie and Debra Cook are planning the first modern bone museum in Australia.

Virtual reality arcade to open in Brisbane City and more zedlines

Brisbane City will soon be home to Queensland’s first virtual reality arcades, thanks to two Ipswich-based entrepreneurs. The pop-up arcade will open in Queen Street on Friday December 2nd and will allow patrons to engage in a variety of VR experiences, including swimming with whales. Source:Flickr

Brisbane City will soon be home to Queensland’s first virtual reality arcades, thanks to two Ipswich-based entrepreneurs.

The pop-up arcade will open in Queen Street on Friday December 2nd and will allow patrons to engage in a variety of VR experiences, including swimming with whales.

Lex Van Cooten and Rodney Robbins, the pair responsible for the initiative, say their aim is to “show people that the technology isn’t in the future - it’s here now.”

 

Record low sea ice in Arctic and more zedlines

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected. The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

Record low sea ice in Arctic

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected.

The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

Experts condemn crocodile culling in Queensland, and more Zedlines

Terri Irwin warns crocodile culling isn't the answer. Source: Flickr

Australia Zoo’s Terri Irwin has condemned Queensland MP’s for considering crocodile culling in the state.

She said there needs to be a better understanding of how to co-exist with the animals rather than the extreme measure of culling.

President of the Queensland Crocodile Conservation and Protection Society, Dean Adermann accused the LNP of scare-mongering, he said culling is a "dangerous con job" and potentially gives people a false sense of security.

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