Climate Change

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy, Musicians Recieve Council Grant, Italian Coast Guard Rescues Over 5500 Refugees in 48 Hours and more Zedlines. (IMAGE: Wikimedia)

NSW Ranked worst state for renewable energy

NSW has been ranked as the worst state in Australia in terms of supplying renewable sources of electricity in a report by Australia's independent Climate Council.

In the report released this morning, the Climate Council says NSW’s proportion of renewable electricity fell from 7 to 6 percent in 2014, and the state has failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities for implementing sustainable energy programs

Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change

Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change, QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports, Sir Douglas Nicholls to be remembered as a part of AFL’s Indigenous Round and more Zedlines

QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports

A QUT project is developing resources to make airports more accessible for people with dementia.

Dr. Maria O’Reilly is designing a user guide to Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airport Terminals as well as producing a resources kit to be used by airport staff.

Leonie Vandeven, says the new guidelines from the project will be integrated into Brisbane Airports’ current Disability Access program.

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions and more Zedlines

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Victoria in 1981, however, hundreds remain listed in official government records as having a criminal history.

Prominent members of the state’s LGBTI community have welcomed the prospect of the apology, saying it is a significant step forwards in the acceptance of homosexual people.

Record breaking rain in May for far north QLD and more 8am Zedlines

May has been a record breaking month for rain in far north Queensland (Source: Wikipedia)

Divers experience rare swim with five-metre whale shark off North Stradbroke Island

Divers off North Stradbroke Island have been treated with a rare and spectacular sighting of a five metre long juvenile whale shark.

University of Queensland marine biologist Dr Kathy Townsend said it was only the second confirmed sighting of a whale shark off North Stradbroke in about 10 years.

350.org calls out QLD’s climate action blockers and more Zedlines

Environmental organisation 350.org will host a mock auction in Brisbane city today to expose politicians who are opposed to climate action. Image: 350.org

350.org calls out QLD’s climate action blockers

Environmental organisation 350.org will host a mock auction in Brisbane city today to expose politicians who are opposed to climate action.

The rally will call out candidates who the organisation considers to have sold out to the fossil fuel industry and who put coal, oil and gas above communities.

The faux auction is a part of 350.org's Pollution Free Politics campaign and will be held at Reddaclife Place on George Street at 1pm Tuesday afternoon.

Australian gender pay association warns against new study and more Zedlines

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce. Image: wikicommons

Australian gender pay association warns against new study

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce.

The study claims women seek out less competitive jobs and suggests their attempts at negotiating tend to be less successful than males’ attempts.

Libby Lyons, Director of Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency has cautioned the study, saying she is not aware of any similar evidence in Australia.

South African gold miners to sue mining companies and more Zedlines

A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work. (Source: Pixabay)

South African gold miners to sue mining companies
A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work.

The decision opens the way for the current and former miners to sue about 30 companies for damages, after suffering silicosis and tuberculosis from dangerous underground working conditions dating back decades.

Queensland's mangrove ecosystem dying in secret and more Zedlines

Extensive mangrove tree death in remote North Queensland is causing huge concern among environmental scientists. (Source: Wikicommons)

Queensland's mangrove ecosystem dying in secret
Extensive mangrove tree death in remote North Queensland is causing huge concern among environmental scientists.

James Cook University Professor Norm Duke said they knew large scale diebacks of mangrove trees in the Gulf of Carpentaria had been happening for months but scientist had only just noticed as they were in the most remote areas of Queensland.

Gay panic defence to be repealed - and more Zedlines

Attorney General Yvette D'ath announced her intention to repeal Queensland's gay panic defence (source: flickr)

Gay panic defence to be repealed

Attorney General Yvette D’ath indicated an intention to remove the gay panic defence from Queensland law.

Currently a perpetrator can use fear of a homosexual advance from a victim as a partial defence to murder.

Ms D’ath said the Criminal Code must not be seen to condone violence against the gay community.

 

Queensland drought continues

Queensland has seen little improvement in its drought conditions after a fourth failed wet season.

Rising sea levels are wiping out the Solomon Islands and more Zedlines

At least five reef islands in the Solomon Islands are completely lost due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. (Source: Wikicommons)

Rising sea levels are wiping out the Solomon Islands
At least five reef islands in the Solomon Islands are completely lost due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

The islands lost range in size from one to five hectares and supported dense tropical vegetation that was at least 300 years old.

As well as the lost Islands, some six more have been severely eroded with one particular island losing half of its inhabitable area, with 11 houses washed into the sea since 2011.

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