Alternative Energy

Renewables gaining momentum and more Zedlines

Solar power may be more affordable than fossil fuels according to a report released by the Climate Council.

 The report shows costs for solar power have fallen by almost 60% over the past five years, with Climate Councillor and former president of BP Australasia Greg Bourne adding they are expected to fall even further by 2040.

This comes as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced a commitment to renewable energy, in stark contrast to the Coalition’s focus on coal.

 

Mandatory ID scanners introduced to Brisbane

Brisbane’s bars and clubs will be required to scan ID’s in a new effort to combat dangerous and aggressive behaviour.

State Oppositions hold renewable energy target practice amid push for clean coal

Image: Blackwater BMA mine (Matt Dennien)

Liberal State Oppositions in Victoria, SA and QLD have this week claimed they will scrap state-based renewable energy targets, allowing the Federal Government to call the shots should they win office.

Snap rally to support Renewable Energy

A rally takes place at 1pm on the 14th of February to show support for renewable energy after the LNP has attacked targets made in various states.  I spoke to Ellen Roberts from Get Up! about this rally and the state of renewable energy in Queensland. 

 

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Turnbull in need of One Nation to hold onto Queensland and more Zedlines

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. (Image source: Pixabay)

A new Galaxy poll shows the Turnbull government will need the preferences of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party to retain Queensland in the next election. 

Support for the coalition has dropped to 35 per cent since the 2016 federal election and barely leads Labor 51-49 in a two-party preferred basis. 

Much of the coalition's support has shifted to One Nation, whose primary vote has risen from 5.5 points to 18 percent. 

 

More Charges for Young Australian of the Year Finalist and more Zedlines

A former young Australian of the Year finalist and founder of the Street Swag charity has had more fraud charges laid against her. (source:flickr Colin Davis)

Jean Madden is currently being investigated for several counts of fraud, after she allegedly misappropriated $441,000 from the homeless welfare group, the 37-year-old woman is now facing six more counts of fraud including falsifying records and attempted fraud.

Ms Madden founded Street Swags in 2010, with the aim to provide homeless people with canvas bags that convert to bedding.  

 

The Sunshine State Capitalises with Solar

Six projects are set to make Toowoomba and the Darling Downs a solar power capital.

Smoking Pack Warning Labels Help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Quit Smoking

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today.

The study, by Menzies School of Health Research shows that graphic warning labels motivate quit attempts as well as increase smokers’ awareness of the health issues caused by smoking.

Smoking is responsible for twenty three per cent of the health gap between indigenous people and other Australians.

Opposition asks for Turnbull's intervention in Defence force land acquisition

Melbourne Tram network set to go Solar and more Zedlines...

Melbourne’s entire tram network is set to use solar energy by the end of 2018. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

 

The State Government plans to build a new solar energy plant in regional Victoria, with half the energy produced by the farms, expected to offset the amount of electricity needed to run 401 trams on Melbourne’s network.

 

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio says the plan is a world first, with the Government committed to growing renewable energy. The Government says the project would create 300 new jobs.

Climate Council warns warmer temperature could affect Queensland

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

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.

Dutch trains are now 100% wind powered and more Zedlines

100% of Dutch trains are now run solely by wind energy following the creation of additional wind farms. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

The Netherlands had previously been relying on gas-powered plants and borrowing energy from neighbouring countries but now have the resources to maintain its train network independently.

The achievement made last week marks the attainment of their transitionary goal a year ahead of schedule.

The construction of new wind farms and assistance from Dutch train company industry leader, NS, means that all Netherland locomotives are now electric.

Westpac petitioned to not fund Adani mine

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