Climate Change

Sweden, Germany and France pursuing Paris climate goals alone and more Zedlines

A new study has revealed Sweden, Germany and France are the only European nations pursuing environmental policies promised at the Paris climate conference. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

The data comes from the European Climate Leadership Board published by environmental campaign group Carbon Market Watch, a system ranking European nations according to their progress towards 40% emission reduction by 2030.

Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain and Italy were among the worst ranked.

UQ Liberal President resigns over Nazi claims

The University of Queensland Liberal National party president has resigned after claiming he would have joined Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party.

New population of rare tigers found in Thailand and more Zedlines

A new population of the critically endangered Indochinese tiger has been discovered in a national park in eastern Thailand. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

A small population with at least six cubs were found in the jungle, the second known breeding Indochinese tiger population.

Tiger populations in the wild have dwindled from 100,000 a century ago to 3,900 today, but this is slowly on the rise.

Council withholds support from Brisbane smoking ban

The Brisbane City Council has refused to support a King George Square smoking ban, despite a 35-signature petition.

Campaign against Adani shifts gear

A new campaign will visit Brisbane tonight in the latest iteration of the fight over Adani’s Carmichael coal project.

Brisbane is the first in a series of four stops for the #StopAdani Roadshow as it travels the east coast, after the Townsville leg of the tour was cancelled due to concerns around incoming Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne will also host events.

Trump takes aim at kitten website, and more Zedlines

The internet is expectantly full of cute animals and funny memes, but now US President Donald Trump has allegedly taken aim at a kitten website, designed by a 17-year-old girl from San Francisco. Image Source: Pixabay

Lucy created the website as a laugh while applying for developer jobs, the only thing the website offered was a chance to virtually scratch photos of Trump’s head using the paws of a kitten.

Originally called Trumpscratch, and then Kittenfeed, Lucy claims she received two threatening cease and desist letters from The Trump Organization - while Lucy complied with the letters, she said a president should not have the time or care to hire people to shut down harmless sites like hers.

Queensland Government support mine and more Zedlines...

The Queensland government have introduced a bill to allow Glencore to continue illegal mining, according to QCoal.

Natural resources and Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham introduced an amendment to the Mineral Resources Act on Wednesday.

Allowing Glencore to continue mining activities in an area of the Bowen Basin, which it had allegedly been using without authorisation for ten years.


Banks no longer able to foreclose on farmers

New laws passed in State Parliament mean that banks will no longer be able to foreclose on Queensland farmers, without first offering debt mediation.

North Queensland on cyclone watch and more Zedlines...

North Queensland is on high alert with the chance of a cyclone developing.

Queensland Region Director, Bruce Gunn, says a low-pressure system is developing in the South East of Papua New Guinea and is forecasted to drift slowly west.

Gunn says it’s too early to know the cyclone’s intensity, forecast path and where it will fall, but more will be clear in the coming days.


Land Owner Fined $1 million for Clearing Land

Central Queensland property owner has been fined just under $1 million for illegally clearing 350 hectares of native scrubland on his property.

Stroke treatment to be developed from Funnel Web venom and more Zedlines

New research suggests Funnel Web spiders’ venom may be effective in treating stroke patients.

Since a peptide in Funnel Web venom was proven to slow the death of rat brain cells, scientists have been optimistic about future stroke recovery advances for Australians.

University of Queensland Professor Glenn King says this is the first breakthrough that could minimise the effects of brain damage immediately after a stroke.  

Brisbane road toll increases imminent

Katter Party calls for legalised croc hunting and more Zedlines

Bob Katter’s Australian party is gaining support behind their bid to cull crocodile numbers after two suspected crocodile attacks in just two days. Source: Flickr fvanrenterghem

Following the crocodile attack on a teenager in Innisfail on Sunday night, a man was found dead on Monday with injuries consistent with a crocodile attack after he went spearfishing alone on Saturday.

The attacks come just a week after the Palaszczuk government updated its crocodile management strategy detailing minimum intervention to crocodiles outside populated areas.

Tough action needed to save Great Barrier Reef

An analysis of three major bleaching events over the past three decades has confirmed the worst.

Plan to eliminate crocodile culling in Queensland and more Zedlines

A revised State Government Crocodile management plan aims to eliminate the need for culling by encouraging crocodiles to leave certain areas. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Environment Minister Steven Miles says the plan will better educate the public on the proper handling strategy for crocodile varieties across Queensland, and has denied any government support for a cull.

However, Shadow Environment Minister Christian Rowan says the revised plan presents no positive movement towards personal safety for North Queenslanders.

Decline in farmer confidence due to poor seasonal conditions

Queensland farmers are rapidly losing confidence after a tough weather season and easing commodity prices.

Free to charge or free of charge: update for renewables and more Zedlines

Elon Musk and Malcolm Turnbull have discussed renewable energy after a 100 day battery farm proposal by the former. Image source: Public Domain Pictures

The billionaire entrepreneur offered to solve South Australia’s electricity problem by building a Tesla battery farm in the state within 100 days, or it would be free of charge.

A spokesman from the PM’s office said the two had an “in-depth” discussion on storage and the future of electricity. This came after Mr. Musk spoke with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill about fixing the state’s electricity problems.


Robot to aid QLD emergency team

Queensland Police have unveiled a new robot to aid service personnel.