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Native birds declining at alarming rate and more Zedlines

The South Australian Ornithological Association says native bird species in the state’s parks are declining at an alarming rate. Photo Credit: pixabay

The organisation says data showed 15 bird species are no longer found in South Australia.

The zebra finch, brown tree creeper, black-chinned honeyeater and restless flycatcher are the latest to have been declared extinct in South Australia.
Five minutes of colouring a day keeps the mind at bay

During a speech at Brisbane’s World Science Festival, Dr Stanley Rodski said as little as five minutes of daily colouring can have the same effect on the brain as one hour of meditation.

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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.

Brisbane to breed entrepreneurs and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host entrepreneur training aiming to inspire and train the next wave of Queensland’s enterprise hopefuls. Source Wikimedia.

The workshop will be lead by Globetrotting adventurer and Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall who has teamed up with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to create the ‘Venturer’ program.

The program kicks off today in The Precinct in Fortitude Valley and will be based there one day a week.

Cyclone Debbie will now make landfall at 2pm and more updates

The North Queensland coast is being lashed by destructive winds and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches.

A whinny for race horses and more Zedlines

Retired Queensland race horses have been given a second chance at life with Queensland Racing Minister Grace Grace launching a new animal welfare program.(Image Source: Public Domain Pictures)

The incentive will save the lives horses set for the abattoir when they are no longer needed in the racing industry.

Racing Australia’s 2016 annual report claims 90 percent of horses are rehomed when retired but this data is refuted by animal activists.

2000 staff pre-deployed ahead of Cyclone Debbie and more updates
In the midst of the oncoming category 4 tropical cyclone, the Queensland government has pre-deployed or put on standby 2000 staff to prepare for when Cyclone Debbie makes landfall later today.

Cyclone Debbie hits the Queensland coast and more Zedlines

Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie’s destructive winds are beginning to be felt on Queensland’s north coast. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Whitsunday Islands are currently being lashed by gale force winds cutting power, snapping trees and lifting rooves.

The category four system is tracking towards the town of Bowen where it is expected to make landfall around midday bringing 260km/h winds and flash flooding.

25,000 people in low-lying areas have been urged to reach higher ground ahead of an expected storm surge.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and emergency services are urging residents in the 600km danger zone to stay indoors.

Work for tradies

Batman-inspired building to be built in Brisbane, and more Zedlines

Brisbane could be about to get its first superhero inspired residential building. Image source: Flickr

Brisbane developers, Pointcorp, have lodged an application to build an apartment building on the banks of the river, which draws inspiration from Batman, and more specifically from Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight trilogy.

The proposed building would have four sections - the water garden, verandah, entrance and Batcave - with the entrance featuring multipurpose areas with communal spaces and car parks that would much resemble the Batcave in the 2008 film.

 

Melbourne to Brisbane rail program fuels excitement

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.

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

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