Climate Change

China shuts down construction of 85 coal power plants and more zedlines

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions.

The construction of the plants would have breached China’s coal capacity limit, a government set cap of 55 percent of its total energy output from coal.

The National Energy Administration announced that it would instead invest approximately $5 billion Australian into their renewable energy sector, hoping to produce half their energy from clean sources by 2020.

QLD daylight savings petition gains traction

10 year Queensland public housing plan to encourage children to earn and learn, and more Zedlines

Queensland Government pledges to focus on supporting children in public housing to continue earning or learning. Source: sourceable

The Palaszczuk Government is looking to break down barriers which stop children in public housing from earning or learning when they finish school.

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick De Brenni said the upcoming 10 year strategy will focus on ending intergenerational dependency on welfare by encouraging young people to study or work ... without penalising their parents.

He said some parts of the public housing system act as a disincentive for young people to get out into the workforce by doubling their parents rent if the children begin full time work.


Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

2016 - Another year of record breaking extreme weather

From drought to floods and record-breaking heat, 2016 was a year of extreme weather i Queensland and Australia.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to Jeff Sabburg from the Bureau of Meteorology about the year's weather and the impacts of climate change.

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Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine

Sussan Ley is refusing to explain travel records and more Zedlines

Health Minister Sussan Ley is refusing to explain why she spent $13 000 taxpayer dollars to pilot private charter planes when she could have used commercial airlines. (image source: wikimedia)

Travel records revealed yesterday that Ms Ley was conducting ministerial business when she chartered plans for childcare policy meetings in 2014, and talks with GPs in 2015.

Ministerial guidelines say charters may only be piloted under special circumstances such as an absence of commercial services or significant delays.
Ms Ley is yet to announce whether her travel arrangements meet these criteria.
Queensland set for week of extremes

NSW Health issue air pollution warning and more Zedlines

New South Wales Health has issued a warning for Sydney residents as toxic gas lingers over the city.(image: Flickr; Tony Rodd)

The current air quality is rated as ‘poor’ and health authorities are warning people with respiratory conditions such as asthma to take extra caution.

The conditions are being attributed to a combination of hot, still weather and heavy pollution is being blamed for an excess of harmful gases known as ozone in Western suburbs.


Federal government to sue prawn farmer after virus outbreak

Western Downs Alliance CSG victory against Santos and more Zedlines

Queensland community group Western Downs Alliance has claimed a big win over Santos, forcing changes to the environmental approval of coal seam gas fields in the Surat Basin. (image: Flickr; Sarah Moles)

Concerns related to the multi-billion dollar project include the dumping of millions of litres of wastewater into the Dawson River.

The federal government has now amended the approval meaning Santos will not be able to dump water in the river without strict assessment and approval.


One Nation candidate's event de-funded by council

The Ipswich City council has dropped funding for the Harmony Day event organised by former One Nation candidate Shan Ju Lin for homophobic comments she made on social media.

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

Indian chemical plant changes carbon emissions into baking soda and more Zedlines..

An Indian chemical plant has figured out how to change all of its carbon emissions into baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

The Tuticorin Alkali chemicals plant in Eastern India that has developed this technology says that this process could end up clearing 10 percent of carbon emissions in atmosphere using this technology

While this carbon capture technology is not new, the Alkali Chemicals Plant in Tuticorin is running without subsidies from the government, proving that this process can be efficient.