Sustainability

Turtlecare Sunshine Coast, QLD - taking care of all our turtles

May 23 is International Turtle Day. While turtles are wondrous and joyful creatures, they are also vulnerable and endangered in many places across the world. Volunteers up and down Australian coasts work to protect our turtles, each and every year, from land-based and ocean-based predators and dangers. But there are some simple things all of us can do. First of all, stop using plastic bags. Turtles accidently eat them, and I think we can all agree eating plastic bags isn’t good for anyone: animal or person.

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

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy

NSW Ranked Worst State For Renewable Energy, Musicians Recieve Council Grant, Italian Coast Guard Rescues Over 5500 Refugees in 48 Hours and more Zedlines. (IMAGE: Wikimedia)

NSW Ranked worst state for renewable energy

NSW has been ranked as the worst state in Australia in terms of supplying renewable sources of electricity in a report by Australia's independent Climate Council.

In the report released this morning, the Climate Council says NSW’s proportion of renewable electricity fell from 7 to 6 percent in 2014, and the state has failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities for implementing sustainable energy programs

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp, Ipswich Motorway upgrade to begin next month, Tasmanian high court challenge delayed and more Zedlines (Image:REUTERS/THOMAS MUKOYA)

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya has announced they will close the world's largest refugee camp by the end of this year, in a move the United Nations and other Western states have warned against. 

The Dadaab camp is home to over 350,000 mostly Somali refugees, and has provided safety to people fleeing war and famine for over 25 years. 

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal - and more Zedlines

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal, Struggle Street denied permit to film in Brisbane, Bombings in Baghdad leave dozens dead and more Zedlines

UN Ruling on Australia’s Asylum seeker policy

The UN has ruled that Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees on secret security grounds is arbitrary and illegal. 

The Australian government has been told by the UN human rights commision that they should offer compensation to five people who were illegally incarcerated between 2009 and 2015.

The five people were recognised as refugees, but were not granted visas as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation deemed them a security risk.

Land clearing in Queensland

Over the past 25 years, the bulk of land clearing in Australia has occured in a single state: Queensland. Rates of clearing had dropped from over 700,000 in 1990 to a tenth of that figure in 2010, but environmental experts are now concerned about a recent spike -- an increase they say is a result of legislative changes made by the Newman Government in 2013. 

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton rules out abortion appeal - and more Zedlines

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out an appeal in the case of a refugee who was denied an abortion in Papua New Guinea by the Federal Court. (Source: flickr)

Gay panic defense to be amended

Queensland legislation allowing perpetrators to use the homosexual advances of victims as a partial defence to murder it set to be amended after a statement by Attorney General Yvette D’arth.

Maryboroughs’  St. Mary’s Catholic Church priest Paul Kelly, who started an online petition signed by over 240 thousand people demanding the repeal of the defence, said he is concerned by the leisurely pace of change.

Deaths in Nigerian detention centres - and more Zedlines

An Amnesty International report shows hundreds have died in Nigerian military detention (source: wikimedia)

Fishing company awarded sustainability certification
An Australian fishing company gained a gold standard international sustainability rating for its swordfish and tuna fishing.

The eco-label certification was awarded by the Marine Stewardship Council, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to promote and reward sustainable fishing practices.

Rising sea levels are wiping out the Solomon Islands and more Zedlines

At least five reef islands in the Solomon Islands are completely lost due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. (Source: Wikicommons)

Rising sea levels are wiping out the Solomon Islands
At least five reef islands in the Solomon Islands are completely lost due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

The islands lost range in size from one to five hectares and supported dense tropical vegetation that was at least 300 years old.

As well as the lost Islands, some six more have been severely eroded with one particular island losing half of its inhabitable area, with 11 houses washed into the sea since 2011.

Second self immolation attempt in Nauru and more zedlines

A 21-year-old Somali woman is in a critical condition after setting herself on fire in a Nauru detention centre.

Second self immolation attempt in Nauru

A 21-year-old Somali woman is in a critical condition after setting herself on fire in a Nauru detention centre.

The woman, who has suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body, is being treated by Australian doctors in a Nauru hospital, and the Nauru government has requested she be evacuated.

This is the second self-immolation attempt by a refugee in Nauru within a week.

The incident follows the death of Iranian refugee who set himself alight on the island last Wednesday.

 

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