Natural Disaster

Brisbane flood risk map updated and more Zedlines

A new flood risk map will be updated after new studies revealed changes to which areas would be prone to flooding. Image source: commons.wikimedia

Brisbane flood risk map updated

The Brisbane flood risk map will be updated by City Council after a series of catchment studies revealed changes to properties prone to inundation.

3,700 residences are better off, but it’s bad news for another 750 now at higher risk of flooding.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said new technology has allowed the Council to better predict the danger posed by rainfall in particular creek catchments around the region.

 

Bioethicist calls for banning of concientious objection

Amatrice death toll reaches 250 and more Zedlines

Following Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the Italian town of Amatrice, officials have stated the death toll is now at 250. Image source: wikimedia commons

Amatrice earthquake death toll reaches 250

The death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy now stands at 250, with rescue workers pessimistic about the chance of finding any more survivors as aftershocks continue to rock the region.

Open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball regarding climate change and more Zedlines

The Australian National University published an open letter signed by 154 environmental scientists addressed to Malcolm Turnbull espousing the threat posed by climate change. Image: Flickr, Nonprofit Organizations

Open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball regarding climate change
The Australian National University published an open letter signed by 154 environmental scientists addressed to Malcolm Turnbull espousing the threat posed by climate change.

The letter, which began with the line “There is no Planet B” pointed out the global temperatures this July were the hottest in 136 years, and the “unprecedented” rise in global greenhouse gasses.

Number of female coalition MPs lowest since 1993 and more Zedlines

The number of women among coalition MP’s is now the lowest since 1993, after the 2016 election saw the proportion of women in parliament fall to 17 per cent. (Image source: wikipedia)

Windorah solar farm breaks down

The Windorah solar farm has broken down, with concerns mounting that the project may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Opened in 2009 by the Queensland Labor Government and then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the solar farm was intended to generate 300,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, but according to locals has done little more than offset the cost of diesel.

Obama cuts holiday short to visit flood damaged Louisiana and more Zedlines

Thirteen people died in the floods and over 3,000 are still in emergency shelters, with the floods being labelled the worst disaster in the US since 2013.

CCC believes Queensland youth detention abuse not “systemic”

The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission believes there is no evidence that suggests “systemic corrupt behaviour” at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville.  

The comments came after the Queensland Government launched a review into youth detention centres following a report by the ABC which revealed abuse at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville.

Amber alert for Missing Woodridge girl

Police have issued an amber alert for a school girl who went missing in South Brisbane yesterday. Image source: Wikipedia.

Amber alert called for missing Woodridge girl

Police are calling for urgent help to find a missing 11-year-old girl.

An Amber Alert was issued this morning after the girl was last seen at about 4:40pm yesterday on Pilbi Street, Woodridge, south of Brisbane.

Emergency meeting to be held to tackle dairy crisis and more Zedlines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will meet with leaders of dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn in hopes to tackle the dairy crisis. Image credit: freestockphotos

Emergency meeting with Murray Goulburn over dairy crisis

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Barnaby Joyce will meet with the board of dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn today, as the dairy crisis escalates.

The meeting comes after Murray Goulburn introduced retrospective price cuts, forcing farmers to pay back the difference.

Malcolm Turnbull pledged $555 million in concessional loans to affected farmers during the election campaign, however only one loan has been approved, with 48 yet to be finalised.

The search continues in Mexico following Storm Earl and more Zedlines

Workers are still conducting searches across Mexico after Storm Earl ravaged the country. Image source: publicdomainpictures.com

Search continues following Storm Earl in Mexico

Emergency workers continue to search for survivors following following Tropical Storm Earl.

In the worst hit areas of Puebla, Veracruz and Hidalgo, hundreds have been left homeless after mudslides destroyed villages.

18 villages are still cut off in the eastern state, with at least 40 people now confirmed dead.

 

Rockhampton Hospital implements recommendations

Fewer Australians are heading overseas for black market organ transplant as waiting lists improve and more Zedlines

Fewer Australians are heading overseas for black market organ transplant as waiting lists improve

Queensland coroner to probe murder of Leonard Raymond Gordon

State Coroner Terry Ryan has begun an investigation into why Leonard Gordon, who was arrested for minor offences, was placed in the same unit as notorious offender Gregory Glebow.

Gordon was only two days away from being released from the Maryborough Correctional Centre, after serving time for wilful damage, when he was murdered with a chin-up bar by Glebow in 2007.

Glebow was already serving a life sentence for murder, and will not be eligible for parole until 2044.

Jetstar flight forced to make emergency landing after engine problems and more Zedlines

Jetstar flight forced to make emergency landing after engine problems

Burpengary park to be named after WWI hero

A farmer from Burpengary who served in WWI alongside his four sons will be honoured if a local association gets its wish.

The Burpengary Progress Association has applied to the Moreton Bay Regional Council to rename parkland after Charles Munro after joining the war in 1915 after his sons were sent to fight.

Local councillor Peter Flannery says the application seeks to recognise Mr Munro’s commitment to both his local community and country.

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