Health

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.

Today Marks National Sorry Day and more Zedlines

Thursday, May 26 marks National Sorry Day - an event commemorating and expressing regret for the mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous population.[SOURCE:www.youtube.com]

Queensland Parliament Passes New Mining Laws

The Queensland State Parliament has passed laws restoring community rights to object to new mines.

Under the new laws, mining companies will be required to inform landowners and neighbours about proposed mining projects.

The laws also repeal proposed changes allowing mining leases to be granted on restricted land without consent of the owner.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the public has a right to be aware, and to have input into what happens in their community.

 

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

Is animal culling a health solution?

SARS, Hendra virus, avian influenza – these infectious diseases can be devastating. And in 70% of cases, the source of outbreaks of diseases like these is an animal. So, is culling wildlife the best way of protecting humanity from deadly viruses?
Dr Chris Degeling from the University of Sydney will be speaking at the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference tomorrow, but had time to talk with us about disease control and wildlife.

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QLDers have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote, and more Zedlines

Queenslanders are being reminded they only have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote for the Federal Election. (Source:

Cancer Council Queensland issues warning of high daily sodium intake

A survey from Cancer Council Queensland shows only six per cent of Queenslanders are aware of the recommended daily sodium intake to prevent chronic disease.

Research shows many Australians are consuming much more sodium than the recommended 1600mg.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift urges to limit using or finding alternatives to salt for cooking.

The Council has also issued a consumer alert about the amount of salt contained in pre-packaged foods.

Survey highlights lack of support of LGBTI students in QLDs West

Survey highlights lack of support of LGBTI students in QLDs West, WA among the worst in the world for meth, and US Senate allows September 11 survivors to sue Saudi Arabia.

Survey highlights lack of support of LGBTI students in QLDs West

A report presented to QLD parliament has highlighted a perceived lack of support for LGBTI teenagers in Brisbane’s western suburbs. 

The report was compiled from a survey conducted by Bremer State High School students Jodey Brand and Sarah Hobson, who asked over 240 students questions relating to issues affecting LGBTI teenagers.

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers - and more Zedlines

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers, chemicals found sea snails useful in fighting cancer,US Gets First Openly Gay Army Secretary and more Zedlines

 

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers 

Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for Queenslanders to boycott Wicked Campers until the company removes offensive and derogatory slogans from their vehicles. 

The boycott comes after the RACQ pushed the state government to address the company’s flouting of advertising standards. 

Palaszczuk says that advertising breaches are a national matter, but that the Attorney General will look into stopping the offensive slogans. 

Emergency department times key to decreasing deaths

We now have strong evidence that improvements in admission processes through hospital emergency departments leads to a decrease in patient deaths, according to the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Dr Simon Judkins was a part of this research, which he says helps close the loop, showing that improving hospital processes and access targets not only reduced the time patients spent in ED, but led to fewer patients dying.

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Dogs providing independence and freedom

Assistance Dogs Australia trains dogs to perform a range of tasks for people living with disabilities such as physical incapacities, autism, post-traumatic stress and dementia. Every assistance dog undergoes tailored training in order to provide people with freedom and independence, and to meet the individual needs of their new owner. It can take up to two years and costs over $30,000 to train each dog. But here's the amazing bit: assistance dogs are placed free of charge with their new owner for up to 10 years.

South African gold miners to sue mining companies and more Zedlines

A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work. (Source: Pixabay)

South African gold miners to sue mining companies
A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work.

The decision opens the way for the current and former miners to sue about 30 companies for damages, after suffering silicosis and tuberculosis from dangerous underground working conditions dating back decades.

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