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Brisbane City Council has released a ‘green, clean sustainable report’, aiming to make Brisbane a global top-10 lifestyle city by 2031 and more Zedlines 

The plan outlines a boost in public transport and cycling, reduction of carbon emissions and improvement of natural habitats and urban forests. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk labelled the plan as the council's most ambitious environmental agenda in the city's history - while Council's opposition leader Peter Cumming said the plan was a PR document lacking substance. 
 
The 87 page document cost more than $30 000 to produce. 
 

 

A private vet has confirmed a case of  Hendra virus in a pony paddock in the Gold Coast Hinterland. 
 
The infected pony was not vaccinated against the disease, and was later euthanised.

The moths have it... better listeners make for better partners and more zedlines

University of Melbourne researchers have found that Charles Darwin’s theory that a female’s choice of mate could drive the evolution of mating signals in males may well be correct. Picture source: flickr

Almost 150 years after Charles Darwin first proposed his theory of sexual selection, University of Melbourne researchers have found that male moths with larger antennae are better at detecting female signals in order to ‘win’ the competition of mating success.

Professor Elgar said their results show that females may have a significant and largely unrecognised role in the sexual selection of the elaborate antennae of moths.

Activists Chained to Loaded Train and more Zedlines

Two young activists from Not Aurizon, Not Adani have chained themselves onto an Aurizon train at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Fairfield Road (NAIF) to protest Aurizon’s latest application to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility or NAIF for public funding to build a rail link to the Galilee Basin. (IMAGE: Stop Queensland Coal Exports)

According to witnesses on the scene close to 10 police cars are surrounding the area, with the Queensland Police making many attempts to get the protestors to unchain themselves, which has put a complete halt to the coal train with over 100 carriages.

Aurizon delivered a $1.25billion proposal to the NAIF in hopes to build the rail link, which will unlock the coal deposits of the Galilee Basin, it is believed Adani is also seeking funding for this project.

Dugong Numbers Rise in the Great Barrier Reef

Research from Sydney’s James Cook University has shown dugong calf populations in the Great Barrier Reef have made a comeback after they were wiped out due to their seagrass food supply being damaged from Cyclone Yasi and the subsequent flooding in 2011.

In a survey, scientists estimated that there are more than 5500 dugongs in the Queensland and New South Wales region, over half of which were in The Reef’s world heritage area.

Thriving dugong numbers can be an indicator of good ecosystem health as they play an integral ecological role in The Reef, but further surveys will be conducted every 5 years to monitor the marine animals’ progress.

 

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Queensland man dies on Mt. Everest and more Zedlines

A fifty-four year old Australian man dies while descending Mt. Everest.

The Tibet Mountaineering Association says the climber died at seven thousand five hundred feet after suffering from altitude sickness.

The man, named Francesco Marchetti, from Mackay, Queensland, appeared to be an experienced climber.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson says he had known Frank for over 30 years, and his death is devastating news.

Rockhampton and Cairns to trial rooftop solar on public housing.

Young girl escapes an aggressive sea lion and more Zedlines

A sea lion has dragged a young girl underwater in Vancouver.

The girl was sitting on the edge of a dock with a crowd of onlookers watching the sea lion, when it reached up and grabbed her by her dress, pulling under.

A man believed to be a relative of the girl jumped in after her, bringing her back to safety. She appeared unharmed.

 

Over the next two weeks more than 2600 Year 9 students will gather across Australia for Young Leader’s ‘Altitude Day’ series.

The series is a two-week national roadshow that celebrates the positive change that young people are able to make in the world.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

Closure of Manus Island to start in two weeks and more Zedlines

Australia’s Refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island will begin closure within the next two weeks, with asylum seekers told to consider their options. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The centre will officially close its doors on the 31st of October this year, with temporary accommodation being offered to those who are found to be seeking refuge.

Refugees will have the option to reside in Papua New Guinea or return home, but none will be re-settled in Australia.

New amendments to ride-sharing legislation have been recommended in Queensland
An inordinate amount of amendments to ride-sharing laws are set to be put to Queensland parliament.

New archaeological discoveries in Egyptian necropolis and more Zedlines

An archaeological dig in Egypt has uncovered a necropolis housing seventeen mummified bodies near the city of Minya, in the Nile Valley.

The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert which hosts a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds as well as other animals.

The new discovery also includes six sarcophagi, two clay coffins, and two papyri as well as several vessels.

 

Foggy mornings are causing dangerous road conditions for South East Queensland

Drivers are being urged by the police to drive to the conditions after poor visibility on roads this morning.

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