Environment

Gorilla murdered in Cincinnati zoo and more Zedlines

A western lowland gorilla named Harambe has been killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States following a child entering his enclosure. The situation has triggered outrage and questions about safety, with over two hundred thousand people signing a petition on change.org, calling for the parents to be held accountable and criticising the zoo for putting down the animal, whose species is endangered.

Gorilla murdered in Cincinnati zoo

A western lowland gorilla named Harambe has been killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States following a child entering his enclosure.

The situation has triggered outrage and questions about safety, with over two hundred thousand people signing a petition on change.org, calling for the parents to be held accountable and criticising the zoo for putting down the animal, whose species is endangered.

The parents have not been charged, but charges could eventually be laid by the county attorney.

Queensland Government welcomes plan to protect the Reef and more Zedlines

The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed the Federal Labor party’s announcement yesterday to invest $500 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Federal Labor’s investment would be directed by Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, Water Science Taskforce Report, the first comprehensive roadmap on how to reduce pollution in the Reef.

Prisoners release fast-tracked due to overcrowding

According to Correction Services opposition spokesman Tim Mander, Queensland prisoners are being rewarded with early release due to the Labour Government's failure to accommodate them in the state’s overcrowded prisons.

The LNP had budgeted approximately sixty-one million dollars to fund 600 beds across the state but so far only 100 have been delivered.

As a result, nine out of the eleven prisons are fast-tracking sentences to reduce the number of inmates being placed in temporary beds.

Japan deploys military for possible North Korea missile launch and more Zedlines

Japan has put its military on alert for a possible ballistic missile attack from North Korea.(image source: Flickr)

Labor's plans to boost Northern Australia tourism
The Federal Labour Party is expected to announce plans today to allocate $1 billion in public funding to boost tourism in Northern Australia, including far north Queensland.

In 2015, Joe Hockey introduced the $5 billion Northern Australia infrastructure investment fund but opposition leader Bill Shorten argues since being introduced no new projects have been announced or backed.

Covered-up report highlights danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites and more Zedlines

Sections highlighting the danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites have been removed in the latest UN climate change report under government intervention. (Source: Wikicommons)

Covered-up report highlights danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites
Sections highlighting the danger to Australia’s World Heritage Sites have been removed in the latest UN climate change report under government intervention.

The Sites mentioned the in the draft version of the report are the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Wilderness, and Kakadu National Park.

The draft includes forest fire, dry condition, and rising sea levels among warnings for local authorities.

Surveys reveal most coral dead in central section of Great Barrier Reef and more Zedlines

Recent surveys show as much as 35 per cent of coral is dead or dying in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef. (Source: Flickr)

Surveys reveal most coral dead in central section of Great Barrier Reef
Recent surveys show as much as 35 per cent of coral is dead or dying in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

Professor Terry Hughes from James Cook University said this has been the third time in 18 years that the Reef had experienced mass bleaching due to global warming and noted that the results were more extreme than previous surveys.

Coral bleaches when it gets too hot for too long and the stressed coral expels the colourful algae it relies on for life.

Nauru reforms criminal codes and more Zedlines

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. (Source: Wikicommons)

Nauru reforms criminal codes
Nauru has reformed its criminal codes replacing the ones based on the 1899 Criminal Code of Queensland.

The new laws decriminalise homosexuality and suicide, broaden the definition of rape, and introduce stalking as an offence. The state has also removed death penalty and criminalised child labour.

In the past few weeks two refugees have been charged and jailed for attempting suicide and two gay refugees have been facing discrimination and violence.

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban and more Zedlines

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend. (Source: Wikicommons)

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban
Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend.

Ms Neville will meet with Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to discuss the State Government’s response to the violence.

Among the issues to be discussed will be the use of face masks as well as changes to police powers that prevents officers from stopping violent protests.

Turtlecare Sunshine Coast, QLD - taking care of all our turtles

May 23 is International Turtle Day. While turtles are wondrous and joyful creatures, they are also vulnerable and endangered in many places across the world. Volunteers up and down Australian coasts work to protect our turtles, each and every year, from land-based and ocean-based predators and dangers. But there are some simple things all of us can do. First of all, stop using plastic bags. Turtles accidently eat them, and I think we can all agree eating plastic bags isn’t good for anyone: animal or person.

Majority of Australians in Favour of Voluntary Euthanasia and more Zedlines

A recent VoteCompass poll revealed 75% of Australians are in favour of allowing the terminally ill to have access to voluntary euthanasia. (Image Source: Flickr)

Dairy Farmers Take To Brisbane Streets In Protest

Hundreds of dairy farmers protested in Brisbane on Wednesday as part of a nationwide rally about the industry crisis.

Maleny Dairies owner Ross Hopper said the war on milk pricing needed to end, with fairer pricing that better reflects the costs of production.

Mr Hopper said while a consumer levy has been suggested, an agreement from milk processors to increase farmers' pay would be the best solution.

 

Great Barrier Reef Report Shows Faster Improvement Needed

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy, Musicians Recieve Council Grant, Italian Coast Guard Rescues Over 5500 Refugees in 48 Hours and more Zedlines. (IMAGE: Wikimedia)

NSW Ranked worst state for renewable energy

NSW has been ranked as the worst state in Australia in terms of supplying renewable sources of electricity in a report by Australia's independent Climate Council.

In the report released this morning, the Climate Council says NSW’s proportion of renewable electricity fell from 7 to 6 percent in 2014, and the state has failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities for implementing sustainable energy programs

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