Natural Disaster

Convictions in Indigenous killing

Two men have been charged over the death of an indigenous woman that went unresolved for over 5 years (source: wikimedia)

Government buys farm to protect the reef

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed.

 

Rome votes in first female mayor and more Zedlines

Rome has elected its first female mayor in it’s two thousand year history (image source: Flickr)

Asbestos concerns on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast authorities are investigating whether residents have been exposed to asbestos in the wake of the storm system that tore through the city on Sunday night.

Roofs were torn off and strewn all over streets in Mooloolaba, and Inspector Matt Wilson from the Police District says his team is investigating whether or not there was asbestos in any of the roofs.

Fiona Simpson, member for Maroochydore says she understands there is a genuine concern.

QLD Youth Law amendments passed

Religious education under review after programs attempt to convert children - and more Zedlines

Windsor State School principal believes lesson materials solicit children to become Christian. (Source: wikimedia.org)

Religious education under review

Religious education in Queensland state schools will be reviewed after a Brisbane principal raised concerns religious programs were attempting to convert children.

Windsor State School principal Matthew Keong said lesson materials often go beyond imparting knowledge of biblical references, and solicit children to become Christian.

Education Minister Kate Jones said the materials in question will be reviewed according to the Department of Education policies.

 

NATO launches biggest military exercise since the Cold War

NATO launches biggest military exercise since the Cold War, Brisbane City Council rejects bid to ban street preachers and more Zedlines

CSIRO to develop climate app to assist livestock producers

Meat and Livestock Australia is funding a CSIRO research project to develop an app to convert climate information into pasture growth.

 

This app will be designed to assist farmers in making decisions about livestock management.

 

CSIRO climate scientist Jaclyn Brown says developing an app to help livestock producers plan for decisions in all circumstances is a worthwhile investment.

 

NSW flood victims unlikely to be insured and more Zedlines

NSW flood victims unlikely to be insured, green tree frog flown to hospital after being run over by lawnmower and more Zedlines...

Spider venom to be used to treat digestive conditions

 

A group of researchers from the University of Queensland and University of Adelaide have collected venom from hundreds of spiders and scorpions to understand how venoms activate pain signals.

 

They say pain associated with digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, could be treated with tarantula venom.

 

They found a toxin in tarantula venom activated a sodium channel in the skin’s nerves, which transmits a mechanical pain response sent to the brain.

Townsville to receive $6.6 million hospital upgrade and more Zedlines

For the first time in 15 years Townsville Hospital will receive funding towards redeveloping and expanding their children's ward.

Brisbane set to manufacture MND drug

Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk announced yesterday a significant deal that would see Brisbane manufacture a potential new treatment for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

 

Palaszczuk told the BIO International Convention in the United States that Woolloongabba’s Patheon signed a deal with Queensland company NuNerve Party Limited to manufacture a drug for MND, which will eventually be used in human trials.

 

More flooding as wild weather moves south and more Zedlines

After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds. (Source: Wikicommons)

More flooding as wild weather moves south
After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds.

Emergency services in Tasmania warns Launceston is facing its biggest flood threat in more than 90 years as rivers in the states north and northwest are rising faster than anticipated.

QLD Government and Opposition get behind recycling scheme and more Zedlines

In a rarity for Queensland politics, the opposition is supporting the government’s plan to introduce a ten-cent refund recycling scheme. (Source: Pixabay)

QLD Government and Opposition get behind recycling scheme
In a rarity for Queensland politics, the opposition is supporting the government’s plan to introduce a ten-cent refund recycling scheme.

With funding available in the coming state budget Environment Minister Steven Miles said the Labor Government have been working with industry and the NSW government on a container deposit scheme.

Mr Miles also said up to 200 jobs would be provided by the strategy in its implementation, which would be similar to the South Australian policy.

'I Protest' marches continue in Macedonia and more Zedlines

Activists from Macedonia's Colourful Revolution movement are calling for protests to intensify after police charged dozens of protesters for alleged vandalism. (Source: Wikicommons)

'I Protest' marches continue in Macedonia
Activists from Macedonia's Colourful Revolution movement are calling for protests to intensify after police charged dozens of protesters for alleged vandalism.

The arrests came after protesters started throwing paint-filled balloons at government buildings and controversial state-funded statues in the Macedonian capital Skopje.

The statues were erected in recent years as part of Macedonia's €80 million Skopje 2014 project aimed at renovating the capital's centre.

350.org.au: taking the pollution out of politics

Despite more than two decades of research, and politicians talking about the research, our climate is at a crisis point. Our political leaders have been captured by the fossil fuel industry, and if they are serious about climate change, then our political leaders need to stop taking money and donations from big polluters and they need to stop giving those same big polluting companies tax concessions and subsidies.

4zzz reporter Melanie Keyte speaks with 350.org.au about their campaign to get our leaders to take the pollution out of their politics.

 

 

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