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Democrats stage gun law protest in Washington, and other Zedlines

A group of members of the Democratic Party is protesting for tougher gun control laws after the Orlando mass shooting. (Image Source: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)

Queensland government purchases cattle station

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials have commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed. 

 

Queensland's final storm warnings eased and Zedlines

Queensland residents are being warned to remain cautious after the Bureau of Meteorology's severe thunderstorm warnings were lifted. (Image source: Flickr)

Queensland's final storm warnings eased
Queensland residents are being warned to remain cautious after the Bureau of Meteorology's severe thunderstorm warnings were lifted.

While power has been restored to many homes, Energex is still working to rectify connections to more than 6000 properties in South East Queensland.

The bureau said conditions could still be hazardous in the aftermath of the severe thunderstorms, particularly on the roads.

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases and more Zedlines

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases. (Source: Wikipedia)

Protest in Japan of U.S. military bases
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases.

The protest follows the recent arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman, with plans to close Futenma being made in 1996 after three US military personnel raped a 12 year old Japanese schoolgirl.

The plan has been on hold as residents near the proposed relocation site opposed the move, worrying about noise, pollution and crime.

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure and more Zedlines

Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia. (Source: Flickr)

Australia failing international standards on coal dust exposure
Lung health experts say Australia’s coal mines are not meeting international standards on coal dust exposure in their latest report to the Medical Journal of Australia.

Their research shows different states have varying exposure limits and monitoring methods.

The experts are calling for a national monitoring standard in line with international standards.

In Queensland there are eight confirmed cases of black lung disease with two more cases pending verification.

Super corals may limit reef bleaching - and more Zedlines

With two-thirds of the 500,000 square kilometres of reefs remaining lost or in poor shape, Australian scientists aim to counteract some of the effects of coral bleaching. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Liberal party defends Parakeelia

Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition said tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money has flowed to Parakeelia since 2009.

Parakeelia is a Liberal Party owned company which has transferred more than a million dollars into Liberal accounts over the past three years.

Liberal politicians have defended the company as lawful and professionally run, saying they will assist with any relevant inquiries.

 

Queensland Government to financially support kindergardens

Millions of dollars in donations for Orlando victims raised and continuing and more Zedlines

Millions of dollars in donations for Orlando victims raised and continuing

Efforts by the Orlando community to raise funds after Sunday’s mass shooting continue, with several million dollars already donated to various organisations.

Terry DeCarlo, an executive director of the LGBT Center of Central Florida, has expressed joy at the outpouring of support for the LGBT community and the victims' families.

224 killed in Syrian Civil War and more Zedlines

Budget plans to overhaul OP system, Bill Shorten indicates Indigenous treaty possibility, 224 killed in Syrian Civil War and more 10am Zedlines. (image source: Wikipedia)

Wetlands restoration key to improving reef’s water quality

Dr Nathan Waltham, a freshwater ecology expert from James Cook University says restoring Queensland’s tens of thousands of coastal wetlands is crucial to the Great Barrier Reef’s future.

Dr Waltham is urging state and federal governments to improve the conditions of the 13 000 coastal wetlands in the reef’s catchments to ameliorate water quality.

Victorian committee recommends euthanasia reform - and more Zedlines

A parliamentary committee in Victoria has recommended reforms that would allow doctors to assist the deaths of patients with a terminal illness. (Image Source: flickr)

Research turns waste into electricity 

A Queensland researcher has discovered a new, more efficient way to turn human waste into renewable electricity.

Advanced Water Management Centre researcher Dr Shihu Hu developed a way to recover more methane gas than with traditional waste treatment.

Dr Hu said his method could save hundreds of thousands of dollars at energy facilities.

 

Doctors call for better rural healthcare 

More flooding as wild weather moves south and more Zedlines

After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds. (Source: Wikicommons)

More flooding as wild weather moves south
After destructive weather battered Queensland and New South Wales, Tasmania and eastern parts of Victoria are now bracing themselves for wild weather bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds.

Emergency services in Tasmania warns Launceston is facing its biggest flood threat in more than 90 years as rivers in the states north and northwest are rising faster than anticipated.

QLD Government and Opposition get behind recycling scheme and more Zedlines

In a rarity for Queensland politics, the opposition is supporting the government’s plan to introduce a ten-cent refund recycling scheme. (Source: Pixabay)

QLD Government and Opposition get behind recycling scheme
In a rarity for Queensland politics, the opposition is supporting the government’s plan to introduce a ten-cent refund recycling scheme.

With funding available in the coming state budget Environment Minister Steven Miles said the Labor Government have been working with industry and the NSW government on a container deposit scheme.

Mr Miles also said up to 200 jobs would be provided by the strategy in its implementation, which would be similar to the South Australian policy.

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