The Guardian AAP 23 July 2014
Coal dust has spread throughout the Great Barrier Reef and exceeds toxic levels near the shore, a Senate inquiry has heard.
Senators are touring Queensland this week to examine how the Australian and Queensland governments manage the reef, as Unesco threatens to list it as a World Heritage site in danger.
Professor Terry Hughes, of James Cook University, says a “damning” new report from the university shows coastal sediments offshore of the Hay Point coal port are contaminated with coal residues that exceed Australian guidelines.
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 16 July 2014) A new study has found that the dispersant compound DOSS, which decreases the size of oil droplets and hampers the formation of large oil slicks, remains associated with oil and can persist in the environment for up to four years.
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News.com.au Brian Williams July 17, 2014
IN A world-first study, Queensland scientists have shown that dredging impacts are damaging to places like the Great Barrier Reef.
It shows that corals near dredging sites have twice as much disease as other sites.
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ABC News Hamish Fitzsimmons 17 July 2014
Health industry workers and academics are working on a national approach to the growing phenomenon of e-cigarettes, with some concerned they are not as harmless as widely believed.
E-cigarettes are vaporisers through which liquid nicotine can be ingested and are sometimes promoted as less harmful than smoking.
Brisbane Times July 16, 2004 Kim Stephens
Australia could be set to follow in New York’s footsteps by introducing eco-friendly, biodegradable cigarette filters.
The current plastic, chemical filters are Australia’s biggest litter scourge, with an estimated seven billion dumped each year, according to litter prevention body Keep Queensland Beautiful. Continue reading…
BBC News James Morgan 11 July 2014
A new scientific review claims organic foods are higher in nutrients and lower in pesticides compared with conventionally grown varieties. Its authors carried out an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies looking at the composition of crops and foods. The meta-analysis found differences between organic and non-organic varieties which the team concluded were “significant and meaningful”.
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Gold Coast Bulletin Paul Weston 8 July 2014
THE controversial planned Boral quarry at Reedy Creek has struck its first major pothole in approval with the council’s planning committee rejecting the development application.
Despite community outrage about the project and major concerns about environmental impact and threat to rural lifestyle of hinterland residents, the quarry is on course to be approved.
The application will be considered at a full council meeting on Friday where all councillors can provide input.