4zzz Headlines (Pt. 16)

  • Queensland amps up aid to Philippines
  • Euthanasia information clinic to open in Adelaide
  • Mining men more likely to die
  • New website blows away wind farm doubts
  • Brisbane group wants coal trains under curfew

Queensland amps up aid to Philippines
The Queensland Government has announced they will provide one million dollars in aid to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
The money will fund emergency aid and specialist rescue and recovery personnel, in recognition of the lack of local recovery resources and the severity of the storm. Premier Newman has also offered the services of 75 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Urban Search and Rescue team personnel, should the Philippines government request aid. More than 10,000 people are feared dead and millions have been left homeless in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Australians more stressed according to survey
A survey released to mark National Psychology Week has revealed Australians have been experiencing increased levels of stress over the past twelve months.
The highest ranking stress factors were finances, family issues and personal health problems. The survey also shows that almost one in seven Australians reported major depressive symptoms, with one in ten saying they also experienced high levels of anxiety.
If you need to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Euthanasia information clinic to open in Adelaide
Vocal voluntary euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke  has announced he will be opening a euthanasia information clinic in Adelaide later this week.
Having bought a property in the inner northern suburb of Gilberton, Dr Nitschke described the clinic as a place to provide people with options and ensure they have the best possible information. A private members bill on the right of terminally ill patients to die is due to be debated in the South Australian parliament this Thursday. Dr Nitschke has said that regardless of the outcome of the bill he will be opening his clinic.

Expect hotter days and more fires: Australian Climate Council
The latest report released by the Australian Climate Council has shown that October this year was hotter than the long-term average, by 1.43 degrees.
The news comes in wake of the announcement that this September was also the hottest September on record. Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council said that as the global temperature rises, the frequency of heatwaves would increase, and bushfire season would start earlier and become longer. The report comes as nations meet in Warsaw to discuss the global climate pact.

Mining men more likely to die
New research from Griffith University’s Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention has revealed that male miners are at greater risk of suicide than other men.
The results of the study, which are being presented today, compared psychiatric histories and life events among men in mining and other occupations prior to death. It found that male miners with relationship problems had a higher rate of suicide relative to men in other occupations. Researchers are hoping that a greater understanding of what drives people to suicide can help decrease suicide rates.
If you need to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

New website blows away wind farm doubts
The Public Health Association of Australia has launched a new website detailing the facts on wind farms and their health effects.
The main point of the website is to underline that “there is no direct causal link between reported health impacts and wind turbines and their noise”. The findings, which are collated from government inquiries and research published in peer-reviewed papers, aim to promote informed public debate on the topic.
You can find this information at www.windandhealth.org

Local group wants coal trains under curfew
Local group Stop Brisbane Coal Trains is calling for a curfew on all coal trains passing through Brisbane.
The group is arguing that, despite government denials, coal train traffic is actually on the increase, with trains running 24 hours a day through Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane. The group is arguing that the noise caused by the coal trains, from the diesel engines and the screeching, grinding and clanging of wagons as they change tracks, is causing severe sleep deprivation and acute mental stress and illness in affected residents. Stop Brisbane Coal Trains is calling for a curfew on coal trains from 8pm to 6am.

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