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Your web is about to get carbon-neutral, and more Zedlines

Google goes green with renewable energy pledge into 2017 and beyond.(Image source: Flickr)

Google have announced an installment of purchased renewable energy will be used in all of the company's data services and offices by 2017.

The project - which started in 2010, will be making an environmentally conscious step in buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of energy the company consumes globally.

Google will also be opening up a new environmental awareness website to report its various initiatives, such as pollution sensors on street cars and a project to stop illegal fishing.

 

QR under fire for lack of communication, and more Zedlines...

Queensland Rail is under fire after another series of outages and delays across the network yesterday, leading to refunds for commuters. (Image source: Wikimedia)

A series of malfunctions, including a failed weld, a broken down train and power issues contributed to peak hour delays on both ends of the work day, with Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe again forced to defend QR.

Mr Hinchliffe criticised the lack of communication with commuters, and said it was unacceptable that people didn’t get the notice in time to change their travel arrangements, even though the first faults appeared as early as 6.30am.

Federal government encourages Adani to seek loan from private sector and more Zedlines

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The federal government says Indian energy giant Adani will only be granted a concessional loan from the Australian government if it can't raise the money for a railway line linked to its Carmichael coal mine privately.

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. 

The Queensland government vowed not to use state funds but is supportive of the loan being granted because of the jobs and royalties that will result.

Sexual health education to change in Queensland schools and more Zedlines

Queensland politicians have introduced changes to the Australian curriculum as part of a statewide initiative which will see widespread implementation of sexual- and reproductive health-related topics - a first in the country.

Students from Prep to Year 10 will be affected by the changes, which focus on healthy sexual relationships and reducing stigma, discrimination and violence surrounding sexuality.

The Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 is designed to promote access to information pertaining to topics like sexual health, gender identity and to eventually eradicate STI’s such as HIV.

 

Industrial Relations Bill to impact Queensland Workplaces

Queensland Government considers regional casino proposal and more Zedlines

It is being reported that the State Government are organising confidential discussions as they investigate whether a new casino will be built in regional Queensland.

Queensland Government considers regional casino proposal

It is being reported that the State Government are organising confidential discussions as they investigate whether a new casino will be built in regional Queensland.

A spokesperson for State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said a team had begun setting up meetings with hotel operators, property developers, local governments, and construction firms.

Experts condemn crocodile culling in Queensland, and more Zedlines

Terri Irwin warns crocodile culling isn't the answer. Source: Flickr

Australia Zoo’s Terri Irwin has condemned Queensland MP’s for considering crocodile culling in the state.

She said there needs to be a better understanding of how to co-exist with the animals rather than the extreme measure of culling.

President of the Queensland Crocodile Conservation and Protection Society, Dean Adermann accused the LNP of scare-mongering, he said culling is a "dangerous con job" and potentially gives people a false sense of security.

New Melanoma test fast-tracks results, and more Zedlines

Patients being tested for Melanoma will now only have to wait six hours, rather than three weeks, to receive their results. (Image source: Flickr)

A new Australian blood test or ‘liquid biopsy’ is set to be launched today at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute in Melbourne.  

The usual surgical biopsy takes two to three weeks, but with this quicker option, a patient's treatment is fast-tracked.

 

Refugee graduates grade 12 at Brisbane school

Iranian Refugee Mojgan Shamsalipoor received her graduation certificate this morning, after completing her final year of high school from a detention centre in Darwin.

100 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Sea, and more Zedlines...

Latest capsize brings migrant death toll to over 4,270 this year. (Photo: wikicommons/unframe)

Around 100 migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, following the sinking of their rubber boat on Thursday. 

27 people were saved and six bodies were recovered by a British navy ship, off the coast of Libya.

This tragedy adds to the death toll of 240 people over three days, according to aid groups… which is only expected to grow, as migrants continue to leave Libya for Italy, regardless of rough seas. 

 

Asylum Seeker Receives Graduation Certificate in Person.

Updates to Brisbane bus timetables and more Zedlines

From December 12 forty-five Brisbane transport bus services and a Clarks Logan City Bus Service, a Mt Gravatt Bus Service and a Park Ridge Transit will be re-routed through the city.

The change will be made so construction of the three billion dollar Queen’s Wharf project can begin, which will see parts of William street closed for an estimated six years.

Alongside the re-routes will be updates to 208 of the 235 Brisbane Transport bus timetables, changes which Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said will not affect service frequency.

 

Indigenous life expectancy rise

Mount Tibrogargan supermoon mishap and more Zedlines

Two climbers have been rescued from Mount Tibrogargan on the Sunshine Coast, after becoming stuck whilst viewing last night's supermoon.

Mount Tibrogargan supermoon mishap

Two climbers have been rescued from Mount Tibrogargan on the Sunshine Coast, after becoming stuck whilst viewing last night's supermoon.

Rescue workers were called to the site around 12:45am where they discovered the pair stuck approximately 150 metres up the mountain.

Members from the State Emergency Service and Local Firefighters were unable to reach the climbers until 5:30am, and have confirmed neither sustained injuries.   

 

RACQ data identifies the risks teenagers take

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