Alternative Energy

Queensland Moving Towards Solar Power Energy Goals and more Zedlines

New figures confirm solar rooftops have overtaken Gladstone Power Station as Queensland’s primary power source. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

Energy Minister Mark Bailey has credited Premier Annastacia Palazscuk’s renewable energy policy for Queensland’s steady uptake of solar power.

Mr Bailey says Queensland currently has the most prevalent solar panel usage of any Australian state, and believes Queensland is on track to reach the target of one million solar rooftops by 2020.

Signage Company Covers Plaque Honouring Gallipoli Sniper 

Qld artist using plastics to highlight growing waste issue and more Zedlines

An artist out of North Queensland is using art to highlight the growing issue of waste within Australia (Image: Getty Images).

Through maths and a passion for environmental awareness, Alison McDonald has created an inventive 19 piece exhibit using simple geometric patterns and 100% recycled materials.

Ms McDonald’s captivating and interactive exhibit aims to demonstrate the effect an individual can have by simply being mindful of the waste they are creating.

LNP’s no body, no parole policy dropped
The Liberal National Party has failed to get its ‘no body, no parole’ policy into the government’s parole board bill.

Palaszczuk response to One Nation false expense allegations and more Zedlines

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has responded to allegations that senior figures within the One Nation Party had attempted to submit false expense claims to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The allegations lodged against One Nation have been referred to law enforcement bodies.

Palaszczuk says that if investigations into the allegations reveal any gaps Electoral laws that could be used by politicians to defraud taxpayers, those gaps would be filled by the Labor party.

Her response follows as a leaked recording of a One Nation meeting, in which Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff, James Ashby, posed the party charge an inflated price for campaign materials.

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.

Koala population more than halved in Queensland and more Zedlines

Koalas could soon be wiped out in areas across QLD due to land clearing, according to a recent report from World Wildlife Foundation Australia.

The report estimated nearly 180 koalas died as a result of bushland bulldozing in south east Queensland alone between 2013 and 2015.

There has been a 53 per cent decline in Queensland koala populations, and an 80 per cent decline in populations in southwest Qld.

The group has called upon the government to “bite the bullet” and put in stronger protections for Koalas and other wildlife.

 

A team of Indigenous rangers is undergoing training to use drones to monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

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.

 

Senate Inquiry into Centrelink Debt Program and other Zedlines...

The final hearing of a senate inquiry into Centrelink’s Automated Debt Program will take place today in Canberra. (Image: Wikipedia)

The inquiry comes after more than two hundred thousand individuals have received false debt recovery letters, making one in five of the notices inaccurate.

Anglicare Australia, who are attending the hearing today, say that Centrelink is creating fear among citizens when it is the agency responsible for assisting those most in need.

 

Fairfax Spends Half a Billion on Redundancies

Fairfax Media have spent half a billion dollars on redundancies in the past nine years, a senate inquiry has found.

Twelve new power plants to reach 2020 renewable energy targets and other Zedlines

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has reached “financial close” this month after approving funding for 12 power plants (Image: Wikimedia Commons).

The Plants will account for 10% of Australia's 2020 renewable energy target and power 150,000 homes.

Reports released in September showed the plants received a record low of $92 million in grants and $1 billion in private investment.

Students to protest Malcolm Turnbull speech over university fees

Students are expected to protest a speech by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today at the Convention Centre.

Treasure space map unearths a Columbus ship-wreck, and more Zedlines

Researchers have uncovered a centuries-old anchor believed to be from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships thanks to the help of an innovative “space treasure map.” Image source: Flickr

Historical shipwreck discovery specialist Darrell Miklos used a space treasure map created by NASA Astronaut Gordon Cooper to find a series of Caribbean shipwreck sites.

An analysis of the anchor, which was found off the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of the Bahamas, reveals that it dates to between 1492 and 1550 and is estimated to weigh around 600 kilograms.

 

Major parties clash over renewable energy sources

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