Natural Disaster

Promising Great Barrier Reef Research and more Zedlines...

Queensland research on wetland restoration is indicating promising results in the battle to protect the Great Barrier Reef from nutrient and sediment excess.

The research is supported by the Palaszczuk Government and has received more than $250 thousand in funding.

Initial results suggest wetlands can eradicate nitrogen from the water and that forested wetlands have higher carbon and nitrogen storage capacity in comparison to marshes.

The project will offer a framework for the restoration of wetlands, which play a vital role in blocking and managing pollutants that threaten the health of the reef.

 

 

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At The Coal Face: Hazelwood, Acland, Kingaroy and Adani

‘The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be
coming from everywhere, swirling around until it blackened the entire town’

— The Coal Face by Tom Doig

‘Coal is good for humanity’

— Tony Abbott and Malcolm Roberts
(neither know what they’re talking about)

‘By the time it’s at the stage where it’s quite dramatic, the company’s gone, the mine's gone and the groundwater systems are destroyed’

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

Afghanistan Girl Robotics Team Denied U.S. Visas

A young, all-girl Afghani robotics team have been refused visas from the U.S. after spending months building a robot to compete in an international competition.

The team received their materials later than every other team due to terrorism concerns but still scrambled to build a ball-sorting robot as their entry.

The competition takes place in Washington this month, with competitors invited from all around the world set to take part.

Aged care provider cuts staff

Not-for-profit aged care provider, Southern Cross Care, is under fire after announcing cuts to nursing staff as a part of their restructure.

NAIDOC week figures show action is needed to close the gap on cancer survival and more Zedlines...

Figures released by the Cancer Council Queensland show that greater action is needed to close the gap on indigenous cancer survival.

The figures reveal that 59% of indigenous persons survive their cancer, compared to 65% of non-indigenous people.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms McMillan said while overall survival rates for Indigenous cancer patients were improving, the gap in survival between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders has not improved over time.

These figures were released for NAIDOC week - a time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Indigenous Australians, and raise awareness about health inequalities.

 

 

Great Barrier Reef gets a numerical value and more Zedlines

An Australian company has this week released a report that puts a numerical value on the Great Barrier Reef.

Deloitte Access Economics has valued the UNESCO Heritage icon at $56 billion. 

The 90 page report includes a survey of 1500, detailing how national and international visitors felt about the reef. The response was on of outstanding support with over two thirds of respondents saying they would be happy to pay to support the reef and all believing it should be thoroughly protected.

This report comes only weeks after the Palaszczuk government tightened the deal with mining company Adani to introduce a coal mine to the fragile eco system.

 

 

Barnaby backs coal but research figures don’t and more Zedlines...

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says coal must remain a part of Australia’s energy mix, and does not rule out the Turnbull government funding a new power plant.

The Nationals leader says if coal is phased out, TVs should go dark, and lights should go out.

But a report released last Thursday by the Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that Coal market could collapse as early as 2040, while solar and wind are predicted to dominate.

 

Safety of Queensland Hospitals

The Health Minister reassures that Queensland hospitals are safe after the publication of a surgical deaths report.

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