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South-East Queenslanders hit record electricity usage trying to beat the heat and more Zedlines...

Queenslanders are trying to beat the second round of the heatwave this week. Powerlink says their electricity network demand has hit an all time high of 9,332 megawatts on Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Pixabay)

Paramedics attended twenty four heat related incidents in South East Queensland yesterday. Brisbane will see some relief today with the max temperature at 32 degrees, 3 degrees cooler than yesterday.

However, this will be a small break from the heat with temperatures expected to soar to 34 Friday.

New Research shows one in three Australian students won’t complete their degree
New data shows less than half of the students at two Queensland Universities complete their degrees within six years,

South-East Queenslanders hit record electricity usage trying to beat the heat and more Zedlines...

Queenslanders are trying to beat the second round of the heatwave this week. Powerlink says their electricity network demand has hit an all time high of 9,332 megawatts on Wednesday afternoon.

Paramedics attended twenty four heat related incidents in South East Queensland yesterday. Brisbane will see some relief today with the max temperature at 32 degrees, 3 degrees cooler than yesterday.

However, this will be a small break from the heat with temperatures expected to soar to 34 Friday.

New Research shows one in three Australian students won’t complete their degree
New data shows less than half of the students at two Queensland Universities complete their degrees within six years,

Documents uploaded to the CIA’s website reveal more about Brisbane’s history and more Zedlines

Nine hundred and thirty, thousand documents have been uploaded to the CIA’s website and made public. (Image source: Light horse walers WWII - Wikipedia)

The documents shed new light on the 1942 battle of Brisbane, and the tensions between US and Australian troops throughout World War Two (WWII).

More revelations from the documents come from Chicago Sun war correspondent J Edward Angly, who speculated on communist activity in Australian governments and reported on growing racial tensions in Australia.

The twelve million pages of formerly private information come after Barack Obama’s 2009 executive order that automatically declassified non-exempt documents after twenty-five years.

 

China shuts down construction of 85 coal power plants and more zedlines

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

China has suspended plans to build 85 coal power plants to stay on track with the nation’s five year plan to reduce its coal emissions.

The construction of the plants would have breached China’s coal capacity limit, a government set cap of 55 percent of its total energy output from coal.

The National Energy Administration announced that it would instead invest approximately $5 billion Australian into their renewable energy sector, hoping to produce half their energy from clean sources by 2020.

QLD daylight savings petition gains traction

Whale hunting still occurring in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary

The ABC revealed images this weekend of a Japanese whaling boat with a covered minke whale on board.  The photos show that Japan is continuing its whale hunting expeditions  for what they call ‘scientific research’. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke with Darren Kindleysides the Director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society about this whaling incident and what Australia can do to stop it.

Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

Yeelirrie Mine Given the Green Light and more Zedlines

The Western Australian Government has approved Cameco’s Yeelirrie mine proposal despite the Environmental Protection Agency knocking back the proposal last year. (image: Australian manufacturing)

In August last year, the Western Australian watchdog denied Cameco’s proposal due to the fact it failed to protect subterranean fauna, 1 of 9 key environmental factors.

State Development Minister Bill Marmoin believes the uranium industry has the potential to economically benefit the state.

It was discovered the proposed mining site in Northern Goldfields is home to tiny stygofauna and troglofauna.

6 People Rescued in Outback Queensland

U.S Army to develop biodegradable bullets that turn into plants, and more Zedlines

Could biodegradable bullets help save the environment? (Image source: flickr)

The U.S Army are currently looking to develop biodegradable bullets that would eventually turn into plants.

Empty shells from fired bullets and ammunition contain components that take a hundred or more years to biodegrade, the new ammo will have biodegradable composites embedded with seeds.

The initiative will allow for future proving grounds as well as training grounds worldwide to become a haven for green trees.

 

Eight billionaires as wealthy as poorest half of the world

Fifth crocodile sighting in 10 days in Fitzroy River, and more Zedlines

Why are crocs moving further south? (Image source: flickr)

There have been reports of five crocodile sightings within the last 10 days around the area of Fitzroy River, in Rockhampton.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said wildlife officers are actively monitoring the area.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

 

BOM issues flood warning for Bremar River

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued minor flood warnings for the Bremer River, especially around Rosewood Township.

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

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